HELP is being asked from Ayr residents to raise funds for abandoned and injured animals this festive period.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for assistance at the Pets at Home Santa Paws fundraising drive to help generate funding for abused animals.

Scotland’s Animal welfare charity is looking for anyone who can spare even an hour of their time to benefit the worthwhile cause.

The event will take place from November 23 right through until Christmas Eve and Ayrshire and South West Scotland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Marion Hainey is urging people to give what they can.

She said: “From the 23rd of November to 24th of December, locals can pop down to the Pets at Home store in Ayr where they will have the chance to meet Scottish SPCA volunteers, supporters, staff members and dogs from our animal rescue and rehoming centre.

“We are encouraging the public to get into the Christmas spirit by dressing up in festive fancy dress and bringing along their four-legged friend or some baked goodies to encourage donations.”

She added: “The Scottish SPCA receives no government funding and we rely on the kindness and generosity of the public to continue our work. We would be extremely grateful if anyone would like to donate their time and help us raise vital funds.”

For more information on Scottish SPCA fundraising events please email or call fundraising on 03000 999 999.