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10 March 2009 @ 10:56 am
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  

I'm an animal lover, I shared my home and my life with a Westie for 13 years and cannot count the ways in which my life was enriched.

I support animal welfare charities when I can.

But, something I was not aware of is this:

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) does not have a remit to operate in Scotland. If you are in Scotland and donate money to the RSPCA, that money goes to relieve animal suffering in the rest of the UK. Whilst that it is, in itself, a worthy cause, it has the knock on effect that the SSPCA is suffering.

If you are in Scotland and support animal welfare charities, please support the SSPCA.

Click on the picture above to go directly to the SSPCA's site, and please, pass on this information.
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thedothatgirl: purrthedothatgirl on March 10th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware of that - how peculiar and quite wrong IMO.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dram - mara_showhiskyinmind on March 12th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I always assumed that the SSPCA was a sub-branch of the RSPCA, but it turns out not. Very strange, and kinda remiss that the RSPCA doesn't really acknowledge that.
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on March 12th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Very much so, perhaps they think that they will get less in the way of donations (probably true)
tessarintessarin on March 10th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm suprised at this I thought the Royal in the title would have given it remit all around the UK. Although I suppose technically it's an independent charity given patronage. Wonder whether this was the case before devolution?
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dram - mara_showhiskyinmind on March 12th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's not the only charity which does this - the NSPCC only has a remit for England and Wales despite the N standing for National.

I think it's always been this way - I know the SSPCA has existed for all of my life and I don't think a change in remit such as this would have been allowed to go under the rug, as it were.
snake eyes and deja vusorchasilver on March 10th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm always surprised by how many people don't know this. When we lived in the country there were always people who'd ring the RSPCA about animal issues (of which there were lots!), and be shocked when they were told to call the SSPCA instead. I remember someone arguing with me when I suggested they call the SSPCA about a racing pigeon they'd found, saying they'd "prefer" the RSPCA and being very pissy about it.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dram - mara_showhiskyinmind on March 12th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd ever really thought about it before - you know I'm a country girl myself (my best friend at Primary School was the daughter of a gamekeeper) and I think we always just knew that the SSPCA was who dealt with problems in Scotland. I guess if I thought about it I might have assumed that they were an offshoot of the RSPCA, but until I saw a flier in my local paper I didn't think about how donations would be affected.