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Celebrity backing for SSPCA's Animal Week

By Alan Beresford

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TV celebrity and SSPCA ambassador Gail Porter has thrown her weight behind the charity's Scottish Animal Week 2021.

Gail Porter is backing Scottish Animal Week 2021. Picture: Peter Devlin
Gail Porter is backing Scottish Animal Week 2021. Picture: Peter Devlin

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 when people needed them the most.

This year Scottish Animal Week will run over September 13-19, and Gail Porter will help launch the week by asking the public to shine a light on the animals in their life.

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 SSPCA’s ‘hall of fame’ webpage, and be entered into a draw to win prizes, including six-months-worth of pet food.

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

The society has continued to rescue and care for animals throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and has cared for 7325 domestic animals across their nine animal rescue and rehoming centres in Scotland since March last year, including their centre in Aberdeenshire, which is just one of two centres who have the facilities to care for equines. They have also cared for 12,013 wild animals at their dedicated National Wildlife Rescue Centre.

They were successfully able to remove 2038 animals from situations where they were being mistreated or neglected, and have found loving forever homes for 4769. The centre in Aberdeen has rehomed 500 animals since lockdown, like Zee.

SSPCA Aberdeenshire centre manager, Louise Griese, said, “Zee came into our care at the beginning of last year as her welfare needs were sadly not being met.

“She was emaciated, covered in lice and had a severe worm burden. Along with this she was incredibly lethargic and struggled to walk. She had to be seen by the vet before travelling to our centre to ensure she was even fit enough to get here.

Zee was in an awful state when rescued by the SSPCA.
Zee was in an awful state when rescued by the SSPCA.

“Poor Zee was nearly 200kg underweight at 317.5kg, and we were advised her recovery would be a long and slow process.

“After two months of stabled life and daily monitoring and communication with vets, Zee put on 23kg and was finally allowed out in to the field to stretch her legs.

“With vet and farrier check-ups, along with good quality feeding and grazing, Zee came on leaps and bounds which was a delight to see.

“As her health improved it did however become apparent that she had not had much handling previously, which was another obstacle for our team to overcome.

“Our dedicated animal care staff begun teaching her groundwork and good manners, and despite some stroppy moments her personality started to shine through. Zee took everything she was asked in her stride, and it was so rewarding to see all our hard work pay off.

“Zee went from strength to strength and a year later is now finally ready to go to her new home. Not only has her health improved but she is now very nearly ready to start her ridden career which her new owner is very excited to progress her with.

After a lot of TLC Zee is now healthy and enjoying life with a new owner.
After a lot of TLC Zee is now healthy and enjoying life with a new owner.

“Many animals that come in to our centre need months of specialised attention and care before they are ready to be rehomed, and I’m proud to celebrate animals like Zee 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 by visiting https://bit.ly/3ndAGZN

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