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Busy year for Borders Pet Rescue

The centre is run by volunteers Credit: ITV Border News

A rehoming Centre is the Scottish Borders says it has had an exceptionally busy year, finding homes for 25% more animals than usual.

Border Pet Rescue near Earlston re-homes dogs, cats and rabbits.

Centre Manager Simon Cullum says it's important that people think carefully about getting a pet in the first place.

Rocky the dog is looking for a home Credit: ITV Border News

"It is very rare in our experience that you get wilful neglect of animals, it is more the fact that born out of ignorance of what the dog needs in the first instance. Time, the facilities that it has got to have, you have got to be prepared to train and socialise the dog, exercise the dog, so you have really got to think about what kind of dog it is you are interested in and have you what that dog needs in terms of a nice healthy and happy life."

– Border Pet Rescue Manager Simon Cullum


Mountain Rescue receive £63,000 thanks to dog appeal

A cheque for £63,000 has been handed to the mountain rescue team that searched for missing dog Jasper earlier this month.

He was lost around Scafell Pike in the Lake District for three days. His owner Adam Nolan was so grateful that he set up a fundraising page for the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, which saw donations pouring in.

Kim Inglis has been catching up with Adam.

'The amount of positive outcomes have been unreal'

Jasper the collie dog that went missing on Scafell Pike and owner Adam Nolan are hoping life will get back to normal for them in Cleator Moor after a round of media appearances. Wasdale Mountain Rescue found Jasper on his fourth night alone on the fell. An online social media campaign set up by Adam has raised 63 thousand pounds for Wasdale's new base.


£63,000 cheque presented to Jasper's rescuers

A cheque for £63,000 was presented to the team. Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue

A cheque for £63,000 was handed to Wasdale Mountain Rescue team at their AGM last night.

It was presented by Adam Nolan. His dog, Jasper, went missing in the Scafell area for four days earlier this month.

findjasper took off on social media, and was shared hundreds of thousands of times.

It sparked a huge search effort, and eventually Jasper was found by Geoff Horky in the early hours of Thursday, November 6.

He called Wasdale Mountain Rescue team for assistance, and they were able to return the Border Collie to his owner.

Now, followers of the social media campaign have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the mountain rescue team, which is run by volunteers.

The team are saving up for a new base, which is estimated to cost around £500,000.

"This is a truly fantastic sum of money that we never expected or dreamed of and we will ensure that the funds are wisely spent, contributing towards a new base that will ensure a more efficient volunteer rescue service to meet the increasing demands in search and rescue across the Lake District."

– John Bamforth, Team Chairman

Video captures moment Jasper is found

A video has emerged of the moment the Border Collie, Jasper, was found.

After identifying Jasper from a distance Geoff Horky, who was helping Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team in the search, excitedly goes forward to rescue the dog after it had been missing for three days at Scafell Pike.

An appeal by his owner Adam Nolan on social media went viral when 250,000 people shared his photo and has helped raise over £50,000 for the Mountain Rescue Team.

Credit: Geoff Horky

Starlings on pylon could serve 'social function'

Our cameras captured thousands of starlings on an electricity pylon in Workington.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said a lot about starlings and their activity is still a bit of a mystery, but resting on the pylon before they go to roost probably serves some sort of social function and is part of their daily routine before they settle down for the night.

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