Updated on 27 September, 2014

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
27 September, 2014

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.

Steve the cat

Rocky the catTabby boys Steve (above, full name Steve McQueen) and Rocky (left, full name Rosckstar) find themselves with us after then Edinburgh owner sadly passed away. They are 3 or 4 years old and have lived with other cats, but are not used to children. Rocky is a friendly boy and a real outdoor lover and we understand he is good at playing fetch with twigs! Steve is a little more highly strung, but once he knows you he loves a good stroke. Both cats would like outdoor access in their new home(s).

Puss the cat

Puss is a one-and-a-half- year-old dark tortie girl who came to us because her previous owner in Hyvots, Edinburgh had health problems and could no longer care for her. She is an inquisitive and friendly girl with a great fluffy tail! She may be ok with children and also with other animals. She would like a garden in her new home.

Marbles the cat

Pebbles the catPebbles (right) and Marbles (above) are a pair of gentle 7-year-old dark tortie girls who came to us because a child in their Sighthill home was allergic. Pebbles (with the lighted tan coloured nose) had what appeared to be a bad skin condition on arrival, and on investigation it appears she has a rodent ulcer on her leg. This is a recurring condition which will require monthly steroid injections to manage - LCR is willing to cover the cost of these and would be happy to discuss what this might mean for Pebbles with those looking to give these gorgeous girls a second chance. Both girls are fine with children and would enjoy having outside access in their new home.

Lily the catLily is a sleek black and white 3-year-old who comes to us because her previous owner in Blackburn could no longer care for her. She is affectionate and inquisitive and may be ok with kids and with other animals. She would like a garden to explore in her new home.


Felix the catFelix is a timid but friendly 4 year old boy who was rehomed by LCR , but was returned to us because he was spending more time outside that his owners were comfortable with. He does like human company, but is an independent soul and would probably prefer a quieter, adult only home - the business of the Shelter seems to upset him. He will need a garden in his new home.

Benny the cat

Benny is a fluffy black boy, aged 7, who came to us as a terrified long term stray from the Livingston area. His beautiful fur was horribly matted on arrival, but has now regrown, and physically he has recovered from his ordeals. He remains a very timid boy, and is looking for a quiet adult-only home with patient and experienced owners who will give him the time to get comfortable. He may get along with other cat-focused cats. Whilst in time Benny might enjoy access to a garden, we feel he would benefit from being kept indoors for a while initially at least, until he finds his feet.

Jackaboo the catJackaboo (a 4 or 5 year old black boy) came to us because his previous owner from Knightsridge, West Lothian, was moving and couldn't take him too. He's an affectionate boy, has lived with children and is fine with other cats. Jackaboo was a former stray and is quite inquisitive. He would like a garden to explore in his new home.

Rosie the cat

Gorgeous Rosie - a 3 to 4 year-old girl with lovely fluffy pale ginger and white fur - was rehomed by LCR but was not enjoying living with the children in the home. As such an adult-only home, with a garden and where she can be the only cat would suit her best. She is a purry lady who likes strokes and attention.

Sooty the catSooty (left, a 3-year-old tuxedo cat) came from a multi-cat household and is with us because his Penicuik owner moved away and left him behind. Sooty is more relaxed now and enjoys strokes and attention. He would like a garden in his new home and once settled may get on fine with kids.


Sierra the cat

Sierra, a tabby lady, came to us because her Mayfield owner is moving overseas. She came in with Tansey, but Tansey has now found her forever home. Sierra is friendly on her terms, but really does not like other cats and so needs to be an only animal in her new home. Now that she has the pen to herself we hope she will begin to relax a bit more. She would also prefer a home without children so that she can enjoy all the attention! She knows how to use a cat flap and would like to be able to get outdoors in her new home.

Cinders the cat

Cinders is a semi-longhaired black and white cat who was found straying with her kittens in the Slateford Road part of Edinburgh. She is a friendly cat who may get on fine with other cats and with children. Her kittens are now gone for homing, and 2 year old Cinders (now neutered by LCR) is ready for a forever home of her own where she can venture outdoors sometimes.

Pansy the cat

A shy but usually friendly tabby was found straying in Prestonpans, East Lothian, so has been named Pansy. She's 3 years old, and may get on fine with children and other animals, though she'd probably appreciate a fairly quiet household, and a garden to relax in.

Marty the catMarty is a 4 year old semi-longhaired black and white cat with a very unusual miaow who was found as a stray in Polbeth, West Lothian. He's new to the Shelter, so not very settled yet, but may be ok with older children and other cats when he finds a loving new home of his own, with a garden to get out into.

Lenny the cat

Lenny is a friendly lad, aged 2, but he would probably be a bit scared of boisterous kids, though he gets on fine with other cats, and would benefit from outdoor exercise. He is semi-long haired and black and white. The Shelter took him and his brother AJ when their Penicuik owner couldn't look after them any more, but AJ has now found his forever home.

Sooty the cat

A black cat with round golden eyes came as a stray from Ormiston, East Lothian. 3 year old Sooty was terrified in the Shelter at first, but each day is becoming more and more loving and trusting, so a kind owner with a garden, and possibly with other cats and/or children over 12, should with patience have a great wee companion.

Peach the cat

Peach was brought to LCR by a neighbour in Clermiston, Edinburgh when her owner moved - but didn't take the cat! She's a wee black 2 year old, who is affectionate but timid so would be best in a household where someone can build her confidence, perhaps with other cats, but with no kids under 12. She'd also appreciate getting out when she's braver.

click here to see Robyn, our special featured 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.

Jake the cat

You'd never guess that big, strong and solid Jake is 15 years old! This good natured black and white boy finds himself with us because his previous owner from Penicuik has moved overseas and couldn't take Jake too. He is a friendly lad who enjoys a stroke, but is really just looking for a nice quiet adult-only home to snuggle up in this Winter. He would like a garden to lounge in on sunny days, and having never lived with other animals would probably like to be the only pet in his retirement.

Twinkle the cat

Lucky the catA group of cats came to us after their previous owner in Abbeyhill was taken into hospital. 2-year-old Lucky (left) and 3-year-old Twinkle (above) are both black and white, but Lucky has a 'triangle' on his nose whereas Twinkle has a 'moustache'. They are both friendly and gentle boys, who may be ok with older children and are fine with other cats. Whilst they have been indoor cats until now, we believe they would benefit from having a safe garden to explore in their new home(s).

Dodo the cat

Also part of the Abbeyhill group are 6-year-old ladies, Dodo (above) and Toots (below). These tabby and white girls (Dodo has more white on her chest) are friendly but are timid in the shelter and we feel a quiet adult-only home would suit them best and each would probably like to be the only animal in their new home. Because of their timid natures, we are looking for indoor only homes for these two girls, with cat-experienced owners.

Toots the cat

Domino the cat

Domino is a black and white 9-year-old lad who was stressed out by the busy nature of his previous home in North Berwick. Now settled at the Shelter, he truly is a delight of a cat who loves strokes, attention and rolling about and showing you his belly. He might be happy to share his home with another animal, but would prefer not to live with younger children. He would like a garden to roll about in.

Aleisha the cat

Aleisha is a happy and purry one-and-a-half- year-old ginger and white girl who, for reasons we don't understand, was abandoned at our Shelter gate recently! In spite of her ordeal she is a sweet natured and trusting lady, who may settle in a home with children. She also seems fine with other cats. She would like a garden in her new home.

Bonnie the catBonnie is an eenie-weenie wee 1-year-old black lady who was found straying near Saughton Mains in Edinburgh. She is rather timid at the moment but underneath her fear, a cat who wants to be loved and stroked is very clearly hiding, and we don't think it will take it long for Bonnie to find her inner confidence. She may be ok with other cats, and with children, and she would like a garden to play in.

Jess the catWee Jess is a 3 year-old dark tortie lady who was found straying in East Lothian.. A lady took her in but she wasn't seeing eye-to-eye with her existing cat and dog. She was rather stressed on arrival, but now neutered she is much calmer and is ready to find her new home. She is playful and likes attention but doesn't like to stand still for a photo! And she will let you know when she has had enough attention. As such a home without small children, with a garden, and where she can be the only pet would suit her best.

Charlie & Leah, two lovely cats

12-year-old Charlie (left, black and white) and 9-year-old Leah (right, grey and white) were left behind when their owner moved from his Fauldhouse home! Charlie is a giant of a cat and is full of head-bumps and purrs. Leah seems more traumatized by her experience and, whilst friendly, is scared and timid at the moment. She needs to learn to trust again. Once settled they may be ok with older children, and would like a home with a safe garden to investigate.

Tigro the cat

Smudge the cat6-year-old Smudge (tortie and white, right) and 3-year-old Tigro (ginger and white, above) come from Dalkeith and are with us after their owner died and the person who took them in was made homeless. Both girls are friendly and sociable, and they love each other very much so must remain as a pair. They would like a garden to explore in their new home.


Patch the cat

Patch is a 10-year-old black and white girl who came to us after straying in the East Craigs area. She is not particularly enjoying being at the Shelter and is a wee bit stressed, and so Patch will need a cat-savvy owner who is prepared to be patient and let her find her feet in her own time. Patch may be ok with other cats, but would prefer a quieter household without young children. She would like access to a garden.

Tessa the cat1-year-old Tessa finds herself with us because her previous East Calder owner is moving abroad and can't take Tessa too. She's a semi-long haired black lass with a wee white bib, who is a bit confused about why she has been uprooted from somewhere she felt safe and she will need a patient owner to help rebuild her trust. She has lived happily with other cats, but we feel a child-free home with a garden would suit her best.

Josie the cat

Josie came to LCR as her past owner can't look after her any more due to illness. She's a slightly overweight black and white 7 year old who is friendly, but on her own terms, so would be best in a home without little children, though she may be ok with other animals. Outside exercise would do her good.

Maisie the cat

Maisie came from Morningside when her previous owner could no longer look after her. She's 3 years old, and white and black. She's never lived with children or other animals, but she has a pleasant, relaxed nature, and would appreciate a home where she can get out of doors sometimes.

Missy the cat

Missy is a sleek 5-year-old black lady who finds herself with us because her Edinburgh owner went into hospital. She is friendly but can be a bit unpredictable so an adult-only home would suit her best. She has lived with another female cat but they didn't see eye to eye so she needs to be an only cat. She would like a garden to explore.