Without a shadow of a doubt one of the highlights of this Summer’s tour has been today’s trip to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. Like lots of people, I’ve been vaguely aware of driving past it on the Seafield Road but never given it a lot of thought. It was great to meet Howard Bridges the new Chief Executive – he lives on the premises with an uninterrupted view of the sea - and has been appointed to raise the profile of the Home.
Howard, and Operations Director, Lindsay Jardine, gave us a tour of the premises where we met lots of happy animals – so deserving of a forever home. Pictured here are Sasha – who, following cancer, has only three legs and is a big softy – and Miko - a boisterous collie who has gone from being very wary of strangers to forming a strong bond with his carer Vicky and will be snapped up when he’s ready. We also saw some adorable kittens and their young mum. The Home is particularly keen to promote their slightly older cats including Luna and April – two gorgeous torties and Andie a big, cuddly black and white charmer. My colleague fell in love with little stripey Mimi (pictured) who isn’t ready for rehoming yet. No wonder the staff here love their jobs!
I am so impressed that we have such a wonderful facility in the constituency and would urge anyone who’s interested to go and visit (they’re open 10-4pm every day except Sundays). There’s lots of ways you can help if you want to – consider rehoming a cat or a dog for a start! They need volunteers to walk the dogs and generally give the animals some love and attention. They also need money – they’re funded entirely from donations and their own fundraising efforts and there are steep food and vet bills to meet. To help finance their activities they offer boarding for cats and dogs at competitive rates (and assured us they won’t accidentally rehome a boarder).
Howard and Lindsay are planning lots of events and activities to make people more aware of the benefits of rehoming an animal and the work of the Home generally. On Sunday 6 September they’re holding an Open Day between 12 and 4pm. There will be agility demonstrations, a doggy beauty contest, stalls, food and lots of other fun events – all welcome.Visit their website or give them a call on 0131 669 5331