Record Turnout for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Open Day

04/09/2017

On Sunday 3 September Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home saw a record turnout for their Open Day, which marked its 60th Anniversary on Seafield Road East. 2,174 people were counted coming through the Home’s gates for the special event, in addition to hundreds of dogs.

Open Day entrance poster

Pet lovers were well-catered for at the dog-friendly event, as they enjoyed demonstrations from Midlothian Dog Training, Rhona Miekle K9 First Aid and the Scottish Kennel Club. There was also no shortage of the Home’s own dogs and cats looking for their forever homes, with visitors getting the chance to tour the kennels and cattery to meet some of them.

Buster at the Open DayRhona Miekle K9 First AidKennel Club companion dog show

Families enjoyed seaside fun and games including a bouncy castle, giant slide and funfair activities. Food and refreshments were offered by Scoff Foods, Bonnie Burrito, Meatissimo, Prague Shack and S Luca's.

Hugs for Hamish!Hook a duckFood glorious food!

Forth One Presenter and Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Animal Champion Micky Gavin lent his MC skills to the event. Speaking about why he supported the Home, he said:

“I’ve admired their work for a long time and have recently become more involved. It’s vital that we have a place like this on our doorstep and I hope that people will come along, see the great work the Home does and lend their support.”

Micky Gavin

In 2017 Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home celebrates 60 years on its current site at Seafield Road East, which was marked by a special history exhibition at the Open Day. Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO Howard Bridges explained the significance of the day, saying:

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home moved to its current site in Seafield Road East from Broughton Road in 1957, and it is apt that 60 years later we marked this event by opening our doors to those who have continued to make our vital work possible. Our 60th anniversary exhibition showcased both the success stories and the challenges we have faced during this time.”

Official opening plaque, 1957

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s mission is to rescue, reunite and rehome Edinburgh’s lost and abandoned dogs and cats, caring for an average of 4,000 pets every year. Thousands of pounds were raised at the event, which will directly benefit the care of the Home’s residents.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home sends its sincere thanks to all those who visited and supported the event and helped to make it a record success.

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