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Pet Foodbank to Support Struggling Owners

Official figures recently revealed over 1 million people in Scotland are living in poverty. Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home sees the evidence on a regular basis and we’ve decided to take action to help dogs, cats and people in need by launching our first dedicated dog and cat foodbank on Wednesday 16 October.

The foodbank will offer wet and dry food, jackets, collars, leads, bowls and bedding. Our dedicated and passionate staff will also be on hand to offer pet care advice as part of this service.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home cared for 2,367 dogs and 771 cats in 2018, many came from loving homes and families. Social problems such as financial issues, illness, homelessness and domestic abuse can all mean people might struggle to feed or look after their pet. We hope the new pet foodbank will help empower owners to continue to care for their own animals.

Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Deputy to the CEO and Director of Operations, at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home said:

“Our team regularly receive heart-breaking enquiries from members of the public struggling to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. The Home takes in hundreds of dogs and cats in need of a second chance however there are times where some of these animals are coming from loving families who can no longer cope with their care. We hope by establishing our own dedicated pet foodbank that we can keep some of those much-loved dogs and cats with their loved ones while continuing to support those in need.”

To find out more about our pet foodbank, how to donate, visit our Foodbank page.

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