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Gail Porter needs you to help celebrate Scottish Animal Week!

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The Scottish SPCA are delighted to have the support of animal lover and ambassador Gail Porter in celebrating Scottish Animal Week 2021.

We host the week annually in September, and this year are taking the opportunity to celebrate the animals who have been there for people when they needed them the most.

Scottish Animal Week will run from 13 to 19 September, and Gail Porter will help launch the week by asking the public to shine a light on the animals in their life.

We are hoping to raise funds over the week by asking you to share how your pets have helped you through lockdown and the important role they play in your lives. Stories will then be displayed on our ‘hall of fame’ webpage, and be entered into a draw to win prizes including six-months-worth of pet food.

We are very grateful to CALA Homes who will be matching Scottish Animal Week donations up to £5,000 as part of a £40,000 sponsorship pledge made to the charity in 2020.

We have continued to rescue and care for animals throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and since March last year we have cared for 7,325 domestic animals across our nine animal rescue and rehoming centres and 12,013 wild animals at our dedicated National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

We were successfully able to remove 2,038 animals from situations where they were being mistreated or neglected, and found loving forever homes for 4,769 animals like poodle, Winnie.

Lanarkshire centre manager, Gillian Boyle, said, “The public may remember Winnie coming in to our care in August 2020, after being found dumped at the side of the A98 with nine labradoodles.

“Some of the animals were roaming loose, while others had been shut in a derelict building.

“They were all in an appalling condition. Their coats were completely matted, and they were filthy and emaciated.

“The poor pups were so nervous and weak from malnourishment, and it was very clear they had not been socialised.

“Our devoted animal care staff worked so hard to give every one of these dogs the socialisation, training, and TLC that they deserved.

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“After the amazing work of our teams, they have now all found their loving forever homes including Winnie, who was with us for four months before she was ready to start her new chapter.

“She found the perfect home with one of our volunteers, and we’re told she is doing fantastically well and is a total ray of sunshine!

“They think she is a dog in a million and are so grateful that she came in to their lives. They also had a DNA test which revealed she was in fact 100% a standard poodle all along!”

Many animals that arrive with us need months of specialised attention and care before they are ready to be rehomed. We are proud to celebrate animals like Winnie this Scottish Animal Week, and our dedicated teams who work tirelessly to help them become the best versions of themselves, or rescue and rehabilitate them so that they can return to the wild where they belong.

People can find out more about supporting Scotland’s animals this Scottish Animal Week here.

If anyone is concerned about an animal, please do not hesitate to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999. We need your support today. From as little as £1, you can save lives. Please support the Scottish SPCA today.