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Call for north runners to join SSPCA fund-raising campaign


By Alan Beresford

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ANIMAL lovers in Moray and Aberdeenshire are being urged to get their running shoes on for the rest of this month to help animals in need.

Helping raise some cash for the SSPCA's Pounds for Paws campaign is Olympian Laura Muir, pictured here with Jess. Picture: SSPCA
Helping raise some cash for the SSPCA's Pounds for Paws campaign is Olympian Laura Muir, pictured here with Jess. Picture: SSPCA

The Scottish SPCA's Pound for Paws event has gained the support of north Olympian Laura Muir.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity has a long-standing relationship with the 2018 European champion middle distance runner and qualified vet.

For the rest of August people of all ages are being invited to run a minimum of 30km to raise funds for the charity's rehoming and rescue centre in Drumoak, Aberdeenshire and others like it across Scotland.

Ms Muir said, “I’m honoured to be part of the Scottish SPCA’s Pound for Paws event.

“As a qualified vet, I’m passionate about animals and their welfare so the society has always been very close to my heart.

“This summer I should have been representing Team GB at the Olympic Games in Japan.

“As the games have been postponed until 2021, I’m challenging people in the Moray and Aberdeenshire area to take part in Pound for Paws.

“I’m inviting people at all stages of running, from the complete beginner to the more experienced, to run a minimum of 30km [before the end of August].

“It’s a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause and keep fit.

“I’m going to be helping participants along with the way with tips and encouragement. I’ll also be tracking their progress on our online leaderboard. We’re hoping this will ignite people’s competitive spirit!

“It’s for individuals, families and running groups. We want as many people as possible to take part.

“Your dog can get involved too if you regularly run with your pooch. We’d love for some canicross groups to take part. Please do make sure you consult a vet before doing any activity with your pet.

“Since lockdown, the Scottish SPCA has dealt with over 10,000 reports of animals in need. Support from members of the public is vital to be able to continue to deliver their essential services to help Scotland’s animals.

“I’m so pleased that I’m able to help a cause I care so much for at this crucial time and encourage people to get active.”

To find out more or sign up for the event, please visit www.scottishspca.org/PoundforPaws

SSPCA Drumoak has begun animal rehoming again albeit under restrictions imposed by Covid-19 regulations. Visit their website for more details.

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