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Cork County Council to launch online service to help rehome and reclaim lost dogs

A local councillor said the move would help to increase the rehoming rate in the county.

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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL has said that an online facility to aid the rehoming and reclaiming of dogs will be operational “in the near future”.

The need for a coordinated effort to aid the rehoming of dogs in the county was pinpointed by the council, as it included the creation of an online portal as part of a new tender for the provision of the pound service in Cork.

Local councillor Marcia D’Alton welcomed the measure, and said that the county was “well behind the curve not to have something like this set up already”.

She said she had brought a motion to the southern committee of the council in July.

“The county pound had a really good rehoming rate last year and did its work quietly and without fuss,” D’Alton said.

But I felt that a Facebook page or active website would enable the public to connect with the dogs in the council’s care, generate goodwill and help to increase the rehoming rate yet further.

A spokesperson for Cork County Council told TheJournal.ie that “the closing date for tender submission has passed and it is envisaged that this facility will be operational in the near future”.

Rehoming services for dogs are in Ireland are often run by charities, such as the ISPCA and Dogs Trust.

D’Alton added: “Many other local authorities outsource the running of their kennels. The tenders are usually won by charities who have, by their nature, massive empathy with the dogs in their care.”

Other local authorities, such as Limerick City and County Council, run similar initiatives.

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