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Dog finds ‘forever home’ after 767 days in kennels
Roxy was often overlooked by potential new owners.
Five-year-old Roxy spent half her life with SSPCA.

A five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier has finally found a permanent home, after she spent nearly half of her life in Scottish SPCA’s kennels.

Roxy had been in the animal welfare charity’s care for 767 days, after being surrendered by her previous owner due to their life circumstances changing.

Roxy initially struggled to adjust to life in an animal shelter. However, through the dedication of Scottish SPCA staff, she gradually became more comfortable and happy.

Despite several appeals for a new home for Roxy, she was often overlooked by potential new owners.

Then Gerrard Brown and his daughter Dawn visited the centre, looking for a rescue dog to join their family. When they saw Roxy’s photograph on the wall, they were keen to meet her.

Mr Brown said: “We instantly fell in love with her face. The team managed to arrange a meeting that same day. She came out bouncing about and was an instant bundle of joy.

“The whole family went down again to meet her and we all took her for a walk. We arranged another couple of visits and then fostered her for two weeks.”

Roxy settled in well to the family home and so, after completing the paperwork, she became an official part of the family.

Since moving into her permanent home, Roxy has been bought lots of new toys. Her owners are now focusing on training her, and getting her used to her new life.

Scottish SPCA says that, while Roxy’s case was rare, it is changing the way it works to ensure that no dog spends that length of time in a kennel again.

In 2023 the animal welfare charity saw a 25 per cent increase in arrivals, with 6,944 animals taken into rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland.

It also rehomed 3,881 animals, fostered 459 animals and treated 5,163 wild animals.

Rachel Maclean, rehabilitation operations lead, said: “Our aims for 2024 are to enhance our adoption and fostering services with an expanded team.

“This means getting animals into the right homes faster and improving the experience for animals, fosterers and adopters.”

Image © Scottish SPCA

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.