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Appeal for volunteer wildlife drivers in Caithness

By David G Scott

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The Scottish SPCA (SSPCA) is appealing for volunteers in Caithness to help transport injured wildlife.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is keen to find volunteers to take on this rewarding role.

As a volunteer wildlife driver, you will support the SSPCA by carefully transporting casualties from the Caithness area to the Society’s Inverness Wildlife Station, based at their Highlands and Islands Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Scottish SPCA volunteers are needed to help with driving. Picture: Peter Devlin
Scottish SPCA volunteers are needed to help with driving. Picture: Peter Devlin

SSPCA volunteer development coordinator, Lesley Toles, said: “Becoming a volunteer wildlife driver is not only rewarding, but it is also a chance to gain valuable experience helping Scotland’s animals. We are looking for volunteers in the Caithness area who have access to their own vehicle, a full driving licence, and suitable insurance.

“All fuel expenses will of course be reimbursed. This role is on an on-call basis. It involves liaising with our animal rescue officers to collect wildlife casualties from them at a designated pick-up point, for transportation to our wildlife station in Inverness.

“We would be looking for a commitment of being on-call to do a minimum of one wildlife run per week. All wildlife will be assessed and suitably contained by our animal rescue officers prior to transportation."

All training, necessary equipment and PPE will be provided, as well as an Essential Travel Letter for use during covid restrictions, a SSPCA branded T-shirt and ID badge.

“We are looking for people with a strong interest in Scottish wildlife and a commitment to animal welfare, as well as being self-motivated and reliable.

“If this sounds like the perfect role for you we would love to hear from you.”

To apply for this role, or if you would like further information, please contact: Lesley.toles@scottishspca.org

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