Donate your time to help our animals.

Volunteers are very important to us and any help given will be of great benefit, not only to our four-legged residents, but also to our hard-pressed staff.

There are several ways you can donate your time to help us. We accept volunteers to work in the kennels and cattery, in our charity shop in Morningside, with administration tasks in our office and at fundraising events. There’s always something you can get involved in: we will match you with an area that suits your availability – even just a few hours is really appreciated. 

Fundraising Volunteers

Being a volunteer at fundraising events is very flexible and is perfect for those at school, university and with full-time jobs. A typical day as a fundraising volunteer does vary depending on the event but you could be taking photographs, helping to set up, face painting, blowing up balloons, doing a bucket collection, talking to the public and meeting ex-resident dogs. Fundraising events are great fun, as you will be surrounded by like-minded people who love animals!


Charity Shop Volunteers

Our charity shops in Morningside and Stockbridge, Edinburgh, are almost entirely staffed by volunteers, without whom we would not be able to operate. A typical day as a volunteer in the charity shop could include pricing items, sorting out donations, putting out new stock, designing the window display and using the till. It is a great experience for those wanting to enter retail as a career and help stray and abandoned animals at the same time. 

Friends of the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Our friends along at the Portobello charity shop are looking for volunteers to help for a few hours from 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4pm Monday to Saturday. If you'd like to help then please pop into the shop at 104 Portobello High street for a chat and an application form. 

Office Volunteers

We really appreciate our volunteers that work behind the scenes in our office. They support us with vital administration tasks that help us continue our worthwhile work. A typical day of an office volunteer is extremely varied depending on where the need is on that particular day: you could be providing event planning support, general administration tasks, creating ideas for social media content, sorting out donations, filing or taking part in fundraising tasks. We are currently looking for volunteers to commit to a three hour shift either in the morning or the afternoon on Saturdays. There is a degree of flexibility with this role which can be discussed.

Kennel Volunteers

Volunteering at the home can be a very rewarding experience. A typical day as a volunteer is likely to be extremely varied as you could be cleaning out the kennels, sorting out donations, socialising cats, gardening or dog walking. We ask for kennel volunteers to commit on a regular basis and you must be 18 years old or over. Please note that there is currently a waiting list for volunteering in the kennels and we cannot advise when we will be holding our next batch of interviews. 

Apply Now

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill in the form below and return it to volunteering@edch.org.uk or by post to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 1EH.


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