Our work this year

We've been working hard in every community in Scotland in 2020. Here's a breakdown of what we've been up to in the first half of the year.

Our highlights from January to June include:

  • 270 animals in our centres entering in to an emergency foster scheme. 70 of those were rehomed permanently.
  • Since schools shut, 6,000 of our free online learning resources downloaded by parents, teachers and carers.
  • 1,000 printed learning packs delivered to those without online access.
  • Despite our centres being closed we have rehomed 1,796 animals 
  • 3,377 animals arrived at our wildlife hospital. Since May there has been almost 1,000 animals in the centre at any given time.
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Cat and team member

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish SPCA reports an 8% drop in reports of animals in need nationwide compared to the first six months of 2019. In the first half of 2020 there was 119,564 calls to the charity’s animal helpline - a 10% drop from 133,047 on the previous period in 2019.

Almost 10% of all jobs taken on by Scotland’s animal welfare charity were in Fife. The Society’s animal rescue officers and inspectors responded to 3,226 reports in the area, from a total of 36,299 across Scotland. Fife is followed closely by Glasgow which had 3,113 incidents and then Edinburgh at 2,761.

Lockdown forced the closure of all nine Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland which meant animals were arriving at the centres without being rehomed. This put immense pressure on teams and resources. To relieve this, an emergency foster scheme saw over 260 animals who were ready to be rehomed go out on foster.  Over 70 were permanently rehomed by fosterers.

As restrictions eased, the Society introduced virtual rehoming to get animals in to loving homes. Despite the closure, the Scottish SPCA has rehomed 1,796 animals in the first six months of the year. This is down by 23% from 2,339 in 2019. The Society’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre did not close its doors and continued to take in injured, sick or orphaned wild animals. Admissions in the first half of this year are down 47% from the same period in 2019. 3,377 animals arrived at the centre in Clackmannanshire compared to 5,139 in the previous year. The centre has been especially busy since lockdown eased in May, with almost 1,000 animals on-site at a given time.

The Society had engaged with 48,798 school children through its free educational programme until it was put on hold in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cancelled bookings since then meant education officers were unable to meet over 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils.

The Society provided free educational resources online to support home-learning, and these have been downloaded over 6,000 times by parents, carers and teachers. 1,000 printed learning packs were also developed and, with the help of Police Scotland, distributed to children who may struggle to access online tools.

Statistics by local authority

LOCAL AUTHORITY

INCIDENTS

Aberdeen City

1457

Aberdeenshire

1820

Angus

938

Argyll & Bute

469

Clackmannanshire

594

Dumfries & Galloway

867

Dundee City

905

East Ayrshire

760

East Dunbartonshire

663

East Lothian

881

East Renfrewshire

389

Edinburgh City

2761

Eilean Siar

195

Falkirk

1364

Fife

3226

Glasgow City

3113

Highland

2142

Inverclyde

317

Midlothian

740

Moray

798

North Ayrshire

648

North Lanarkshire

2077

Orkney Islands

121

Perth & Kinross

1292

Renfrewshire

939

Scottish Borders

784

Shetland Islands

140

South Ayrshire

760

South Lanarkshire

2134

Stirling

782

West Dunbartonshire

699

West Lothian

1395

SCOTTISH SPCA ANIMAL RESCUE AND REHOMING CENTRE

ANIMALS REHOMED

ANIMALS RETURNED TO OWNER

Aberdeenshire

153

17

Angus, Fife and Tayside

224

21

Ayrshire and South West Scotland

56

6

Caithness and Sutherland

92

8

Dunbartonshire and West Scotland

268

26

Edinburgh and Lothians

192

19

Glasgow

392

117

Highlands and Islands

139

11

Lanarkshire

275

77