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6 04, 2016

Dog walkers wanted!

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We are looking for experienced dog walkers to help with the daily exercising and socialising of our canine residents.

Many dogs are not lead trained which can mean they pull on lead and we need to start the training with them for good walking manners as soon as they arrive. We often have a variety of breeds, including larger dogs, so are looking for people who would also be able to comfortably handle these dogs.

Below is a list of the shifts we need help with the most, so if you feel you would like to volunteer, please email the centre on for an application form

Monday – Mornings
Tuesday – Afternoons
Wednesday – Mornings
Thursday – Afternoons
Fridays – Afternoons
Saturday – Mornings & Afternoons
Sunday – Afternoons


Thank you!

23 03, 2016

Our new charity shop!

We’re opening a new charity shop in Hawick….and we’re going to need your help!

Our shops are a huge part of the vital fundraising we need for running the centre and looking after the animals, so we really do need all the help we can get!

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In addition to volunteers to work in the shop, we will need donations of all sorts of items – men’s and women’s clothes, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, DVDs, small items of furniture, linen and so on. We are also looking for shopfittings – so if you can help with shelving, bookcases, hanging rails etc.. please get in touch.

We don’t know exactly when the shop will open…. probably towards the end of April – so keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

Meanwhile, if you would like to volunteer, please send for an application form by emailing: or telephone the rescue centre on 01896 849090. If you have any goods to donate, or if you need any additional information, please use the same contact details.

Thank you!

3 03, 2016

Dates For Your Diary – 2016


13 March – Dog Walking Event: A collaboration between ourselves and Galashiels Cricket Club, supported by Scottish Borders Council and Galedin vets.

The event starts at 11.00 for 11.30 and there is a choice of three routes – the longest being approximately 5k. At the cricket club there will be stalls, refreshments, a raffle, micro-chipping and some fun games for dogs. Entry to the walk is £5 per family and proceeds are in aid of BPR and Gala Cricket Club.

Sponsorship forms available from the Rescue Centre, tel: 01896 849090


29 May – Edinburgh Half Marathon: A team of runners from the Rescue Centre and supporters is taking part in this event, described by the organisers as ideal for first-time runners. Entry details can be found at: and to raise money for Borders Pet Rescue, visit Virgin Money Giving and follow the links to set up your own fundraising page with Borders Pet Rescue as the beneficiary.

If you plan to take part in this event, please contact the Rescue Centre on 01896 849090 so that we can offer any help, advice or support you may need – and also, to help with publicity.


19 June – Centre Open Day: Our annual event held at our centre in Earlston. More details to follow. You can see our photo gallery from our 2015 event here


29/30 July – Border Union Show: We will have a stand at this prestigious event…. do come along to show your support. For more information: Border Union Show


11 Sept – Big Borders Dog Walk: To be held at the centre/field in Earlston this year. More details to follow. You can see the photo gallery from our 2015 event here


We hope to see you all soon!


For more information on any of our events, please contact us on tel: 01896 849090 or email us at or

To find out how you can help look after the animals in our care, see our how you can help section

And remember to like us on facebook or follow us on twitter to keep up to date with all our recent stories


7 12, 2015

Christmas; a couple of thoughts.


Well it’s that time of the year again. It comes around quickly doesn’t it!

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a marked increase in the number of enquiries from the public looking for kittens, puppies, small dogs and rabbits. Most have been quite open that they are looking for these as surprise presents. As such they do not want the person, for whom the pet is for, to know anything about it! Clearly this is so disappointing as every year the mantra  ‘A pet is for life, not  just for Christmas’ is widely extolled, and for good reason. We, just like all responsible rescue centres, would never allow an animal to be re-homed without those involved in it’s welfare coming to see it first. We need to see that there is good interaction and understanding of the responsibilities involved. Indeed, with our dogs, prospective adopters are required to visit on a number of occasions and agree to a home check also.

Taking on a pet is an important responsibility and one that, with a cat for example, could last for the next 20 years. Careful consideration of all that this entails is crucial to making the right decision. To think that they are suitable as surprise presents goes against everything that makes sense to us. If however you are thinking of buying a pet for your children, this Christmas, please bear in mind that the day to day care will probably end up falling to you since most kid’s understanding of responsibility isn’t fully formed. In addition the initial excitement may soon fade and you could be saddled with a pet that you have to look after in every respect.

There is no doubt that Christmas brings with it a lot of joy and happiness but it also heralds many challenges for our pets in general. Lots of noise and excitement; lots of visitors coming and going; lots of people who perhaps have had a wee bit too much to drink and simply a major change to the normal household regime all add up to a potentially stressful time for our pets. This can be difficult enough for animals that are already well settled into the family unit; to bring a new pet into this environment isn’t necessarily in it’s best interests.

As with any time of the year the most important issue, from our point of view, is that all the factors and responsibilities involved in owning the proposed pet have been fully thought through.  If they have and they can be met then go for it…..and enjoy!

13 07, 2015

Open Day 2015

Our Open Day this year will be taking place on the 2nd August 2015 from 11am to 3pm at our centre in Earlston.
Come along and meet some of the animals and look around our facilities.
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There will be face painting, cake & candy plus many more stalls.
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You can also get your dog, cat or rabbit microchipped on the day for £15.
At 2pm there will be a fun dog show. There will be best adult, puppy, senior and best rescue. Also there will be best trick and waggiest tail. Entry is £1 per class.
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We have Stevie Purves Photography coming along not only to capture the day, but also to offer to do some doggy photoshoots as we will have our wee studio onsite! Portraits will be £25 which will include 1 mounted A4 print, 60% of money raised will go back to the centre to help raise money. Portraits will be shot on the day, brought back to our home studio, finished off and printed, we will then arrange delivery for you. Can’t bring your dog for a photoshoot? No problem, book in with Stevie on the day and you get the same deal (travel charges may apply if outwith the Borders)
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For more information on our Open Day, keep an eye on our facebook page and we’ll see you all on the 2nd August!

13 05, 2015

Big Borders Dog Walk 2015

The Big Borders Dog Walk is taking place on Sunday the 14th June at 11am at Floors Castle, Kelso.

The walk this year will be raising funds for our Dog Park Project. This project will allow us to have various activities with which we can help train and rehabilitate the dogs in our care. It will give them somewhere fun to go exploring and somewhere they can chase balls and play to their heart’s content, or just go sunbathing, when the weather allows of course!

As with our previous walk, there will be 2 different routes to help cater for your or your dogs needs. The Woodland Walk which will take approx 1hour and The Woodland & Riverside Walk which will take approx 2/2.5hours.

If you would like to join us, either contact us on 01896 849090 or email for your Sponsor Form

And remember, you don’t even need a dog to join in!