MSP for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross, Maree Todd is backing the SSPCA’s Pet Aid initiative which looks to provide essential food supplies for animals through a network of food banks across Scotland.
The campaign comes amid rising costs across the board which is putting pressure on household budgets and impacting pet owners on low incomes.
The animal welfare charity is currently piloting the initiative in Thurso and aims to get more foodbanks involved.
Following a visit to the SSPCA centre in Inverness, Maree Todd MSP said:
“These are extremely tough times and it’s heart-breaking to think that the cost-of-living crisis is impacting pet owners’ ability to look after their much-loved pets.
“Pets are great for mental wellbeing, they can provide companionship, increase our physical activity and be a source of comfort.
“For many, they are the centre of the home and part of a daily routine.
“Nobody should be forced to give up their pet, that’s why the SSPCA’s Pet Aid initiative is so important as it aims to support pet owners who are struggling to help avoid this outcome.
“I was pleased to hear that the initiative is currently being trialled in Thurso, I would encourage any community volunteers involved in local foodbanks across the constituency to consider whether they have the capacity to support the SSPCA with this initiative.”
Maree Todd also paid tribute to the hard-working team of SSPCA volunteers and staff in the Highlands.
Commenting, Maree Todd said:
“A big thank you to the SSPCA for inviting me along to visit their centre in Inverness this month.
“I was heartened by the staff at the centres compassion and dedication, they go above and beyond to support the animals in their care and find them a loving home.”