What we do

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

Please note we are not a veterinary clinic. We do not see seriously sick animals or emergencies. If you have an emergency with an animal follow the advice given here.


Our Services 

A dog being examined by a vet

We offer cats and dogs:

  • Routine health checks and advice on any conditions detected
  • Vaccinations and routine treatment for fleas and worms
  • Micro-chipping
  • Treatment of some simple, non-urgent problems, e.g. minor ear and skin conditions
  • Diet, weight and behaviour advice

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 support and advice to homeless people and their animals in Edinburgh since 2009. The project was originally set up using funds from a bequest to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies from Vida Howie, Edinburgh resident, 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 Project, Turning Point, 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. Please note, however, that we are not a full service veterinary clinic. Fundraising events are held throughout the year. Anyone wishing to support our work can learn more here.