The popular series brings viewers a fascinating insight into the fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s leading animal welfare charity, Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), to protect and care for thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals every year.
As the organisation opens its doors for STV’s cameras, we follow the dedicated work of its inspectors, rescue officers and rehoming teams as they save and care for abused, abandoned and injured animals all over Scotland.
Among many other cases in the new series, viewers will meet Jack, an 18 month old Jack Russell terrier who has cataracts on both eyes, leaving him almost totally blind; Houdini the horse in Drumoak who is looking for a new home but is a bit of an escapologist just like his namesake; an African pygmy hedgehog who was abandoned and found in an overgrown garden in Edinburgh; and Atlas, a continental giant rabbit whose owner couldn’t cope with his size and who is finally being rehomed to a doting new owner in Kilwinning who will do anything for her bunnies.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “I hope viewers enjoy the return of this popular series, with a brand new set of captivating rescue cases and a unique look behind the scenes as Scottish SPCA goes above and beyond for Scotland’s animals.”
Animal 999 has proved popular with STV viewers, with the two most recent series securing an average audience of 223,000 and reaching 1.6million people.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “Animal 999 is a fantastic way to show the Scottish public our tremendous and often challenging work rescuing and rehoming abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland.
“The series shows the wide variety of investigations, rescues and call outs carried out and attended by our inspectors and rescue officers, ranging from allegations of mistreatment and neglect to sick and injured wildlife needing our help.
“There is nothing better than seeing a rescue pet leaving our rehoming centres with their loving new owners or wild animals being returned fit and healthy to their natural habitats.
“Even though we deal with many cases of cruelty to animals, overall Scotland is still a nation of animal lovers and that’s why Animal 999 is such a popular show.”
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