Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home have been an integral part of the city since its founding in 1883. Originally named the Home for Lost and Starving Dogs, it was founded to rescue and care for the growing stray populations in Edinburgh. The Home has moved three times in its history, eventually ending up in Seafield, tucked along the coast of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home: A short history of the Home

Although cats were not included in the organisation’s name until 1958, the earliest records of cats on the site were found in a report from 1926. The first full time ‘Cat Woman’ was employed from 1936-1937, and this title was used for at least a few decades (last noted in the Home’s 1975 Annual Report).

The Cat Woman, now known as the Cattery Manager, cared for the cats on site and managed the catteries at the Home. It is widely known that Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home works closely with the local Police to take in animals found straying throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. What you may not know, is that the Home has been working with the Police since the 1880s. Dog wardens were not introduced in the city of Edinburgh until 1981, so this partnership alone ensured the safety of animals found throughout the city for more than 100 years.

In 1985, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home were one of the founding members of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH). Today, ADCH has more than 130 full and associate members and plays a critical role in setting best practices for shelters around the UK and Ireland.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home: A short history of the Home

For most of the Home’s history, gifts in Wills have kept our doors open. Without the incredible generosity of supporters who have put Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in their Wills, we would not exist today. Even now, one in three of our dogs and cats are cared for thanks to gifts in Wills.

After taking care of your loved ones, please consider putting a gift to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in your Will. Visit our website if you would like more information about how to leave a gift or have already left a gift to the Home in your Will. This will help us plan for the future and serve our community for many years to come.

For more information on leaving a lasting gift to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, please contact our Special Gifts Fundraiser, on 0131 669 5331 or fundraising@edch.org.uk or go to: edch.org.uk/legacy