RESIDENTS are being urged to donate second-hand blankets and towels to a local animal shelter.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing to animal lovers to help them take care of dogs at their Dunbartonshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Those able to help are asked to drop items into the bin at the front of the centre or to hand them into reception between 1pm and 4pm each day.

Clydebank Post: Luna the LurcherLuna the Lurcher (Image: Scottish SPCA)

Manager of the centre, Nicola Morrison, said, “It’s really important that we have a constant supply of fresh blankets as many of the dogs who have come into our care recently have sadly been suffering from giardia.

“This disease is highly contagious and can spread quickly, so we have to discard the blankets of infected animals rather than washing and reusing them like we normally would. 

“Luna the lurcher is just one of the dogs you’ll be helping to keep cosy in her kennel.

"She was rehomed but sadly returned to us as her new home didn’t work out.

"This situation was very stressful for her and she then developed giardia. She has now fully recovered but is still waiting on her forever home and unfortunately hasn’t had much interest.

"Your donations will help to keep her feeling happy and comfortable until we find her a new home.

“We can accept second-hand blankets or towels as long as they’re in good condition and laundered.

"We can also accept hand-knitted or crocheted blankets. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept duvets or pillows.

"If an animal rips one of these items, this can be a serious choking risk. If you don’t have any old blankets or towels you can donate we also have some available to purchase on our Amazon wishlist, or we can accept them from any other retailer offering delivery.

 “We are so thankful for any donations you can spare so that we can continue to provide the best possible care for the animals at our centre.”

The charity’s Dunbartonshire Centre is located on Dumbarton Road in Milton.

Blankets can also be donated via the centre’s Amazon wishlist HERE or sent from another online retailer that can deliver.