Updated on 23 June, 2016

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
23 June, 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.

Elmo the cat

Elmo, a black cat with big eyes, was a stray in Midlothian for a while so he’s just learning to trust again, but he seems to have a nice nature, and may get on all right with children and/or animals. He’s 6 or 7 years old, and would appreciate getting outside once he settles in to his new home.

Harris the catHarris is a lad who enjoys company and loves to be stroked and brushed. He’s a big tabby and white cat of 3 and a half with semi-long fur, who’s been used to kids and a small dog, but he had to come to LCR due to his owner’s partner’s cat allergy. He’d love a garden to explore from his new home.

Ali the cat

A bright affectionate 1 and a half year old cat called Ali came to the Shelter after straying in West Lothian since March. He’s black with a white bib, paws and whiskers, and likes his chin tickled, so may be fine with children and with other cats. He would need outside access from his new home.

Thor the cat

Thor is a calm, friendly 2 year old who may get on with animals and children. He has a smooth black coat, though his fur needs to shine again after living as a stray in West Lothian since April. He’s welcome a loving home with a garden.

Toodles the cat

Black and white Toodles was living indoors in a very busy household in the Central Lowlands which made her rather stressed. She really wants to be friends but is still anxious, so a quiet home with animals, or kids under 12, and with access outdoors would suit her best.

Sonny the cat1 year old Sonny came from south Edinburgh, unneutered and apparently too boisterous for his owner there. However he’s a very affectionate young lad, and now he’s been neutered by LCR’s vet is if anything a wee bit nervous when handled, though he should be fine with older children. This white cat with black patches and a wee white bib needs a new start in a loving home where he can get outside to play and enjoy life again. He’s never lived with animals in the past.

Richy the catA big tabby and white cat called Richy came from north Edinburgh after straying for a month there. He’s a friendly 3 year old guy who may get on ok with other animals and with kids over about 7. He loves to get outdoors from the back of his pen, but comes running in when his name is called and there’s a whiff of cat treats in the air!

Finlay the catFinlay is a friendly, chatty big guy with semi-long black and white fur and an independent nature, who was straying for 2 months in Midlothian. He’d be best in a home without kids under 10 or other cats, and he’d love a garden to explore from his new home.

Marley the cat

Rhia the catA pair of big, laid back friendly cats called Marley and Rhia came to LCR after their owner’s eviction in south west Edinburgh. They’re fine with older kids, but were not happy living with another cat, though these two should be homed together, where they can get outside exercise. Ginger and white male Marley (top) is 8, while female Rhia (left) is semi-longhaired black and white. Both love to be stroked and brushed.

Dino the cat

Dino is a gentle, purry 5 year old cat who has been treated for very sore eyes by LCR’s vets and care staff, after straying for 6 weeks in north Edinburgh. Now this tabby and white lad, whose eyes are much better, deserves a loving new home where he can get outdoors at times. He may get on ok with animals and children.

Tam the catAfter being found straying in west Edinburgh, tabby and white Tam is a bit unsure in the Shelter, but he becomes chatty and responsive when cat treats are produced! He’s 3 years old and may get on ok with children and other cats. A home with access outdoors would be great for him, once he’s settled in.

Sunny the cat

Sunny’s previous owner’ ill health means meant this big ginger cat was brought to LCR from West Lothian, looking for a new home with a garden. He’s 8 years old and likes to be stroked. He’s not lived with kids or animals up till now.

Angus/Snowy the cat

7-year-old Angus (a.k.a Snowy!) is a timid but friendly white lad who came to us because his Peebleshire owners work pattern meant they didn't have enough time for him. He would love to be the only pet in a home with a garden. He'd also prefer not to have to enjoy the attentions of younger children.

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.

Lucy the catWee Lucy came to us in December 2015, when a baby was expected by her Midlothian owners. She is 6 years old and has lovely thick black fur with a wee white locket. Lucy has struggled to adjust to life with us at the Shelter and, whilst she has come a long way, she can still be defensive, and needs an experienced owner who will allow her to settle at her own pace. She needs a quiet adult-only home, and would prefer to be the only pet.

Chick the cat

After being unwanted, Chick was very scared when she first came to our Shelter in 2015, but now this 2-year-old black and white lady with a wee black nose, is far more confident, and is looking for new owners who will be patient with her and will continue to build up her trust. She gets on well with the other cats at our Shelter (she will put them in their place!), although she'd be best in a home with no young children. She needs garden 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.

Molly the 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.

Belle the cat

Belle is 2 years old, with black and white fur and a little black spot on her nose, who was brought to the Shelter due to a cat allergic child in her West Lothian family. She’s 2 years old but with her small size and kittenish miaow she seems younger. She’s an affectionate wee lass but would be best in a household without kids under about 7, and she’s not been used to animals so far, having been kept indoors, though she’d really benefit from a garden.

Family of four cats

A large group of cats (above) came from a home in Edinburgh when the owner moved and couldn’t take the animals. Lassie, Rocky, Baby and Smokey are all sociable relaxed cats who get on fine with kids.

Lassie the cat

Rocky the cat

Lassie and Rocky (above) are both black and white 3 year old females.

Baby the catBaby (right) is a 2 year old tabby female with white paws, and Smokey (below) is a 2 and a half year old grey and white male. All of them should be fine with children, and all would benefit from living somewhere they can get outside sometimes. They could be homed singly or in pairs, or as lovely family of 4!

Smokey the cat

Petal the catWee Petal is a fluffy black and white girl of 1 and a half with big white whiskers and a friendly nature. She loves to be stroked and may be fine with kids and other animals, in a home with access outside. She was brought from East Lothian after straying for 3 weeks there.

Coco the catCoco is a good natured, affection black and white chap who came to the Shelter when his past owners in north Edinburgh separated. He is 7 years old and gets on ok with children, but has not been used to other cats so far. A home with a garden would suit him well.

Angus the cat

Troy the catAngus and Troy are a gentle pair of 4 year old cats who would appreciate a new home with access to a garden, either together or separately, since their owner’s eviction in north Edinburgh. Both brown tabby Angus (top) and grey tabby Troy (left) are a bit scared in the Shelter having been kept indoors till now. Neither is too keen on kids or dogs, so an adult household would be best for them.

Sweetheart the cat

Little 3 year old Sweetheart was found living with her kittens under a shed in East Lothian and brought to our mother and baby unit. Now her kittens have been taken care of and Sweetheart has been neutered, so this wee black and white lass who likes to be petted is looking for a new start in life with loving owners, perhaps with children and/or other cats, with whom she can enjoy a life of her own and relax outdoors at times.

T.J. the cat

T.J. and Willow came from Lanarkshire together, and are very close pals so these two males are looking for a home together. T.J. is a 9 year old Bengal Cross with a white bib and paws, and 8 year old Willow is white with a few ginger markings. T.J. is the more outgoing of the two, but both should get on ok with kids over 10, though they’d be best in a home with outside access but without other animals.

Willow the cat

Stitch the cat

A shy, gentle wee black cat came from Midlothian due to her past owner’s health problems. 7 year old Stitch likes to be petted, and should get on all right in a home with quieter kids and/or animals. She’d also appreciate a garden.

Jaemin the cat

A small black and white cat called Jaemin is a bit nervous in the Shelter, having been brought in when his owner in the Borders moved to a flat, but he’s a strokeable, sweet-natured lad. He’s 1 and a half years old and may be ok with kids and cats. A home with access outdoors when he’s more confident would be good for him.

Glen the cat

As a long term stray from Fife, 5 year old ginger Glen was a bit wary in a pen, but he’s now learning to trust people and may get on ok with other cats and children. He’d welcome getting outdoors once he feels ‘at home’ with his new owners.

Tara & Louie, ywo lovely cats

Tara and Louie came from north east Edinburgh on the death of their owner, so we are not sure of their ages, though they are both mature ‘middle aged’. They are gentle, friendly cats in varying patterns of black and white, who would enjoy a nice relaxed quiet life in a home with garden access. They need a home together - male Louie is bigger than female Tara and has less white. None have never lived with children so far.

Mika & Mixu, two lovely cats

Mika and Mixu are a quiet friendly pair of male cats looking for a home together with outside access. They came from Midlothian due to a cat allergy in the family, but both get on ok with children. Grey and white Mixu is 16 while grey Mika is 11.

Karri the cat12-year-old Karri was unhappy in her previous Midlothian home, and showed her upset by toiletting inappropriately. She has been using her litter tray without issue at our Shelter, and once settled into a quiet, adult-only home without other pets, we have confidence that she will be a great companion. She would like a garden in which to sun herself and her lovely fluffy black fur.

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.