A column for your best friend

Manager of Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston, Simon Callum with Spike the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Manager of Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston, Simon Callum with Spike the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Welcome to the first of our regular weekly columns entitled Animal Matters.

For this week’s feature we felt it might be useful to introduce ourselves to those of you who are not familiar with our work and to explain the types of topics we would like to cover in the future.

Borders Pet Rescue is a local animal charity for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, based in Earlston.

We are totally self -funded from donations in various forms from the general public. We also rely heavily on a dedicated band of volunteers to help us with all the day-to-day tasks.

We have two charity shops in Galashiels and Duns that contribute hugely to our running costs.

We cover a really large geographical area, mainly throughout the Borders and all the Lothians.

We also deal with animals from North Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife on occasion.

Basically, we have two main missions:

1. To find suitable, loving homes for abandoned animals and pets that can no longer be kept

2. To promote responsible pet ownership through education and training

Over the coming weeks we would like to cover a series of interesting, humorous and informative topics, covering all areas of pet ownership. We would like to talk about issues such as microchipping, boosters, neutering, puppy training, ticks and mites, socialising, hot weather precautions, and things to consider before looking for your new pet, to name but a few.

In addition, we would look to cover any relevant stories affecting pets at that moment, so things such as the Christmas puppy trade, looking after your pets whilst you are on holiday, firework night etc, would be useful to talk about.

And from time to time we will feature specific pets looking for loving new homes.

You can also visit our stand at the Border Union Show in Kelso tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday.

And another date for your diaries is Sunday, August 2, when we hold our annual open day.

So keep a look out for the column from next week and we would welcome your suggestions and ideas for future topics to cover.