Scotmid has donated 400 pet aid boxes to Scottish SPCA service to support people and pets who are struggling during the cost-of-living crisis.\r\n\r\nThe boxes include essential food and care supplies for animals in need and are provided through a network of 42 food banks across Scotland.\r\n\r\nThe Pet Aid service provides crucial support to people who are struggling with the cost of caring for an animal, and demand for the service has \u201cskyrocketed\u201d due to the continuing cost-of-living crisis.\r\n\r\nAccording to SSPCA, last year, calls to its animal helpline from people looking to sign over their pets trebled.\r\nIt said that most people give up their pets as a very last resort, \u201cwhen they feel there is no other option, with the decision often linked to the cost of looking after them\u201d.\r\n\r\nCarrie Giannelli, Pet Aid coordinator, said: \u201cWe would like to thank Scotmid for yet another generous donation to our Pet Aid service. They kindly donated 100 boxes last year which was amazing but to then give another 400 is absolutely incredible.\r\n\r\n\u201cPet Aid provides support to those who need it most, to keep people with their beloved pets at this very challenging time. Many people who call our helpline don\u2019t want to give up their animal but feel they have no choice. Through Pet Aid, we can offer these people vital support and keep people and their pets together.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe added: \u201cNo-one should have to give up their pet because they are unable to afford the items they need. If you\u2019re struggling with the cost of pet food we can put you in touch with your nearest local food bank offering our Pet Aid service.\u201d\r\n\r\nLynne Ogg, Scotmid communities manager, concluded: "We are proud to continue supporting the Scottish SPCA's Pet Aid service. We hope that our contribution ensures cherished companions aren't lost due to financial constraints. We're grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this valuable service that keeps people and pets together during challenging times."