BOTHWELL Bridge Animal Home are appealing for animal lovers in Lanarkshire to consider rehoming an unwanted or abandoned animal.
The SSPCA are hoping Lanarkshire residents will help ease the strain on the packed rescue centre - and rehome one of the many animals desperate for a loving home.
Everyday, cats, dogs, birds and small animals come through the centre, some of which are abandoned or have been rescued by staff or kind-hearted members of the public.
Staff at the Bothwell centre are now hoping the appeal will spur prospective pet owners to come forward.
Carol Porter, Assistant Manager at the Bothwell Bridge Centre said: "We are very busy at the moment, particularly with large breed dogs including American Bulldogs and the less well known Briard, which is a French breed of dog that has been used for centuries to herd sheep and cattle.
"We are looking for experienced homes for these animals, with people who have time to invest in their ongoing training, exercise and grooming needs.
She added: "For those looking for a smaller pet we have lots of gerbils, guinea pigs and budgies all in need of loving homes. Anyone interested in rehoming an animal can visit our website or come along to our centre.
“We would advise people who are considering getting a new pet to discuss and agree this with everyone in the household and do their research before making a commitment."
In the first two months of 2009, the Scottish SPCA cared for a total of 3192 animals across all 10 of its animal rescue and rehoming centres.
The centre is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm.
Anyone interested in rehoming an animal or wishing to donate or join the SSPCA can visit www.scottishspca.org or telephone 03000 999 999.