Downton Tabby! Star of famous TV show wins heart of Scottish SPCA’s Oscar

Downton Abbey star Phyllis Logan has joined forces with Oscar, the Scottish SPCA’s resident cat, to back a new campaign to encourage members of the public to support Scotland’s animal welfare charity.

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Phyllis, who plays Mrs Hughes in the award-winning ITV show and features in the upcoming movie, has urged the public to consider leaving a gift in their will for our charity.

In a new television advert, Phyllis admits to being a committed animal lover who is passionate about our work to prevent cruelty and support animals in need.

The Scottish actress said: "I’m over the moon to be able to give a voice to the injured, abused and abandoned animals who come in to the care of the Scottish SPCA.

“I loved meeting Oscar, my feline co-star for the advert. He is the cat in charge at the Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The team adore him, as does everyone who visits the centre.

“It’s a charity that has always held a very special place in my heart. They do such an amazing, wide range of work and care for a variety of animals. From dogs and cats to birds and wildlife.

“The work includes the free ‘Prevention through Education’ programme that reaches about 250,000 school pupils each year.

“The Society’s inspectors and animal rescue officers respond to 90,000 incidents every year even though they receive no government funding.

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“They also help bring those guilty of animal welfare crimes to justice.

“The charity needs £44,000 each day to continue the work they do. They rely solely on donations from members of the public.

“I would urge anyone to pledge a gift to the Scottish SPCA in their Will, which means your love for animals will live on and on. It will go towards such fantastic work and you know you’ll have left a legacy to be proud of.

“Knowing that Oscar and all the animals in the care of the Scottish SPCA are so well taken care of puts my mind at ease about what will be in the future.

“Oscar has certainly won my heart.”

Find out more here  or phone 0800 917 1772.


Puppy rescued by the Scottish SPCA with inspector

Leave a gift in your Will

You can help save the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals in Scotland by leaving a gift in your Will to the Scottish SPCA.