How’s a-boa-t new home for An­gelina

An­i­mal char­ity to host an open day

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

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

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