Owners of four-star bed and breakfast in Edinburgh turn guest room into sanctuary for kittens

Owners of a four-star bed and breakfast in Edinburgh are turning a £79-a-night guest room into a sanctuary for kittens they’ve rescued from the streets of Moldova before they find a new home

  • Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66, run the Averon Guest House in Edinburgh
  • They dedicated a room in the plush townhouse to the kittens rescued from Moldova
  • Olga accommodates them in the 79 pound room while they adjust to human contact
  • She invites cat lovers to see the kittens while she searches for people to adopt










The owners of a four-star bed and breakfast have turned one of their plush guest rooms into a sanctuary for rescued kittens.

Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66, have run the Averon Guest House in Edinburgh for more than 30 years.

The couple began rescuing cats from Moldova, where Olga is originally from, in 2015 and housed them in a £79-a-night room in the 272-year-old Georgian townhouse.

Olga said she invites cat lovers to spend time with the kittens before putting them up for adoption.

She said, “I seek the best possible life for these cats, who are my babies.”

Olga Cran, 62, runs a bed and breakfast with her husband in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Pictured: Olga with the cats she rescued from Moldova

Olga Cran, 62, runs a bed and breakfast with her husband in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pictured: Olga with the cats she rescued from Moldova

These adorable cats live the high life in a plush £79-a-night guest room in a Grade II listed 1750 Georgian town house

These adorable cats live the high life in a plush £79-a-night guest room in a Grade II listed 1750 Georgian town house

Olga invited cat lovers to visit the growing kittens so they could get used to human contact

Olga invited cat lovers to visit the growing kittens so they could get used to human contact

The kittens were vet checked prior to entry and received all injections and will remain in the guest room awaiting adoption.

Olga said the animals’ stay in her BnB should last a few months while they get used to human contact.

“This is just a hostel for them and I think they can see it,” she said.

Nine kittens were rescued from the streets of Transnistria, Moldova and made the 2,000 mile journey to the UK in July last year.

Since then, only two of the cats, Maia and Kitty, have been adopted.

Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66, (Credit: Olga Cran)

Cici, one of the rescued kittens in her new home after being adopted (Credit: Olga Cran)

Left: Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66 (Credit: Olga Cran.) Right: Cici, one of the rescued kittens in their new home after they were adopted (Credit: Olga Cran)

Pictured: The £79-a-night guest room before it became a sanctuary for kittens rescued in Moldova, where Olga Cran is originally from

Pictured: The £79-a-night guest room before it became a sanctuary for kittens rescued in Moldova, where Olga Cran is originally from

The Averon Guest House was built in 1750 and has been run by the Crans as a four star bed and breakfast for more than 30 years

The Averon Guest House was built in 1750 and has been run by the Crans as a four star bed and breakfast for more than 30 years

So far only two of the kittens have been adopted.  Pictured: The nine cats enjoy a dinner together

So far only two of the kittens have been adopted. Pictured: The nine cats enjoy a dinner together

Olga said she is always looking for more people to come and visit the cats.  She said,

Olga said she is always looking for more people to come and visit the cats. She said, “I seek the best possible life for these cats, who are my babies.”

In addition to looking for people to adopt, Olga is always looking for volunteers to spend time with the cats.

The pandemic has led to a massive surge in animal adoption and a sharp increase in demand for purebred animals, like the cats she fosters.

However, once the country emerged from the initial lockdown, many families realized they could no longer care for their new pets.

Olga said that’s why she introduced more checks on potential adopters, since “so many people adopt animals without thinking about the future.”

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