Those struggling to feed themselves can't feed their pets
A foodbank for pets has been set up to support hard-up owners.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has launched the scheme to help pet owners after realising that those struggling to feed themselves couldn’t afford pet food.
The initiative will offer wet and dry food as well jackets, collars, leads, bowls and bedding. Staff at the charity will also be hand to offer pet care advice.
Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, director of operations, said: “The home takes in hundreds of dogs and cats in need of a second chance. However, there are times where some of these animals are coming from loving families who can no longer cope with their care.
“We hope by establishing our own dedicated pet food bank that we can keep some of those much-loved dogs and cats with their loved ones while continuing to support those in need.”
Last year the shelter looked after 2,367 dogs and 771 cats last year, many of them from loving homes. Social problems such as financial pressures, illness, homelessness and domestic abuse can leave people struggling to feed or look after their animals.
The charity said it hoped that the food bank will help to keep more pets with their families.