Sharlene Wardrope, Associate Solicitor who heads up Walker Laird’s Remortgage Department, volunteers for the Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by walking dogs at their Cardonald Centre, known locally as the Glasgow Cat & Dog home.
The Society takes in stray and unwanted domestic animals, finds them new homes and also has an inspectorate division, which works closely with Police Scotland and other crime-fighting agencies such as HM Customs and Excise in order that they can investigate and prosecute allegations of neglect and animal cruelty such as dog fighting and puppy farming. The society also has an education department and through its Prevention through Education Programme they have spoken with over 300,000 school children.
The work of the SPCA centres
The Scottish SPCA has rehoming centres throughout Scotland and rehomes not only cats and dogs but also all types of domestic pets ranging from horses to hamsters! In addition to the rehoming centres, the society has a dedicated wildlife centre in Alloa, where they will rescue and rehabilitate Scotland’s injured wildlife including iconic species such as badgers and hedgehogs. The centre also accommodates seafaring animals such as seals, birds of prey and pretty much anything whether it has fur, feathers or fins, all with the ultimate aim to release those animals back into the wild after recovery.
The Society receives no Government or lottery funding and relies entirely on the generosity of the public to donate money via monthly subscriptions. Alternatively, you can hand in dog & cat food, blankets or newspapers to your local centre to help towards the care of the various animals.
The Scottish SPCA is Scotland’s animal welfare charity and is unrelated to the RSPCA, which operates in a similar way in England & Wales.
How can you help?
Particularly at this time of year, the shelters would be grateful for old or unwanted blankets, throws, duvet covers and pillow cases (not duvets as the animals eat them!). If you would like to contribute to The Scottish SPCA, you can find details of your local shelter here.
Sharlene said “it is a great pleasure of mine to spend time with the dogs whilst they are in the Society’s care waiting on their forever homes. They always greet you with a wagging tail and slobbery kiss!”