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Working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate broken animals

Red before and after

We work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate broken animals. Many animals arrive in our care having suffered for a long time and arrive physically and mentally damaged.

It’s our job to help put broken animals back together again by providing treatment and sometimes months of rehabilitation.

There are 11 vets who work for us and they provide specialist care to the animals in need who arrive at the Scottish SPCA. Some arrive with diseases, others with accidental wounds and some arrive with intentional injuries inflicted by humans.

One of the animals who arrived broken was Red the saluki cross. He was found abandoned on a single track road in Dunfermline. He was very skinny and lethargic when he was found. An exam by a vet revealed that Red was suffering from painful, swollen joints, dental disease and a fever which was initially believed to be caused by an infection. Red needed months of veterinary care over the time he was with the Society. If Red had been cared for at a private veterinary clinic, it would have cost in excess of £5,000.

Poor Red didn’t respond well to his initial treatment and he failed to gain weight, so required many more diagnostic tests.

Senior vet, Jo Neilson, said: “Red was in our care for nine months while we investigated and then treated his various medical problems. This included him having a relapse when we thought we might lose him. Our teams get very emotionally invested in the animals we care for and it’s times like these that are the hardest. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and needed a long course of treatment and regular blood tests but thankfully he pulled through.

“Such is the bond we build up with the animals we care for, one of our veterinary care assistants, Lynsey, fell in love with him and couldn’t bear to be parted with him. Red went home with Lynsey and now has all the love he could ask for.

“Sadly, Red’s story is not an isolated case. Many animals arrive with us when they are literally broken.

“Some have suffered for a long time, carrying physical and emotional scars. Animals can’t tell us where it hurts, why they’re sick or why they’re scared.

“It’s our job to uncover what has happened to the animals and what treatment they need.

 “Red’s happy ending is the best possible outcome for us. To see the broken animals who arrive with us go on to loving forever homes. It’s the reason we do what we do.

“We don’t just fix broken bones. We fix broken hearts too.”

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