Animal centre proving popular

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An animal centre in Deeside has enjoyed a successful start since opening earlier this year.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSCPA) rescue and rehoming centre at Drumoak opened in June.

The £2 million facility cares for dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets and has dedicated puppy and kitten facilities.

There are ten members of staff at the centre and they have been kept busy so far.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “Everything is going very well and we have been really busy since we opened.

“So far we have rehomed about one hundred and sixty animals but we are still just about full with animals who need a place to stay.

“There are a wide range of animals at the centre but cats have probably been the most common followed by dogs. Ferrets have also proved popular.

“Some pets need more care than others, one of our Staffordshire bull terriers, Roxy, is a really friendly dog but she has diabetes and needs insulin twice a day.”

Mr Innes praised local people for taking a keen interest since the charity opened its doors.

“We have had a great response people in the area,” he said. “People have been more than generous with donations, we are almost out the door with the amount of old newspapers that have been brought in but is really appreciated.”

There have also been a number of exotic visitors to Drumoak.

Mr Innes added: “We have had a few lizards and we currently have a snake at the centre. We also had to go and rescue a scorpion in Stonehaven, which attracted a bit of publicity, but he is now in Inverness.”

The Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire animal rescue and rehoming centre is open daily from 10am to 4pm.

For more information phone 03000 999999.