The Scottish SPCA is encouraging animal lovers in Dumfries and Galloway to consider giving a rescue pet a second chance at happiness.
Staff at Dunragit Kennels in Stranraer, who care for and rehome animals on behalf of the charity, are hoping to find new homes for many of the pets in their care this Rehoming Week, which runs from March 17-23.
Centre manager Peter Baker said: “Last year we found wonderful new homes for 128 pets but there’s always more we can do to raise awareness of the number of rescue animals in our care and that’s what Scottish SPCA Rehoming Week is all about.
“Many of the animals here were rescued from lives of abuse or neglect and some were even discarded like rubbish when their owners decided they no longer wanted to look after them.
“It’s heartbreaking to think about but locals can help by giving one of these pets a second chance or spreading the word about our centre to friends and family.
“Because the Scottish SPCA never puts healthy animals to sleep, we are regularly operating at full capacity so the sooner we can find our animals new homes, the better as this frees up space for more pets in need.
“While we’d love to hear from anyone interested in offering a rescue pets a fresh start, we must stress that no-one should ever make an impulse decision to rehome an animal.
“A pet is a long-term commitment and potential owners must have the time, commitment and resources available to provide for their needs, including paying for any vet bills required.
“Anyone thinking of taking on a pet is more than welcome to come along to our centre to discuss rehoming and meet some of our fantastic animals for themselves.”
Potential owners can contact Dunragit Kennels by calling 03000 999 999.