Cat and dog home battles on

Edinburgh cat and dog home

Edinburgh Cat and Dog Home has pledged to continue supporting animals and staff through the coronavirus crisis as it faces up to a £650,000 loss

1st April 2020 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

An animal charity has pledged to continue caring for the creatures it helps.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has had to adapt quickly to the coronavirus crisis to ensure the welfare of the dogs and cats in their care, whilst continuing to support the local community.

Almost half of staff at the home have been put on furlough, as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, in response to the crisis.

With the cancellation of all fundraising events and the temporary closure of rehoming, boarding and charity shops, the home has seen a dramatic drop in income. Financial losses of around £650,000 are predicted. Therefore, the charity said it had to take drastic measures to ensure the home’s survival during these difficult times.

By closing most boarding, fundraising, retail, office and communications operations the charity can concentrate on giving the best possible care to the dogs and cats at the Home. The animals still require food, water, cleaning, veterinary treatment and exercise on a daily basis and their wellbeing, along with the staff, volunteers and customers, is the home’s highest priority.

Whilst keeping the animals well looked after, the home is still operating its Pet Food Bank, which is a lifeline to many pet owners in the local community. The home also continues to see beloved pets being surrendered by pet owners whose personal circumstances have changed and can no longer provide their dog or cat with the care it needs.

Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, interim chief executive of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, said: “This is an unprecedented global event and our thoughts are with anyone affected by the virus. We decided that temporarily furloughing many of our workers is the best way to protect both our staff and the future of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

“We remain committed to providing the best possible care to all the stray and unwanted pets who find their way to our door. Please rest assured that we have stringent plans in place to make sure the dogs and cats at the Home are looked after throughout this crisis, and will redeploy furloughed workers to our kennels and cattery if necessary.

“We are proud to be able to continue to support our community through our Pet Food Bank, providing vital care packages to owners and their pets when they need us most.

“Sadly, we continue to see dogs and cats coming through our doors from owners whose circumstances have changed, or people who can no longer cope with their animal’s care.

“We are grateful to the many members of the community who have offered support at this difficult time. The best way our community can support us right now is to make a donation to help us continue our vital work.”

You can donate online to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

1st April 2020 by Blanca Fernandez Salamanca

They do incredible work and the whole of Edinburgh should be thankful for their efforts and sacrifices during these trying times!