Find Holly a home

SPECIAL OWNER REQUIRED . . . Holly with animal care assistant Jackie Rushford.
SPECIAL OWNER REQUIRED . . . Holly with animal care assistant Jackie Rushford.

EVERY week the Times & Speaker teams up with the Scottish SPCA in a bid to rehome a pet.

And this week we have a special appeal to find a home for a dog who suffers from an underactive thyroid and will require medication for the rest of her life.

Holly, a Labrador Retriever cross, is being looked after at the charity’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton after being found as a stray.

The five to eight-year-old’s skin was in very poor condition and her hair was beginning to fall out. After receiving veterinary treatment Holly has now made a great recovery but she will need tablets every day and regular blood tests.

Staff at the centre are keen to find the friendly dog an owner with the time and resources to ensure her condition is managed.

Centre assistant manager Lorraine Alba said, “When poor Holly arrived here her skin was very flaky and her coat was falling out very easily and, after blood tests, it was confirmed she has an underactive thyroid. She is now on daily medication and there has already been a big improvement in the condition of her coat.

“If Holly’s illness isn’t controlled she may become very weak and tired, gain weight and her skin problem could return.

“We really hope we can find that special someone for this amazing girl as she deserves a great home. Holly loves playing fetch and will happily carry her ball for miles.

“She certainly doesn’t let her condition affect her appetite for life and, although she knows lots of commands, will pretend she doesn’t hear you if she doesn’t want to stop playing!”

If you can give Holly a loving home, please call the SSPCA Animal Helpline 03000 999 999, quoting ref Motherwell Times.