In an effort to crack down on people abandoning animals, the charity says it is stopping rehoming puppies and kittens for two weeks.
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “It’s an upsetting reality that in the weeks and months after Christmas our centres are often asked to take in puppies, kittens and other pets who were given as presents.
“Even worse, some of these animals are dumped like rubbish once the novelty has worn off.
“Every year in the lead up to Christmas we stress that animals should never be bought on a whim or given as surprise presents but some people aren’t getting the message.
“In January this year we took in 235 dogs and over 250 cats and it’s possible some of these animals had been bought for Christmas. For that reason we are asking people to consider whether they have the time and financial resources to be able to properly care for an animal for life.”
Between December 19 and January 3, the Scottish SPCA is putting a ban on rehoming puppies, kittens and baby animals, to try and reduce the risk of pet abandonment.
Chief Supt. Flynn added: “We have to ensure our rescue animals aren’t being taken on by someone who just wants a new pet for Christmas.
“However, our animal rescue and rehoming centres will be open to the public throughout the festive period, including Christmas Day, and young animals can be reserved during this time.
“Our message is simple, a pet is a lifelong commitment and not a present which can be given at Christmas and then forgotten about soon afterwards.”