The Scottish SPCA is appealing to animal lovers in the Borders who are thinking of getting a new pet to spare a thought for the unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals in its care and consider rehoming a rescue pet.
Last year the charity’s Scottish Borders Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Mellerstain, near Gordon, rehomed over 100 animals and it is now full to capacity, caring for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals who are all looking for new homes.
Centre manager Claire Tyczynska said: “Our centre is absolutely full at the moment and we are desperate to find all of the animals loving new homes.
“We want to remind people that buying a new pet from a breeder or pet shop is not the only option.
“Many of our animals have had a tough start in life and deserve to be given a second chance.
“The Scottish SPCA never puts a healthy animal to sleep so all the animals in our centre will stay with us until we find them a new home.
“Rehoming a rescue animal is a very rewarding experience and they make excellent pets. A lot of them have already been house trained and even know basic obedience.
“All our animals are vet checked before being rehomed and every dog and cat is microchipped and neutered.
“We would welcome anyone who is considering getting a new pet to come along to our centre to meet the animals and hopefully they’ll find their perfect pet waiting for them.”
The centre in Mellerstain is open to the public daily between 10am and 4pm.
A selection of the animals available for rehoming at the centre is available to view at scottishspca.org/rehoming.
If you are interested in supporting the Scottish SPCA or would like to make a donation, visit scottishspca.org or telephone 03000 999 999.