Scottish SPCA calls for Scots public to share memories of charity ahead of 180th birthday

The Scottish SPCA is urging the people of Scotland to share their stories, photos and memories of the charity as it prepares to celebrate its 180th birthday.


Scotland’s animal welfare charity was founded on 18 December 1839 in Edinburgh and since then has grown to champion the wellbeing of animals across the country. Later this year, the Society plans to launch celebrations to commemorate the special anniversary that will run throughout 2020.

Set up with the original goal of aiding overworked horses and ponies in Leith, the Society expanded to cover over 50 counties in Scotland by the early 1900s and worked closely with its counterparts in Aberdeen, Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The Scottish SPCA now has nine animal rescue and rehoming centres across the country and a world-leading wildlife hospital in Clackmannanshire. Last year, it rehomed over 5,000 domestic pets and successfully released 5,642 wild animals back to their natural environment. The Society now also delivers industry-leading animal welfare educational programmes to people of all ages across Scotland, reaching over 250,000 children in 2018.

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Kirsteen Campbell, chief executive of the Scottish SPCA said: “In my short time with the Society I know of hundreds of examples of our dedicated people going above and beyond to do all they can for the animals and humans they come across. So, I can only imagine how many fantastic stories must be out there about the people who’ve worn our uniform since we were formed.

“Over the best part of two centuries, which equates to over 700 dog years, the Society has built an incredibly rich history and we can only do our celebrations justice with the input of the Scottish public who have funded our work since day one.

“As well as those who have had a positive experience with us in the recent past, we are hoping to uncover some long lost tales from descendants of those we’ve touched in decades gone by.”

The Society wants anyone with any interesting anecdotes or memorabilia to get in touch via the website or by emailing

Scottish SPCA volunteer with rescue cat


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