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SSPCA launch new rehoming drive

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Can you offer a home to Cuddles?
Can you offer a home to Cuddles?

A NEW campaign encouraging people to take on a rescue pet has been launched by the Scottish SPCA as part of its rehoming week.

Staff at the charity’s Caithness animal rescue and rehoming centre at Balmore are appealing for new homes for the many animals in their care, with the slogan ‘Rescue Pets make Great Pets’.

The initiative comes as Cuddles the rabbit, being cared for at Balmore, reaches five months with no interest so far shown in finding him a permanent home.

Centre manager Jimmy Gunn said: "We have lots of animals just like Cuddles who are ready and waiting for a loving family to take them home.

"We laucnhed our new campaign this week because we know first-hand how rewarding it can be to give an animal a second chance in life.

"Many have had very tough pasts and some have never experienced life as part of a loving family, which is incredibly sad."

He added: "Rehoming Week is our chance to raise awareness of the fact we find new homes for animals as well as rescue them.

"People may also be surprised to learn that we don’t just seek homes for cats, dogs and rabbits. We regularly rehome birds, snakes, terrapins and fish, plus many more pets."

"Because we don’t put any healthy animals to sleep, we are always full of wonderful pets looking for a fresh start.

"Although we found loving homes for 182 animals last year, we want to remind people that rescue pets have so much to offer."

Mr Gunn said the SSPCA want people to think long and hard before deciding to offer a home to a rescue pet.

"We would never encourage impulsive rehoming but anyone thinking of getting a pet is very welcome to come along to our centre to meet our fantastic animals for themselves."

For further information call 03000 999 999 or visit scottishspca.org/rehoming

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