Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home: Charity which provides ‘safe-haven’ for stray and abandoned animals fears for its future

The centre has protected the city’s pets for over 140 years but has suffered a ‘devastating loss of income’ due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Shona Elliott
Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 6:53 am
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been providing safe homes for puppies abandoned in the Capital for 140 years.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been providing safe homes for puppies abandoned in the Capital for 140 years.

Local animal welfare charity Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has today launched an emergency fundraising appeal to raise the £650,000 lost during the pandemic.

The home which costs over £2m per year to run, receives no regular government funding and relies on the generosity of public donations to fund its work.

Due to government lockdown measures, the Home had to close its pet boarding service, charity shops, cancel key events and cease all face to face and community fundraising activities.

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Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has continued to provide its core services throughout the lockdown period, taking in stray and abandoned animals

This has resulted in an organisational restructure and 15 members of staff being made redundant.

However, the charity has continued to provide its core services throughout lockdown, taking in stray and abandoned animals and providing its pet foodbank service to those facing poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

Chair of Trustees for the Home, Doreen Graham said: “We’ve been providing a safe-haven to animals in need for nearly 140 years and this is all thanks to our wonderful supporters who have donated so generously over the years."

The ‘Help Our Home’ appeal is asking the public to sign up to either a monthly direct debit, or to make a one off donation to help the charity continue its vital work for dogs, cats and pet owners in need across the East of Scotland.

To find out more about the charity’s appeal, or to make a donation click here

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