Give a rescue pet a new home

Max who is looking for a new home.
Max who is looking for a new home.

The Scottish SPCA are appealing to people in the Scottish Borders to consider giving a rescue animal a new home as part of their Rehoming Week.

The charity’s Rehoming Week takes place between March 21-27 and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of rehoming a rescued animal.

In 2010 the charity rehomed over 5,500 animals from its ten animal rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland, ranging from domestic pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits to unusual animals including pot bellied pigs and snakes.

Debbie Innes, manager of the Scottish SPCA’s Scottish Borders Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Mellerstain, said: “We are currently caring for lots of unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals that are desperate for new homes.

“Buying a new pet from a breeder or pet shop isn’t the only option. Many of our animals have had a tough start in life and deserve to be given a second chance.

“A lot of them have already been house trained and even know basic obedience.

“All animals are vet checked before being rehomed and every dog and cat is microchipped and neutered.”

Debbie added: “We rehome animals all year but during our Rehoming Week we want to remind people about all the animals in our centre needing new homes.

“There is a constant stream of animals arriving here, either as neglect and abandonment cases or strays, and as we never put a healthy animal to sleep our centre is always full.

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Max is an eight-year-old cross breed dog who came into the charity’s care over six months ago when his owner could no longer care for him.

He is a favourite with staff at the centre but he tends to be overlooked as he is an older boy.

He is an adorable dog who would love to find his forever home.

He loves to play and get lots of cuddles. He also knows basic commands and is clean in his kennel.

He doesn’t like cats but gets on fine with other dogs so could be rehomed with one following a successful introduction.

He would make a wonderful pet for a family with older children.