Updated on 13 May, 2016

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
13 May, 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.

Widget the cat

Shadow the catWidget (above) and Shadow (right) are a loving pair of 9 year old males whose past owner in Lanarkshire moved to smaller accommodation where the cats couldn’t be kept. Widget, the shyer of the two, is brown tabby with white, while more outgoing Shadow is a smokey Maine Coone. Both these friendly chaps will possibly get on fine with children and animals, and will need outside access once they get a new home together.

Tabbypuss the cat

A big tabby cat straying in East Lothian is looking for a home with access outdoors but no young kids, as the aptly named Tabbypuss is a shy, gentle guy. He’s 2 or 3 years old, and might get on all right with other animals.

Dan the catWhen Dan came to the Shelter after straying in Midlothian he was timid and untrusting, but he’s now becoming really friendly (especially when coaxed with cat treats!). However this tabby and white 3 year old would be best in an adult household without other animals, but with a garden to go out into sometimes.

Frazzle the catFrazzle is a little female with semi-long black and white fur and a gentle, friendly nature. This wee soul, aged 1 or 2, was found under a shed in West Lothian with her kittens. Now neutered, she needs a loving home of her own, maybe with children and/or cats, and a garden to relax in.

Milo & Bobby, two lovely cats

Milo and Bobby are a pair of 10 year old males who came to the Shelter from Edinburgh due to their past owner’s personal problems. Both tabby lads are friendly, fine with children, and have lived with a small dog (though were less keen on the other cat in the house). Milo, who has some white fur, is the more outgoing of the two, while Bobby is a bit shyer. A home together where they can get outside sometimes would suit these two.

Dino the cat

A tabby and white cat called Dino is now recovering from very sore eyes with the help of LCR’s vets and care staff, after straying for 6 weeks in north Edinburgh. He’s a gentle, purry 5 year old lad who may get on ok with animals and children, and now deserves a loving new home where he can get outdoors at times.

Finn the cat

A 3 year old tabby and white cat called Finn was straying for a month in West Lothian. He has settled down well in the Shelter and seems to have a very contented nature, though he’s not keen on other cats. A home with a garden, possibly with children would be great for him.

Gizzy the cat

Gizzy is chatty and purry and loves company but her previous owner in south Edinburgh died, so at 10 years old this black and white female is looking for attentive owners without other animals but maybe with children, and a new home with outside access.

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.

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.

Jinxie the cat

A 1 and a half year old cat with a soft fluffy tabby and white coat and an affectionate nature came from West Lothian, as Jinxie had never lived with kids, so got a bit ‘uppity’ when he met the owner’s family. He’s been indoors till now, but would benefit from living in an adult household and getting out and about.

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.

McGregor the cat

McGregor arrived at our shelter as an unneutered stray from North-East Edinburgh. This sleek black furred lad was very frightened when he arrived, but is settling nicely and responds well to gentle strokes. He is looking for a home with a garden and with patient owners who will help to rebuild his confidence in people. He may get on ok with other cats, and also with older children.

Tootsie the cat

Tootsie is a soft-furred 12-year-old dark tortie girl who came to us from Midlothian, after a private rehoming didn’t work out. She likes to have a wee chat and enjoys a fuss, but in true tortie style can have the odd grumble and so would prefer not to live with younger children or with other animals. She does need garden access.

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.

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.

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.

Billy the catA shy 10 year old tabby and white male called Billy was found straying in south west Edinburgh. He may be fine with cats and kids as he’s a calm, friendly cat, and he’d certainly like to get outside sometimes.

Domino the cat

Domino is a very affectionate, chatty big black and white cat who may get on well with children and other cats, in a home with a garden. He’s 3 years old, and was found as a stray in Midlothian, suffering from very sore eyes, now cured, thanks to LCR’s vets!

Max the catMax is a friendly, purry cat who loves attention, but he’d be best as an only cat in a home with outdoor access, but without kids under about 10. He came from a Midlothian home with too many animals, and had to have a severe ‘haircut’ to remove matted fur. However his lovely fluffy ginger and white coat is now beginning to grow again, and he’ll welcome getting outdoors in the summer.

Calvin the catA wee tabby and white lad called Calvin with a friendly, inquisitive nature was straying for a month before he was brought to the Shelter. He should get on ok with cats and kids, and would love to have a garden to explore from his new home.

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

Robinson the cat

Robinson was found straying in West Lothian and his face at the moment looks as if he’s been ‘in the wars’ a bit, but he’s a good-natured 12 year old chap with semi-long black and white fur who likes to be stroked, and would appreciate settling down in a loving home without young kids or other animals, but with access outdoors.

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.

Vinnie and Tosca, Tara and Louie all came from north east Edinburgh on the death of their owner, so we are not sure of their ages, though they are all mature ‘middle aged’. They are all gentle, friendly cats in varying patterns of black and white, who would enjoy a nice relaxed quiet life in a home with garden access.

Vinnie & Tosca, two lovely cats

Vinnie and Tosca (above) are looking for a home as a pair - female Tosca has short fur, and male Vinnie has semi-long fur and a short stumpy tail.

Tara & Louie, two lovely cats

Tara and Louie (above) also 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.

Boycie the cat

Lovely Boycie was rehomed by LCR several years ago to Midlothian, but following a relationship breakup he finds himself back with us once more. He is a solid 7-year-old white and ginger chap, who is generally relaxed and placid, although he can have his moments! He has never lived with other cats, and we expect he would be ok with older kids. He would like a garden to sunbathe in.

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.

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.