THE SSPCA has appealed to Wee County residents for help in caring for the expected influx of fox cubs this season.

Welfare officers at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross are gearing up for members of the public to help provide much-needed food.

The Scottish SPCA faced its busiest ever year in 2019 with more than 11,000 wildlife casualties admitted.

The pandemic caused quite a significant drop in the number of animals arriving at the wildlife hospital. Around 7,000 wild animals were brought to the centre in 2020.

Centre manager Steven Gray said: "As we are entering fox cub season, we are appealing for Pedigree puppy food and puppy milk.

"Last year, we cared for 76 foxes – 39 of those were fox cubs.

"It can be a struggle to keep up with so many hungry mouths to feed.

"We expect to be even busier with admissions this year so we need help from members of the public.

"If anyone can help with food for these young mammals, we would appreciate anything that people can spare."

Donors who live in Clacks can drop puppy meat at the Scottish SPCA Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, FK10 3AN.

Alternatively, those looking to help can purchase supplies from the wildlife centre's Amazon wishlist at