How’s a-boa-t new home for Angelina
Animal charity to host an open day
The Scottish SPCA is launching their tenth annual Scottish Animal Week on September 4.
To mark the milestone they will be hosting a variety of events over the week including street collections and an open day at the centre in Lanarkshire on Sunday, September 10.
The open day is free to everyone interested in animals with a host of activities on throughout the day.
During the ten years that Scotland’s animal welfare charity has been celebrating Scottish Animal Week they have rescued and rehomed well over 50,000 animals.
Currently in their care is Angelina, a 7ft boa constrictor, who arrived almost a year ago.
Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre manager Peter Fleming said: “Sadly Angelina has had very little interest from potential new owners since arriving in our care and we’re desperate to find the right person for her.
“Though they don’t play fetch or come when you call their name, snakes are great pets for any reptile lover and Angelina is very friendly and well handled.
“Angelina has been waiting very patiently to find her forever home, and we’re hoping her patience will pay off very soon!”
This year the charity has already spoken to nearly 22,000 children in Lanarkshire through their ‘ Prevention through Education’ programme which was launched in 2009.
This free programme encourages children to treat animals with compassion and respect.
Recent research published by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Edinburgh has shown that the programme has had a positive impact on Scotland’s children with a 382 per cent increase in the number of calls to the SPCA’s helpline from children over the last five years.
Gilly Mendes Ferreira, head of education and policy at the Scottish SPCA added: “Our interactive programme encourages children to think about what animals need and they learn how they can be responsible towards animals they come across including their pets.
“The research has shown a clear increase in children’s knowledge about animal welfare following part i c i p ation in our workshops and is further evidence that the subject of animal welfare has a valuable role to play in school curriculum.”
Anyone interested in the Scottish Animal Week open day should head over to the centre on Bothwell Road, Hamilton from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, September 10.
Angelina has been waiting very patiently to find her forever home and we’re hoping her patience will pay off soon
In care Angelina the boa constrictor
Centre manager Fleming Peter