Donate your time to help our animals.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our animal rescue, helping our small staff team to rescue, reunite and rehome stray and abandoned dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Home offers a variety of volunteering opportunities to adults over the age of 18. Whether helping at a fundraising event, offering your professional skills in the office, or rolling up your sleeves to help keep our site clean, there is always something you can get involved with at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

We will strive to offer you the most relevant and positive volunteering experiene, providing a flexible, well-structured and supported approach, which includes an induction and training and the reimbursement of agreed travel expenses.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer Shop Assistants (Charity Shop Volunteers)

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has charity shops in both Morningside and Stockbridge, Edinburgh, offering the opportunity to gain experience in a retail environment. Volunteer Shop Assistants sort donations, prepare goods for the sales floor, replenishing stock, price items and interact with the public, ensuring a friendly and welcoming customer shopping experience.


Fundraising and Events Volunteers

Volunteer roles that support our Fundraising Team are flexible and vary depending on the nature of the event or activities. They can include event planning, manning stalls, shaking buckets, selling raffle tickets or even taking turns to wear our Hamish mascot costume to entertain the public. All of these activities raise awareness of the work we do, and raise valuable funds for the Home.


Friends of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

The Friends of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home charity shop in Portobello offers further Volunteer Shop Assistant opportunities, Monday to Saturday, morning or afternoon. If you would like to gain retail experience in the Portobello area, then pop into the Friends shop at 104 Portobello High Street for a chat.

Office Volunteers (Admin)

Office Volunteers help us with a variety of administrative tasks, which support our vital services to the animals in our care. These roles are varied and can include reception duties, assisting the public with the rehoming process, responding to customer enquiries, answering and directing calls, data entry, filing and photocopying.


Kennel Volunteers

Our kennel volunteering programme is under review so that we can rebuild it to become more successful, and as a result  we are not currently accepting applications for these roles. Please check back again soon, or for further questions or alternative volunteering opportunities, contact volunteering@edch.org.uk.

Find Out More

Please get in touch for an informal chat about the range of interesting and exciting volunteering opportunities we offer and more importantly, which one is right for you!


Apply Now

Complete the volunteer application form below and return it to volunteering@edch.org.uk or by post to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 1EH.

Download Volunteering Application Form >