Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has rescued 51 dogs and 14 cats; reunited 18 dogs and 4 cats; and rehomed 19 dogs and 7 cats in May.

Our (lucky) Star finds a home

At the start of 2019, we launched an urgent appeal to find our longest-serving resident, Star, a home after he’d spent 1,800 days – around five years – at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. His story captured the hearts of millions across the globe and we are happy to report that Star has finally found his perfect match!

Star, a seven-and-a-half-year-old Staffie, was found tied up behind a rundown building. Our dedicated staff worked tirelessly to help Star overcome the physical and mental neglect he had experienced, and worked with him on behavioural training but there was just one thing missing – a loving forever home.

Graeme Webb, a professional photographer from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, heard about Star’s appeal and just knew he had to meet him.

“After seeing Star on social media, and seeing he was still available after thousands and thousands of views, I thought to myself, ‘why is no one taking him?’, so I decided I’d go and see him for myself. When I saw how happy and friendly he was, I decided he was the one for me,” says Graeme.

Following several visits with Star, the Home’s kennel staff were convinced it was a perfect match and so the rehoming process began. The UK’s ‘unluckiest dog’ had finally found a family of his own.

“He settled in quite quickly really. After a few days, he was more relaxed, but he is still reactive to other dogs, so we’ve been avoiding them as much as possible.”

 “Eating is his favourite thing to do. He also loves playing with a football, so we are either out in the back garden, or we go to a freedom field close by, where he can run around as much as he wants off the lead.”

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Director of Operations/Deputy to the CEO, Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine said, “Everyone at the Home couldn’t be happier that Star has finally found his forever family. To see the way he looks at his new dad with such trust and love makes the long search for Star worth it.”

“Star is an example of our team’s love, passion and dedication to not only caring for him and training him, but in also finding him a forever home — this is an organisational-wide movement. Our never-ending pursuit when there is hope for a home is something that continues to inspire and move me.”

Walkies, woofs and wagging tails

On 25 May 2019, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, in partnership with Agria Pet Insurance, hosted a giant dog walk at our site. We welcomed around 250 people and their dogs to the Home for a 5km walk along the Seafield Promenade, followed by dog competitions market stalls and live entertainment. For every dog that entered the walk, Agria made a donation to the Home, helping to raise over £6,000 for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and our mission to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats in need.