The Scottish SPCA is appealing to wildlife lovers to donate tinned food and newspapers to help sick and injured young animals.
We are currently caring for hundreds of baby birds and mammals, including scores of juvenile hedgehogs, fox cubs and gull chicks, at our newly-opened National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross, near Alloa.
Last year we rescued a staggering 3,917 sick and injured wild animals and successfully rehabilitated and released 2,504 fully fit creatures back into the wild. This year could be even busier.
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, "Our new facility has enabled us to increase our capacity to take in more sick and injured wild animals than ever before, but this means that we have more mouths to feed and more beds to prepare so tinned cat and dog food and newspapers are in constant demand.
"We're now in the middle of our busiest season for receiving young mammals and baby birds and supplies are already running low.
"Youngsters can work their way through a high volume of food as they grow and develop rapidly in our care while newspapers provide warm bedding for hoglets and fox cubs and they are also useful cage liners for the hundreds of fledglings we receive at this time of year.
"Our supporters are always extremely generous in helping out when we are in need so we'd like to call on this support again and ask for as many donations of food and newspapers as possible.
"Each and every donation is gratefully received and will help us rescue, rehabilitate and release more wild animals back into their natural Scottish habitats."
Anyone wishing to donate tinned cat and dog food and newspapers to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre can hand them in to the Centre at Fishcross, Alloa, FK10 3AN. The centre operates seven days a week and donations can be handed in between 9.30am and 4pm.