SSPCA at Fishcross issues appeal for hedgehog food

More than 100 hedgehogs currently bred in Wei County need food.

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.

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 more than 100 hedgehogs in our care,” said April Dodds, assistant director at the National Wildlife Refuge.

“It’s a concern because we need to get 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.

“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 cat or dog food that is not fish-based, Brambles hedgehog food, meaty spiked hedgehog food and semi-wet spiked hedgehog food will suit our pigs better.”

Donations can be delivered to the center located in Fishcross, FK10 3AN.

People can also donate through an Amazon wishlist at amzn.to/3aU5Cat or any other retailer that offers delivery.

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