THE Scottish SPCA is inviting dog lovers to visit its centres across Scotland to meet its Staffordshire bull terriers in need of new homes.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity launches its annual Staffie Awareness Week today and is urging potential new owners to meet the “fantastic breed”.
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said:“We know many people still overlook them because they think they may be aggressive.
“Staffie Awareness Week is our opportunity to highlight that staffies are actually friendly, affectionate and loyal.
“Many people who visit our centres looking to rehome a dog tell us they have already discounted the breed. But when they meet a staffie their opinions often change once they have been showered with kisses and affection.
The Scottish SPCA rehomed rehomed 342 Staffies last year.
Flynn continued: “We are sure if they spent just a small amount of time with a staffie, they’d see what a fantastic breed they are.
“Just like other dogs in our care, some of our staffies have been mistreated and need particular homes but we also have many who would suit a family home with children and pets.
“We are challenging the negative labels staffies have been given because it’s truly heart-breaking to see how many of them are living in our kennels instead of the loving homes they deserve.”
Centres are open seven days a week between 10am and 4pm.