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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our work, helping our small staff team rescue, reunite and rehome stray and abandoned dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Put simply, we couldn’t do what we do without them.

The Home offers a variety of volunteering opportunities to adults over the age of 16. From event support to administration and fundraising, there is a role at the Home to suit your experience and availability.

Volunteer Roles

Our volunteers are fully supported with an induction, training, and the reimbursement of agreed travel expenses. Please note, that there may be a waiting list for our kennel volunteering programme due to demand.

Volunteer Shop Assistants (Charity Shops)

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has a charity shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, which offers volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in a retail environment. Volunteer shop assistants sort donations, prepare goods for the sales floor, replenish stock, price items, style displays and interact with the public, ensuring a friendly and welcoming customer shopping experience. These roles are available to anyone over the age of 16.

Fundraising and Events Volunteers

Volunteer roles that support our Fundraising team are flexible and vary depending on the nature of the event or activities. They can include hosting stalls, bucket collections, selling raffle tickets, promoting campaigns, appeals and events, or wearing our Hamish mascot costume! These roles are available to anyone over the age of 16.

Office Volunteers (Admin)

Office volunteers help us with a variety of administrative tasks, which support our vital services to the animals in our care. These roles are varied and can include reception duties, assisting the public with the rehoming process, responding to customer enquiries, answering and directing calls, data entry, filing and photocopying. These roles are available to anyone over the age of 18.

Kennel Volunteers

Our kennel volunteering programme is under review and we are not currently accepting applications for these roles. Please check back again soon, or for further questions or alternative volunteering opportunities, contact volunteering@edch.org.uk.

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For further information and advice, contact us on 0131 669 5331 or by email at volunteering@edch.org.uk. Alternatively, complete the volunteer application form below and return it by email or by post to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 1EH.

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Current Volunteer Vacancies

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home offers a range of volunteering opportunities, and you are welcome to apply for any role at any time. However, some roles are very popular and have a waiting list. You can search for roles with immediate availability, or contact us on 0131 669 5331 or by email at volunteering@edch.org.uk.

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Corporate Volunteering

The Home offers fun and rewarding team volunteering opportunities to corporate groups ranging from four to 20 in size. Your team can help us with hands-on tasks to enhance our facilities, support fundraising activities, or make a valuable difference to the dogs and cats in our care.

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