In the first half of 2020 the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) attended 121 reported incidents in Orkney. Across Scotland there were 119,564 calls about animals in need. This was an 8% drop in reports for Scotland compared to the first half of 2019.
All charities have had an extremely hard time obtaining, maintaining funding and their services during the Covid19 pandemic – and animal charities have been hit harder than most.
Despite that during lockdown when schools were closed the SSPCA supported online learning. There were 6,000 downloads of materials by parents, carers and teachers. 1,000 printed learning packs were also developed and, with the help of Police Scotland, distributed to children who may struggle to access online tools.
The charity also continued its work caring for animals in its centres and rehoming some. All of its 9 centres were closed but 1,796 animals were able to be rehomed through a virtual service.
The SSPCA also cared for 3,377 animals arriving at its wildlife hospital.
The closure of the centres meant that fostering of animals took place and 260 animals ready to be rehomed were put into foster care until that could take place.
The SSPCA centres remain closed but Scotland’s animal charity continues with its amazing work. You can find out more here: Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
A reminder too that in Orkney the shelter – Loving Homes Dog Rescue – Lockdown and Rescue life which is not run by the SSPCA but provides an essential service for the islands is in need of funding support.
There is also a new group in Orkney but one with lots of experience dedicated to wildlife rescue: Orkney Wildlife Rescue
Reporter: Fiona Grahame