What we do

All4Paws is a student-led charity, proudly run by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. We provide veterinary care and advice to homeless and vulnerably housed people and their animals.

We are an outreach project for homeless and vulnerably-housed animal owners in Edinburgh.


If you have a full tenancy (e.g. council or housing association) we cannot normally prescribe any treatment. We can, however, direct you to other veterinary services.


We do not see seriously sick animals or emergencies. If you have an emergency, please see the information in this link.


Our Services 

A dog being examined by a vet

We offer cats and dogs:

  • Routine health checks and advice on any conditions detected
  • Vaccination Worming Treatment for fleas
  • Treatment of non-urgent problems, e.g. minor ear, eye and skin conditions
  • Micro-chipping
  • Diet, weight and behaviour advice
  • Basic diagnostic tests


We can also supply:

  • Beds, toys, jackets and other accessories
  • Food
  • Indoor kennels (loan only)


For other conditions, we can sometimes arrange referral to other vet services. All4Paws maintains a fund for this purpose to help homeless people and their animals.

About us

Herald HE Awards finalist 2019

All4Paws has been providing veterinary care and advice to homeless people and their animals in Edinburgh since 2009. The project was originally set up using funds from a small bequest to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies from Vida Howie, who specified that the money should be used to help homeless people and their animals in Edinburgh.

We work closely with hostels accepting companion animals in Edinburgh, especially Dunedin Harbour, and with other support organisations. Prior to 2022, we operated pop-up clinics at various Edinburgh venues including Grassmarket Community Centre, Turning Point, The Edinburgh Access Practice, and Steetwork. In 2022, we acquired our own premises at 127-129 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER.

All4Paws is organised by veterinary students of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and all clinics are supervised by experienced veterinary surgeons. Fundraising events are held throughout the year. Anyone wishing to support our work can learn more here.