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As Scotland’s animal welfare charity, we’ve been on-hand to protect animals and prevent cruelty for 180 years. Over almost two centuries, we’ve grown to become a national charity which celebrates the strength of the human-animal bond and enriches the lives of animals and people.

We champion animal welfare and encourage respect and kindness for animals across all our communities
We educate people of all ages about the welfare of animals in our mission to eradicate
animal cruelty and create a better future for all of us
We promote the importance of the human/animal bond, and the myriad medical, social and psychological advantages gained from animal companionship
We bring those who abuse animals to justice
We care for, rescue, rehabilitate, release and rehome
We are Scotland’s animal champions.

Investigating abuse across Scotland, we’re proud to be at the forefront of preventing cruelty to animals. As the only animal charity in the UK recognised as a reporting agency to the Crown Office, our inspectors enforce the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

We are a completely separate charity from the RSPCA, which helps animals in England and Wales.

Donations are vital because we receive no government funding.

Scottish Charity No. SC 006467

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Q Should I call your animal helpline?


If you see an animal in danger or which appears to be injured please call our animal helpline immediately on 03000 999 999. Unfortunately we cannot receive concerns about an animal’s welfare by email.

Our helpline is open 365 days of the year 7.30am - 9pm .

Our helpline advisors are also available to offer animal welfare advice if you require it.

Q What will happen if I call you about suspected cruelty to animals?


When you call our animal helpline to report an incident our helpline advisors will ask you for key information, such as where and when the incident took place, and any information you may have about who is responsible.

When we have these details, one of our inspectors will investigate further.

Scottish SPCA inspectors are authorised to enforce the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, which means we can report cases of suspected animal cruelty to the Crown Office. While we receive no government funding, we are the only animal welfare charity in the UK with this status.

On occasion, our inspectors will issue advice to animal owners to help improve animal welfare standards. We may also issue an animal welfare notice which is legally enforceable, or submit a report to the procurator fiscal who will decide if the owner should be prosecuted.

Q I'm not able to visit one of your centres but I would like to donate some food and toys for the animals in your care. Is there any way for me to do this?

We have special food collection boxes throughout Scotland which are very popular and are in convenient locations. Contact your local centre for more information.

We also accept donations online through our Amazon Wish List.

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