Updated on 11 December, 2016

A Day in the Life

Staff at LCR keep the equipment clean The day starts at our L.C. R. Shelter with the arrival of the Wardens and Cat Care Staff for opening, come rain or shine, wind or snow at 9a.m. The first job is to greet the hungry cats (60 to 100 at any one time) and to feed them: a sachet of cat food, a bowl of dry food, and clean water are exchanged for those left from the previous day. This is done usually done by 7 Care staff on duty, sometimes aided by a volunteer or two. The cat litter trays and any soiled blankets are changed, and the pens are scrupulously washed out, vacuumed and mopped to avoid cross infection. Medication is given to any cats who need it, recent arrivals are treated for fleas and worms, and if there's time the staff will socialise with the frightened ones, play with the lively ones, and brush the scruffy ones! The Care Staff also have the 'fun' job of washing and drying about 80 cat litter trays and about 300 food and water bowls!

Staff at LCR help to care for the catsMeanwhile the two Wardens on duty are busy in the Office, answering phone enquiries about stray cats needing rehoming or cats and kittens seen on the website, or giving advice to kitten fosterers or recent adopters of cats, while dealing with visitors dropping off cats or picking them up, etc. Three times a week 8 to 10 cats are taken to the local Veterinary Surgery in Gorebridge, ICR Butt and Partners, who offer a discount for our large expensive volume of business! Some new arrivals go for a health check, some for neutering, and a few for other medication or surgery.

Staff at LCR collect stray cats & kittensBy 12 noon the clean pens are tranquil, many of the cats are snoozing, and the part time Care Staff have a well-earned 'cuppa' as they go off duty. In the afternoon the Shelter is open to the public from noon until 3.30pm for rehoming, except for Tuesdays and Thursdays when one of the two Wardens or Assistant Warden with a Care Staff member go out to pick up unwanted cats and trap strays and ferals all over the Lothians and beyond. There is always someone left at the Shelter, tasked with dealing with telephone enquiries and administration, as well as ensuring the evening feeding is done and medication is given, before the Shelter closes its doors at 5pm.

Thereafter Brewer's Bush goes quiet, with a member of staff retiring to the house on the premises - and yet another cat or two - until the hungry miaows start again at 9am the next day!

The Lothian Cat Rescue Committee

There are 7 committee members at L.C.R., including Chairwoman and L.C.R founder, Betty. The committee meet regularly 4 times a year to discuss the L.C.R business, which extends far beyond just the Shelter, including the Easter Road Shop, bazaars and other fund raising schemes, staffing, publicity etc. The Committee members are also frequent visitors to the Shelter, making sure everything is as it should be, and work in the Shelter garden and grounds to create an attractive environment for both cats and humans.

Staff at LCR help to care for the catsVolunteers

Lothian Cat Rescue would find it hard to function without our band of volunteers: kitten fosterers, Charity shop workers, website manager and cat care assistants. On behalf of the never-ending stream of needy cats we say Thank you to them all!