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Dog rescue charity hosting 24-hour 'adoptathon'

In photos: some of the dogs searching for homes at this week’s event.

GALWAY-BASED dog rescue charity Madra is preparing to host a 24-hour dog adoption event over two days.

Running from 8am to 8pm this Friday and Saturday at the Trusty Pet Pals dog day care centre in Briarhill, the event aims to match pets to new owners.

The dogs of various sizes and breeds are currently kennelled at a Madra facility in Connemara.

“As with every rescue in the country we are dealing with a large volume of unwanted dogs and puppies,” said Madra chairperson Marina Fiddler. “With numbers at an all time high we made the decision to host an event which would help us to promote our wonderful dogs and give them the best opportunity to find a new home.”

Dog rescue charity hosting 24-hour 'adoptathon'
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  • Twinkle

    This lively Pom needs a home which can provide some grooming and pampering to help build her coat. (Image:
  • Tiger

    Small for his breed, Tiger is a Whippet Lurcher and a gentle dog. (Image:
  • Fozzy

    Just a few months old, Fozzy is a fun and playful Husky cross who will grow to be a medium to big dog. (Image:
  • Rolo

    This young Irish Setter cross will need some training to help focus his energy. (Image:
  • Sunny

    Sunny is a young male collie whose tongue hangs out when he's being petted. (Image:
  • Sophie

    A six-month Collie/Lab cross who enjoys fun and games. (Image:
  • Raindrop

    A collie aged about 18 months, Raindrop was found wandering around Ballinahinch Castle Hotel, and is described as a gentle dog who needs walks but is not hugely energetic. (Image:
  • Wispa

    This Whippet-Collie cross gets on well with other dogs, is a good car passenger and is not nervous of household noises like the vacuum. (Image:
  • Davy

    This gold-and-white collite male needs a home with a fenced garden. (Image:
  • Lurchers

    These beauties are a calm and relaxed group of three females and three males. This photo was posted on 31 July. (Image:
  • Katie

    Katie was named after another young female boxer we've all heard about, and is a kind and fun dog. (Image:
  • Diesel

    A young Lab/Boxer cross, Diesel enjoys games but is a very chilled out dog. (Image:
  • Ginger

    A very young Terrier/Lab cross full of energy and fun. (Image:
  • Tiny

    The young female was the companion of an older lady who can no longer keep her and is looking for a loving home. (Image:
  • Soufrei

    Soufrie's owner is emigrating due to employment difficulties in Ireland and cannot take the young dog too. She is described as having a good temperament and is good on the leash. (Image:
  • Ella

    Still just a puppy, Ella was found abandoned and wandering along the side of a road, but is a very calm young dog. (Image:

The event will also provide an opportunity for dog owners who have to surrender their pet due to changed circumstances to post the animal’s details on a message board for prospective new owners. For a low nominal fee based on the distance involved, Madra will carry out a home check before the pet is adopted. The charity carries out home checks nationwide.

“We encounter many people with heartbreaking stories as to why they can no longer care for their dogs, and we really would love to be in a position to help them, so hopefully this event might provide an alternative solution,” Fiddler said.

The organisation has seen a surge in requests to take in owner-surrendered dogs, but due to space restrictions, it cannot always immediately take the pet in and they currently have a waiting list.

Madra suggests an adoption donation of €150 per dog to cover the cost of neutering, vaccinating, worming, micro-chipping and flea-treating the pet. Home checks are required.

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