Scottish SPCA Christmas television campaign has happy ending for Harris and Shonnie

The Scottish SPCA has found a home for two dogs that were part of Channel 5’s Help The Animals at Christmas programme.  West Highland terrier, Harris and Scottish terrier, Shonnie, have found a home with a new owner and canine chum.

Harris and Shonnie 1We were honoured to be part of Channel 5’s Help The Animals at Christmas programme which was dedicated to raising money exclusively for UK animal charities. 

The other charities involved in the fundraising drive were the RSPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

There were a host of famous faces showing their support for Help The Animals at Christmas such as Anton du Beke and Peppa Pig, who opened the show with a dance, and other notable faces were Jane McDonald, Gaby Roslin and advocate for the Scottish SPCA, comedian and Strictly Come Dancing Star, Susan Calman.

The programme highlighted the important work of the animal welfare charities, including tackling cases of cruelty so there were some emotional moments over the course of the show but one of our stories involving Harris and Shonnie has a happy ending.

The dogs were put up for rehoming as their owner could no longer give them the care they needed due to health reasons so they were taken to our rescue and rehoming centre in Inverness.

Callum Watt, Scottish SPCA inspector said, “It was a very emotional story, the original owners had to make the very difficult decision to give up animals that they regard as their best friends and there were tears all round but rehoming Shonnie and Harris was the best decision as it put their welfare first.

“We desperately hoped they would be rehomed together and now they have been so this is the best possible outcome for everyone.”

You can watch Help The Animals at Christmas on the Channel 5 website and you can still donate by visiting