Ever since notonthehighstreet.com partnered with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home back in March, we’ve been desperate to spend some time learning more about the charity, as well as meeting all of the adorable animals waiting to be rehomed.

We spent the day shadowing staff members and volunteers to get a true insight into the workings of Battersea – and boy did we have fun.

We arrived in the morning to find our first job of the day was to help socialise Battersea’s newest cattery residents. Socialising – we soon found out – meant cuddling and playing with kittens. You can imagine our delight…!

Above: three of the adorable kittens we spent the morning with.

After spending most of the morning cuddling kittens, we paid a visit to the rest of the cats on the rehoming floor and helped out with a mid-morning feed.

Battersea has been rehoming cats of all ages and sizes since 1883 and has found homes for more than 200,000 fabulous felines. To find out more about how you can adopt one of the cats in need of a home, click here.

Above: the very friendly Denver trying to Instagram herself and our feline friend, Oliver.

After a tour of the site – including a visit to the amazing veterinary practice and a sneak peek at Battersea’s brand new, state of the art kennels – we went to meet the dogs.

With over 300 dogs between the three sites – London, Brands Hatch and Old Windsor – there’s a whole host of loving canines in need of a home.

Battersea’s kennels span two floors – making feeding time A LOT of fun. We joined staff in the kitchen to prepare dinner for the dogs. To ensure the animals are as stimulated as possible, their food is put into a range of different feeding toys, making teatime as tasty and enjoyable as possible.

Above: the very friendly Alaska waiting for her dinner.

It was then time for walkies with one very energetic and very excited dog called Abu. At only a year old, Abu still has all the playfulness of a puppy – but is just a little bigger!

After putting him on his lead, we took him out to one of Battersea’s many enclosed outdoor paddock areas, where Abu was let loose to jump, bound and chase tennis balls to his heart’s desire.

Above: Abu having fun during playtime.

Having rehomed dogs of all breeds since 1860, the folks at Battersea are experts at finding dogs like Abu the perfect home.

Some may be city dwellers, while others may be fans of the great outdoors. Some may love a busy household; others may like to take things at a slower pace. To find a dog just right for you, visit Battersea’s rehoming gallery now.

Battersea are also looking for foster families to provide dogs with important respite from the kennels while they search for a permanent home. To find out more about fostering, click here.



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