DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Battersea Old Windsor full to the brim with unwanted oldies

OK, this is not strictly speaking a dog story, but these poor older cats are in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and they deserve a loving forever home.

The cattery at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor has reached full capacity, with the charity issuing an urgent appeal for people to consider giving a home to an unwanted cat.

The feline residents currently calling Battersea ‘home’ are almost all golden oldies, as the rescue centre witnesses an influx of 14-19 year-old cats coming into its care. These cats are much harder to rehome than the youthful one-year-old’s that fly out the door.

Cats can find new homes within days, but because most of the current cats are older, they are staying much longer in the charity’s care. Battersea will care for cats and dogs for as long as it takes to find a suitable home – no matter how elderly they may be.

Current residents at the Berkshire centre include Kevin, a 17-year-old Domestic Medium Hair that was brought in by his elderly owner because she was moving abroad, and 14-year-old duo Gally and Ginny who came into Battersea Old Windsor together when their owner passed away.

Tamara Willis, Battersea Old Windsor Cat Rehomer said: “Rehoming has really slowed down for us. Our cattery is full of lovely older felines that would make wonderful lap cats but are constantly being overlooked because of their age. Rehoming an older cat is so rewarding and there are many reasons we want to pair people with their perfect pet. Older cats are generally less demanding than youngsters and need less supervision, and they love a lap to curl up on with regular food and affection. Cats regularly live into their late teens, so most of our golden oldies like Kevin, Dolly and Mimi will have many years of life and love to give a potential owner.”

Last year Battersea Old Windsor cared for 650 cats. While many cats come into the Home as strays, over 60 percent more come in as their owners can no longer look after them.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home gives all potential new owners help and advice before taking on a cat. If you think you can offer a cat a loving new home please contact Battersea Old Windsor on 01784 494 443 or email us at


272 - dog AITA and having fun with your dog

In the first podcast of 2024, Julie considers some dog themed AITA questions from the Reddit site.Who are the goodies and who are the baddies of some canine conundrums? And here's a new year's resolution you can stick to - have fun with your dog! We have lots of suggestions from listeners about fun activities with your dog.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.