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We're always so grateful for donations. Check which items we can and can't accept here.

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We think rescue pets make great pets! We also believe everyone who gives a rescue animal a second chance and a place in their home and heart is fantastic too.

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We rescue animals and nurse them back to health before finding them loving new homes or releasing them back into the wild.

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Investigating abuse across Scotland, we're proud to be at the forefront of preventing cruelty to animals.

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So these are the things that keep us busy everyday - if that's inspired you to help you can support us by making a donation, becoming a member, taking part in an event and more...

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We reunite cat missing for ten years!

The Scottish SPCA has reunited a missing cat with his owners after 10 years apart. We were called out to the cat after he was spotted in the Ferrier Gardens area of Aberdeen looking very thin with protruding bones. Animal rescue officer Greg Stevenson attended and found the cat to...

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Rehab underway for seal normally found in the Arctic

The Scottish SPCA is caring for a ringed seal which is a species normally found in arctic waters. We were alerted to the male seal by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue after he was spotted at Cove Bay Harbour in Aberdeen on 27 August. The seal had abrasions on...

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Appeal for information after four horses attacked in Lanarkshire

We are appealing for information following a suspected dog attack at the Scottish Equi Complex in Lanarkmoor Country Park. We were alerted to the incidents after a member of the public called to report that they had found four of their horses with serious injuries on Sunday 5 September. Three...

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Wildlife in Winter...

More about wildlife


It's time for hedgehogs to hibernate! But if you see one out and about in daylight at this time of year, it may need a helping hand. 

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At this time of year, we can end up caring for up to 200 grey seals. If you come across one on the coast, please heed our advice.

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Want to find out more about what we do?

Keep up to date with our work and find out more about how you can help abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland.

We are Scotland's emergency service for animals - and we do it all without any government funding. 

That's why your support is so important to us. To receive seasonal information about how you can help wildlife thrive, along with useful tips on how to look after pets and top news stories, sign up to our monthly newsletter.

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Animal welfare FAQs

If you are wondering if you should call our animal helpline the questions and answers below may be helpful.

If you see an animal in danger or which appears to be injured please call our animal helpline immediately on 03000 999 999. Unfortunately we cannot receive concerns about an animal’s welfare by email.

Our helpline is open 365 days of the year 7.30am - 9pm .

Our helpline advisors are also available to offer animal welfare advice if you require it.

Yes. All calls to our animal helpline are in strict confidence and can be made anonymously if necessary. Calls are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.

When you call our animal helpline to report an incident our helpline advisors will ask you for key information, such as where and when the incident took place, and any information you may have about who is responsible.

When we have these details, one of our inspectors will investigate further.

Scottish SPCA inspectors are authorised to enforce the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, which means we can report cases of suspected animal cruelty to the Crown Office. While we receive no government funding, we are the only animal welfare charity in the UK with this status.

On occasion, our inspectors will issue advice to animal owners to help improve animal welfare standards. We may also issue an animal welfare notice which is legally enforceable, or submit a report to the procurator fiscal who will decide if the owner should be prosecuted.