Giving your cat up for adoption

Rehome your cat with Battersea

At Battersea, we aim never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, and we are committed to ensuring that every dog and cat receives the highest standards of care.

No matter your circumstances, we will listen without judgement, and do what we can to make things as simple as possible. We’ve been finding loving new homes for beloved pets for over 160 years and our staff are dedicated to caring for every cat. We will help them to settle in, get to know their individual quirks, and do everything we can to find the best possible home for them.

What happens once I've given my cat to Battersea?

Take a look at this video for more information on what to expect when you rehome your cat with Battersea, and when you are ready, contact one of our centres.

Bringing your cat to Battersea

If you are looking to bring your cat to Battersea, please email us at one of our locations below. We will then send you a pre-admission form so that we can find out all about your cat.

Battersea is currently experiencing high levels of demand to take in cats to our centres and customers are being placed on a waiting list to ensure we have space and capacity to respond to emergency cases needing our help. This means we may not be able to take in your pet for several weeks depending on your circumstances.

Battersea carefully assess all intake applications to ensure that we prioritise any urgent cases, but we would advise you to contact several rescue centres so that you can receive the help that you need as soon as possible.

If you are struggling with your cat’s behaviour issues, we would encourage you to visit our pet advice pages where you will find lots of information and videos to help you manage problem behaviours.

*Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline, mobile charges may vary. All income donated from these calls will go toward the care of the dogs and cats at Battersea.

Not local to Battersea? Contact your local rescue centre

Rescue centres have access to lots of potential new loving homes for your cat, and the time, resources and expertise to find them the one that feels like home again.

We know that circumstances change quickly, but rescue centres like Battersea and lots of others are here to help, so please don’t be afraid to get in touch.

Read our intake policy and FAQs

We aim never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help. However, for the wellbeing of your pet we may need to make difficult decisions. It is important that you fully understand our policies including those around no reclaim of ownership or your pet being put to sleep.

Who will look after my cat when I'm no longer here?

Battersea’s Forever Loved is a free service that will ensure your cat will be looked after should you pass away before them. By signing up you can be reassured that, should the worst happen, Battersea will be there to care for and rehome your pet, and give them the happy, loving future you would want for them. Find out more and how to join our Forever Loved Service.