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Rags to riches tail as Kai fronts dog rehoming campaign

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​Adorable Kai calls on public to give pooches a woof over their head

He was famously the dog that nobody wanted, but after becoming Scotland's most loved pooch, cuddly Kai is now using his celebrity for a good cause.

Shar pei cross Kai hit the headlines when he was found tied to a railing at Ayr Railway Station complete with a suitcase full of his belongings back in February.

His plight touched the hearts of the nation and beyond, with his story going global.

Now the canine star, who was rehomed in record time, is fronting the Scottish SPCA’s Rehoming Week, which runs from May 4 to 10. The charity is using the week to appeal for new homes for the hundreds of animals in their care.

Ian Russell, 52, from Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire, gave Kai a fresh start and said rehoming Kai was "like winning the lottery".

It's fantastic there was such a huge response to Kai's story and rehoming him has certainly changed my life.

He added: "When I applied to rehome Kai, I made it clear that if the Scottish SPCA didn't think I was suitable, I would happily take their advice and consider one of the many other rescue dogs in their care.

"I didn't just want Kai because he had been in the news, I wanted to help a rescued animal in need of a second chance.

"It's fantastic there was such a huge response to Kai's story and rehoming him has certainly changed my life.

"It's really important for me to use this publicity to highlight the fact there are many other animals like Kai who need loving homes and that's why I'm delighted to back the Scottish SPCA's Rehoming Week.

"I would certainly encourage anyone thinking of getting a pet to go along to the charity's centre in Cardonald, Glasgow, and see for themselves just how many animals are waiting for a fresh start."

Manager of the Scottish SPCA’s Cardonald centre Anna O'Donnell added: "We are thrilled to have Ian and Kai's support for our Rehoming Week.

"Last year our centre found wonderful homes for 1,343 animals, many of which had been abused, abandoned and neglected or were simply no longer wanted.

"Many people might not realise we rescue and rehome many types of animals, from dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents to horses, birds, snakes and more.

"We think rescue pets make great pets and raising awareness is what Rehoming Week is all about."