Longest Serving Employee Retires After 40 Years

Today Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s longest serving employee, Fifi Smith, retired after 40 years.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home history image of woman walking with multiple dogs on leads

The much-loved cattery assistant was renowned for her work with stray and abandoned cats at the rescue shelter, having started work there at just 17 years of age.

Fifi was first appointed in 1981 as a kennel hand, working with stray dogs. She later moved on to working with dogs in the Home’s boarding service, before a permanent move to the cattery, where she found her true passion lay.

Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, CEO at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, said:

“We are absolutely heartbroken to be saying goodbye to Fifi today, but we wish her so much love and luck as she moves on to this exciting new chapter. We will miss her incredible feline expertise, which has been a benefit to so many here at the Home, and of course the many stories she has told of celebrities, diplomats, the fantastic customers and supporters she has encountered over the years. On behalf of everyone of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, enormous thanks go to Fifi for her significant contribution to animal welfare over the last four decades.”

Fifi personal connection to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home far extended her work – having both met her husband there, married in the Home’s paddock and lived on site for 18 years.

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