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Where To Adopt A Cat In London

Where To Adopt A Cat In London

As clever, cute and comforting animals, cats are the pet of choice for many millions of British households. In fact, nearly 20% of people in the UK currently own a cat. Sadly, though, not all felines are given the safe and loving homes they deserve. There are many stray cats out there roaming alone, as well as those that are unfortunately mistreated, or that end up abandoned by their owners for a wide variety of reasons. In many cases, people simply can no longer look after their pets and have no choice but to give them up for adoption.

In London, you'll find many cat rehoming and cat rescue charities that offer friendly felines around the city the chance to have a brighter future. Why not consider opening up your home to one?

If you're not quite ready to consider cat adoption, it's worth knowing that People's Postcode Lottery players automatically support a whole host of wonderful animal charities. 


Cats Protection

Founded over 90 years ago, Cats Protection is the UK's leading cat rescue charity. The charity is able to rescue and rehabilitate around 200,000 cats a year at its many centres and volunteer-run bases around the country.

In the London area, you'll find three Cats Protection Adoption Centres in North London, Harrow and Mitcham. There are also charity shops across the city. Get in touch with the rescue centres or look online to see which adorable felines currently need a new home.

If you're not quite ready to adopt, you could consider temporary fostering, or showing your support by volunteering for a few hours a month in your local Cats Protection shop.


Battersea is a well-known animal sanctuary in London that rescues and finds new homes for every cat and dog in need. The charity first opened in 1860 and now has three rescue centres, including its main branch in South London. Every year, the charity is able to provide a safe and comfortable home for around 7,000 dogs and cats before they are given new forever homes.

There are so many lovely cats that need new homes at Battersea. Take a look at the charity's felines that need rescuing or make an appointment to visit the centre in Battersea. If you're not quite ready to adopt, why not support the sanctuary by becoming a short-term cat fosterer, or by getting involved with volunteering opportunities?

Blue Cross

The Blue Cross is another national animal charity that not only rehomes pets but also provides free medical care for those who can't afford it. The organisation also tries to educate the public about responsible animal ownership through various community programmes.

The Blue Cross rescues hundreds of cats every year at its dozens of animal sanctuaries around the UK, including its cat rescue centre in Lewisham, London. The centre is currently run by volunteers and students, and is in constant need of extra pairs of hands. If you're keen to adopt a cute cat from the Blue Cross, get in touch with the London centre directly to make an appointment to visit.


Mayhew is a local animal sanctuary in London that's dedicated to providing better lives for unwanted dogs and cats. As well as its animal sanctuary in Kensal Green, the charity also provides expert veterinary care procedures and supports animal welfare projects in the UK and abroad.

In 2018, Mayhew were able to rehome over 300 cats. Make sure that number increases this year by adopting yourself, or becoming a cat fosterer if you're not in a position to take on a new pet permanently. The charity is always in need of volunteers to help with jobs like cat socialising and assisting with home visits to potential adoptees.


If you'd like to know more about getting involved in volunteering in your community, take a look at our Local Causes page and find opportunities near you.

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Last updated: 30/06/2021

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