The owners of a four-star Edinburgh bed and breakfast are turning their bedroom into a kitten sanctuary

The owners of a four-star bed and breakfast in Edinburgh are turning a £79-a-night guesthouse into a sanctuary for the kittens they rescued from the streets of Moldova before they were rehomed

  • Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66, run Averon Guest House in Edinburgh
  • They dedicated a room in the plush townhouse to rescued kittens from Moldova
  • Olga put them up in the £79-a-night room while they get used to human contact
  • She invites cat lovers to see the kittens while looking for people to adopt them










The owners of a four-star bed and breakfast have turned one of their lavish 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 over 30 years.

The couple have started rescuing cats from Moldova, where Olga is from, by putting them up 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’m looking for 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

These adorable cats are living the high life in a lavish £79-a-night guest room in a listed Georgian townhouse built in 1750

These adorable cats are living the high life in a lavish £79-a-night guest room in a listed Georgian townhouse built in 1750

Olga invited cat lovers to visit the kittens as they grow so they can get used to human contact

Olga invited cat lovers to visit the kittens as they grow so they can get used to human contact

The kittens were checked and given all injections by veterinarians before entering the country and staying in the spare room until adoption.

Olga said the animals’ stay at her BnB home should be for a few months while they get used to human contact.

“It’s just a hostel for them and I think they can tell,” she said.

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

Since then, only two of the cats, called Maia and Cici, have been rehomed.

Cici owner Phil Millar from Edinburgh said: “She is gaining confidence but is so friendly and affectionate.

‘We all adore him. We are so happy to have her in our lives.

Olga Cran, 62, and her husband Alan, 66. (Olga Cran)

Cici, one of the kittens rescued into her new home after being adopted. (Olga Cran)

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

Pictured: The £79-a-night guest bedroom before becoming a sanctuary for rescued kittens in Moldova, where Olga Cran is from

Pictured: The £79-a-night guest bedroom before becoming a sanctuary for rescued kittens in Moldova, where Olga Cran is from

The Maison d'Hôtes de l'Averon was built in 1750 and has been operated as a 4-star bed and breakfast by Les Crans for more than 30 years

The Maison d’Hôtes de l’Averon was built in 1750 and has been operated as a 4-star bed and breakfast by Les Crans for more than 30 years

Olga said a doctor who runs two cat shelters in Tiraspol helped her save the kittens.

She and her husband plan to sell everything they don’t use in their own home to raise money for the shelters, which are home to around 160 cats.

The owner of Averon Guest House said she hoped it would help protect more cats in Transistria by finding new homes for them.

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

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

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

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

Along with finding people to adopt them, Olga said she’s always looking for volunteers to spend time socializing with the cats.

The pandemic has seen a massive increase in pet adoption and a surge in demand for purebreds, like the cats she cares for.

However, once the country emerged from the first lockdown, many families realized they couldn’t continue caring for their new pets.

Olga said that because of this, she put more checks in place on potential adopters because “so many people take animals without thinking about the future”.

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