Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is the UK's oldest and most famous home for dogs and cats and is situated in the Battersea area of London, England. It is financed by voluntary donations with an income over £12 million in 2006.


Formerly the 'Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs', it was established in Holloway in 1860 by Mrs Mary Tealby. The home moved to Battersea in 1871 opposite Battersea Park and has a view of the iconic Battersea Power Station.

In 1885, Her Majesty Queen Victoria became Patron of the Home, and it has remained under Royal Patronage ever since. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Patron., Prince Michael of Kent is the President.


Its aims as a charity are never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help. They reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners; when they can’t do this, they care for them until new homes can be found for them; and they educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Every year the Home takes in around 12,000 dogs and cats.

In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.


The Chief Executive and Company Secretary is Jan Barlow, assisted by several directors, reporting to the Council of Trustees (Chairman: Robin Bolton, Vice Chair: Heather Love, Hon Treasurer: Amanda Benzecray, Shauna Lowry, Bradley Viner, Brian Dunk, Gwen Bailey, Dr Matthew Pead, Susie Briscoe) which reports to the eighty Charity Life Members at its AGM in June.


The Home receives no funding and is run entirely on donations from the public.

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