Why rescue?

Even though one in four dogs and cats are rescues1, you’re more likely to hear about French Bulldogs or Labradors being the nation’s favourite pets.

People think rescues will be harder to train than a pedigree puppy or a kitten, or that it’s just not as prestigious to own a dog or a cat that hasn’t come from a breeder. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.  

At Battersea, we think it’s time people looked beyond a pet’s pedigree and instead concentrated on personality; stopped focussing on age and instead saw their character. If you want a unique, loving pet there’s only one breed for you. Rescue.

These are just some of the reasons you should consider a rescue dog or cat from Battersea:

You’ll be expertly matched with a Battersea dog or cat 

We’re all just looking for that perfect match. A rescue dog or cat from Battersea will be carefully matched with you by our expert rehoming team. They will recommend animals who best suit you and what you are looking for, as well as any other family members or existing pets. We recognise that everyone's situation is different, and we make rescuing our animals as stress-free as possible with our simple three-step rehoming process.

A rescue dog or cat has been through health, behaviour and temperament checks

All dogs and cats who come through Battersea receive a full veterinary assessment, which includes worming, flea treatment and vaccinations, as well as a detailed assessment of their behaviour and temperament. Our vets and behaviourists are highly experienced, and knowledgeable about specific breeds and conditions. All animals rescued from Battersea are also eligible to return to the Clinic at our London centre for free treatment for up to three months, for any conditions relating to their stay.

When you rescue a Battersea dog or cat you get support for life 

You are never alone when you adopt a pet from Battersea. Our team of experts are only ever an email or phone call away, to offer you advice and support should you need it. We will be there every step of the way to help get your new rescue dog or cat settled in, and at every stage throughout their life.

A rescue dog or cat from Battersea comes with a full MOT and starter kit

Sure, a rescue animal comes with back story, but it includes a wealth of caring expertise and experience from Battersea staff. There’s a small fee to rehome a Battersea dog or cat, but unlike some other places you might buy a pet from, that cost includes:

  • Full veterinary and behavioural assessment
  • Microchipping
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Flea and worming treatment
  • Neutering
  • Starter pack of food, advice and special offers
  • Four weeks of free Petplan insurance 
  • Every Battersea dog goes to their new home with a collar, ID tag and lead 
  • Every Battersea cat goes to their new home with their own blankets and a favourite toy

Your rescue pet will have been neutered, or have an appointment arranged to do so. Your rescue dog or cat from Battersea will also be covered with four weeks’ free Petplan insurance so that right from the start they will be covered for accidents and new illnesses as they settle into their new surroundings.

On top of this you will also receive a voucher offering you a free Vac4Life and veterinary consultation with Vets4Pets or Companion Care Vets. Vac4Life will give your pet their annual booster vaccinations for the duration of their life.

Our rehoming fee is £75 for cats or £85 for kittens (under six months), £135 for dogs or £165 for puppies (under six months) When you rescue a dog or cat from Battersea this fee is a significant saving on the fees you could pay should you buy a pet from elsewhere, or arrange these things separately.

Rescue dogs and cats come in all shapes and sizes

At Battersea we take in an average of 13 dogs and nine cats a day across our three centres, 365 days a year. And we never turn an animal away. Because of this, we have a wide range of dogs and cats available for rehoming at our centres. We never know who is coming through our gates, and you never know who you might meet. 

When you come to Battersea, you won’t just get a Persian, or a Labrador, or even a Mixed Breed. More importantly, you’ll get a Rescue. And Rescue is our favourite breed. Find your rescue today.

1. YouGov Survey GB 2019

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