Santa’s treat for animals in need

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The Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre had 156 animals in its care on Christmas Day.

It was business as usual for staff at the Balerno-based centre, which is open to the public all year round.

Centre Manager Diane Stewart said: “It’s a sad reality that there were lots of animals without loving homes to call their own this Christmas time.

“Thanks to our staff, no animal here spent Christmas Day alone and they all got a wee treat from Santa too.

“It’s simply not an option for us to close over the holidays as the animals here rely on us and they don’t have anywhere else to go.

“We stayed here throughout Christmas and New Year for all the animals in our care, ensuring that they were well fed, watered and exercised every day as usual.

“There was also the task of washing down the kennels, cleaning out the catteries and other enclosures and ensuring that animals received any necessary vet treatment.

“We will also continue to take in abandoned, neglected, injured and unwanted animals who have been rescued by our inspectors and animal rescue officers.

“We chose not to rehome young animals between December 20 and January 3 to prevent them being taken on by someone who wants a new pet for Christmas and hasn’t fully thought through their decision.

“However people are now once again very welcome to pop in to the centre if they think they can offer one of our animals a second chance at happiness.”

The Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre is open 10am-4pm, seven days a week.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centres care for thousands of abandoned, hurt and defenceless animals every year.

Its team of vets and staff rehabilitate a huge variety of animals.