Scottish SPCA issues urgent appeal for reusable face masks
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The Scottish SPCA is urgently appealing to animal lovers to donate reusable face masks for its dedicated team.
Scotland's animal welfare charity has been struggling to keep up with demand of disposable protective equipment so is asking members of the public to consider making them from tightly woven cotton material.
There are over 170 members of staff working in the Society’s animal rescue and rehoming centres, all in need of facial protection.
Scottish SPCA deputy head of field operations Graeme Innes said “Our centres are closed to the public but we need to make sure our staff are safe and able to provide the animals with the best possible care.
“We are finding it hard to meet the needs of our staff as the disposable face masks we have are being used at an alarming rate.
“We are hoping that the public might be able to spare the time and materials to make us masks that will be readily used by our staff across Scotland.
“Please make sure you include your name and contact phone number or email address in your package.
"Everyone who makes a mask for us will be entered in to a prize draw to win an exclusive, private tour around our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire.
“If people want to be creative and have a little fun, we do love an animal design!
“The best material to use for masks is tightly woven cotton, like pillow cases, made with several layers. This is more breathable and the close weave stops respiratory droplets penetrating.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and selflessness of people over the pandemic and the support of members of the public does mean the world to us.
“If people are able to create these essential items for us, we will appreciate every last one.”
Finished face masks can be sent to the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Alloa, FK10 3AN and these will be distributed throughout the centres in Scotland.