Updated on 20 October, 2016

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
20 October, 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.

Spencer the cat

A friendly pair of 5 year olds from the Borders called Spencer and Sky hadn’t been used to kids and were stressed by the arrival of a new baby in the family. However they’ve lived fine with 2 Labrador dogs and a Spaniel! Spencer, the male (below), is bigger and black and white, while female Sky (above) has more white fur than black. They’d appreciate outside access from their new home.

Sky the cat

Arran the cat

9 year old Arran was abandoned outside our Shelter at Brewer’s Bush, though the owner has since been traced!. This big black purry female with a white bib, paws and whiskers, has been indoors till now and could do with a ‘diet and exercise regime’ to lose a bit of weight! She’s not too keen on other cats, and hasn’t lived with children so far, but she’s really good natured and loves to be brushed.

Ginge the cat

Ginge and Maisie are a couple of female cats who came from East Lothian as they weren’t happy living with young kids. However they’re both usually friendly, though 6 year old 3-coloured tortoiseshell Ginge (above) can be grumpy at times while black and white semi-longhaired Maisie (below) is a wee bit timid. They could be placed together or separately, but would both benefit from access to a garden from their new home.

Maisie the cat

Betsy the cat

Little dark tortoiseshell Betsy is only 11 months old. She wants to be friendly but is rather nervous in the Shelter. She came from a house in East Lothian that had too many cats to cope with, so she gets on fine with felines, though she’s never lived with children so far. A home with outside access would be good for her when she’s more confident.

Missie the catMissy came from a disabled owner in West Lothian who couldn’t manage a cat any more. She’s 3 years old, and black and white with a wee white stripe down her nose. She’s been indoors till now and has never lived with other animals, so she is rather wary in the Shelter, and needs to learn to trust again, but she was fine with kids in the past, and would benefit from a home with a garden once she gets her confidence back.

Buster the catWhen his West Lothian owner was made homeless, 4 year old Buster needed to find a new home too! He’s been only indoors and needs to learn to trust, so a home with access to a garden and no other animals or young children would be best for him. However he responds well to cat treats, and so a little patience should soon bring out his loving nature. He’s got black fur with a wee white ‘locket’ on his front.

Pusspuss the cat

A quiet, good-natured black and white mature cat turned up in a lady’s garden in south Edinburgh and wouldn’t leave. She was found to be hyperthyroid, but is fine on medication, so this amiable female, aged 10+ and now named PussPuss, is looking for a comfortable loving home without other cats, but maybe with older kids. A garden of her own to relax in would be nice for her too.

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.

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.

Oscar the cat

Black and white Oscar was kept indoors in his West Lothian home, so when his owner died it was quite a shock for him to find himself in our Rescue Centre. However he responds well to cat treats, so he’s looking for a quiet home with a patient owner, and maybe older kids, and hopefully access to a garden when he gets more confident. He’s 6 years old.

Alfie the cat

Alfie is a young pale ginger and white lad aged 1. He needs a quiet adult household, as he’s never lived with kids or animals before, and was getting frustrated being kept indoors in his past Midlothian home. He’d welcome getting outside when he’s resettled.

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.

Lilo & Stitch, two lovely cats

Lilo and Stitch are two black 2 year old females who came from a home in west Edinburgh where the baby was cat allergic. Lilo is semi-longhaired and Stitch has shorter fur. They are both outgoing and affectionate, and should be ok with children over 5, though Lilo can bully Stitch occasionally. They haven’t been used to other animals so far, but would appreciate a garden to explore from their new home.

Yoko the cat

A wee black and white cat called Yoko needs a new home as her Midlothian owner moved to rented accommodation where no cats are allowed. She is actually 7 years old though she looks quite ‘kittenish’, and is very purry and loving. She should get on well with kids over about 5, and has lived with a Jack Russell dog. A home with a garden would be great for her.

Fluffy & Tia, two lovely cats

Fluffy and Tia are a shy, gentle pair of 2 year old females who like to be stroked and are ok with kids. Their previous owners in East Lothian couldn’t take them when they moved, so they’re looking for a new home with a garden. Fluffy (to right of picture) has semi-long dark tortoiseshell fur, and Tia (to left of picture) is ginger and white.

Broomstick the catBroomstick is white with unusual black markings and a black tail. He’s 1 or 2 years old, good-natured, chatty and loves attention, and he’s used to other cats, but he was brought to LCR because he scratched his West Lothian owner, so would perhaps be best in a home with a garden, but without kids.

jack & Victor, two beautiful young cats

Jack and Victor were born to a farm cat in Midlothian and at first these 1 year old lads were timid being kept indoors for the first time, but now they’re getting really purry and friendly, though they’d be best not homed with young children. However they may get on all right with other animals. They have soft sleek black and white coats.

Arnie the cat

A 7 year old tabby cat called Arnie was brought in as a stray from Midlothian, but though his owner was traced he is no longer wanted! He’s very scared in a pen, but responds well to stroking, and cat treats and chicken, so he’s looking for a patient owner with a quiet home with outside access, and maybe with children over about 10, who can give him the love he deserves.

TJ the cat

T.J. is a big grey and white cat whose West Lothian owner moved and left him behind! He’s 5 years old, has a friendly nature, and may get on all right with older children, but he grew up as a dominant male, so an experienced owner with a garden and no other cats would be best for him.

Grant the cat

Found straying in the Granton area of Edinburgh, a big tabby cat of 5 or 6 was named Grant. He’s a bit depressed being in a pen, but responds well to strokes and treats. A home without other animals or young kids, with access outdoors, and loving owners should soon bring this lad ‘out of his shell’.

Tabitha the cat

Tabitha is a tabby and white old girl of 16 with a very friendly nature who loves a lap to sit on, and would be happy continuing as an indoor cat since her previous Edinburgh owner has gone to hospital. She’s very healthy for her age, apart from some arthritis. She’s not keen on other cats though.

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 initially struggled to adjust to life with us at the Shelter, but now she enjoys access to our grounds, her sweet and inquisitive nature is really coming to the fore. She seems to tolerate the other cats, but would probably prefer to be an only pet. She might be ok with older children.

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.

Robbie the cat

Robbie, a strapping 5-year-old black and white chap, was causing quite a commotion in the Edinburgh area where he was straying! He was very unhappy when he first arrived with us, but has now had time to settle and whilst he can still be unpredictable, is much calmer. He is a chatty lad and loves ham! He might get on ok with other animals, but would prefer to live in an adult-only home with patient and understanding owners. He does need access to a garden.

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.