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The Home offers free microchipping to the public (donations gratefully accepted), and all dogs and cats in our rehoming programme are microchipped before leaving us. Microchipping allows lost animals to be immediately identified and reunited with their owners as soon as possible. By law in the UK, all dogs must be microchipped, with microchip details kept up-to-date.

Upon arrival at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, all lost and stray animals are immediately scanned for a microchip. Unfortunately, we often find that contact details are out-of-date and current owners cannot be reached. If you are moving house or changing phone number, please don’t forget to update your details with your microchip provider.


Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home offers a voice to dogs and cats by advocating the protection of its most basic freedoms. We believe in neutering to prevent unnecessary health risks or behavioural issues, and to help reduce the number of dogs and cats arriving through our doors in the future.

All animals at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home are neutered, either before being rehomed or occasionally, where there are special circumstances, at a later date subsidised by the Home.

If you have not yet had your dog or cat neutered, we would strongly recommend that you visit your vet and discuss the benefits of this procedure further.

Pet Insurance

Vet fees can be very expensive and accidents and unforeseen illnesses can happen to even the healthiest of animals.  For your peace of mind, we would always advise you to take out pet insurance.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right cover for your pet.  Policies vary and the extent of the cover and the costs differ from company to company.  Always research these fully before you buy.

Each pet adopted from the Home goes to their new home with four weeks’ free insurance cover from our partners at Petplan pet insurance. At the end of this period, you can choose to continue this cover or investigate alternative options for your new pet.

Welcoming a New Pet Home

After you rehome a dog or cat from us, we are always here to help with any concerns you may have. Please contact us with any health issues in the first seven days, but you can call us at any time for support on caring for your new companion.

To prepare your home for a new pet, you will need:

  • bowls for food and water
  • food: try to continue the same diet your pet is used to before making any changes gradually
  • collar, lead and/or harness and ID tag
  • bedding
  • brush or comb
  • toys
  • litter tray and carrier (for cat)
  • a muzzle (for dog, if recommended)

A new pet will take some time to settle in to a new home. In some cases, this can take a number of weeks. Try to get them into a regular routine for feeds and exercise as soon as possible, as this will help with house training and the settling in period.

Always ensure a cat has somewhere to hide away for the first few days at home. Cats will often need somewhere quiet where they can feel safe, only appearing at feeding times and when they start to feel more settled. It is important to keep your new cat indoors for at least the first three weeks before allowing access to the garden.

We advise that you keep your dog on a lead at all times when out in public, as there are often unexpected distractions when out and about that could startle your dog or put them at risk.

Need Urgent Help?

If you have lost pet or a change in circumstances means you are unable to continue caring for your pet, we can help.

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