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Scottish SPCA launches ‘Christmas dinner’ appeal
The donations will help the charity to provide care for animals waiting for homes during the winter months.

Many centres will be close to capacity at Christmas.

The Scottish SPCA has launched its appeal for ‘Christmas dinners’ for dogs and cats in their care this Christmas.

The rescue charity is asking for donations of dog and cat food, as well as other pet care items, to support its animal rescue and rehoming centres during its busiest season.

The Scottish SPCA says that it cares for thousands of domestic and wild animals throughout the year. Welfare reports also mean that their centres can take dozens of animals into their care at once, meaning they often need supplies urgently.

These donations will help the charity’s caregivers to provide nutrition, stimulation and support to animals waiting for permanent homes during the winter months.

As many of the animals that the rescue charity care for have sensitive digestion, many of these centres are asking for specific brands of food. Each centre has a dedicated Amazon wishlist, highlighting what they need the most.

Donations can be made by ordering items to the centre through Amazon, or using the wishlist to order items from other suppliers to the centres.

They also accept donations of food, treats or toys in-person at their centres’ receptions. Donors can bring items in between 11am and 3pm, and let the centre know that the donation is for the Christmas appeal.

Jennie Macdonald, head of rehabilitation operations, said: “We know times are tough for everyone but we’d be so grateful for anything anyone can spare this Christmas and know our animals will be too."

The Amazon wishlists can be accessed here.

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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