Rescue pet appeal

Sioux is one of the centre's horses looking for a new start. Scottish SPCA picture.
Sioux is one of the centre's horses looking for a new start. Scottish SPCA picture.

The Scottish SPCA is encouraging animal lovers in Aberdeenshire to consider giving a rescue pet a second chance at happiness.

Staff at the charity’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak, near Banchory, are hoping to find new homes for the dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, reptiles and other pets in their care during Rehoming Week, which runs from May 2-8.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “Last year our centre found wonderful new homes for 670 pets but there’s always more we can do to raise awareness of the number of rescue animals in our care and that’s what Rehoming Week is all about.

“Many of the animals at our centre were rescued from lives of abuse or neglect and some were even discarded like rubbish when their owners decided they no longer wanted to look after them.

“It’s heartbreaking to think about but locals can help by giving one of these pets a second chance or spreading the word about our centre to friends and family.

“Our horses Apache and Sioux are just two of our animals in need of a fresh start.

“Unfortunately there hasn’t been much interest from potential owners so far, which is unusual as they are such beautiful big horses.

“Apache and Sioux didn’t have the best starts in life. Both were quite nervous and frightened at first as they hadn’t had much handling but with a little time and patience they have come out of their shells.”

The centre is open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week. Potential owners can also contact the centre by calling 03000 999 999.