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pet advice on

coronavirus

There's a lot of confusing messages out there about coronavirus, even when it comes to caring for your much-loved pets. We are on-hand to keep you right with guidance on looking after your animal family...

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Rehome

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.

Meet the animals

We
Rescue

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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We
Prevent

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

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Inspire

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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New campaign urges public to be #WildlifeWise

We've launched a new campaign to educate the Scottish public on when wild animals need rescued. We see a large increase in reports of wildlife in need every Spring. But in many cases the wild animals, particularly if they are young, do not actually need assistance. That is why we...

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Wildlife in Spring...

More about wildlife

Baby birds

In the Spring, millions of birds are born in Scotland. But do you know your fledgling from your nestling? Our baby birds guidance will keep you right and make sure you only disturb a baby bird when they genuinely need our help.

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Foxes

At this time of year, many vixens give birth to fox cubs. Whether you live in an urban or rural area, chances are foxes will be nearby. 

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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 need to raise £44,000 EVERY DAY to rescue, rehome, rehabilitate and release animals and wildlife across Scotland.

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 7am - 9pm from October to March.

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.