And it’s the fortunes of some of their unluckiest residents which the Scottish SPCA is aiming to transform as the charity looks to rehome pets which have been in their care for longer than most.
Among them is Balerno staffie Buster, who has been looked after by the charity for almost two years.
Buster came into the charity’s care along with two other dogs, which according to staff “hadn’t had the best start in life”.
Despite the two other dogs that he came with having been rehomed very quickly, unfortunately Buster wasn’t so lucky.
Staff at Balerno said this was “very unusual” for a dog in their care and although Buster has had to have his tail removed after it burst open several times due to excessive wagging, the pooch is said to “adore attention” and is “always looking to play and have a cuddle”.
Scottish SPCA superintendent Sharon Comrie urged anyone who thinks they might be able to give Buster a loving new home to get in touch.
She said: “We’ve got lots of lovely animals looking for their second chance.
“Unfortunately in some cases they’ve been with us for a long period of time and we’re desperate to find them a family who can appreciate what wonderful pets they are.”
But if you’re not a dog person it’s not just Buster who’s on the lookout for a new home, with a number of other animals also in need of help.
These include Snowflake the snake, who came to the
Scottish SPCA three years and two months ago as a juvenile corn snake.
His unusual name is not because of Snowflake’s colouring – he’s actually red and black – but due to the fact he came into the charity’s care at Christmas.
For those who favour fluff over scales when it comes to their animals, Pandora the gerbil is another on the hunt for a new owner.
Pandora came to the Scottish SPCA along with 13 other gerbils – most of which have since been rehomed – after they were discovered in a box on a farm.
Ms Comrie added: “She [Pandora] has been with us for nine months which is quite unusual and we know she’d make a great addition to the right family.
“All of these animals will make fantastic family pets, it’s just making sure people know they’re here. We’d love to buck the ‘unlucky’ trend of Friday the 13th and find these guys a loving new home.”
Anyone interested should call SPCA’s helpline on 03000 999 999.