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The Scottish SPCA has received a generous donation from Support Adoption For Pets, the UK’s largest grant giving animal charity.
We received a cheque for £14,844.84 to go towards a sensory garden and exercise area for dogs at our centre in Edinburgh.
Centre manager, Diane Aitchison, said: “We are humbled and delighted to receive this incredible amount from Support Adoption For Pets.
“The funds will go towards creating a sensory garden and to resurface and partially cover the exercise area for the dogs in our care.
“Often, dogs arrive with very little life experience outside of a kennel environment. This is particularly relevant with puppy farmed dogs.
“The sensory garden will provide a safe, quiet area for dogs to find sanctuary but will also incorporate many different experiences that encourage use of their senses.
“There will be lots of dog friendly textures and smells to provide mental stimulation as well as obstacles and items to give them lots of physical exercise.
“Our centre in Glasgow opened their sensory garden last year and since opening, the team have witnessed positive changes in the confidence levels of the dogs, especially those that came from puppy farms. It would appear that this has been enriching for the dogs.
“Covering the exercise area in part with artificial grass and shelter will allow us to be able to take the dogs out in adverse weather without having to worry about the elements.
“As a charity that receives no government or lottery funding, we rely entirely on donations such as this to continue our work rescuing and rehoming thousands of animals in Scotland each year.
“We cannot thank Pets at Home enough for its continued friendship and support and Support Adoption For Pets for this amazing donation. It’s going to change the lives of dogs that come into our care and better prepare them for finding their loving, forever home.”
Laura Messenger, Grant Funding Coordinator at Support Adoption For Pets, said: “It is a real privilege to be able to help such an important organisation that works tirelessly to care for and rehome pets in need. They are doing a remarkable job, and we’re delighted to be able to support them so that they are able to continue helping more pets in need.”
In 2006 Pets at Home founded the charity Support Adoption For Pets. Since then it has helped more than 1,000 rehoming centres and animal welfare organisations across the UK. In addition to its fundraising work, it also runs dedicated adoption centres in Pets at Home stores.