About Us

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) has been a safe haven to stray animals since 1883, and still rescues over a thousand lost or abandoned dogs and cats every year.    

We provide a vital service to the community by trying, wherever possible, to reunite owners with their missing animals. But there are times when owners cannot be found or are unable to cope – that’s when our re-homing programme comes in, when we find new homes for unwanted dogs and cats.

Staff and facilities
Our building at Seafield on the Forth Estuary has modern, purpose-built kennels and catteries, and all our dogs and cats are lovingly cared for by our dedicated and highly-trained team. Our staff work very hard to ensure the health and well-being of the animals, some of which are in a poor state when they come to us.

Animal health
Every single dog and cat in our care is treated with great respect and kindness, and our excellent facilities are matched by the services of Edinburgh University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies which provides on-going treatment and advice. We NEVER destroy animals at EDCH unless there is a compelling need to do so, such as incurable illness, extreme old age or dangerous behavioural issues.  

We believe strongly that an effective neutering programme is one way to try and control the problem of unwanted animals – it’s why we contribute to the spaying or neutering of any adopted EDCH pet. See here for further details. 

Short-term boarding
Did you know that we also run a boarding kennel and cattery to subsidise the work of the Home? Book your dog or cat in next time you go on holiday and not only will your pet enjoy a comfortable stay in our heated facilities with our fantastic staff, you’ll also be supporting the vital work of our charity.

Helping our work
Our policy of never turning a dog or cat away can only continue with your help. We rely on the generosity of the public and our loyal supporters to fund the high quality care we give Edinburgh’s unwanted animals. Click here to find out how you can support us.

View our Annual Reports

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Annual Report 2016 (PDF)

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Annual Report 2015-2016 (PDF)

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Annual Report 2015 (PDF)