Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s long-term future is uncertain. For nearly 140 years we have provided a safe place for pets who have come from the most awful of circumstances. Our resilience is rooted in the belief that every dog or cat, irrespective of their background, deserves a second chance to find a loving home of their own.Donate Now
When lockdown hit, well laid plans for funding our work were replaced with a fight to survive.
Our pet boarding service had to shut with immediate effect, the doors of our charity shops closed, fundraising events were cancelled, corporate engagement dropped off, grants became near impossible to secure and many other income streams dried up.
Now we are launching an emergency appeal to Help Our Home. Over these past few months, with nearly half our staff on furlough, our reduced team have faced huge pressures to continue providing our vital services. We have continued to rescue and reunite animals while remaining closed for rehoming, despite having had to pause the majority of our fundraising initiatives. Now that we are reopen for rehoming, the work does not slow down.
We recently announced a restructure to our services, which has put more focus on our mission-critical work and removed some of the now high-risk areas of income generation, such as pet boarding and charity shops.
Our team will do whatever it takes to make sure that the Home has a future and can continue to protect animals, but we can’t do it alone.
We have been overwhelmed by the support of our local community since this crisis began. It is this support alone that has kept our doors open since 1883, and which we hope will see us through for many years to come.
We know that this is a difficult time for everyone. However, we are determined to make sure we get through the other side, facing this challenge together. We are appealing to you, our local community to support however you can, either in the form of a one-time donation or, if in a position to do so, a monthly gift to help care for the dogs and cats at their greatest time of need.