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How could you not adopt one of these dogs?

Warning: Candidates in today’s Galway adoption day making puppy dog eyes at you.

A SLOWDOWN IN rehoming needy dogs and an increase in neglected and abandoned ones has inspired one rescue centre to stage an ‘adoption day’.

The MADRA facility in Connemara is putting on a special afternoon targeting would-be pet adopters in Galway city today. The event runs from midday to 4pm at the Trusty Pet Pals dog day care centre at Briarhill Industrial Park.

The idea is for people who think they might like to give a home to one of the MADRA dogs to come and talk to the rescue team and to meet some of the dogs and pups looking for a new family.

The chairperson of MADRA, Edel Comerford, said that it is helpful if people have an “open mind” about the breed of dog they might like. She said:

We always have people coming to us with a specific breed of dog in mind, but often times this type of dog will not be suitable for their lifestyle.

The rescue centre brought in 832 dogs and pups last year, with many coming from local authority pounds.

If you think you might be interested and have specific questions ahead of this afternoon’s event, it’s worth emailing madradogrescue@gmail.com or texting 086 8149026.

These are some of the cheeky chappies available to meet today:

How could you not adopt one of these dogs?
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  • Pandora the pup

    Source: Gillian Hunter/MADRA
  • Reg the labrador

    "Reg is a fantastic lad; he is chilled, fun and well behaved."Source: Gillian Hunter/MADRA
  • Nicky the whippet

    "A gorgeous little whippet boy of around a year old. He is currently out on foster care, but would love a forever home. His foster carer says he is very quiet and well-mannered in the house, house-trained, neutered and loves to play with soft toys. He learns quickly and has great agility."
  • Julian the golden labrador

    "Julian is a golden labrador boy of about two years old. He is a strong boy and full of cuddles and tail wags and would suit an active family."
  • Rex the labrador

    "Rex is an energetic three year old. He loves to chase around after the ball and would suit a family with older kids who could play ball with him."Source: Gillian Hunter/MADRA

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