We are a small rescue, taking disadvantaged dogs from Orkney and the Isles as well as Mainland Scotland and the UK. We want to give our dogs both who those who will go to be re-homed after assessment as well as the sanctuary dogs the very best we can. But we need some help with background work. And would very much value the input of our volunteers
PDSA is a charity. We want a lifetime of wellbeing for every pet. Every day, vets in our 48 Pet Hospitals care for sick and injured pets – saving lives, and keeping pets happy and healthy. Pets are part of the family. Our four-legged friends give unconditional love and are sometimes our only companion. They don't deserve to suffer because of financial difficulty or social hardship. They can't help themselves. But we can – with your support. Treating pets is a huge part of what we do…but our work doesn’t stop there. We’re a leading authority on pet health and wellbeing: from raising awareness of pet obesity to surveying the state of Britain’s pet nation; raising the status of animals to celebrating their contribution to our lives. But we can’t do any of it without you. Your support is invaluable to keeping our doors open and helping us be there when pets need us most.
The voice of the Voluntary Sector with a strong and diverse membership. Dedicated and experienced staff providing support, development advice, facilitating networks as well as sharing news and information. We also provide office space to rent, room hire, grant finder services, administration services and much more.
RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB , the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Our vision is a world where cats are treated with kindness and understanding. It can be achieved as cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets. Objectives: Homing - Finding good homes for cats. Neutering - Supporting and encouraging neutering. Information - Improving people’s understanding of cats.
Cats Protections vision is a world where all cats are treated with kindness and understanding of its needs. Our objectives are to help cats by 1.Homing: finding good homes for cats in need 2.Neutering: supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats 3. Education: improving people’s understanding of cats in their care.
At PDSA, saving, protecting and healing pets is what we’re all about. We are dedicated to improving pet wellbeing in three very special ways – by educating owners, preventing disease and carrying out life-saving operations.
For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.
The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages over 100 wildlife reserves across Scotland.
PFSS provides a unique service, supporting pet owners who are facing ill health, temporary homelessness or domestic abuse. Our volunteer foster carers give a pet a temporary “home from home”, taking responsibility for their care, feeding and exercise, freeing the owner from worry at a difficult time.
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all. The RSPB exists to conserve wild birds and the environment. We have more than one million members, over 13,000 volunteers, 1,300 staff, 200 nature reserves,9 regional offices, 4 country offices...and one vision - to work for a better environment rich in birds and wildlife.
Rescue and care
We believe that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life, free of fear and neglect. We rescue abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK, giving them a safe place to live and providing essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and lifelong care.
We are here to help people see the world through cats’ eyes
Since 1927 we have helped cats across the UK and helped people to better understand their needs. As a community of volunteers, employees, supporters and partners, we’ve improved the lives of millions of cats and transformed the way millions of people see and care for cats.
Our vision is a society where every cat has their best possible life because they are protected, cared for and understood by everyone.
This is not an easy thing to achieve, but that’s the point. It’s challenging and ambitious. But by moving towards it we’ll continually make the world better for cats and people.
We also have a clear definition of what we all do in Cats Protection – the mission we are on to deliver our vision.
We are a movement of people championing the welfare of cats. We lead society in a richer understanding of all cats and care for those that need our help.
This can be summed up by our purpose. If we can help everyone to better understand cats and their needs, we can help them to behave differently towards them, to care for them in the best way and to ensure the world appreciates and protects cats. That is why our purpose is:
To help people see the world through cats’ eyes
Whale and Dolphin Conservation works to protect cetaceans around the globe. The charities main aims and objectives are to end captivity, stop whaling, to create healthy seas and to prevent deaths in nets.
The Shorewatch citizen science project is a network of volunteers trained and supported by WDC to carry out regular 10-minute surveys from Shorewatch sites across Scotland. We know that Scotland is home to a number of whale and dolphin species, yet there are still so many unanswered questions about where they breed, feed and travel. We believe it is important to keep eyes on the sea so we can better understand these amazing creatures to better protect them. Understanding their movements will allow us to comprehend how our behaviours affect whales and dolphins. We can use the data we gather to influence policy makers and advise developers to ensure better protection for whales and dolphins. Shorewatch relies on our amazing community volunteers to collect this vital data.
Objectives of Shorewatch
• Bring marine conservation expertise to local communities through attending local events, informing campaigns and supporting volunteers.
• Engage local people in the process of protecting and conserving the marine environment and the wellbeing of local whales and dolphins.
• Inform conservationally minded marine planning by identifying specific seasons or locations of importance to suggest when development will have the least impact.
• Contribute to the designation of MPAs by providing data to government as they search for key areas of importance.
• Support monitoring of MPAs by collecting a long term data set which will show changes in the presence and absence of whales at key sites over time.
RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Complete care for pets, farm animals and equine from pets to poultry, Thrums Vets has the experience and expertise to help you look after your animals.
For over sixty years, pet lovers, farmers and stables across Angus, Perth & Kinross have trusted Thrums Vets to provide the very best veterinary care.
Ayr's Guinea Pig Rescue and Rehoming Centre was offically opened in 2016. Over the past 5 years and prior to this, we have taken on many animals in need of rescue, but our love for guinea pigs in particular is so strong that we founded the centre so we can help the many piggies desperately in need.
We offer a safe haven for piggies who are mistreated, neglected or where their families can no longer take care of them until a new forever home can be found. If for any reason new homes cannot be found, whether this be from age, illness, etc. then they will spend the rest of their days in our care.
If you are interested in, and think you could offer one our little piggies a forever home please get in touch with us.
Bear in mind the size of caging/hutching required for these wee piggies as they do love space. When it comes to piggies, the bigger the better!!
It is not our policy to adopt out these wee piggies to where they will be used for breeding, or where they run the risk of falling pregnant. Some have gone through enough in their wee lives, without running the risks pregnancy can cause.
Ghost Fishing UK is an award-winning British registered charity (no: 1174396)
Established in 2015, Ghost Fishing UK is dedicated to removing Abandoned, Lost, and Discarded Fishing Gear known as ‘Ghost Gear’.
The organisation consists of volunteer scuba divers, with extensive training in advanced diving practices, specifically in relation to minimising the impact on the environment.
Our purpose is to remove, where possible, lethal entanglement hazards to marine life and scuba divers from the marine environment.
Ghost Fishing UK is completely independent, with over 70 volunteer divers and supporters working hard to tackle the Ghost Gear problem.
Plastic Free Awards 2021 – Winner
Fishing news Awards 2022 – Winner
The problem of ghost fishing gear is long-standing but has only really reached public prominence in the last few years. It is a normal but unfortunate part of fishing that nets, pots and lines become lost. This is rarely a deliberate act on behalf of the fishing community but simply a reality of a very harsh environment.
The lost gear continues to catch marine life, as it is designed to do. This has an undoubted but poorly documented effect on the local and global marine ecosystem. It is clearly undesirable, and nobody benefits from ‘Ghost Gear’ being present in the ocean.
Animals are needlessly caught and killed by this Ghost Gear which, unless removed from the sea, continues in a vicious circle of catching animals which in turn act as bait for larger animals and so on.
What we do
Ghost Fishing UK was set up around 2015 by dedicated divers to try to remove this lost equipment from the marine environment. It is a challenging and difficult task. Ghost gear is typically entangled in reefs and wrecks, and its removal can be complicated.
Ghost Fishing divers survey the site first and collect data on the ghost gear and any animals trapped, alive and dead. Data is collected via our ghost gear reporting system and the mandatory activity form, which all projects must complete. This data is critical to provide evidence of the ghost gear problem and adds weight to the mission to reduce it.
The removal technique involves divers attaching bags to the gear, which the diver fills with air, making them float. The divers then cut the gear free as close to the seabed as possible. Great care is needed to ensure that the diver does not become entangled with the equipment. This involves a high degree of teamwork, coordination and discipline.
Now and the Future
Ghost Fishing UK is a registered charity built from dedicated volunteers who give up their free time to run the organisation, raise public and government awareness of the Ghost Fishing issue and dive to document and recover lost fishing gear.
Ghost Fishing UK wrote the first Ghost Fishing course in the world and is the largest organisation engaged in this activity.
Ghost Fishing UK is actively training new divers on the ‘Ghost Fishing course’ created in early 2018. Groups of regional divers are now active in responding to reports of Ghost Gear and setting up local projects to remove it.
All scuba divers can contribute to the clean-up of our oceans by reporting any ghost gear they see on their dives to Ghost Fishing UK through our online reporting system on this website.
Partners and Associates
Ghost Fishing UK volunteers are always fundraising to help cover the hefty costs of recovering Ghost Gear. The charity receives funding from various sources, and we welcome businesses who would like to get involved, either with our fundraising campaigns or funding one-off recovery missions.
Ghost Fishing UK works closely with several universities, Seasearch, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Ocean Plastic Pots and the Sealife Trust.
Ghost Fishing UK has featured heavily in the media, raising awareness of the ghost gear problem and has featured on programmes such as the BBC One Show, Springwatch, Devon & Cornwall show and Sky News.
Ghost Fishing UK has a talented pool of underwater videographers and photographers, and we work closely with the media for maximum public outreach.
We run talks and events around the country and have a selection of guest speakers. We have given talks and outreach opportunities at schools, youth groups and educational institutions. Please see our FAQs page for more information.
The Humane League UK is a charity that exists to end the abuse of animals raised for food. Volunteers can get involved in campaigns locally as part of our grassroots community, or take action from home, supporting with remote campaign actions.
Founded in Aberdeen at the end of 2016, Pet and Companion (PEACE) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), providing Pastoral Care along with Canine Therapy to people in need of support and companionship, particularly: the elderly; patients receiving end of life care; and students during stressful periods. Our aim is to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation experienced by many of those we visit, and thereby improve people’s mental health and general well-being.
To provide guide dogs and other rehabilitation services that meets the needs of the blind and partially sighted people. Guide dogs want a world in which all people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else.
SAVE OUR SQUIRRELS!
The red squirrel is an icon of the Scottish landscape, as much as red deer, otters, golden eagles and heather. But these beautiful creatures are threatened by their grey cousins which eat their food supplies, dominate their habitat and carry an incurable disease (squirrelpox) which is fatal to red squirrels.
What action is being taken?
Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, has been set up to combat this threat and they are working with volunteer networks across the south of Scotland to conserve red squirrels.
Your local volunteer network is the East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group. We cover an area from Glentrool in the north to Whithorn in the south, encompassing the Machars Peninsula and the Cree Valley.
The objects for which the Association is established are to promote the Health, Equality and Independence of Blind & partially sighted people by:
1) Promoting guide dogs for the Blind & partially sighted people.
2) Training & educating Blind & partially sighted people in the use of Guide Dogs.
3) The relief, prevention & cure of vision impairment.
4) Providing such services, facilities and activities for the benefit of Blind & partially sighted people as the Association from time to time deems fit.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a leading UK conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world. WWT is the only UK charity with a national network of nine specialist wetland visitor centres. With over 60 years experience of wetland conservation, WWT is committed to the protection of wetlands and all that depend on them for survival. Their vision is to ensure there is a ' worldwide network of healthy, productive wetlands, where a rich variety of wildlife can live and breed safely, and ensure people’s lives are enriched by learning about and being close to nature'.
Borders Pet Rescue (BPR) was established in 1988, as a small, registered, Scottish charity offering animal rescue, re-homing, and the promotion of responsible pet ownership through education and training across the Scottish Borders and adjoining areas. Our Rescue Centre is located at Craigsford, in Earlston. Each year we are able to find new homes for over 200 dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotics. We rely on donations from the public, on some fundraising, and primarily on the income raised by the four Borders Pet Rescue Charity Shops, located in Galashiels, Kelso, Duns, and Hawick. Like all animal charities, BPR relies on the generosity of the animal loving public to support the work and could not survive without the dedication of its many friends and volunteers.
Stable Life is a registered charity working with vulnerable young people between 10 and 18 years of age in the Scottish Borders who are experiencing personal challenges. We offer a safe, nurturing and learning experience using the horse and its surroundings to help young people reach their full potential and become healthier and happier.
Improve the local marine environment for the benefit of everyone.
Ensure coastal communities have a say in the decisions that affect their seas.
Work to sustain the livelihood of those dependent on fishing and tourism.
Increase the popularity of Arran and the Clyde as a diving, watersports and tourist destination.
Educate future generations on the need for marine conservation and how to make a difference.
Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.
The need for an effective bird conservation organisation has never been greater. Climate change, agricultural intensification, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and over-exploitation of our seas all pose major threats to birds.
The RSPB could not exist without its supporters and members. Whether you join us, give a donation, purchase items from us or undertake voluntary work, your support is vital to the future of birds and the places where they live.