Edinburgh’s top dogs raise £15,500 for city’s lost, stray and abandoned pets


They might spend most days sealing important deals, but on Friday 5 October, Edinburgh’s top business leaders and influencers spent a day in the dog house raising more than £15,500 for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

Armed with only a laptop and a mobile phone, 15 business gurus had a full working day to reach out to their contacts and social media networks to support the Home’s vital work rescuing, reuniting and rehoming the city’s stray and abandoned dogs and cats.

Throughout the day, fundraising milestones were rewarded with ‘treats’, such as a chair to sit on, a walk in the paddock and snacks, with Scott Webster from Braemore Sales and Lettings named Top Dog for bringing in an incredible £1,863.81. Other top fundraisers include Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Trustee and Head of Real Estate at Gilson Gray, Murray Stewart (£1,764.72) and Craig Ramsay from Handelsbanken (£1332.62).

“We are absolutely delighted with the success of our recent In the Dog House event, where we locked up 15 top business leaders and influencers in the kennels for a day,” says Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Fundraising Manager Gillian Graham.

“We tried to replicate the journey a dog would have at their time at the Home from choosing a toy to take into the kennel with them for some comfort to creating a rehoming profile of the kennel occupants (participants), which we hoped would help create some understanding and empathy towards the animals and their rehoming journey.”

She added: “It was beautiful to see so many people come together for the dogs and cats with visitors, previous participants, friends and family members coming down to show their support and find out more about the Home. The energy and buzz on the day and interest since has been incredible and we can’t thank everyone enough who helped to raise more £15,000.”

It is the second year of In the Dog House, with last year’s event raising nearly £10,000 to support Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, which receives no government funding. 

If you, or anyone you know, is up for the challenge of being locked In the Dog House for a day to raise money for a good cause, please get in touch with the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s fundraising team on fundraising@edch.org.uk or by phoning 0131 669 5331. 


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