Fife, Scotland Cat Rescue & Adoption Centres (2023)

Cats Protection - West Fife

Registered Charity no. 203644 (England & Wales) SC037711 (Scotland)
Based in Dunfermline. Cats Protection - West Fife has cats of varying ages in foster homes and catteries, looking for loving homes.
Neutering Assistance: If you would like help with neutering your cats and kittens (as young as 16 weeks) then please contact the branch as below.
Lost & Found Register: Cats who are lost or found in the area can be featured on the branch Facebook page.
Please Note:Contact for this branch is currently through head office, as follows:
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12 / National CP Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Website:

Fife Cat Shelter (Fife Cat Rescue)

Scottish Registered Charity no. SCO 21654
Covering Fife, and occasionally the surrounding area. Fife Cat Shelter rehomes on average 450 cats and kittens each year. Cats are health checked and neutered prior to re-homing. Elderly cats are harder to rehome, but the shelter will keep them for as long as it takes. There is an adoption fee, which helps towards vet and food bills. Fife Cat Shelter will always try to match cat and owner as closely as possible. Advice is also offered to cat owners about all aspects of cat ownership. If you would like to rescue a cat (or two), give them a call!
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Neutering Assistance: The shelter offers financial help to owners towards the cost of neutering their cats.
Help! Quality Items Needed: The Shelter is always grateful for good quality items for tombola prizes and to sell for funds.
Tel: 01383 830286
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Help Fife Animals

Scottish Registered Charity no. SCO23126
Based in Leslie. Rescuing and rehoming dogs and cats since 1994, they now neuter and rehome around 500 animals each year. If you can offer a loving home to one of their animals, or would like to volunteer your help from fundraising to fostering, they would love to hear from you.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the rehoming centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Tel: 01592 620300 or01383 511301
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Inverness Cat Rescue

Based in Kinmylies, covering the Inverness area. Inverness Cat Rescue was set up to rescue and re-home unwanted and stray cats and kittens in the Inverness area. They have over 20 years experience in dealing with the welfare and rehabilitation of needy cats/kittens and specialise in hand-rearing orphaned kittens; having successfully reared many litters from their day of birth.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Lost & Found Cat Register: Inverness Cat Rescue operate aLost & Found Cat Register. Details on their website.
Postal Address: Inverness Cat Rescue, 37 Creag Dhubh Terrace, Kinmylies, Inverness, IV3 8QG.
Tel: 01463 226279
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Lothian Cat Rescue

Registered Charity no. SC007631
Covering Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. 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 any reason. They currently rescue, rehabilitate and rehome around 1000 cats and kittens each year. All adult cats are neutered before rehoming.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the rehoming centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Neutering Assistance:The rescue can help withLow-Cost Neutering
Help! Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are always welcome
Support Shop:23 Easter Road, Edinburgh (Open 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday.)
Rehoming Centre: Brewers Bush, Cockpen Road, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, EH19 3JH. (Open by appointment only).
Tel: 01875 821025
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Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HQ)

Scottish Registered Charity no. SC 006467
Based in Dunfermline. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) prevents cruelty to animals and encourages kindness and humanity in their treatment. Working to continue rescuing and rehoming Scotland's abandoned, neglected and defenceless animals.
Adopt a Cat: Contact Scottish SPCA as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Postal Address: SSPCA Head Quarters, Kingseat Road, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8RY
Tel: SSPCA Helpline 03000 999 999


SSPCA - Angus, Fife & Tayside

Scottish Registered Charity no. SC 006467
Based in Dundee. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) prevents cruelty to animals and encourages kindness and humanity in their treatment. Working to continue rescuing and rehoming Scotland's abandoned, neglected and defenceless animals.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the rehoming centre as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Rehoming Centre: Petterden, Dundee, DD4 0QD.Open1pm - 4pm, daily.
Tel: SSPCA Helpline 03000 999 999
Email: Via the contact form on the SSPCA website.

Stray Cat Rescue Fife

Scottish Registered Charity no. SC051606
Based in Dunfermline. An independent charity dedicated to the welfare of abandoned, stray and feral cats, in and around Fife. Providing shelter, appropriate veterinary care, rehabilitation and suitable rehoming. All cats will be neutered when old enough, and microchipped prior to rehoming. Stray Cat Rescue also carry out trap, neuter and return of feral cats.
Adopt a Cat: See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Tel: 07748 820868
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Sunny Harbour Cat & Kitten Rescue

Registered Charity no. SCO41871
Based in Lochgelly, Fife. Coming to the aid of abandoned, unwanted cats or kittens and to nurse them to health and to find them new homes. Also hand rearing of infant kittens - strict no kill policy. The emphasis is on the education of the public, to raise awareness of sensible and appropriate care required for all cats and kittens. Shelter viewings are by appointment only.
Adopt a Cat: Contact the shelter as below to ask about cats needing homes.
Lost & Found Register: The branch maintains a 'Lost & Found' register for cats in their area, contact as below.
Low Cost Microchipping: They can also help with lower cost I.D. chipping of cats.
Tel: 0300 330 1412 or 07783 639898 (24 hour emergency number)
Email: Via the Contact Us Form on Sunny Harbour Cat & Kitten's Website

Whinnybank Cat Sanctuary

Covering Fife, Tayside, Perthshire, Edinburgh and Stirling. NB: Whinnybank Sanctuary cannot rehome as far as Glasgow, as it is outside their home-check area. Whinnybank Cat Sanctuary rescues & rehomes cats & kittens. Home visits are carried out to ensure each cat is homed to an environment suitable to its needs. They also undertake neutering of feral and domestic cats. If you can offer a loving, permanent home to one of their cats, please give them a call.
Adopt a Cat:See Cats for Homing at This Shelter
Help! Quality Items Needed: Whinnybank is self-funded and relies on funds raised through support shops and car boot sales. If you can help by donating quality goods for sale, please let them know.
Support Shops:
100 High Street, Newburgh, Fife / 22A High Street, Auchtermuchty, Fife .
Rescue Centre & Sanctuary: Lumbennie Road, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6ET. (Visits are strictly by appointment only)
Whinnybank is a busy sanctuary so if you get the answer phone, please leave your name and number clearly and they will get back to you. Please only call for kittens if there are some on their Cat Chat page - If there are none listed they don't have any available for homing.
General Enquiries - Tel: 01337 840414
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What to expect from a rescue cat? ›

Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out.

What to look for when choosing a rescue cat? ›

A healthy kitten or cat has clear, bright eyes and a clean, shiny haircoat. It should not appear thin, overly fat, or show signs of illness, such as nasal discharge or diarrhea. When choosing a cat, pick one that is active, inquisitive, and seeks affection and attention from people.

Where is Angus cat Rescue based? ›

Cats Protection - Arbroath & Central Angus Cat Adoption Centre. Helping cats in Angus / Arbroath and Carnoustie & surrounding areas (postcodes DD7 and DD11). All cats are microchipped, health checked, flea-treated and de-wormed, prior to homing.

How to get a cat in Ireland? ›

Adopt a cat or kitten the CDPA and give them a second chance at life! We rescue cats from all over Dublin and further afield. We have cats and kittens of all different personalities, ages and our Kitty Match Maker volunteers can help find you the perfect fit for you!

What is the 3 3 3 rule of adopting a rescue cat? ›

The 'Rule of Three' means that you can gauge the time it might take for your cat to fully acclimate to his home in threes: three days, three weeks, and three months.

What are the hardest cats to rehome? ›

Black and white cats take the longest time to rehome

This could be because they're more common but it does tend to be the ginger and tabbies that have the unusual distinctive markings making them look more attractive to some.

What is the best age to get a rescue cat? ›

As a general rule, if your child is under five years old, it's best to adopt a cat that's over two years old. Many people have a warm and fuzzy image of a kitten and a child growing up together, but there are a few things you need to consider before adopting a kitten (less than 1 year old) if you have a young child.

What is the most common rescue cat breed? ›

  • Domestic Shorthair. Given that domestic shorthair cats make up somewhere between 90% and 95% of cats in the United States, this is the type of cat you'll most likely adopt. ...
  • Domestic Longhair. ...
  • Maine Coon. ...
  • Ragdoll. ...
  • American Shorthair. ...
  • Siamese. ...
  • Russian Blue. ...
  • Bengal.
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What kind of cat is Angus? ›

Angus was played by two Smokey Persian cats named Benny and Jimmy. The cat actors were supplied by Birds and Animals UK, with Esther Kelly and Mark Vaughan acting as Animal Wranglers. Julie Tottman also worked with the cats on the film, as mentioned in her book Superstar Cats.

What hospital is Buddy the cat at? ›

Badly mauled, Buddy was brought to the PSPCA for treatment but transferred to the BluePearl emergency veterinary facility for more intensive care.

Where is Morris the cat from? ›

The original Morris was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter, by professional animal handler Bob Martwick. An invention of the Leo Burnett advertising company where Martwick worked, Morris was featured in 58 television commercials which aired from 1969 to 1978.

Are cats chipped in Ireland? ›

Microchipping is not a legal requirement for cats in Ireland. However, at Just Cats we can not recommend this enough. 1 in 3 cats will get lost.

Can you bring a cat from the US to Ireland? ›

Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccine must be given after the microchip is inserted. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old when it is vaccinated. You must wait until the appropriate immunity has developed before you can bring the dog, cat or ferret to Ireland.

Are cats allowed to roam free Ireland? ›

Cats are protected by law and are free to roam meaning they might go into other people's gardens or allotments. It is understood that some may wish to deter other people's cats from those areas.

How long can you leave 3 cats alone? ›

Most felines will be perfectly content being left alone for up to 8 hours while you're at work. As long as fresh water is available, some cats can be left alone for up to 24 hours. However, longer or more frequent periods of time away, such as full days or nights away from home can be more disruptive.

Do rescue cats know you rescued them? ›

Once a cat is in a new, hopefully more loving situation, they will clearly know the difference between the past and the present. Just like with negative memories, cats will remember the good times as well! Provide your rescued cat with lots of love (and patience) and she is sure to know she's been rescued.

What is the 3 second rule cats? ›

You can test this by following a simple 3 second rule: If you pause after 3 seconds of stroking your cat, do they try to reinitiate contact (i.e. rub against you)? If not, your cat has probably had enough for now!

Where should my adopted cat sleep on the first night? ›

It is very important that their first night in your home is as stress-free as possible. Set up one small room in your home with a litter tray, food, water and a cat bed. Take your cat into the room and place them in the litter tray so they know where it is. Close the door but stay in the room.

Where should a cat sleep on first night? ›

In the first few nights, have your kitten close to you in a warm and cosy spot next to your bed. Kittens like to feel sheltered and secure so putting them above the ground, if possible, can also make them feel safer.

Do cats get sad when adopted? ›

Cats can also become depressed if their living situation has changed. If they were used to living on the streets, they may not take easily to being locked up inside a home. Likewise, if they were re-homed, or adopted from a cat rescue, they may feel sad they've lost their old home.

What is the least adopted cat? ›

Why Adopt A Black Cat. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate?

What is the least desired cat? ›

Black cats seem to be the most common coat color and sadly also the least desirable at adoption time. In fact, black cats are half as likely to find a home than a cat of another color.

What is the least bought cat? ›

The Sokoke Cat is the rarest domestic cat breed in the world, according to the UK's Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). Originating from the forests of Sokoke in eastern Kenya, these cats were previously considered a hybrid breed of a cross between wild cats but DNA results have debunked this theory.

How long should you keep a rescue cat indoors? ›

You may be tempted to let your cat outside as soon as possible, but generally it's best to allow at least 2-3 weeks and up to 4-6 weeks after you first take them home. This will give them plenty of time to settle in their new environment.

What is the age breakdown for cats? ›

The Task Force has designated four age-related life stages (Table 1): the kitten stage, from birth up to 1 year; young adult, from 1 year through 6 years; mature adult, from 7 to 10 years; and senior, aged over 10 years.

Is 1 year old cat too old to adopt? ›

Cats are considered adults from around one-years old, when they enter the "prime" stage of life that lasts until they are about seven. One of the many advantages of adopting an older cat is that you won't have to spend much time training her.

What color cat gets adopted the most? ›

Gray cats and orange tabbies get adopted at the highest rates, according to their numbers. (However, those numbers vary from what the ASPCA estimates—in the Priceonomics study, brown cats were more likely to get adopted than black cats, for instance.)

How expensive is a Scottish Fold cat? ›

The breed with folded ears, the Scottish fold finds its name in one of the most expensive cat breeds in the world. The cost can be around $3000.

What breed is grumpy cat? ›

Grumpy Cat was definitely a mixed breed and her family noted that she looked like she may have had some Persian, Ragdoll or Snowshoe in her. The family didn't breed Grumpy Cat so unfortunately, her lineage ended with her. Known for her grumpy expression, Tardar Sauce wasn't permanently perturbed in real life.

Are Scottish Fold cats rare? ›

The Scottish fold is a rare breed of cat which came about due to a genetic mutation in the 1960s. They are known for their rounded faces and bodies and unique folds on their ears, which give them what is often referred to as an 'owl-like' appearance.

What happened to Buddy the cat attackers? ›

Authorities say the two juveniles who intentionally let the dogs attack Buddy were 12 and 17. They are now facing criminal charges for animal fighting, felony aggravated animal cruelty and conspiracy, according to officials.

What happened to Buddy the cat? ›

It's official: Buddy, the Philly street cat whose fight for life won him fans all over the world, now has a forever home. Buddy, a spunky former community cat from East Frankford, has been adopted by Kate Venanzi, one of the veterinarians who helped save his life.

What happened to the boys who attacked Buddy the cat? ›

Local beekeepers ran to help. The two boys who allegedly released their dogs on Buddy are charged as juveniles with crimes including aggravated animal cruelty and animal fighting. The dogs they were walking that day were also taken into SPCA care. As for Buddy, he may have found his forever home.

Who is the most famous cat? ›

Tardar Sauce – Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat is quite possibly one of the most famous cats in history. She rose to fame in 2012 after a post of her face went viral on Reddit – at first, no-one believed her face hadn't been altered but in truth her grumpy markings were real.

What is the world's most finicky cat? ›

Morris the cat was portrayed in commercials as the "world's most finicky cat".

Where is Morris the Cat buried? ›

Morris the Cat

Appearing in more than three-dozen television commercials during his career, Morris died of a heart attack in July 1978 and was buried at the home of his handler, Bob Martwick, in suburban Chicago.

When they chip a cat where do they put the chip? ›

For cats, the standard site for microchip placement is in the subcutaneous tissue between the shoulder blades. For correct placement, your cat should be either standing or lying on her stomach. The loose skin between the shoulder blades is gently pulled up, and the needle is quickly inserted.

Can a cat be traced if it has a chip? ›

Although pet microchips can reunite you with your lost pet, they can't actually be used to track your pet when they are lost. You cannot GPS track your pet with a microchip. Pet microchips are used to identify your pets when scanned at a pet shelter or vet so they can be reunited with their owners.

Are cats sore after microchip? ›

Will The Microchip Implant Hurt My Cat? Microchipping cats hurts about as much as having blood drawn. The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The needle required for the injection causes a pinch during cat microchipping procedures.

Do cats need passport to enter us? ›

You probably have a plan for your own passport, but your animal companion needs one too. All pets traveling to and from the United States need a passport. Keep in mind, a “pet passport” in the U.S. refers to the extra documents you need to travel to other countries with your pet.

What do I need to bring my cat back to the US? ›

Bringing a Cat into the United States

Pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry. Domestic cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry. A general certificate of health is not required by CDC for entry of domestic cats into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them.

Can you carry on a cat on international flights? ›

Your pet can travel on the plane with you (either in-cabin, as accompanied baggage, or as cargo). Your pet will be charged accordingly. Some airlines no longer offer this option and some countries do not allow pets to enter the country in-cabin. You can book your pet on a separate flight.

Do you have to pay to travel with a cat? ›

Yes, you will have to pay for your cat to fly. But may also need to pay for extra baggage since your cat carrier is a carry-on bag. Or be prepared to check luggage. Extra baggage fees start around $30 and vary by airline.

Do water guns work on cats? ›

I bought a water pistol, and each time the two cats came into the yard, I sprayed them with water. Within three weeks they stopped coming into my yard. My cat is now happy to have the garden to himself again.

What to do with cat when going overseas? ›

Moving to a different country with your cat? Here's what you should know
  1. Microchip and vaccinations. ...
  2. Health certificates and checks. ...
  3. Get the right crate. ...
  4. Documentation and identification tags. ...
  5. Book a pet-friendly airline. ...
  6. Do not sedate your cat. ...
  7. Check quarantine regulations. ...
  8. Take expert help.

How long does it take a rescue cat to adjust? ›

Most cats will adjust within one to two weeks. If you have a multiple-animal household, it may take several months for everyone to fully adjust.

How long does it take for a rescue cat to settle in? ›

This is usually about 4 weeks, but could be longer for some shy and timid cats. Whilst your cat is settling in, they may exhibit behaviours including: Hiding.

How long does it take for a cat to bond with a new owner? ›

Let your cat decide when they're ready to bond. Some cats are ready to get to know you immediately while other kitties may take several weeks to initiate any kind of interaction.

Do cats get upset when rehomed? ›

Rehoming a cat can be an extremely stressful situation for the cat and, unfortunately, many cats with behavior problems are less likely to be adopted.

Do rescue cats remember their past? ›

In short, cats can remember their pasts. No, they're probably not reminiscing about playing with their litter mates or the day they received their favorite toy, but if your rescue kitty saw her former owner again, she'd probably react according to how she was treated. Do you want a healthier & happier cat?

Are cats stressed when rehomed? ›

Whether you have just rehomed your cat and they are being introduced to your home for the first time, or you are moving home with your existing cat, this can be a very stressful time for them. Cats like to be in a familiar environment as this helps them feel safe and secure.

How do you calm a scared rescue cat? ›

Put off loud chores or events like vacuuming, moving furniture, or dinner parties until later. It helps to play soft music and use calming scents to make the environment more comforting to the fearful cat. Talk softly and move slowly around your cat.

How do I let my rescue cat out for the first time? ›

When can I let my cat out? Kittens need to be at least five months old before they go outside on their own. This gives them time to have all their vaccinations and they'll be almost fully grown. Adult cats will need at least two weeks to settle in so they have a chance to get used to their new surroundings.

Why won't my rescue cat play? ›

If there is no interest in play or exercise, your cat may be feeling unwell, stressed, or be in pain. Being proactive can help get to the root of a health concern earlier rather than later. Cats have preferences, just like us. Whatever activity or toy you have introduced to your fur friend simply may not interest him.

Where do you touch a cat to sleep? ›

Spots where most cats like to be petted include the scent glands that are located between the ears, at the base of the ears, on their cheeks, and under the chin. They may also enjoy light pressure down their neck and back, stopping right before their tail.

Should I let my cat roam the house at night? ›

Should I keep my cat in at night? Cats Protection recommends that you keep your cat in at night to keep them safe. Increased risks during night time include: Road traffic injuries and fatalities.

Do cats like covered beds? ›

Every cat will have different preferences, but by and large, they prefer beds that are enclosed to some extent. This helps a kitty to curl up, feel snug, and also be safe.

Do cats pick one person to bond with? ›

In a multi-human household, it seems that cats will choose one family member they want to spend more of their time with. According to a study done by the nutrition company, Canadae, they discovered that the person who makes the most effort is the favorite.


1. Bella at the Scottish SPCA's Dumbartonshire and West Scotland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre
2. Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event in Fife, WA - December 2011
3. Staffie at the Scottish SPCA's Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre
4. How do I get this guy's job? #dog #pet #rescue
5. Dr. Fife Channel 6 News
6. Shelter dogs' reactions to being adopted
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