STAFF at two animal homes are preparing for their busiest ever New Year attempting to find new pet owners.
The Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in Seafield and the Scottish SPCA’s rehoming centre in Balerno are both swamped with unwanted animals.
At the SSPCA centre, assistant manager Kenny Sharpe said: “Christmas is one of our busiest times of year and the strain on our resources is greater than ever.” At the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, the city’s oldest pet sanctuary, more than 380 dogs have been rehomed in the past year. But some animals stay longer at the shelter than others.
Centre manager David Ewing said: “All of the dogs featured in this article have been here since at least last Christmas.”
Here we take a look at 12 animals, ranging from dogs and cats to a cornsnake and a canary, looking for homes this New Year.
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These brothers are looking for a home where they can stay together. The five-year-old cross collies can be a little timid at times and are looking for an owner who can provide lots of tender loving care.
Candy is described as an affectionate girl. The seven-year-old bulldog is very friendly and loves to meet new people but would prefer a home without other dogs or kids.
Stuart likes to spend his days basking under his UV light before going for a swim to cool himself off.
Bliss is a three foot female cornsnake found slithering around as a stray. She’s a very good natured snake and is easy to handle.
Buster suffers from separation anxiety and finds it very stressful to be left on his own. The three-year-old Staffie is a bouncy dog who is very friendly.
Kenco is a cheeky little canary who was rescued after he was found straying He could be rehomed either to a suitable indoor cage or an outdoor aviary.
These rats are slightly nervous of handling but are improving daily and will come out of their shells even more in a new home where they can bond with their owners.
Three-year-old Staffie cross Kayla is a friendly girl who is full of fun. Kayla loves a cuddle and has lots of love to give. She is a strong girl with lots of energy.
Steph is an adult lop crossbreed rabbit rescued after she was found hopping around on her own. She’s a friendly and confident girl but isn’t keen on being picked up.
Seven-year-old Staffie Mylo is a swee-t natured girl who would love a home of her own. Mylo gets on with most other dogs and is used to older children.
Bull terrier cross Dudley is described as a ‘great big bundle of fun’ but would be best suited to a home without young children.
Lewis, ten, is friendly and affectionate, He will require outdoor access and would be best suited to an adult-only household.