Our charity for 2018 was Saints Sled Dog Rescue. SSDR is a nationwide, voluntary run non-profit organisation approved for charity status. Their aim is to help as many unwanted and stray Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes as possible through the process of fostering and rehoming or simply supporting their owners with help and advice. Educational visits are arranged and carried out across the country, including working and handling demonstrations.

For the 2017 convention we supported the Parrot Trust Scotland who aim to improve the welfare and wellbeing of parrots through support, education, rehabilitation and protection. Originally founded by Mrs Yvonne MacMillan, whose love of parrots created the sanctuary on the island of Kerrera. Yvonne retired in 2013 and the sanctuary relied on the whole on the kindness of volunteers.

This simply was not a sustainable or viable option, particularly with the high costs of island life and difficulty of emergency access. Since May 2015 the flocks of parrots was successfully moved from the island of Kerrera and are being looked after by permanent on-site knowledgeable and parrot orientated carers on the Scottish mainland.

Scotiacon has undertaken to support a different charitable organisation each year. Through various means we try and raise funds that will have a big impact on those organisations we choose to support. Generally they will have an animal connection either in direct assistance to them or an indirectly through the organisations work.

We will generally try and seek out organisations that are more local in their work and can get the most out of our support efforts. Below is some of the places we have supported in the past.

Amounts raised year by year:

2018 Saints Sled Dog Rescue £3,000

2017 Parrot Trust Scotland £3,250

2016 Scottish Canals £1,500

2015 Scottish Owl Centre £2,089.40

2014 World Horse Welfare £655.81

2013 Hounds for Heroes £616.85

2012 Scottish Wildcats £2,080

Running total: £13,192.06

Scottish Wildcats

(Highland Tiger)