Updated on 8 November, 2017

The Shelter

LCR in 1995LCR in 2009Our Shelter is a big operation, and from the first row of pens being erected in 1995 we have grown hugely.


We now have seven rows of 'enclosed' pens – one of which is custom designed to be more suitable for mum cats and kittens - plus a large 'Open Pen' area.


Enclosed pens

Our enclosed pens each contain segregated areas for between 6 to 8 cats or sets of cats. Each of these areas contains:

Inside an enclosed pen at LCRThe corridor outside an enclosed pen

Four of our enclosed pens have secure rear areas. This allows us to give controlled access to those feline guests who for various reasons - often an aversion to other felines - are not able to have a ground-pass.

The Open Pen

Open pen at LCROur Open Pen is the purrfect place for some of our longer term residents, any feral guest and those cats who find being in an enclosed pen too stressful. These cats are extra lucky - as well as having somewhere safe and secure to sleep they also have a ground-pass and so benefit from unsupervised outdoor time. The grounds at LCR Over the years we've made a huge effort to develop the grounds to be a place of tranquility for both cats and human visitors alike.

Along with three heated top-box areas, the Open Pen contains numerous shelves, beds and hidey-holes, activity scratch posts and plenty of toys to keep the residents entertained.

Other Facilities

New buildings at LCR2012 saw big change at the Shelter with the addition of two purpose built buildings. One is used as an office, where the Wardens work away organizing the comings and goings of our feline residents. The other building is a much-needed new kitchen and food preparation zone. The old office and kitchen area is currently being used as a facility for some of the older cats in our care – a toastier and cosier place you couldn’t hope to find!


All Systems Go!

Aerial view of LCR 2015After much planning and even more fundraising, we are delighted that 2015 has seen the start of the next phase of development work at our Shelter. This will include the building of our long-awaited mother and kitten facility. On top of this, two of our existing pens which have seen better days will be replaced, and an additional pen will be added too. As is always the case with building works, there is some disruption at the Shelter - most noticeably within the car park thanks to the presence of a rather large skip - but we are still all-systems-go on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming front. And, most importantly of all, the cats in our care don't seem to be too fazed by the changes!

This pen is now in use and full of cats, and more building work is progressing.

April 2017

The new Pen 4 at LCRA brand new replacement for the old Pen 4 (see left) is now well under way, while the Open Pen (bottom right), which is normally ‘home’ to 15 – 20 cats who have the freedom of the grounds, has had a much needed refurbishment and rain-proofing. Meanwhile the purpose-built Mother and Kitten Pen (below left) is now in full use.

Refurbished open pen at LCRMother & kitten pen at LCR











Farewell to Cat Borstal (March 2017)

In early March, we began the process of bidding farewell to our beloved Cat Borstal pen. Sadly the current pen run - which had stood for over 15 years - had seen better days. It leaked during rain and in many areas the wooden structure was being held up by will power as much as anything. It had done us fantastic service, but was no longer really fit for purpose.

Cat Borstal

All current residents were moved to alternative pens, and the work of dismantling this place in which so many cats have started their journey to a happy future, began. Cue much reminiscing!

The construction of a swanky new pen structure was completed in early June and the new pen will be open and full of cats at our June Open Day. “Borstal” will be relocated to one of the existing pens at the bottom of our land – this is a quieter area and so we feel it may suit our more nervous and unhappy guests better.