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By Euan Maxwell
Animal welfare in high demand

OVER 860 animal welfare jobs were attended to by the Scottish SPCA in Dumfries and Galloway during the first six months of the year.

Figures released by the charity reported the number of animals in need nationwide dropped nine per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic to 867.

In the first half of 2020 there was 119,564 calls to the charity’s animal helpline – a 10 per cent drop from 133,047 on the previous period in 2019.

Lockdown forced the closure of all nine Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland which meant animals were arriving at the centres without being rehomed.

This put immense pressure on teams and resources.

To relieve this, an emergency foster scheme saw over 260 animals who were ready to be rehomed go out on foster.

Over 70 were permanently rehomed by fosterers.

Scottish SPCA chief executive Kirsteen Campbell said: “Our whole team has worked so hard through this unprecedented crisis, and the passion and dedication they have displayed all the way through has been truly inspirational.

“Even during lockdown, we were still averaging a call about an animal in need every 90 seconds, which shows the scale of demand there was for our services.

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