The Scottish SPCA is currently seeking new homes for 27 Shetland ponies in the care of its rescue centre in Aberdeenshire.
Staff at the charity’s centre in Drumoak are appealing for pony enthusiasts to come along and meet the animals, who were left homeless when their owner could no longer look after them.
Centre manager Graeme Innes said: “These ponies arrived in our care together and we now have the challenging task of finding them all new homes.
“They may be little ponies but we have some really big characters.
“Rufus for example has proven to be a very cheeky boy who will follow people around the field to get a treat and a scratch.
“Casper would be a great pony for a child to groom and cuddle as he will happily stand all day for some attention.
“Shetland ponies can make wonderful pets but they should never be rehomed on a whim.
“We would ask anyone interested to consider the costs involved in equine ownership and carefully think whether they have the time and resources to care for a pony.
“If anyone is interested in our Shetlands we would be delighted to hear from them.”
Anyone who can offer a pony a new home is asked to contact 03000 999 999.