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15 09, 2023

Vacancy: Charity Retail Sales Assistant (Duns)

Our four charity shops, in Galashiels, Duns, Hawick and Kelso, play a key part in helping to fund the day-to-day operating costs of the Rescue Centre at Earlston. They provide a focal point for the communities they serve, helping to promote the charity and our vital work. The ambition is for our shops to generate significantly more commercial income, including the establishment of a BPR online shop, to support future plans for our Rescue Centre.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Charity Retail Sales Assistant to join our shop team based in Duns on a Part-Time basis working 18 hours per week to support the Shop Manager and team of volunteers.
As a Charity Retail Sales Assistant, you will be an integral part of the team and will work with the Shop Manager and team of volunteers to maximise the shop’s sales and surplus and work well within the team.

Location: Based at 3 South Street, Duns, TD11 3AJ
Hours: 18 hours per week (Monday – Saturday availability)
Contract type: Part-time/ Fixed Term (12 months)
Salary: £10.90 p/h
Holidays: 101 hours per year including Bank Holidays
Contributory pension scheme
Closing date for applications: Sunday 24th September 2023

Charity Sales Assistant Role Profile

Application Form

13 08, 2023

Borders Pet Rescue’s 2023 Dog Show


dog show schedule poster 2023

12 05, 2023

Volunteering Opportunities: Fundraising & Events

We are hiring

Fundraising & Events Volunteers

Borders Pet Rescue (BPR) is a long-established animal welfare charity that cares for animals in need and finds them suitable loving new homes. We also work to encourage responsible pet ownership. Since becoming a registered charity 33 years ago we have re-homed thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotics throughout the Scottish Borders and beyond.

In addition to our Rehoming Centre in Earlston, BPR operates four charity shops, in Galashiels, Duns, Kelso and Hawick, which play a key part in helping to fund the day-to-day operating costs of the Rehoming Centre and promote the work that we do. The ambition is for our shops to generate significantly more commercial income, including the establishment of a BPR online shop, to support future plans for our charity.

The Fundraising & Events Volunteer role has been created primarily to enhance the work of Borders Pet Rescue and support the team to deliver our messages on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership through the creation and delivery of engaging and educational events and experiences for members of the public in our local communities. A satisfying and rewarding volunteering opportunity to improve the lives of animals in need.

The role of the Fundraising & Events Volunteer:

  • Attendance at event planning meetings (either in-person or virtually) to share ideas, formulate fundraising and event plans, assist in the delivery of pre-planned events/ activities.
  • Attend events and fundraising activities, active engagement with members of the public and educate on BPR as an animal welfare & rehoming charity.
  • Increase public awareness of the charity through input into the content and creation of our quarterly newsletter issued to members and supporters of Borders Pet Rescue.

You will need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • You will be friendly, outgoing and confident in dealing with a wide range of people and personalities.
  • Reliable and flexible with role and timings.
  • Interested in animals and animal welfare.

Location: Can be home-based but with event participation across the Scottish Borders.

Hours: We would expect a minimum commitment of 6 hours per month


To apply, please request an application form from:

20 02, 2023

Borders Pet Rescue’s 2023 Dog Show


13 04, 2022

Winter/Spring 2022 Newsletter

2022 Winter/Spring Newsletter

Hello Supporter

Welcome to our 2022 Winter/Spring newsletter. The last two years have shown us how resilient we can be when things get difficult. Our staff team, volunteers and supporters have all been magnificent in going the extra mile to help us continue to care for many animals needing help to find new homes. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone.

As we start to emerge from the pandemic we have an exciting year ahead of us.  We recognise the importance of keeping our members and supporters up to date with our stories and plans for the charity and, for this reason, we will be issuing regular newsletters going forward to help keep you informed.

Latest news includes:

  • Building work starts on our new kennels w/c 21 February 2022 and Finlaysons Contractors Ltd of Galashiels are the appointed contractor.
  • Aitken Turnbull Architects have been appointed to prepare a Masterplan for the development of the entire Rescue Centre.
  • In December 2021 we welcomed Lizzie Heatley to our staff team as Business Administration Manager. Lizzie will be supporting our Rescue Centre and Shop Teams.

Looking forward to meeting many of you over the coming months.
Ann Southwood
Chair, Borders Pet Rescue

Please click here to visit our website

Animal Numbers: 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2021

Dogs admitted – 25
Cats admitted – 102
Small Animals admitted -16
Exotic Animals admitted – 2
Hedgehogs admitted -12

Dogs rehomed – 29
Cats rehomed – 108
Small Animals rehomed – 17
Exotic Animals rehomed – 1
Hedgehogs released – 8

Kennel Plans

After years of planning, we are delighted to say that preparatory building work started on our new kennels in February with main project work due to commence 4 April 2022!

Converting our unused stables will provide us with 10 new kennels, allowing us to help more dogs in the future, whilst also providing the dogs in our care with better accommodation!

BPR Chair Ann Southwood, Rescue Centre Manager Lee-Ann Motion and Business Admin Manager Lizzie Heatley having an onsite meeting with contractors Finlaysons and James Broderick from Aitken Turnbull Architects.

New kennel build – day 1: Before & after

VIP’s (Very Important Pets)

Elusive Hawick cat is finally caught!

Turn the clocks back to summer 2018. A member of the public phoned the Centre reporting sightings of a bunch of small kittens seen roaming around a derelict old factory near the riverside in Hawick. Plans were put in place to try and catch these kittens and find their mother who was reported to be an elusive figure, possibly dark grey in colour. We managed to catch a beautiful group of kittens, approximately 8 weeks old, but alas no signs of their mother. These terrified, slightly feral chaps were soon snapped up and found amazing homes.

Roll forward another year – after a dormant winter (most cats do not have seasons when the daylight is shorter so therefore there are less kittens born), another phone call came in this time via Hawick vets. Members of the public had reported seeing tiny little kittens roaming around in the Morrison’s of Hawick car park! They were clearly far too small to be outside and absolutely terrified. Over the course of a few weeks we managed to successfully trap these four beautiful kittens (one ultimately ended up INSIDE the Morrison’s supermarket helping herself to leftovers in the warehouse as she was clearly starving – BIG thank you to the Morrison’s staff who were extremely helpful in these guys capture). There were 3 tortoiseshell kittens and a ginger tom kitten in this litter. What was most fascinating about this was that one of the torties, was in fact, a male.

DID YOU KNOW only about 1 in 3,000 tortoiseshell cats are male, making them very rare. This is because two X chromosomes are needed to produce the trademark tortoiseshell colouring of black, orange, and yellow/gold, while male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome.

Alas, there was still no sign of the mother and our efforts failed again. Another winter came and went which brings us to 2020. There were reported sightings, this time of the elusive mother, who we now believed was a tortieshell in another new location near some local garages. A member of the public contacted us when she was concerned a very small black kitten was surviving on bird seed she had left out in the garden. “It did not take long to entice this little one into capture with some decent cat food! I continued to set up one of our humane cat traps to try and catch mother but, despite topping the food up religiously, she managed to avoid getting trapped. I only hoped she was enjoying this food I laid out for her – either that or the hedgehogs of Hawick were very well fed that year.”

Fast forward to 2021, mother cat had upped her game. By now, after countless litters each year (which may I add, she has done a fantastic job of bringing up – they all seemed very healthy apart from the occasional small matching umbilical hernia which was easily fixed!), she was obviously tired and chose her next location very carefully. She found a lovely cosy shed belonging to an extremely kind lady, who kept her warm and dry and well fed whilst she raised her latest litter of kittens. She obviously had a new posh boyfriend as not only did we have a ginger, black and tortoiseshell but we also had a little grey kitten who looked part Ragdoll perhaps!

Finally, with the help of the neighbours (after several false alerts) we managed to catch her. Apart from being a little tired Mum cat was in pretty good nick. Alas the story was not quite over – on a trip to the vets to get her neutered it was realised she was pregnant once again and, as she was so far along, it was safest to allow this pregnancy to continue.

We aptly named her Freya and off she went to a wonderful foster home where she was able to give birth to another set of beautiful kittens (once again including a posh grey one) but this time in 5* luxury accommodation compared to her previous maternity suites.
Freya did a fantastic job of raising this last litter and it wasn’t long before we were able to get her spayed and put this chapter of her life behind her. She was soon snapped up and I am pleased to report she found her forever home and is very much enjoying her new home comforts – her street life being very much a distant memory


Nell & Lloyd

Nell and Lloyd came into us in November. We were contacted when they sadly faced an uncertain future. 4yr old Nell and 7yr old Lloyd were working sheepdogs. They were very friendly dogs and had been cared for.
They were taken to our vets where they were given a health check and were both neutered. Nell was in good health although a little underweight. Lloyd had some arthritis so he started medication straight away and also had a dental whilst he was there.

Once they had recovered from their operations they were put up for adoption. They both seemed to really love being around people but weren’t best of friends. It was, therefore, decided that they would prefer to retire and look for domestic homes separately.

Nell found a home first and has gone to live with a family with lots of collie experience. Lloyd was later adopted and is now living with another collie who was also adopted from us.

As you can see, they have both settled into home life well:


Lloyd and his new sister Luna


Bobby arrived in our care in July 2021 at the age of 12yrs old. He was missing his tail and had a clubbed foot which had been caused by an accident years ago. He was a super friendly boy who loved a tummy rub and became a firm favourite with the staff and volunteers at the Centre.

It was soon discovered that Bobby had an infection in his clubbed foot. He was given a course of antibiotics and painkillers with his foot being cleaned daily. It did heal but sadly kept being reinfected.

After a couple of months of treatment, it was decided to take a biopsy of the lump. It was discovered that he had an aggressive cancer. Due to where the lump was in his paw, the vets felt they wouldn’t be able to remove the lump so it was decided that the best option was to have his leg removed. Bobby took the operation in his stride and adapted well to having 3 legs!

Bobby went off to his forever home and settled well but later developed an ulcer in his eye which didn’t respond to treatment meaning he had to have his eye removed! However, he’s taken it all in his stride and continues to do well!


Mr Tiggywinkles

Mr Tiggywinkles or “Mr T” as we call him, arrived in March 2021. He was 15yrs old and was a super friendly boy who, like Bobby, became a firm favourite with the staff and volunteers.

After a while, Mr T developed a swelling in his leg. He was taken to the vet and a sample of the liquid was taken, he had a clear liquid removed from the swelling. The sample was sent off to the lab, but nothing was found – the vets were stumped!
Bobby was given some medication and access to wander outside around the chalets at the Centre to see if that would help with the swelling. It didn’t really improve so he had his leg x-rayed and it was discovered he had arthritis and fluid leaking from his joint. The vet drained 25mls of fluid from his leg.
He is now on Loxicom daily for arthritis and his leg is drained every 2-3 months and is continuing to do well in his new home.

Mr T

Bobby & Mr T spending time out exploring our “Cat Village” while in our care


In April 2021, a veterinary practice in the southern Scottish Borders received a distressing case of an elderly female stray cat in extremely poor condition with multiple medical conditions. They completed an initial examination and cleaned up the cat as far as possible, including an overall clipping of her badly matted fur and cleaning of her skin which was split in several places. The skin condition was complicated by a cluster of cysts on her side above the rear right leg and by various lumps and crusty areas on her neck and back paws. She was clearly extremely neglected and had very little body weight at just 2.5kg. She had no type of identification so there was very little chance of finding any medical history or owner details. The vets gave her the name April as that was when she had arrived at the surgery.

They transferred the cat to Borders Pet Rescue where the Centre staff started routine medication with flea and worm treatment and a first vaccination. She was then placed with foster carers as she clearly needed a great deal of individual care and ongoing veterinary assessment.

The initial report from our regular veterinary team at Galedin in Galashiels in early May 2021 did not make easy reading. April had dilated pupils not responding to light and her eyesight was very limited. Her overall poor body condition suggested both neglect and probable loss of kidney function. She had a very high heart rate and her teeth were causing some concern with irritation and inflammation around her gums. Unusually for an elderly cat in this condition, her thyroid level test came back as within normal range but showed raised urea levels again indicating kidney issues. Her skin condition had slightly improved with the multiple skin breaks beginning to heal. However, the vets recommended that any surgery to remove the cysts and lumps or any dental procedure would be inadvisable as April would not be strong enough to cope with the anaesthetic.

In mid-May, April was in real distress when her back legs collapsed. She was taken into the vets as an emergency. The veterinary team at Galedin quickly confirmed that the collapse was caused by a spinal clot. This was treated with a strong anti-inflammatory injection and over the next few days April regained control of her back legs. She was able to have her second vaccination on 24th May.

In July 2021, April started to show symptoms of impaired kidney function, with loss of appetite and intolerance of her usual foods. She was treated with an anti-sickness injection and what turned out to be a “magic” pill which rapidly improved her situation. This was just one eighth of a tiny Mirtazapine tablet, but the effect was dramatic, and April was eating normally within a few hours.
This drug is used to treat depression and anxiety in people but tiny doses can be used as an appetite stimulant in cats with kidney or liver deficiencies. Since July, April has had three such doses which have helped to suppress any nausea and to keep her enthusiastic for her food.

Another issue became apparent in November when we noticed an unpleasant smell from the area on her lower back around the cluster of cysts. Although this is bathed frequently in hibiscus scrub to keep it clean, the largest cyst had split and was quite raw. The split was weeping with a discharge which was infected and was congealing in the fur around the cysts. Again the vet team at Galedin identified the infection and gave April a long acting antibiotic injection and carefully clipped away the worst of the congealed area of her fur. With a few more days of frequent bathing, the cysts healed over and reduced in size.

Overall April is quite happy and contented, always pleased to get individual attention, enjoys her warmth and comfort and loves her food (but it had better be the right food!) She is still very spritely and enthusiastic after nine months in foster care, despite all of her medical conditions. She manages well with her very limited eyesight but her eyes need bathing regularly and she cannot cope with direct sunlight or any bright lights. She is extremely dependent and needs constant monitoring, but her spirit is strong and there is a real spark about her despite her vulnerability. We are very grateful for the support of the veterinary team at Galedin, their skill and experience has given April many extra months of life which didn’t seem likely when she came into our care in April 2021.


We currently have 3 hedgehogs in our care. Two of them arrived in October 2021 and were too underweight to survive hibernation so we kept them warm and well fed at the Centre. They have now put on sufficient weight to be released once the weather improves.

Another, smaller hedgehog, arrived in January. It will need to put on more weight before it can be released but is currently enjoying a little holiday with us!

Rocco (aka “Paddy”)

Rocco came into us as a 12 week old pup who had already had 2 homes! Rocco had some challenging behaviours, including being very nippy/snappy (more than your average puppy!). He was possibly taken away from his mum and littermates too young, however, he had lots of potential and was willing to learn. Once he was ready for adoption, we had to make sure that he went to a home where his needs were understood and he was taught boundaries.

It took a bit of patience, but we found him a great home where he will get the time and training, he needs. He has been renamed “Paddy” and has grown into a very handsome boy.

Paddy when he arrived at 12weeks old

Paddy in his new home, at 9months old

And last but by no means least, we recently received the following email: 

“Hello, my name is Xena and I am former resident at the Borders Pet Rescue Centre.

I have been almost 1 human year with my human and life is better than I had ever thought it could be.  I am so thankful to the Centre for finding me and giving me the opportunity of having my forever home.

I spent I long time at the Centre probably ‘cos I wasn’t the friendliest of cats.  Every time someone came too close, I would run and hide – basically I feared everything and everyone.  Most humans don’t want a cat like me and I kinda get that.

Even so, I thought things, after I had been rescued and brought to the Centre, were good after the human at the Centre found me, as now I had somewhere warm that I could call my own and I no longer had to worry about where my next meal was coming from.  I thought how lucky I was…….

Then one day this human, who would become my human, came into my enclosure and I did what I also did – I hid and cowered at the back of the box trying to make myself as small as possible.  When I was presented with a hand to sniff, I froze, but then when the hand came closer – too close – I did what I always did, I lashed out because of fear.

Then my human did something I never expected – she adopted me.

For the first while in my new home I hid in the safe place my human had created for me.   My human knew I was afraid and every time she spoke to me it was always softly and my food was there at the front of my safe place.

At first, I only came out at night when all was quiet and I knew my human was asleep, but slowly I became braver and slowly I was given more of my home to explore, and I did – even when the human was around.

My human worked and still works with me each day to help me feel safer, secure, and more confident.  There was so much pride in my human’s eyes the first time I took a treat from her hand, or the first time I allowed myself to be touched.  Come to think of it, I see that look of pride every time my human is around me.

I have come a long way from that scared cat, I no longer bolt away when my human comes close.  If she does get too close, I now walk away.

When I am on top of my cat tree, I know that I will get stroked, my chin rubbed, etc and I have discovered that I really like it and when my human is stroking me, I close my eyes and lean into it – I now even purr.  I have even trained my human to follow me to the cat tree for me to get my head rubs, etc.

I have lots of lovely toys to play with, some I like more than others.  I also have lots of warm places where I can sleep, and I no longer need to be so afraid.  Things still do scare me, but now I get over it a lot faster as I know I am safe.

I still don’t allow myself to be picked up, but I have no doubt there will be a time I will allow that too. 

I believe that my human is finding it rewarding helping me to become more confident.

I am very grateful to my human for taking a chance on me.  Of course, that could never have happened if the humans at the Borders Rescue Centre hadn’t found me and given me that chance of a much better life.

On behalf of all us animals that you at the Centre have and will save in the future, I would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU.

Yours forever grateful


Please click here to see the animals in our care who are currently looking for their forever homes

Winter Guide for Hedgehogs

Hibernation Facts:

  • Not all hedgehogs hibernate, and most don’t all the way through winter.
  • If, and when they do, it’s a combination of the outside temperatures, daylight hours and the hedgehog that determines if and how long.
  • As a gauge, night time temperatures generally need to drop to 5 degrees or lower for a sustained period to bring on hibernation
  • Healthy juveniles gain weight extremely quickly and, with support feeding, can put on as much as 100g per week
  • If out during the day, it’s not ok so please pick up and take to a rescue (wear gloves and place the hedgehog in a high sided box with a towel. It’s best not to feed it but you can give it water)
  • When in doubt please call your local animal rescue or vet in order to discuss the circumstances and follow their advice
  • Obviously, please look out for any injuries, ticks and small hogs in the evening, they need to weigh around 600g or more if they are to survive hibernation.

Helping out

  • Feed them all year: Complete Kitten biscuits with the main ingredients as meat/protein, they are small and easy to eat (they can eat wet food, but this can attract flies). Good quality hog food, look at the ingredients as this food isn’t licensed.
  • Leave fresh water out all year
  • Build or buy a feeding station: This keeps food dry, stops it freezing and prevents the food from being eaten by cats or foxes. Line it with newspaper as they are not housetrained!
  • Build or buy hibernation or nest boxes for them, position them out of direct sunlight and in a quite part of your garden, with the entrance tunnel facing a fence or wall. Dry leaves and barley straw is perfect bedding materials. Newspaper and hay can get damp.
  • Ask for a trail camera or outside video camera and put it in the feeding station, its great to see them, you can spot injuries and great fun watching the hogs.

Please DO NOT:

  • Feed them mealworms, calci-worms, peanuts, sunflower hearts, biscuits, cat treats, bread or milk etc these are all not good for them and cause them serious illnesses.
  • Treat them yourself: They are not the same as a pet and even removing ticks yourself can be dangerous for the hogs. Also no worm or flea treatments, please.
  • It is against the law for you to “keep a hog as a pet” – they are wildlife.
  • If they are in your garden, please keep your dog away from them as dogs can injure hogs and disturb their nests
  • Gardening: Please do not use slug pellets, don’t have bonfires (or move and make them on the day), don’t leave sacks around as they may well see that as a good place to sleep. Don’t fork your compost heap.
  • Don’t move a hedgehog that is sleeping or hibernating in your garden. Ask your local animal rescue for advice.

For more information on hedgehogs, please visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hedgehog Street or St Tiggywinkles websites as they have lots of useful facts.

Plexus – charity of the year

We were delighted when Plexus in Kelso nominated us as one of their charities to fundraise for throughout 2020. This was then extended into 2021!

Kelso charity shop Manager, Mo and Assistant Manager, Lorna went to meet some of the team at Plexus and gave a presentation before accepting the cheque for a staggering £6,370.68. Thank you to everyone at Plexus for your support and generosity!

If you would like to support us, there are many ways to get involved! Check out our website or get in touch for more information

Borders Pet Rescue Charity Shops

Our 4 Charity Shops play a vital part in the work we do by being the main source of income for the Charity.

Whether you are just in for a browse, or looking for a present, or something for yourself, or have something to donate that we may be able to sell on, our friendly Charity Shop staff and volunteers will be delighted to welcome you!

3 South Street
TD11 3AJ
01361 883908

82 Channel Street
01896 668260

19b High Street
01450 376916

3 The Square
01573 224430

You can find the shops opening times, and times for donating goods by clicking here

Our Charity Shops also have a dedicated Facebook Page where you can see some of the items we have for sale, you can see this by clicking here

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Please keep an eye on our facebook page and website for more information about our events

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you all soon!

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4 10, 2021

Amazon Wishlist



We have an Amazon Wishlist where we often add items we are looking for to help the animals in our care, or general items to help around the centre. You can find our wishlist by clicking HERE

Please also remember to switch to Amazon Smile when using Amazon to help us raise funds by simply shopping, at no extra cost to you! For more information about Amazon Smile, please click HERE


26 04, 2021

Charity Shop Opening Times

Gala Sept 2022
For further information, you can contact the Galashiels Charity shop directly on
01896 668260 or email

For further information, you can contact the Duns Charity shop directly on
01361 883908 or email

For further information, you can contact the Hawick Charity shop directly on
01450 376916 or email

For further information, you can contact the Kelso Charity shop directly on
01573 224430 or email

20 01, 2020

2020 Newsletter


Our 2020 Newsletter was online only, you can read it below.
If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please email so you never miss updates about the charity

2020 Newsletter

Hello Supporter

Welcome to our 2020 newsletter which tells you about our work during this very challenging and different year, as well as some of our plans for the future.

The year started well with lots of animals in our care being rehomed, but lockdown quickly necessitated Centre restrictions and shop closures. Fortunately, we have recovered well thanks to the wonderful support of our friends, supporters and external funders.

Covid has, however, significantly impacted on our new kennel project plans causing a delay in obtaining a building warrant as well as project costs almost doubling to around £300,000. For this reason, the Trustees are currently considering alternative planning options for the way forward but remain utterly committed to creating a new kennel facility as soon as is reasonably possible.

Your continued support is vital to the work we undertake, and we do hope that you will take the time to visit our website to find out how you can help us further.

Thank you from the staff, Trustees and of course the animals at Borders Pet Rescue and we wish you a safe and peaceful 2021.

Please click here to visit our website

The Centre

Well, it has been a strange year for us all. In March the entire UK went into lockdown which meant that we had to close the Centre to the public and stop our wonderful volunteers coming to assist us. Fortunately, we were fairly quiet at the time so staff were able to manage the animals already at the Centre.

Unfortunately we had to cancel all appointments made for people hoping to see animals in our care. We also had homes lined up for the majority of the animals, which had to be put on hold. Only a few cats were at the Centre at the time,  some of whom were quite nervous, so staff were able to spend a good amount of time supporting them whilst the Centre was quiet. The dogs also received lots of extra training and attention and really enjoyed Scentwork, Mantrailing & Agility.

On 16th April Government guidelines allowed us to start to rehome and take in new animals again, albeit in a limited way. We were allowed to visit peoples homes to collect and drop off animals whilst everything else had to be done remotely such as paperwork and discussing the animals over the phone. We wore PPE and adhered to social distancing guidelines.

Once travel restrictions lifted we allowed members of the public to meet the animals at the Centre. All meetings were held outside and measures were put in place to minimise contact whilst operating on an appointments only basis. We are still completing all paperwork online via email to minimise physical contact. There has been a clear increase in the number of people applying to adopt animals during the lockdown period, more than ever before. For each animal advertised we had double the amount of people applying and we could have rehomed some of the animals several times over! We have also seen a decrease in the number of animals coming into us, although we expect this to change in the months to come when life eventually begins to return to normal and people return to work.

During lockdown we also had to close Bramble’s Field which provides a regular weekly income for the charity. For those of you that don’t know about Bramble’s Field, it is a fully secure 10 acre field which we rent out to members of the public. It can bring in £100-£200 per week. Again, once travel restrictions lifted we gradually reopened the field with procedures in place to keep everyone safe.
You can find out more about Bramble’s Field by clicking here


Due to Covid-19 restrictions we had to cancel our annual fundraising events for 2020. These included our Dog Show, Big Borders Dog Walk and Open Day. These events are a vital source of income for the charity so we had to find alternative methods of fundraising.

Online Pet Show

Our Dog Show is normally a great fun event, so this year we chose to host an Online Pet Show instead. With categories such as Best Puppy, Prettiest Girl Cat, Most Handsome Unusual Pet, Best Group Photo (any species) and many more, we had the opportunity to meet a wide range of pets from farther afield and also a lot of different species of pets!

You can see some of the wonderful entries below:

Thankfully we had some amazing sponsors who helped us judge and choose the winners from each category! Our sponsors and judges included Country Hounds, Eildon View Pet Crematorium, Duncan & Rosie, Braw Puppy, Alex Dalgetty & Sons and Teviot Tyres

You can see some of the winners below:

Out of almost 800 entries we identified 23 finalists who were automatically entered into our Best In Show category. This final category went to the public vote and after an exciting week of voting, we had our winners!

With 739 votes our Reserve Best In Show was “Aussie” who had placed 1st in both Most Handsome Unusual Pet & Best OAP Unusual Pet:

Our Best in Show with 865 votes was “Ollie, Jay, Jenny, Megan, Carrie, Indi & Mini” who had placed 1st in Best Group Photo:

Although we really hope our Dog Show will be able to take place at Bramble’s Field again in 2021, our Online Pet Show was enjoyed by all and we do therefore plan to hold a similar event in the future, keep your eye on our website and Facebook page for more information!

To see all the photos from our Online Pet Show, please click here

We are keeping our fingers, toes, paws and claws crossed that 2021 will give us the opportunity to hold all of our annual fundraising events and we look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can. We will be adding any events to our website HERE and you can see some of our previous events HERE.

To find out how you can help Borders Pet Rescue, click here

We need your help this winter!

This winter we are making a special request for donations. You have all been so generous to us during the Covid lockdown by donating food, treats and toys for the animals in our care and for buying the few extra items we have needed from our Amazon Wishlist. So much so that our cupboards are currently full with food which should last us through the winter!Even during lockdown, our small Animal Care Team continued working tirelessly to look after the animals in our care, admit new animals and rehome some pets to their new forever homes. All the animals that come into the Centre get a vet’s health check, they are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped where possible, treated for worms and fleas and they receive any other medical care they may need. This means our monthly vet bills are around £2,000, so that comes to about £20,000 since lockdown began in Scotland! Unfortunately, due to the Covid restrictions, we had to cancel all of our fundraising events for this year and we also had to temporarily close our charity shops in Galashiels, Hawick, Duns and Kelso. Our events and shops are a vital source of income for the charity which normally helps cover the cost of our vet bills. Without these funds and with very little income, we need to find an alternative method of fundraising!So, this brings us to our special donation request – we would kindly ask that, if you are considering donating food, treats or toys this Christmas, that you might alternatively consider donating towards our vet bills.You can donate by clicking the ‘donate now’ button on this post or, if you would prefer to donate a different way, please get in touch!

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Some VIP (Very Important Pet) Updates


Pal came into our care on the 18th November 2018 and little did we know that this little man was going to be a long-term resident and a record-breaker. Pal, who is a Jack Russell cross (we think Corgi with that tail!), was only around 5 years old when he came into our care although he had already had at least 3 homes!During Pal’s stay with us, it became clear that he had some behavioural issues that would make him a little more difficult to rehome than we initially thought. He did not like being handled, was not great with other dogs and he definitely could not live with cats.Despite his issues, Pal was extremely popular and had a few visits by a number of potential new families. He even went out on trial, but all of these homes, for one reason or another, did not work out and the poor little man was left waiting for his new home whilst many of his friends came and went.Finally, after a record-breaking 643 days (1 year & 9 months) in our care, Pal went off to his new home and we are pleased to say that he has been there for almost four months and is doing extremely well, enjoying home life. His new family have kindly allowed us to share some of the photos of him in his new home which you can see below. We will continue to post any updates that we receive about Pal on our Facebook page so make sure you are following us and have liked the page…

Mrs Turtle

In a previous newsletter we talked about the lovely upgrade Mrs Turtle got back in 2018, if you didn’t see that update then simply click here to read about her 1000 litre tank!Sadly, Mr Turtle passed away last year but Mrs Turtle is still going strong! We are always looking for ways to improve her life – she now has shoals of fish for company and lots of plants and ornaments to keep her amused.Since Mrs Turtle is staying with us long-term, one of our Animal Care staff members decided to do some target training with her! This is not only brilliant enrichment for her but also allows staff to check that she is fit and healthy.Check out the video below to see how quickly she took to this…

Mrs Turtle learning that following the target gets her a treat…

Big Puss & Little Puss

In March 2020, a few days after the start of “lockdown”, a pair of elderly female cats came into our care at the Centre after losing their owner. They were well named as Big Puss and Little Puss, with the added consideration that Big Puss was not only chunky but also diabetic. Little Puss was indeed small but in truth, they were a delightful pair of sisters with quite different personalities.

Big Puss needed regular medication for her thyroid as well as 2 insulin injections 12 hours apart each day. Her diet needed careful control so it was felt that they would be happier placed with one of our foster carers. Luckily they settled in very quickly or should we say, took the place over – commandeering the bed and purring constantly.

Once the weather became pleasant they loved to go outside and roam around their garden. Little Puss, being the more energetic of the two, took to terrorising the local mouse population with much success. Big Puss was interested in the daily hunting but preferred to find a warm and sunny spot and doze in the sunshine although she did bring a baby rabbit into the house once and cuddled up to it in her basket! Luckily it was still alive, though a bit confused, and was released unharmed. Big Puss had one scare in October when she had a serious hypo which needed an overnight stay at the vets. Otherwise, both cats led a happy life and Big Puss’s diabetes was well controlled. Sadly, in early December, Big Puss became ill again and went off her food, became lethargic and was found to have an unexplained high temperature which needed further urgent attention from the vet, many tests and a 2-night stay before she could come home. Little Puss was very pleased to have her home again and Big Puss is gradually improving.

Both cats were adopted by their foster carers in late Autumn and are very dearly loved. Borders Pet Rescue continues to pay the huge veterinary cost of Big Puss’s diabetic needs, and any help with these costs would always be extremely welcome! You can donate via the link below or contact the Centre staff on 01896 849090 or

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Kittens born at the Centre

One of our long term volunteers Sue, who has, for many years, been helping us deal with feral cats in and around the Duns area had been trying to catch a young female cat for a while. Finally, in August, we received a phone call to say that she had caught her and she was suspected to be pregnant!The cat was brought into the Centre and settled into a quiet cat run. Due to her being very unsure of people it was decided that, unlike most of the pregnant cats who go off to a foster home, it would be best for this girl to stay with the staff at the Centre. After a week in our care, she gave birth to 6 kittens; one boy and five girls. The mum was given the new name of Xena as she was a feisty warrior. The kittens stayed with her for around 6 weeks until it became clear that they had been weaned and were ready to go off to a foster home until they were ready for adoption. In the foster home they would become familiar with a household environment. We used a trusted foster home for them and Isobel took fantastic care of them for the three weeks they were with her.Once the kittens reached nine weeks old, they were all seen by our vets to get their first vaccinations and a full health check. As part of our standard procedures and policy, all the kittens were also microchipped and given preventative treatment for worms and fleas before they were ready to leave us.
We already had a huge waiting list for kittens and started making contact with people to arrange for them to go off to their new homes. All six kittens are doing really well in their new homes and are growing quickly…

The mum Xena is almost ready for her new home herself now and will be looking for a quiet home where she will be able to build up trust with her new owner. Xena is still really unsure about us humans, however, she is slowly making progress and she does like her Dreamies!

As Xena is such a shy girl, she needs to be the only pet and have no children in her forever home. She will require outdoor access once she has fully settled in as well.

If you feel you can give Xena the home she deserves please click HERE to apply for her!

Jimmy & Isla

Written by Karen, one of our Trustees. In February 2020 my husband and I were asked if we could help out and foster two greyhounds that had just come into Borders Pet Rescue from racing kennels. On the 16th February, two beautiful greyhounds called Jimmy and Isla came to stay with us. Initially, they were a bit on the thin side, their coats weren’t great and they had a few old scabs and scars. They were quite shy with us humans but they loved the company of our dogs. As time went on we gained their trust and they became our little shadows, everywhere we went they followed.They were very inquisitive and always wanted to help with any jobs we were doing, in fact, there was always a little greyhound nose sticking itself into something and causing mischief. Having never lived in a home environment they did extremely well with toilet training and settling down overnight. Within days they were into our routine and way of life.  It turns out Isla was a natural counter surfer and thief. She has incredibly long legs and can reach just about anything left on top of the kitchen counters. We would find her with tea towels, oven gloves, hats, TV remotes, glasses and glasses cases – in fact, anything she could reach! She would lay down with her stolen goodies right next to Jimmy so it took us a while to figure out which of them was the thief. Isla was full of mischief and always up to something and Jimmy was the calming influence, they were so close we just had to find them a home together. By April time they were really part of our family and we knew it would be so hard to let them go.By June time we were seriously considering adopting them ourselves as there just hadn’t been any interest in adopting both dogs together. Borders Pet Rescue had them as the Pet Of The Week in July and we finally found the perfect home for them both together. On the 16th July, Jimmy and Isla went off to their wonderful new home where they finally had a sofa to curl up on and call their own.  It was an absolute pleasure to have Jimmy and Isla stay with us for 5 months. Greyhounds are wonderful dogs, they are easy-going and very loving and need very little exercise- a secure garden to run around and a few short walks.  They love the company and really do make wonderful pets. Please do consider a greyhound if you are thinking of adopting a dog as there are so many ex-racing greyhounds that need homes.

Animals needing homes!


Milo is a friendly 10-month-old boy who came into our care through no fault of his own. He is a very intelligent dog who gets easily bored which can lead to unwanted behaviours. Milo will need more than just the normal dog walks for a few hours a day.

Milo walks well along with other dogs but would prefer to be the only pet in his new home. Milo should be able to be left for a couple of hours once he has settled into his new home, as long as he is given the exercise he needs.

Milo has a lot of energy and would be best suited to an active home where he will get plenty of physical and mental stimulation. An owner who was willing to do agility, cani-cross, mantrailing or similar would be great for Milo as he gets bored easily.

To apply for Milo please click HERE

Grants & Financial Support during Covid-19

We have been in a fortunate position during 2020 as our charity was able to apply for several grants to help us through the Covid-19 crisis. We cannot thank these organisations and people enough for their support and commitment. Without their financial help, we certainly would have struggled financially during the pandemic.

The Government Job Retention Scheme provided essential furlough support for us whilst the shops were closed between March and June. Our landlords were also very helpful during this time with some offering rent free months or a 50% reduction.
Some of our suppliers also gave a discount on committed costs.

SBC offered a rates free period and Government grants for each of our effected premises.

Zero Waste Scotland helped us with our Covid-19 signage, PPE equipment and other related expenses to help keep our customers, staff and volunteers safe.

Support adoption for pets was able to assist us with a grant for our daily running costs and Petplan who had just awarded us a grant towards a new van allowed us to use this for emergency running costs instead.

Thanks to G&M Trotter, J Woods, D Hamilton and  Misses Robinson: these are charitable trusts that support us on a regular basis and also helped us through this difficult time.
95% of these grants were received by our charity before the end of our financial year (31 July 2020) which helped with our 2019-20 results.

Please visit our website to find out more about the work we do and how you can help

New Galashiels Shop

In August 2020 we opened our new Borders Pet Rescue flagship shop at 82 Channel Street, Galashiels. This is now well established, and we are delighted with its success. Thank you to everyone who has supported the shop to date.

Click here to visit our Borders Pet Rescue Charity Shops Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the Charity Shop news and see some of the wonderful items we have for sale!

Shop ’til you drop

Borders Pet Rescue relies on income generated by our charity shops. They raise more than 60% of the income required to run the Centre. We have 4 shops in Galashiels, Duns, Kelso and Hawick.
Whilst the shops are an invaluable source of income there are also other reasons to support them:

  • Encourage recycling. Even if the goods you donate are a little too “pre-loved” to sell they are recycled to a “rag-man” for which the charity receives money.
  • Volunteering in charity shops gives people an opportunity to meet others and help combat loneliness. Many charity shop volunteers believe that volunteering has a positive impact on their physical and mental health and that it improves their self- esteem and confidence.
  • Save money by getting some bargains. We regularly receive donated designer and high-end items. We sell them at a fraction of their cost!
  • The money you spend helps others, or in our case, the animals. We do not receive any grant funding from Government or local authorities or anywhere else to pay wages, vet bills, heating bills etc. So, EVERY PENNY COUNTS.

Volunteers Needed!

Your local shop needs help with volunteers!Can you spare a few hours a week to help in one of our charity shops which raise the vital funds we need to support our animal rescue work?You can see the shops contact details below:

82 Channel Street
01896 668260

3 The Square
01573 224430

3 South Street
TD11 3AJ
01361 883908

19b High Street
01450 376916

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can help us raise funds by simply shopping online at donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice at no extra cost to you!AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

So you can support Borders Pet Rescue by starting your shopping at

You can find out more about AmazonSmile by clicking here
You can see our Amazon Wishlist with some items we need for the animals by clicking here

Fostering for Borders Pet Rescue

Written by Gwen, one of our trusted foster carers.I have always had an affinity with animals and loved having animals around my home. I have my own pets but started fostering animals when I was a teenager.
A friend suggested I could foster for Borders Pet Rescue and I thought that I definitely had more room in my heart and my home. Since starting I have fostered around 6 dogs and over 200 cats.Fostering is a wonderful process where animals come, often frightened and unsure and leave with a happy, loving home.  Each journey is different, some animals have had loving homes but a change in circumstances means they cannot stay there or others have never experienced a home environment. Being able to welcome animals into my home and slowly build a relationship of trust and understanding is such a privilege.  My own pets have become so used to our visitors and help them adjust to their new settings. My family all play a role in the lives of our foster pets, particularly my grandchildren, who love to be involved in caring for the animals!Animals bring such a lovely dimension to your life and being able to help an animal grow in confidence and trust and leave with a lovely new chapter of their life ahead is just the most rewarding experience!

If you feel you would be interested in fostering then click HERE to send us an email for a fostering application form!

Newest Animal Care Assistant

My name is Helen and I am the newest member of staff working at the Rescue Centre. I have been an Animal Care Assistant at Borders Pet Rescue for nearly 2 years now and I love it! I originally started volunteering to prove to my parents that I would walk a dog in any weather… and I did! For 5 years I helped at the Centre to mainly walk dogs but would also help out with the feeding and socialising of the animals. Rain or shine, I would give up my Saturday afternoon to help out and would turn my hand to any job that needed to be done.I went on to study Level 3 BTEC Animal Management at Borders College and came out with a distinction+, all whilst continuing to volunteer throughout my time at the college. I got to know the Borders Pet Rescue staff members and other volunteers well and always looked forward to my time there. Then a job came up… Great! I went for it right away and hoped for the best, after my interview, they offered me the job and I was thrilled! Having so much experience behind me definitely helped and I was excited to start my new chapter.Here’s a bit about me…  I have three dogs one Labrador-cross-Patterdale (a bit of a strange mix, I know… but it was an accident!) and I have two Alaskan Malamutes. I also work a second job where everyone knows me as the lassie who loves dogs and will talk to anyone if its about animals of any shape or form!Enough about me… and let me tell you how amazing it is getting to work with animals! The best part of the job is getting to see animals all day, you do get attached and whilst it is sad to see them leave when they go off to their new homes, you are also so happy for them as you know they are going to have a great life with their new owners. There is a lot of cleaning involved in working in a rescue – it’s not just getting to play with kittens and puppies all day! Every day starts with feeding and cleaning but you get to see the joy in all the animal’s faces when you come in to see them and that’s what makes it all worthwhile. It is a cold wet job in winter but when it comes to summer you are outside in the sun most of the day which is a bonus. You have to do a lot of walking, even in the pouring rain as the dogs won’t walk themselves but it is worth it.

Jackie Scotland

A huge thank you to Jackie Scotland who has raised funds to support the animals in our care every year since our Hawick Charity shop opened in 2016!

Jackie has no dogs of her own but always walks her friend’s dogs; Meg, Daisy and Casper, who all regularly call in for biscuits at our Hawick shop.

Thank you Jackie for this year’s marvellous donation of £600 raised by selling tray bakes, picture frames and collecting donations from friends and family.

Jackie was also featured in the local paper earlier in the year for her fundraising efforts which you can see here

You can find out more about fundraising for Borders Pet Rescue by clicking here or click here to see some fundraising ideas!

Currently, we are seeking to appoint new Trustees to assist with plans for the post-Covid period. We are keen to recruit individuals with experience in any of the following areas: estates and/or facilities management; governance; marketing /social media. We would also welcome applications from individuals with a wide range of other experience.Please contact Lorraine Wilson at for further details.

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29 09, 2019

Fundraising Ideas!

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5 08, 2019

Open Day 2019

Come see the centre at this years Open Day on Saturday 17th August from 11am till 3pm. There will be a variety of stalls and games and refreshments will be available.

We will have a fun mini dog show as well as the opportunity to look around the centre and learn about the work we do.

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