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Door-to-Door and Private Site Fundraising


The Home has been undertaking door to door fundraising since May 2019 with fundraising agency SMILE Ltd. This type of fundraising is a cost-effective way for the Home to attract some of the £2 million income we require to run every year.

We work with SMILE Fundraising Ltd, a professional fundraising agency, to carry out a door to door and private site fundraising campaign throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. This involves us setting up stands in local venues and knocking on doors throughout the area to talk to people about our work and asking them to support the Home with a regular gift.

Together with SMILE Fundraising Ltd, we have plans to ensure that all activity will be carried out in line with government guidelines and will continue to monitor this on a regular basis. Every single member of staff receives training and will be fully brief to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner.

The team will be wearing PPE and adhering to social distancing guidance. Additionally, the team have adapted to capture your donation via a contactless method.

Why are we doing this?

Our face to face fundraising team help to raise awareness and much needed support for the Home. In 2019 alone, helped to recruit over 2,000 brand new supporters. Without this passionate team and wonderful supporters, we would not be here for the dogs and cats.

It costs us around £2 million every year to provide our vital care for stray, lost and abandoned dogs and cats. With no regular government or statutory funding, individual donations and support from our local community are vital to continue our work. This type of fundraising is a cost effective, low risk method of generating new support for the Home.

How do I know they are genuine fundraisers?

All agency staff will be wearing the Home’s branded uniform and will wear an ID badge. They will also have official Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home literature and will be carrying a tablet, which is used for signing up regular gifts. They will never ask you for a one-off donation or for a donation of cash or cheques.

At the bottom of this page you can check where the team will be fundraising each week. However, if a postcode is not included do not assume that a fundraiser is bogus, as occasionally fundraisers can cross over into the next town or village by mistake. The team can visit up until 9pm during the Summer months and 8.30pm in the Winter months (from October).

If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a fundraiser please call us on 0131 669 5331 (Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.30pm) and we will be able to verify this for you. You can also send your questions to

How is this activity regulated?

SMILE Fundraising Ltd are members of the Institute of Fundraising and are regulated by the Fundraising Regulator, following their code of conduct. They are also monitored by the Institute of Fundraising Compliance.

Charity fundraising in Scotland is self-regulated and Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home are signed up to the Good Fundraising Guarantee, which means we guarantee to operate in line with the values of the Code: to be Legal, Open, Honest and Respectful in all our fundraising. To find out more please see our fundraising guarantee to you.

Any questions?

If you have any other questions or queries about our private site or door-to-door fundraising, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please remember to include your name and address. Please also include a contact telephone number so that we can call you if we need any more information to answer your question.

We realise that sometimes we might get it wrong and we truly value all feedback about our work. We believe that complaints are an opportunity to learn and improve and it is important that you tell us so we can deal with any situation as quickly as possible.

If you have any concerns or wish to speak to us about our fundraising activities, please get in touch on 0131 669 5331 or email

Current Locations

31/05/21 06/06/21 EH16, EH17, EH18, EH12, EH9, EH10
07/06/21 13/06/21 EH16, EH17, EH18, EH12, EH9, EH10
14/06/21 20/06/21 EH7, EH8, EH9, EH11, EH12, EH13, EH14, EH15, EH16, EH17

For a list of all previous locations, please check here.

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