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Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Open Day Celebrates 60 Years by the Sea

In 2017 Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home celebrates 60 years on its current site at Seafield Road East, a milestone that will be marked with a special seaside-themed Open Day on Sunday 3 September.

The Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Open Day is expected to attract thousands of dog and cat lovers from across the city and will offer a rare glimpse behind the scenes at this important animal rescue charity. Entry is free and attractions will include seaside entertainment, dog agility demonstrations, kennel and cattery tours and food, drink and pet product stalls. The event will also feature an exhibition on the history of the Home.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO Howard Bridges explained the importance of this event in marking the Home’s 60th anniversary in Seafield. He said:

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home moved to its current site in Seafield Road East from Broughton road in 1957, and it is apt that 60 years later we are marking this event by opening our doors to those who continue to make our vital work possible. There’s no government or lottery funding here, just a lot of very generous local supporters and a dedicated team who are united in the belief that Edinburgh’s unwanted pets deserve a second chance in life.”

Over the last 60 years Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has battled numerous challenges, including financial insecurity during recession years and one or two sea storms. However, it has continued to develop its services and the quality of care that it has been able to provide. The move to Seafield both expanded the Home’s facilities and brought the introduction of boarding services, which continues to be an important funding stream for the care of its rescue animals. In the 1990s the Home began to offer microchipping services to the public to try to reduce the number of unidentifiable pets arriving at its door. 2015 marked a new phase in its history as it appointed its first CEO, former-Battersea Dogs & Cats Home interim CEO and Deputy CEO Howard Bridges, who took forward its first ever strategic plan.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Open Day on 3 September will adopt a seaside theme to honour its 60-year residency at the west end of the Portobello Prom. For further information visit www.edch.org.uk/60bytheSea

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