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From opening our doors in 1884 at Comely Bank Gardens, to the present day at Seafield Road East, the Home has helped thousands of dogs and cats find new loving forever homes. Each animal that is brought to the Home has their own story, some find themselves unwanted due to changes in circumstances and some are left abandoned on the streets with little hope. We pride ourselves in being able to give the stray and abandoned dogs and cats of Edinburgh a second chance at life. We hope you enjoy some of our stories.


Our chatty man overcame the odds

When DJ came to stay with us, the cattery team discovered his skin was very sore because of a number of allergies, and he had lost a lot of fur. As the months passed, DJ’s life became a daily routine of medicated baths and vet visits. However, the team also grew very close to him, after discovering his cheeky personality and love of cuddles. DJ eventually made it back to full health, and the team started looking for a suitable home. Although they knew DJ would make an amazing pet, he needed an owner who would continue to give him his allergy medication and watch out for any itchy patches developing.

The team’s worries melted away when Kirsty and her family came for a visit. Kirsty immediately fell in love with DJ, and after nearly two years, DJ finally left to start his new life with Kirsty and her daughter Scarlet.

“He’s perfect for our family. After spending such a long time in the cattery, he initially didn’t know what to do with all the space, but he has grown in confidence to jump, play and run from room to room! We are so happy to have found him.”


A loving home after four long years

When Trevor arrived at the Home at the end of 2012, little did we know he would become one of our longest-staying residents. Despite his friendly nature, this gorgeous boy was overlooked for nearly four years before finding his forever home. Now he is enjoying his retirement with new mum Danielle and best friend Mel.

“When we first got Trevor home he was very stressed and wouldn’t leave my side. Obviously, the sudden change in environment was quite overwhelming for him. A few months on, he still prefers to follow me around everywhere I go – I call him my little shadow! He’s excited about everything: people, walks, food, toys; the change in him is amazing.

“When rehoming a pet, the most important thing is to go into it with an open mind. You may have decided you want a certain breed/gender/age but it might turn out that the total opposite to what you thought you wanted is what suits you best. Don’t forget about the senior pets either, they have just as much love to give as the younger ones!”


A special mum with lots of love to give

Sadie arrived at the Home as a stray in 2015 and, after being checked over by our kennel team, was found to be pregnant. She gave birth to five puppies, who quickly grew stronger and healthier under the care of the team. Before long, all of Sadie’s puppies were ready to leave, however, Sadie was sadly overlooked as she watched her puppies find their new families. Soon, all her puppies had left, and Sadie was alone.

More time passed, until Sadie had been at the Home for over two years. The kennel team were devastated. Everyone at the Home loved Sadie and were fond of her sweet nature.

To help her find her special someone, Sadie was featured in our first ever edition of the Taily Mail, and a video of her playing with balloons in our training room was featured on the Home’s social media. The story finally reached a family, who got in touch and said they wanted to rehome Sadie!

In February 2018, we bid an emotional farewell to Sadie. After more than two years in our care, tail wagging, Sadie left to live with her new forever family.

Bella and Bunty

Two of our former residents Bella the dog and Bunty the cat, both came to us in 2018 pregnant and scared. The heart-warming story of our staff working around-the-clock to ensure they were kept safe and warm as they gave birth, the rehoming of the kittens and puppies, and then Bella and Bunty themselves were the focus of our 2018 Christmas Appeal.

How to Rehome

Our rehoming process aims to make the best possible match between pet and human, and place animals in need in loving new forever homes.

Rehome a Dog

Giving a dog a second chance at life can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Meet some of our dogs looking for a home.

Rehome a Cat

A cat can bring so much joy to a home. Take a look at some of our feline residents looking for their special someone.

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