Updated on 12 February, 2016

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
12 February, 2016

The following cats are looking for homes just now, as well as many others in the Shelter. Some have had a difficult or fearful time before coming to LCR, so may need a quieter home or a patient, experienced owner. Our experienced staff are happy to advise on matching up the right cat to the right home.


Could you find a place in your heart and your home for any of these cats? If you are interested in any of the cats please contact the Shelter on 01875 821025 for more information and to check that they are still available. We usually have up to 60 cats in the Shelter, so do come along and visit as we may have just the very cat or cats for you and your family.

All cats are spayed, flead & wormed before homing.

Gypsey the catGypsy is a very affectionate black cat, aged 8, but he was extremely stressed by the other unneutered males in his neighbourhood in Midlothian, However he has been used to a dog, and gets on ok with children, so a new start in a loving home with access outside is what this lad needs.

Suki the cat

Suki is a chatty, affectionate, playful 7 year old, but she was bringing in too many mice and birds for her past Edinburgh owner’s liking. She has fluffy black and white fur, and may get on all right with kids and cats. She’d certainly appreciate a garden – though hopefully she’ll be more respecting of the local wildlife in future!

Neebs the cat

Neebs is a purry girl, but at 15 she can be a bit of a ‘grumpy old lady’ sometimes, though she’ll probably be ok with children over about 10, and maybe with other cats. She’s black with a white ‘locket’, and came from a home in north Edinburgh where a child was cat allergic. She’d welcome a garden to potter round.

George the cat

A big black and white cat who seems to have been living as a stray for most of his life (2 to 3 years) was brought in from East Lothian. George is really keen to be friends, and gets on fine with other cats, and maybe with older children, but he could do with a quiet stable home with an experienced cat owner as he doesn’t always trust people. He’d appreciate access outdoors once he’s ‘got his paws under the table’.

Cubby the catA purry, affectionate, active 3 year old called Cubby came from east Edinburgh as he’d not been neutered and needed out. (He has now visited the vet through LCR). This black and white lad is fine with kids, but would be best in a home without other animals.

Effie the cat

An affectionate wee white and black female with a little black spot on her nose came to the Shelter due to her Edinburgh owner’s allergy to cats. Effie is 5 years old, gets on ok with kids over 12 and has lived with other cats. A house with a garden would be best for her.

Cole the cat

Cole was rehomed, but sadly didn’t get along with the other cats in the home and so is with us once more. His thick black fur was very matted when he first arrived with us - hence his strange “haircut” - but it is regrowing nicely! He is 10 years old, and came to us as a long term stray from Edinburgh. He is a chatty boy and is a big softy with people, loving strokes and cuddles. He just needs to be the only pet in his home, and would prefer not to live with young children. He would like a garden to explore in the warmer months.

Murphy the cat

3 year old Murphy’s scratched nose shows this lad has ‘been in the wars’ as a stray in north Edinburgh, and he’s a bit scared in the Shelter, but he likes having his head tickled, so an experienced owner whom he can trust and will give him lots of TLC should win his loyalty. He might be ok with other cats and with older children, and would certainly welcome getting out at times.

Dobbie the cat

Felix the cat

Dobbie (3, above top), Maisie (4, below), Felix (5, above), and Eevee (6, below) all came from the Borders due to their owner’s ill health. They are all a bit shy in the Shelter, but apparently got on fine with children and lived with older dogs. Black and white Dobbie and tabby and white Felix are male, while grey and white Maisie and black and white Eevee are female. They can be homed together or apart, but would all appreciate getting outside when they are more confident.

Eevee & Maisie, two lovely cats

Calvin the catA good natured ginger and white cat of 2 or 3 came from an indoor situation in West Lothian as he needs to get out and about. Calvin gets on fine with children and perhaps with other cats.



Snowball the cat

A pair of 3 year old brothers called Snowball (above) and Colt (below) came from rented accommodation in Midlothian which unfortunately didn’t allow pets. Both white and black Colt and his somewhat shyer white brother, Snowball, are quiet and friendly. They get on fine with children, and are looking for a home together with outside access and no other animals.

Colt the cat

Hamish the cat

Hamish is a gentle, purry 10 year old who likes to be stroked. He didn’t get on with the older cat in his first house in Leith, was rehomed but returned when the new owner in Fife lost their job, so this black cat with a wee white ‘locket’ is really looking for a welcoming ‘forever home’ with outside access, no other cats, and perhaps children over 10.

Teddy the catTeddy is a black cat who was a stray for a long time in East Lothian and needs to learn to trust humans more, so he needs a patient owner in a tranquil home with outside access. However, at only 1 or 2 years old, given time and love he should come ‘out of his shell’ to become a family pet.

Frankie the cat

Frankie, a black & white male of 5 or 6, came from west Edinburgh when his owner couldn't afford to keep him any more. He's a quiet shy chap in the Shelter, and hasn't lived with kids or cats so far. He'd welcome a new home with a garden.

Bobby the cat

1 year old Bobby is a bit nervous in the Shelter, and has not been used to kids in his previous home, but he may be ok with other animals, and he responds well to cat treats, so this black and white boy with a white stripe down his nose should settle down in a tranquil home where he can get outside when he’s more confident.

Beau, our very special cat

Thankfully, the majority of the cats that come into our care very quickly find themselves loving forever homes. However for various reasons, some cats are with us for a longer stay. Click on the image above to see our special featured cat.

Mum cats being cared for in foster homes

We often have some mum cats whose kittens have been homed and are therefore ready to move to homes of their own. We try to home them directly from their foster homes to avoid them going through another stressful move to our Shelter, so if there is a phone number beside the picture of the cat you will know it is a mum cat.

Miley the catMiley came from West Lothian with another cat when their owner had to give up their house, so he gets on ok with cats, and with children too. He’s a lively, affectionate wee grey and white 2 year old boy, who would really appreciate a new family with a garden to play in.

Chesney the cat

Chesney (above) and Socks (below) came from a house with too many cats in the south of Edinburgh. They are a bright friendly pair who get on ok with cats, dogs and kids. 3 year old Chesney has semi-long pale ginger fur, while black and white Socks, the more confident of the two, is 2 years old. Both lads enjoy being outdoors.

Bic the catWhen his owner in west Edinburgh died Bic found himself in the Shelter looking for a new home, preferably with a garden. He’s a big black and white chap aged 3, who should be ok with other cats and dogs, and probably with children over 12, as he’s quiet and shy but responds well to being stroked.

Bonnie the cat

Tabby and white Bonnie is usually friendly, and responds enthusiastically to cat treats, but she was brought to LCR as her past owner in West Lothian was concerned about cat fur when a new baby came along in the family. Bonnie is 6 years old, and best in a home with a garden, but without children under 12, or other cats.

Baillie the catA big shy friendly 5 year old called Bailey needs a new home, preferably without other animals or kids, as his past owner in West Lothian moved house. He has black shiny fur with a white bib, tummy and paws. He should be allowed out sometimes from his new home, though he seems to prefer indoors most of the time.

Patch the catPatch is a good natured 13 year old white male cat who likes to be petted, gets on fine with kids, and has been used to large dogs. The ill health of his previous owner in West Lothian means Patch is looking for a loving home with a garden to spend his senior years.

Rudi the cat

When Rudi’s owner in East Lothian couldn’t keep him any more he had to come to LCR to look for a home with access outside. Ginger Rudi is 2 years old, outgoing, gets on ok with children and cats and is very keen on cat treats!

Mitzy the cat

5 year old Mitzy is a lilac tortoiseshell and white female who was found and taken in by someone in Midlothian. She’s usually a purry, friendly lass, but can be crotchety occasionally, so would be best not homed with young kids. She’d appreciate outside access from her new home.

Splodge the cat

Splodge, a little 7 month old white cat with black splodges was very scared when he came to the Shelter, having been tormented by children in his past home, but he’s now become lively and playful. He’d make a great pal for an experienced loving owner (without kids under about 12!) now this wee lad is learning to trust again. He may be ok living with a quiet dog, and would certainly appreciate a garden to go out into now he’s becoming more confident.

Molly the cat

Molly arrived with us in February 2015 and is a black and white female of 8 and a half looking for a quiet home without other animals or children, as she was getting very stressed in her previous home. She is a friendly girl, although she will let you know when she's had enough! She will need garden access.

Liam the cat

Liam is a big plumpish tabby chap who's a bit shy after straying for a while and likes to sit in his comfy nest in his outside pen, but he is fine when stroked - especially when coaxed with cat treats! He hasn't been used to kids as far as we know, and could be dominant if homed with other cats.

Chick the cat

After being unwanted, Chick is very scared in the Shelter, so this 1 year old black and white lady with a wee black nose, whose kittens have been homed, is looking to build up trust with a new loving owner, and in time get the confidence to go outdoors and perhaps meet other animals and children for the first time.

Korky the cat

Korky is a small black and white female who needs a confident, experienced owner, as she has been kept indoors till now and can be rather feisty. She has never lived with other animals, and would be best in a home without kids under 10, and with a garden. She came to the Shelter due to the illness of their owner's partner.

Tom the cat

A black and white 3 year old lad called Tom is a bit timid at the moment, but should respond to patience and love, and may be ok with kids and cats. He was found as a stray so would be best in a home with outdoors access.

Junebug the cat

Junebug is a 10 year old white female cat whose past owner is moving to rented accommodation where a cat is not permitted. She was a bit grumpy when she came to the Shelter, though her sunny side has now appeared again. She's looking for a patient, loving owner without kids or other animals to spend her senior years with. She appreciates a wander round the garden at the Shelter.

Taylor the cat

Candy the catTwo 1 year old cats called Candy (right) and Taylor (above) came to LCR separately, but are enjoying each other’s company in a pen, so could be homed together or apart. Candy is a timid black and white female whose owner in Midlothian had too many cats, while grey and white Taylor, also rather shy, was straying in the east of Edinburgh. As they gain confidence they may both get on with older, quieter children and other cats, and both would appreciate a garden to go out in.