EDINBURGH EASTERN MSP TO TAKE PART IN ANNUAL CHARITY FUNDRAISER

EDINBURGH EASTERN MSP TO TAKE PART IN ANNUAL EDINBURGH DOG AND CAT HOME FUNDRAISER

This month, Ash Denham MSP will be taking part in Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s annual ‘In the Dog House’ event which sees local CEOs, influencers and high-profile personalities locked in kennels for a day to raise money for the 136-year-old charity.

Now in its third year, the event will see each participant locked in a kennel with only their phone and a laptop, where a competition will take place to see which individual can raise the most money during the day and be crowned ‘Top Dog’.

The initiative is supported by Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, which helps recruit the city’s top business talent to take on the challenge on Friday 27th September, and Ash Denham has been invited to take part as the area’s constituency MSP.

Ms. Denham said:

“I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s In The Dog House event to raise money for one of the capital’s longest running charities.

“I recently visited Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to see what goes on behind the scenes and they really are a fantastic charity with so many hard-working employees and volunteers providing the best possible care for the lost or abandoned dogs and cats which are brought in from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“The Home has also very recently become a real living wage employer ensuring their staff are paid a salary that has been independently calculated to meet the costs of living, which management said ensured the staff are valued as much as their animals. It’s vital more employers follow the charity’s example by signing up for this scheme – supported by The Scottish Government – to help us tackle in-work poverty.

“I look forward to the event and would ask constituents to donate what they can to this worthy cause to help the charity meet their annual running costs which exceed £2m.”

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Director of Fundraising and Communications Nicola Gunn said:

“Last year was a massive success, raising over £15,000 for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, so we are thrilled to see MSP Ash Denham, and representatives from the Scottish Parliament, join members of Edinburgh’s business community by signing up to participate in this year’s ‘In the Dog House’ event. Helping us raise even more money to rescue, reunite and rehome dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s kennels provide a safe, warm and loving environment for hundreds of dogs that come through our doors each year. By inviting business leaders from across Edinburgh to spend a day in the kennels, we are hoping to not just raise much-needed funds for their care, but give people an insight into our work and highlight the many animals who are spending months, even years, calling these spaces home while they wait for their new owner to walk through our door.”

ENDS

Notes;

‘In The Dog House’ event information: http://www.edch.org.uk/in-the-dog-house

Ash Denham MSP’s recent visit to the Home: https://ashdenham.scot/2019/08/22/edinburgh-msp-calls-on-the-capitals-employers-to-follow-dog-and-cat-homes-lead-in-paying-real-living-wage/

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home was founded in 1883 and works in partnership with Police and local authorities to rescue, reunite and rehome lost, stray and abandoned dogs and cats across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

It has an open-door policy, accepting any dog or cat that comes through the door in need, whatever shape, breed or size, and staff work tirelessly to find a permanent loving home for every animal, however long it takes.

It costs around £2.4 million a year to run Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

In 2018, the Home cared for 2,367 dogs and 771 cats.

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