Kai finds a home

Kai the dog with his new owner

For several months Kai was the most famous dog in Scotland, perhaps even the world!

Abandoned at Ayr train station with a suitcase full of his belongings, the similarities to Paddington Bear's story were obvious - and animal lovers everywhere took him to their hearts.

The shar-pei crossbreed had surgery on his eyes in our care and found a new home with Ian Russell.

Being the one to rehome Kai is a bit like winning the lottery!

Ian Russell

Ian, a self-employed hydraulic engineer, said, "My Dalmatian Mica passed away just before Christmas and I was left heartbroken. I had her for 15 years and she was the apple of my eye. We pretty much spent 24 hours a day together.

"When I heard about Kai I knew the little guy needed a break but I never thought in a million years I'd get him.

"I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work. Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.

"Being the one to rehome Kai is a bit like winning the lottery!"

Scottish SPCA senior animal care assistant Alan Grant said, "We were overwhelmed by offers of new homes for Kai from places as far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain and even the Philippines.

"Kai's story was really sad and many people likened him to Paddington Bear given he was found alone at a railway station with his suitcase.

"One of the reasons we chose Ian was right from the start he said he was interested in rehoming Kai but he would take our advice if we thought one of the many other dogs in our care would suit him better.

"It was really important for us to select an owner who wanted Kai for all the right reasons and had really thought through their decision to take on a rescue dog.

"We know Kai will have a fantastic new life with Ian and we couldn't be happier for him."