SSPCA Dumbarton Animal Rescue Center urgently needs blankets and newspapers

An animal charity in Dumbarton and the Valley is appealing to animal lovers to donate blankets and journals to the creatures in their care.

The Scottish SPCA says its local centre, on the A82 in Milton, is in dire need of donations of blankets for their dogs and newspapers for their little furry friends.

Blankets can be purchased from the center’s Amazon wishlist or through any other online retailer that offers drop-shipping to the center.

Items, including new or used newspapers that need to be packed, can also be dropped off at the center reception daily between 1pm and 4pm.

Center manager Judy Button said: “We need blankets to keep our dogs warm in their kennels.

“We ask for thick, good-sized blankets. We can accept used blankets as long as they are in good condition and washed.

“We can also accept hand-knitted or crocheted blankets, but unfortunately we cannot accept quilt donations. If an animal tears a quilt, it can pose a serious choking hazard.

“Our supply of newspapers is also very low, so hopefully there will be people nearby who can donate their old newspapers.

“Newsprint is a great material to use as a base for cages to catch the inevitable mishaps.

“We also use newspaper as bedding for new exotic animal arrivals. They can’t burrow into it, so it’s a great way for us to easily monitor them.

“We cannot accept any magazines or papers containing staples as this could be harmful to animals.

“Donating old newspapers will allow us to keep animals like Gizmo (pictured) the ferret in a clean and hygienic environment until they find their forever home.

“If anyone can spare some old newspapers – our animals aren’t fussy between tabloid and broadsheet – then please drop them off at reception in a secure bag.”

“We are so grateful for any donations you can spare so that we can continue to provide the best possible care for the animals at our center.”

Blankets can be donated through the center’s Amazon wishlist here.