Angus residents are the focus of a campaign by The Scottish SPCA to encourage locals to re-home one of their many gentle Staffordshire bull terriers.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity hopes to change people’s perception of the breed, which has been unfairly labelled as aggressive and intimidating towards people.
Last year the Scottish SPCA conducted research which revealed that a staggering 75 per cent of Scots who said they would re-home a dog were unlikely to give a Staffordshire bull terrier or staffie crossbreed a home, with many believing the breed is dangerous and can’t be trusted.
There are always Staffordshire bull terriers and staffie crossbreeds waiting for loving homes at the charity’s Angus, Tayside and Fife Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Petterden by Dundee and people are being encouraged to go along and meet the dogs.
Centre manager Lesley Clark said: “The results of our research last year were very disappointing, but not surprising. While we have made great strides in recent years by changing attitudes towards staffies, we still have a long way to go.
“Sadly, many people visiting our centre have already discounted the breed before they even walk through the door.
“It’s heartbreaking that staffies have been labelled as dangerous and aggressive. In fact, staffies tend to be gentle, affectionate and loyal and it’s a tragedy so many are living in kennels when they should be in loving homes.
“Irresponsible dog ownership is the key issue, with over-breeding leading to huge numbers of unwanted staffies.
“Anyone thinking of taking on a dog is more than welcome to visit our centre and meet some of our super staffies who are patiently waiting to be offered a fresh start.”
Anyone interested in offering a staffie a good home can visit the Angus, Tayside and Fife Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Petterden. The centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.