Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has received a cryptocurrency donation that is large enough to fund one of its services for a year.
The donation of 26 Ethereum (approximately £87,000) from Pawthereum, a community cryptocurrency project, will fund the Paws Pantry for the whole of 2022.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home believes this is the largest cryptocurrency donation in Scottish history
Last month, the charity warned that demand for its services had risen 77% between 2020 and 2021. The charity works with 52 foodbanks and community groups and provides essential pet food, collars, jackets, bedding and other care items to pet owners in need.
Nicola Gunn, director of development and external affairs at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, said: “Our team’s day-to-day work to ensure vulnerable animals get the care they need is absolutely relentless, and just to know that this has been recognised by Pawthereum is incredibly overwhelming.
“There really aren’t enough words to thank them for this donation, which will ensure another year of Scottish pets being warm, fed and most importantly, remaining in loving homes.”
Pawthereum has also promised to donate nearly £1,500 per month so that the service can continue to expand and expects to donate up to £370,000 to other animal charities by the end of the year.
Matt C-Roy, charity coordinator at Pawthereum, said: “Pawthereum was born out of the idea that cryptocurrencies can be a tremendous force for good in the world. We couldn’t be happier to do our first major donation with a partner as thoughtful and caring as Edinburgh Home. Their community outreach programmes help pets stay with their owners during tough times.”