The Scottish SPCA is appealing to help feed more than 100 hedgehogs currently under the auspices of the National Wildlife Rescue Centre, based in Clackmanshire.
This comes after the charity announced that it sponsored nearly 700 hedgehogs from May to August this year.
Hedgehogs arrive for a number of reasons, such as their nests being restless, appearing underweight or slightly shaky, which could indicate dehydration.
Hedgehogs give birth twice during the warmer months, first in June and again around September. Because of the milder climate in the fall months, hedgehogs are giving birth later this year, which means that the Wildlife Hospital is still seeing admissions of piglets.
The charity is appealing to help feed these hungry hedgehogs and is ordering food for dogs or cats that don’t depend on fish and specialized hedgehog food from Brambles and Spikes.
“We still have over 100 hedgehogs in our care,” said April Dodds, assistant manager at the National Wildlife Refuge. “It’s a concern because we need to move them to a healthy weight to be brought back into the wild before cold weather arrives and they need to go into hibernation.”
“If they don’t reach the right weight to be released before winter, they will have to stay with us until spring or a mild period.
“Some hedgehogs are brought in where they are spotted during the day. This is not always a problem, so some come to us unnecessarily. A healthy hedgehog should be quite round and plump, so if it appears deflated and underweight, please contact us. If the pig is jerky, It could mean he’s dehydrated, so always contact us in this case and if you can serve him water in a flat dish before we arrive.
“Believe it or not, hedgehogs can be picky eaters, so having a few food options is ideal to make sure our pigs are happy. When they find what they like, they devour it properly.
“Wet fish-based cat or dog food, brumbles hedgehog food, tasty spiked hedgehog food, and semi-wet spiked hedgehog food would suit our pigs better.
“We appreciate any donations people can make. They can be placed in the donation box outside the center or gifted through Amazon’s wishlist.”
Donations can be delivered to the center located in Fishcross, FK10 3AN. People can also donate through Amazon wishlist https://amzn.to/3aU5Cat or any other retailer that offers delivery.