Scottish SPCA Angus centre seeking support during Scottish Animal Week

The Scottish SPCA’s Angus centre rehomed more than 580 rescued animals over the last 18 months, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday, 13th September 2021, 12:00am
Scottish SPCA Angus centre seeking support during Scottish Animal Week
Scottish Animal Week is under way now, and will run until September 19.

The society has continued to rescue and care for animals throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and has cared for 7,325 domestic animals across their nine animal rescue and rehoming centres in Scotland since March last year.

It has also cared for 12,013 wild animals at their dedicated National Wildlife Rescue Centre and been successfully able to remove 2,038 animals from situations where they were being mistreated or neglected, and found loving permanent homes for 4769 animals.

The figures were released during Scottish Animal Week, which the charity organises annually.

This year the Scottish SPCA is delighted to have the support of animal lover and ambassador Gail Porter in celebrating the week and helping to enlist the help of those in the Angus area.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity hosts the week annually in September, and this year are taking the opportunity to celebrate the animals who have been there for people when they needed them the most.

This year Scottish Animal Week began on September 13 and will continue to September 19.

The society hopes to raise funds for Scotland’s animals over the week by asking the public to share how their pets have helped them through lockdown and the important role they play in their lives.

Stories will then be displayed on the society’s ‘hall of fame’ webpage, and be entered into a draw to win prizes, including six-months-worth of pet food.

The Scottish SPCA is very grateful to CALA Homes which will be matching Scottish Animal Week donations up to £5000 as part of a £40,000 sponsorship pledge made to the charity in 2020.

Dale Christie, assistant manager of the Angus centre at Petterden, said that there are still animals in the charity’s care which are still looking for homes.

He Christie said: “Our specialist animal care team need to have a wide range of knowledge to provide the best possible care to all animals that come to us, like the ferrets currently in our care.

“We have several ferrets at the centre at the moment who are all looking for their forever homes separately.

“Pea is a playful little lady who is full of fun and mischief. She is a friendly girl who is super inquisitive.

“We think Pea might have previously lived with other ferrets so could possibly live with another if her new owner had a separate enclosure during the initial introductions.

“Ursula could also potentially live with other ferrets and is a bundle of fun.

“Strawberry loves to run around and investigate.

“After spending lots of time with our teams, all these girls are quite well handled but, like all ferrets, can be nippy so any new owner will have to be aware of this.

“They are all seeking a home with a large enclosure which has plenty of enrichment so they can exercise and explore.

"They will also need sufficient time out of her enclosure for stimulation and socialisation.

“Mushroom is well handled but is a very active boy so doesn't like to sit still for very long!

“He would love an owner that can provide him with plenty of toys and time out of his cage to run around and explore, and let off some energy.

“Sprout is the youngest of the bunch, and he is believed to be two to four months old.

“He is a sweet little boy looking for an experienced owner who can continue his handling.

"He would love a large cage or hutch brimming with tunnels and toys for stimulation.

“He could live with other ferrets pending successful introductions.

“We have had an influx of ferrets coming in to our centre recently, and many of them are sadly overlooked.

"We can care for them for long periods of time but nothing compares to a loving forever home.

"Animals often need months of specialised attention and care before they are ready to be rehomed, and we have lots of other ferrets who need a bit more TLC before they are ready for rehoming.

"I’m proud to celebrate animals like this group of ferrets this Scottish Animal Week, and our dedicated teams who work tirelessly to help them become the best versions of themselves.”

People can find out more about supporting Scotland’s animals this Scottish Animal Week at

Anyone interested in adopting any of the ferrets in the Angus centre cna find out more at .

During the first six months of last year along, the Scottish SPCA reported an 8% drop in reports of animals in need nationwide compared to the first six months of 2019.

In the first half of 2020 there was 119,564 calls to the charity’s animal helpline - a 10% drop from 133,047 on the previous period in 2019.

Lockdown forced the closure of all nine rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland which meant animals were arriving at the centres without being rehomed.

This put immense pressure on teams and resources. To relieve this, an emergency foster scheme saw over 260 animals who were ready to be rehomed go out on foster. More than 70 were permanently rehomed by fosterers.

Despite the closure, the charity also rehomed 1796 animals in the first six months of the year.

The National Wildlife Rescue Centre did not close and continued to take in injured, sick or orphaned wild animals.

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