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.
Just a few of the many dogs who were adopted from us this year in their happy homes, along with updates of some dogs adopted in previous years.
Thank you to all the lovely people who donated, volunteered, fostered, and adopted dogs from us this year. We couldn't do it without you!