Calling All Office Pets!

Edinburgh-based business, Desk Union, is calling for entries into its 2014 office pets calendar to raise money for the Scottish SPCA.

Desk Union, an online marketplace which match-makes growth businesses and the freelance community with companies that have redundant workspace, has announced that entries are now open for individuals and businesses to submit photos of their beloved office pets through social media. Entries can be made using #petsatdesks until 5pm on Friday 15 November.

Victoria Arnold, founder of Desk Union, comments, “With our very own full time ‘Chief Woof Officer’ Alfie, we understand the amount of pleasure that comes from having a pet in the office. Walking the dog is the perfect excuse for a screen break, stroking a cat has been proved time and again to reduce stress and I’m sure looking at fish swimming in a tank will have some kind of therapeutic benefit!

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“We are delighted to support the amazing work of the Scottish SPCA through the creation of our 2014 calendar. We can’t wait for entries to come in and feel sure that picking the final 12 will be easier said than done!”

Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent, said, “We are delighted that Desk Union has chosen to support the Scottish SPCA.

“As a charity that receives no government or lottery funding, we rely entirely on donations and the generosity of the public.

“The funds raised will go a long way towards helping us care for the thousands of abused, abandoned an injured animals we rescue every year.”

The calendar will be priced at £5.99 with all profits going to the Scottish SPCA. Calendars will be available for purchase once the final 12 pets have been announced on Monday 18 November. This would make a perfect Christmas present for animal lovers!

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The Desk Union platform allows commercial landlords and corporates to upload property details and growth businesses to browse and book workspace. Tenancy is on a rolling monthly basis offering complete flexibility for the both parties. Desk Union takes care of all the necessary paperwork and collect the rents from the tenants.

Desk Union is aimed primarily at small businesses, freelancers, consultants and independent professionals looking for cost-effective workspace; for example, someone who is currently based in a home office but looking to move into a more corporate environment without the expense of renting an entire office.

Victoria Arnold, entrepreneur and founder of Desk Union, was the winner of the “Best Young Business 2012” award from the Association of Scottish Businesswomen. Desk Union is her second on-line venture, the first being homestayfriend a service offering short-term homestay accommodation for international students, interns and those travelling on business.

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  • The Scottish SPCA is Scotland’s animal welfare charity.
  • The Scottish SPCA is separate from the RSPCA, who work in England and Wales.
  • The Scottish SPCA is the only animal charity in the UK able to report animal cruelty cases to the Crown, with reports sent to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service.
  • The Scottish SPCA receives no government or lottery funding.
  • The Scottish SPCA does not put healthy animals to sleep.
  • In 2012, the Scottish SPCA animal helpline received 195,299 calls.
  • 55 people were banned from keeping animals in 2012 following Scottish SPCA investigations.
  • In 2012, Scottish SPCA rescue centres cared for 13,327 animals.