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.