Scottish SPCA supporter marks 80th birthday with seal unit donation

The Scottish SPCA is delighted that Sheila Gibbs from Nairn, who has been an active supporter for over 25 years, decided to hold a pet blessing to mark her 80th birthday, with the proceeds paying for a much needed seal handling unit for the Highland region.

Sheila GibbsOver the years Mrs Gibbs raised funds for us by organising concerts in St Columba’s Church in Nairn and nearby Kilvrock Castle, fundraising at the local agricultural show and much more!

Sheila and her late husband Ray were keen animal lovers who often provided care for the rescued animals in our care, including ponies, stallions, hens, geese and of course some dogs - Ray put his foot down when Sheila decided she wanted a pig!

Inverness Centre Manager Elaine Floyd said, “We were pleased to welcome Sheila, Reverand Alison Simpson who performed the animal blessings, and Francisco the handyman who built the shed, to the official opening of the seal unit on Sunday (17th September).  

“We get numerous seals pups in every year so we’re very grateful for this kind donation. Many seals come from the islands or further north and will stay here overnight to take on fluids before their onward journey to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

“Without the hard work and dedication from supporters like Sheila Gibbs we wouldn’t be able to help as many animals as we do.

“As an animal welfare charity we receive no government or lottery funding so we rely entirely on the support of the public.”

Another pet blessing has been organised for Wednesday 4 October at 7.30pm in St. Columba’s Church, Nairn. All proceeds will be donated once again to us.

Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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