Updated on 8 November, 2017

Our History

Kitten at Lothian Cat Rescue Lothian Cat Rescue is a registered charity formed in 1978 to help cats and kittens that have been abandoned, ill-treated, neglected or are unwanted for whatever reason.

When LCR started, all the cats and kittens were cared for in foster homes. In 1993, a property was purchased to be used as a cat shelter and rescuing and rehoming began, using one room as an indoor cat room. As soon as sufficient funds were raised we erected our first row of purpose-built pens, and in May 1995 the Lady Provost officially opened the Shelter. Further pens have been erected as more funds became available and we now have 6 rows of pens plus one large open pen area.

We now re-home almost 1000 cats and kittens every year, incurring costs in excess of £100,000 each year for food, litter and vets fees. By the very nature of our work most cats we take into our care require veterinary attention and in some cases major treatment. All our cats are neutered before being rehomed; hence veterinary fees are a major expense. Fortunately our vets give us special concessionary rates.

The majority of our cats stay with us at our shelter. However we recognise that the Shelter environment is not the best environment for some of our guests, and we are fortunate to have a group of fosterers who look after those cats requiring individual attention - such as pregnant mum cats and those nursing kittens, elderly cats, those requiring long-term medication and those with significant behavioural issues.

Lothian Cat Rescue also aims to resolve the issues of feral cats by catching, neutering/spaying them before releasing them back to their previous location. Frequently, we are informed of feral cats in areas planned for building works and asked to relocate them.

Plant stall at the Bazaar Our main funds are raised from our shop (at 23 Easter Road, Edinburgh), our volunteer-run bazaars and Open Days, as well as an annual raffle, supporters fees and ad hoc donations. Many of our supporters collect goods for resale or produce craft items, plants and baked goods for sale at our events.

There are many sad stories involved in animal rescue and our objective is to ensure that as many as possible of our stories have happy endings, with our cats and kittens going to good permanent homes and at last landing on all four paws!