Over 30 animals in centre’s care

Animal care assistant Dale Christie with Zara the Staffie.
Animal care assistant Dale Christie with Zara the Staffie.

The Scottish SPCA’s local rescue and rehoming centre at Petterden, near Forfar, cared for 38 animals over Christmas and new year.

It was business as usual over the holiday period for the dedicated staff at the charity’s centre in Petterden, which is open to the public all year round.

Manager Lesley Clarke said: “It’s a heart-breaking reality that there are lots of pets without loving homes to call their own. The animals here are relying on us as they don’t have anywhere else to go, so it’s simply not an option for us to close over the holidays.

“Our inspectors and animal rescue officers continue to rescue abused, abandoned, injured and neglected animals throughout the festive period so we also need to be on-hand to take in any new arrivals and offer them a place of safety.

“There are lots of pets in our care who are ready and waiting to find their forever homes right now. People are always welcome to pop in to our centres, whether it’s to meet an animal they’re interested in rehoming, donate food or toys for our homeless pets, or simply just to say hello.”

The rescue and rehoming centre is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.