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Volunteer Coordinator

Working hours: 28 hours per week (including some Saturday’s for events if required)
Salary: £24000 – £26000 pro rata
Closing date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is one of Scotland’s oldest and most loved animal welfare organisations. Established in 1883, every year we rescue, reunite and rehome hundreds of lost, stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond.

We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator that will be the driving force behind the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s volunteering activity, promoting innovative and effective volunteering initiatives which support the Home’s wider strategy.

The successful candidate will manage all aspects of the volunteer programme including recruitment, training and ongoing support and development across the organisation. To promote, coordinate and develop the Home’s volunteering programme which involves supporting a range of functions including fundraising events, business support and community engagement. As part of the Community team, the individual will be able to represent the organisation both internally and externally.

The successful candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience in a Volunteer Coordinator position. Will be someone that has strong communication skills, ability to effectively plan and organise own work load and coordinate other resource to meet deadlines. Excellent team working skills with an enthusiastic and positive approach to overcoming challenges and getting others involved in the volunteer programme. A high degree of personal motivation and a willingness to learn new skills, taking on challenges and undertake relevant training is essential.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form below and send it to

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. Please bear in mind that if you are selected for an interview we will contact you within 2 weeks from the closing date.

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Kennel Assistant

Working hours: 40 hours per week (worked on a rota from Monday to Sunday)
Salary: £19,760 per annum
Closing date: 3 October 2021 Midnight

Due to internal promotions, we are seeking two new passionate individuals with a commitment to animal welfare to join our Kennel and Cattery team in the positions of Kennel Assistants.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been a safe haven to stray animals since 1883, and still rescues over a thousand lost or abandoned dogs and cats every year. The Home benefits from skills and experience of our 50+ strong staff, comprised of long-serving kennel and cattery experts and enthusiastic new talent. Our small team is united by the love and dedication towards the animals in our care, and the belief that any dog or cat that comes to our door, whatever the reason, should be safe, warm and well-fed.

As a Kennel Assistant you’ll work to the Home’s code of practice and Health and Safety guidelines, to provide exemplary daily care for the dogs and cats and educate potential new owners and the general public in the care and welfare of their animals, establishing excellent customer relations for the centre.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with the ability to show empathy to both people and animals. A strong team player, you’ll have lots of energy teamed with a positive upbeat attitude. Experienced in working with or handling animals you’ll be knowledgeable in basic behaviour and health issues and above all committed to the aims and objectives of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

To apply for this position please complete the application form below and send it to

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application, however should you be selected for an interview we will contact you within 2 weeks after the closing date.

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Living Wage Employer

In 2019 Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home became a living wage employer, Scotland’s first Animal Welfare organisation to take this prestigious title. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Home, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.21 per hour.

Since joining the scheme the Home has picked up Best Newcomer at the 2019 Living Wage Awards, recognising its commitment to its staff  and their understanding that happy people mean happy animals.

Show The Salary

Show The Salary was born out of frustration at the lack of action being taken to address pay gaps and inequality in the charity sector. At the heart of the campaign is a commitment to fairness and equity, and to the people with lived experience of the impact of salary secrecy.

The Home fully supports this campaign and wants to be part of something that helps tackle discrimination and inequality.

About Us

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been part of the fabric of our city since 1883, working in partnership with local authorities and police services by welcoming lost, stray and abandoned pets from all corners of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Our Mission: To rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Our Vision: To create a community where unwanted and mistreated animals are given a voice and a second chance for a happy and forever home; and where anybody who can, will act to advocate for animals still suffering.


Learn news skills while contributing your time to a worthy cause with one of our many administrative, fundraising and other volunteering opportunities at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

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