Dear two-legged and four-legged friends!
Only one more sleep to the MADRA Dogathon 2014! We hope that you are all as excited as we are about seeing so many paws on the prom in aid of our rescue dogs.
From everyone at MADRA we would like to thank you for registering to take part in this fundraising dog walk, and to all of the dogs that have been busy using their puppy dog eyes to raise sponsorship, we salute you!
We would like to use this opportunity to remind you of a couple of things that you need to do when you arrive at the Claddagh Hall on Sunday (May 18):
1. Please go to the registration desk within the Claddagh Hall so that our volunteers can sign you in and give you your Doggy Bag.
3. Although the walk starts at 1pm we would appreciate if you could be at the Claddagh Hall no later than 12.30pm to sign in. The registration desk opens at 11.30am, and if you come early you can sample some of the fantastic home-baked goodies and have a nice cup of tea and some doggy chit chat!
4. The walk will start from the Claddagh Hall and go along the Salthill Promenade to Blackrock. This distance may not be suitable for everyone, and you will see some signs along the route with 'Turning point for little legs or short paws' - walk as far as you feel is right for you and your companions and if you can, come back to the Claddagh Hall for refreshments after.
5. Please ensure that you keep your dog on lead at all times and keep a safe distance from other dogs and walkers. Watch out for signs of stress in your dog.
6. Please allow time to find suitable parking near the venue and do not block any driveways, access routes etc. If you cannot find 'on street' parking you may need to go to a car park nearby. Be considerate of other road users and pedestrians before, during and after the walk, and please stay safe.
7. If you need medical attention or any other assistance please alert one of our MADRA volunteers - stewards will be identifiable with blue MADRA high-vis vests.
We hope that you enjoy the day and make sure to bring your raincoats - we know that a little drop of rain won't put you doggy folk off! If you have any friends or family that would like to attend bring them along and they can register on the day.
World-famous musician and MADRA supporter Sharon Shannon is calling on dog owners to sign up to take part in the MADRA Dogathon event which will take place on Sunday, May 18th, from the Claddagh Hall in Galway city at 1pm.
The Dogathon event is a well-known meeting of mutts previously organised by Cope Galway. This year the lead has been handed over to MADRA to help raise some much needed funds for our dogs.
We are hoping to exceed our fundraising target of ‘One thousand paws on the prom’, and we urge the people of Galway to go online to register for this promenade walk which starts and finishes at the Claddagh Hall.
Speaking about the event, MADRA Chairperson Edel Comerford said: “This sponsored dog walk will not only help us to raise some much-needed funds for the dogs in our care, it will also act as an opportunity to help us celebrate responsible dog ownership.
“We also hope to welcome back some of our old MADRA residents. It is so heart-warming for us to see our former kennel residents out-and-about with their new families.
“We are always amazed by the support that we receive from the people of Galway. There are definitely a lot of dog-lovers in the city and county, so we are hopeful of reaching our target of one thousand paws on the prom” she added.
To register for the event log on to www.iregister.ie/dogathon
Local dog rescue charity MADRA is asking people participating in marathons, mini-marathons, road and adventure races to raise sponsorship for dogs in need.
The organisation, based in Camus in Connemara, rescued 834 dogs last year at a cost of €150,000.
The dogs rescued by MADRA come from a variety of sources: from the general public, from local authority pounds, veterinary clinics and dogs that are rescued from cruel and abusive situations.
MADRA works with both Galway and Mayo County Council and since 2005 the Co. Galway put-to-sleep rate has fallen from 83 per cent to 14 per cent. Similarly, in Co. Mayo, MADRA has helped the council to reduce its put-to-sleep rate from 72 per cent in 2008 to 11 per cent in 2013.
All dogs rescued by MADRA are neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and wormed, with some dogs requiring additional non-routine veterinary care to treat injury or illness.
Annually, MADRA receives four thousand euro from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, with the remainder of the running costs being covered by special fundraising events, grants, donations from members of the general public, and revenue from the two charity shops in Moycullen and Westside.