The local animal shelter is appealing to animal lovers in Dumbarton to consider giving a rescue pet a second chance as part of its Rehoming Week.
The Scottish SPCA aims to raise awareness of the benefits of taking on an unwanted, abandoned or neglected animal during Rehoming Week, which takes place from 19 - 25 March.
Joe McDade, manager of the Scottish SPCA's Dunbartonshire and West Scotland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Dumbarton, said: "We are currently caring for a large number of animals, many of which have had a tough start in life.
“It's heartbreaking to think about, but some of them don't even know what it feels like to be part of a loving family and they all deserve a fresh start.
“Our centre cared for 1,018 animals last year and we expect 2012 to be just as busy. Because we don't put any healthy animals to sleep we are always full but we'll continue to look after all the pets in our care until we can find them good homes. All animals are vet checked before leaving our care and every dog and cat is microchipped and neutered.”
One animal who is looking for a new home is Frankie, a Staffordshire bull terrier. Sadly, despite being described by staff at the shelter as “really friendly”, the poor pooch, thought to be around five-years-old, has been at the centre for over a year.
His profile reads: “Frankie has so much love to give and we hope someone can give him a
Joe added: "We find new homes for animals throughout the year but Rehoming Week is our chance to remind people that rescue pets have so much to offer.
"Of course, taking on any animal is a huge responsibility and potential owners must have the time, commitment and resources available to provide for the needs of a pet, including paying for any vet bills required.
"We would never encourage impulsive rehoming, however, anyone thinking of getting a pet is very welcome to come along to our centre to meet our fantastic animals for themselves."
For further information call 03000 999 999 or visit the Scottish SPCA website by clicking here.