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MADRA Our beauty collie girl Molly- recovering from a pelvic injury before her arrival to us- she’s on the lookout for a… https://t.co/XRZReAtDpl

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*** SPECIAL APPEAL *** Hello everyone. My name is Molly (yes, yes I am “Molly the collie!”) and I would appreciate it if you took a couple of minutes to read my story. I really don't like having to do this but I am coming to you, cap in hand, with TWO favours to ask of you today. Like so many other dogs in recent weeks and months, I arrived at MADRA from the pound. The humans noticed I wasn’t putting any weight on my right hind leg. I was in a lot of pain so I was so relieved when the humans brought me to Barna vets and Eilish, a vet there, advised that I had a dislocated hip on my right side. Two vets attempted to put it back in place...thankfully they put me under a very deep sleep for that so I didn’t feel a thing. Sadly that didn't work though. They thought my injury was a few days old, probably from a car accident and they said that something called surgery would be needed to be done. I can’t remember what happened...I have had a tough couple of weeks and I have blocked out the most painful parts. The kind lady Eilish sent the x-rays to James at Ark Vets. He advised that surgery to repair with pins would cost about 850 euro, at a MADRA rate, and the success rate for this in a medium sized dog is 85-90%. So, this is my first favour I must ask of you folks. That is quite a lot of money to spend and while the humans didn’t hesitate in booking me in for my surgery, I know the cost has caused them to worry. I know the humans don’t put out an appeal for every surgery they have to pay for but in this case, I was hoping you might be able to help them out with the cost of my surgery. You can see how to donate here: http://www.madra.ie/make-a-donation or you can donate directly through Facebook. I would be so grateful for every euro sent my way. I promise to keep you updated on my progress over the coming weeks and hopefully you will see me flourishing. I hope you will get to know my personality as everyone here says I have the most gentle and loving nature, despite having such an awful time. Thanks to MADRA and some very kind vets, I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. So if you can spare a few euro to help me out then please do, it would mean so much to me to be able to take some of the worry away from the humans here. I will confide in you.....I was very scared about the surgery but the vets were so calm and reassuring. I had a femoral head arthroplasty. Big word but basically what I was told this means, is that it was a surgery to repair my dislocated hip injury. The nice vets told me healing will be ongoing for the coming weeks and that I must be on strict cage rest for another week. I am back at the kennels now where I can only go out for short five minute toilet breaks. Everyone here has been giving me so many compliments saying what a lovely, sweet girl I am and keep praising me on how well I am handling crate rest. Collies and crate rest don’t generally tend to go hand-in-hand! I am just relieved to not be in so much pain but I won’t lie.....crate rest is really difficult and I do feel quite down. I get lots of Lickimats and peanut butter Kongs but as I am sure you can imagine, it’s not an easy place to chill when there is always so much hustle and bustle going on...and you know us doggos want to be involved in any action going on. And this leads me to my second favour to ask of you...... The humans are very keen to get me into a suitable foster home for recovery as the kennels are really not the best environment for healing because it can be stressful here. In a home environment, during this time, mental stimulation and having company can help my recovery hugely. I will need someone who will provide me with toys and who will ensure I have padded bedding and most importantly, someone who will ensure to take great care of me as I recover from my surgery. After my crate rest, which will be two weeks post operation, I will be on a controlled exercise plan, gradually building up from fifteen minute twice daily walks. I will need a controlled exercise for at least five weeks before being allowed off-lead. During that time I can start short water walks. I know it sounds like a lot, but please don't be deterred......I promise you that support and advice will be provided by the humans on my exercise regime and my vets can be consulted if there are any issues at all with my recovery. I just really need someone who has the time and patience to give me the love and care I need right now. Life has been a complete whirlwind lately...from my old life, to my accident, to living in a pound....surgery and now living in a busy shelter on crate rest. I am wiped. I would love and I so desperately need somewhere quiet to recover from all the physical and emotional trauma of the last few weeks of my life. Can you offer me a calm space to recover? If you can, please fill out a Foster Questionnaire here: http://www.madra.ie/rehoming/fostering I would be so grateful if you could share my story. I hope my next update from you is sent from a loving foster home. I am only around two or three years old so hopefully I can recover soon and get ready for a new life...my only dream.....to be pain-free and to find a forever family who will cherish me all the rest of my days. Lots of love, Molly xxx
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Hi! Jacksy here, and although I can be a little bit mischievous sometimes how my name can be interpreted does not define me! I mean, just look at my cute, little, innocent face! Sure, you might need some ear buds when I start barking, but with a little guidance in the right direction I'd be a saint! I like to think of myself as being a very wise sort of fellow; so if you see me squinting at you, don't worry! I'm just contemplating the universe and my existence as your furry friend; definitely not giving you the stink eye! I am an independent little chap, but do love to play and have fun. And whereas I don't like to be smothered in hugs and kisses, I would happily lie next to you on the sofa or snuggle up in my own cosy little bed of an evening if you could spare me a little room in your life. I would only require small living quarters for I am only the size of a loaf of bread! So, please, if you can spare that much room in your life for me don't keep me waiting! You won't regret it!
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Our Goldie is fed up of kennel life. He is a two year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix. :) He charmed everyone he met at our Adoption Day but he's still searching for his special human. He really loves to play outside almost as much as he would like to hang out with you on a couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to clicker training. He loves his toys and one of his favourite treats is a peanut butter filled Kong. He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. Goldie is a really sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. He would love a home where someone will help him with his training as he can get over-excited at times and a bit nippy as a result of his enthusiasm... but this is something we can help a potential adopter work on with him and trust us, his endless love is worth the wait. Once he finds that, we know he will make the greatest companion! Photos by Tracy Kirby
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* FOSTER APPEAL * My name is George and I am around three years old. I am a super duper friendly ultra waggy Sprollie but I am having a damn old miserable time lately. I have been at MADRA for the last three weeks since the folks here picked me up from the pound. You won't have heard much about me yet as I had to go for a big scary operation to help my leg. The humans don't know what happened to me before I ended up in the pound but they told me my leg was in a bad way and the only way to help me feel better was to have surgery. So here I am....a few days on from my operation and I need your help. Under advice from the vet, I have to spend two weeks on crate rest. It's not ideal for an active boy like me who just wants to run and play. I am allowed short, five minute toilet breaks four times daily. The good news is that I get lots of Lickimats and stuffed Kongs to help me while-away the time. I know I am supposed to relax but it's hard to do that in a busy shelter. There is so much going on here and I just want to be front and centre of all the action!!!! :D So.......that's why I am appealing to you dear folks. I need a home with some good humans to help me recuperate. After I have done my crate rest I will be able to progress to two 15 mins walks daily which will be gradually increased to more. I know it might sound like a lot of work to help me out here but the people here will give you all the advice you need if you think you can help a sweet boy out. Please welcome me into your heart and home while I recover....it would mean the world to me.
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Our sweet older gentleman Manzy would love to find himself a kind human of his own to cherish him all the the rest of his days. He is very waggy and loves his daily strolls and afternoon naps. Kennel life is too hectic for him.
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It is hard to piece together Pongo’s story but we think he may have changed hands several times before being found wandering on a busy road. He is a stunning tall Dalmation of 4 years old who seems like a typical Dally. He is energetic & friendly with a great enthusiasm for life. He gets on well with other dogs and is looking forward to starting a new life with someone who appreciates him! We do not want this fellow let down yet again by careless humans.......
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* FOREVER/FOSTER HOME NEEDED * Meet the lovely Spot. He is a very nervous, but sweet, waggy and handsome Collie boy. He isn't used to being on a lead whatsoever and he is deeply unhappy to find himself living a loud, busy shelter. This dote would benefit greatly from a quiet, foster home and four legged friend to give him confidence. He needs a quiet, calm home to help him learn that everything new isn't scary.
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Just arrived from the pound. More information coming soon.
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My name is Bill and I am very pleased to make your acquaintance. I am one of several collies here at the shelter looking for a forever family. I am a VERY waggy and smiley boy as you can see and I love posing for photos! ;) I can be a little bit shy at first but once I know you are kind, I will give you my whole heart. I am a collie so of course I am looking for an active home to keep my brain sharp. Just to let you know, I also really love cuddles so I hope you like to give and receive them! I can be a little bit needy sometimes but that's probably because I've never had much attention in my life...............
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Just arrived from the pound. More information coming soon.
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There are all kinds of stories about shelter dogs who have beeen worn down by a life of neglect who suddenly spring to life after getting a fresh coat of compassion. This is Bullet and he is at the start of his new life story. We picked him up from the pound recently. His tiny little body was covered in mange and his deep brown eyes conceal a story of neglect that we will never understand. Despite his ordeal in life to date, Bullet likes to play with his toys and he loves a good game of tug. He loves being up on a lap getting a fuss. He likes other dogs too. He is only around nine months old so he is still very puppyish, he will chew hands and has an obsession with buttons and shoes! He loves his own bed and will go into bed at night-time and his foster family don't hear a peep out of him during the night. He does at least one or two wees in the house the odd time, like when he is excited or getting fed, other than that he goes to the toilet outside. Due to his past, he can be protective of his food, which is totally understandable but we are sure in time, with guidance, he will understand that food won't be scarce..... He is very inquisitive, like with the guinea pig in his foster home, so we think it is best to avoid re-homing him with smaller animals. Overall, Bullet is a resilient boy who is now a very happy boy. He can bark a bit at people when they come in to the house but as soon as you say hi to him and pat him he goes quiet. His mangy head looks awful but he is a lot more comfortable now and getting better day by day. Bullet is a happy little chap who really loves his cuddles. Now we just need to find Bullet his happy place. A forever family who will love and cherish him. He will quickly fill your home with joy and your hearts with love. He just needs the chance.
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The sad thing is that we don't know Domino’s real name but we hope that a new name heralds a fresh start in life. He came in as a stray and although we have tried to contact his owners, we have had no luck yet. This means that Domino is stuck in limbo for now. However we will be looking for a new home for him once we trace his owners. He is a nine year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and he is very much a pet dog who loves to play tuggies with you. He is a sprightly lad who keeps his kennel spotless and enjoys his walks and at nine years old, he loves to snooze by the fire at the end of a long day.
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****CHALLENGE FOR YOU!***** Screech here. Do me a favour and read to the end. OK, here's the thing, the humans receive THOUSANDS of adoption applications for me daily and they don't even have time to read them all.....(well.....**some** of this information might be a **slight** exaggeration on my part). Anyway, I can only conclude that the humans haven't deemed these home offers suitable for such a high-ranking celebrity cuddly lapdop/occasional ankle biter. I refuse to accept their protestations and lies that there aren't any home offers. I mean, anything less than a thousand people fighting over who gets to adopt me would be disappointing if I am honest. Hundreds of dogs have arrived and left since I arrived here nine months ago. I have a bit of an ego you know so feeling unwanted isn't nice for me. Despite my devastatingly handsome movie star looks (seriously where are the Hollywood agents who are looking to discover new talent?!!) I am still living at the MADRA shelter. I am here NINE months. NINE. Baffling isn't it? I can't get my head around it. I am a bundle of cuteness, always up for a cuddle and a game of tug. Now of course the humans will tell me that my lack of home offers is down to my......."ISSUES"...oh come on, so I take an instant dislike to some people and like to attack their ankles...and so I turn into Cujo on a lead when I see other dogs (despite the fact that I have happily shared kennels with everything from smallies, to collies AND a husky living here!) They are minor things in my head. The humans...well they disagree. I went into foster for a while with one of my MADRA carers who can't resist my constantly waggling little body. That was fun and all and we have a really close bond now. You see, when I love and trust someone wholeheartedly, I am the most loyal man you could ever wish for. Me and my foster mum agree that peanut butter, walks and naps are simply the best things in the world BUT sadly we disagreed on cats and their place in the home. I believe they should be outdoors, FAR, FAR away from me. She laughs and says I am a cheeky little so-and-so but she's undeterred on the cats so I am back at the shelter waiting for my happy-ever-after. So to sum up...my conclusion is....I am 100% amazing and you would be so incredibly lucky to have me in your life as your best friend. I would light up your Instagram page like you wouldn't believe. And your world? Well, let's just say I am ready to rock your whole world. In saying all of that, I fear that my name is putting some people off me so I am looking to re-brand myself. Can you humans think of a suitable name for a super star munchkin like me??? I get it....the name "Screech" is a bit alarming to you I'm sure. I don't get what the humans were thinking of when they named me Screech. Now I won't hold a grudge or anything, they get a bit overworked and tired some days so I won't give them a hard time.....but I would really like a new name. I will pick the best name suggestion and then I will instruct the staff to take new photos of me....I'll pull out all the stops, pull the most endearing poses, posing this way and that way and work that camera until I know I have enough photos to make someone fall head over heels in love with me. Almost NINE months and waiting.......so give me your best name suggestions now, GO!!!!!!!! :P P.S In case any of you were worrying.....let me inform you that I am a very clever little cookie and it won't take me long to get used to my new name. It's a small price to pay for a shot at happiness...........SPECIAL APPEAL - *** With Madra for over nine months. Here's a list of ten reasons why you SHOULDN'T adopt our Chihuahua/JRT, Screech... 1.) He has a shockingly bad name (OK, yes, this one is 100% our fault, we must have been lacking coffee after that particular pound pick up) 2.) Behind that innocuous little bundle of cuteness is a BIG ATTITUDE 3.) If he doesn’t like you, straight up, he will bark, growl and nip you 4.) He thinks cats are demons from hell 5.) He doesn’t like to share his toys 6.) If you’re looking for a nice little dog to walk the Prom with, forget it...! Screech turns into Cujo when he meets dogs out and about 7.) He is a “busy” little man ;) 8.) He will steal all the couch throws for himself...he hasn’t acknowledged it yet, but he is most definitely part cat 9.) His recall is hit and miss 10.) He holds the firm conviction that human beds were designed specifically for him to bury himself all the way under the duvet. Phew....! Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way....let us tell you that despite his “quirks,” we all adore Screech. We really do. And if you're still reading, you must be intrigued. You see, we don’t know anything about his past life which might help us understand why he behaves in the way he does. What we do know is that if he loves you, he is the ultimate lap-dog and will be 100% trusting and loyal to you. His little tail is like a propeller, it never ever stops wagging when he is around those he loves, He doesn't walk but instead, he waggles absolutely everywhere. Oh and as soon as you sit down, he will appear; claim your lap as his and curl up for a cuddle and a snooze. :) Did we mention that he’s a lazy sod? He would love lazy morning lie-ins while you catch up on Netflix. He loves sleeping in his crate too but he is also a magnet to human beds. ;) He loves travelling in the car too and loves going to work with his foster dad. He loves his toys, teddies and as you can see from the photos, he also loves carrots. :P We are working on his issues but full disclosure, this little pocket rocket marches to a beat of his own drum and needs a VERY savvy and dog-experienced person to adopt him. Someone who won’t take their eye off the ball with him. Someone who won't bat an eyelid when he starts roaring like a lion when he spots a dog on lead. Someone who will be committed to working on his issues and making sure all introductions to new people are done carefully in case he reacts badly. We KNOW somewhere out there this little guy has a match. He would suit a home where there aren’t many visitors coming and going. It goes without saying that he won’t be able to live with children although he has liked the ones he has met visiting his foster home but it’s a risk we are not willing to take in order to keep him and others safe from his nipping. Despite his on-lead reactivity, he can quite happily live with other dogs...(particularly ones he can use as PILLOWS..) and ones who are chilled out and don't mind that he will be the BOSS. He also needs to live in a quiet area. He is currently in foster with his fellow MADRA brother, "Tricky" Sam who adores him. However Screech is stressing out the resident cats and will have to go back to the shelter soon. We really want to avoid him spending any more weeks or months at our shelter. Now we know his demands are very specific but after nine months of waiting, he surely deserves a chance...we certainly think so.... If you would like to know more please fill out an Adoption Questionnaire on www.madra.ie under the Re-homing section.
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Just arrived from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Just arrived from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Meet our star, Elliot. He is around 8 years old and he's a big love bug, can't you just tell by that big beaming face?! Heads up, he is very strong on the lead so he will need someone who can handle that. As another older gentleman in our care, it is crucial that we find him a suitable home as soon as possible. He is used to a loving home so shelter life is a big and unsettling change for him. Please get in touch with us if you have space in your life for a fun staffie delight.
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Please give a warm welcome to our dapper boy Lance. Now just ignore the fact that he's a bit camera shy! It's not always easy to take photos of our dogs when are so many interesting sounds and smells everywhere! Well this big boy is just bursting with joy and enthusiasm! He's a typical Labrador in that regard...big, lovable and goofy! He also has that special Labrador ability to sniff out the teeniest treat from villages miles away so as a result he is carrying a little extra weight. He will need to go to someone who can resist his big chocolately eyes when they are looking longingly at you when you are having your dinner. Not an easy task we think but we are sure there is someone who can help him keep his weight in check....the Lance Operation Transformation will be an ongoing project! Due to his extra weight, he is struggling with the hot weather at the moment. He would love to be adopted by someone who might get him a paddling pool of his own to cool down in. Lance is around six years old. He is still full of joyful bounces but he knows how to chill out too! He likes other dogs and is an all around sweetheart. Who wouldn't love to come home to this happy boy every day?!
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Look who we have! This is our stunning boy Goober! He's a happy-go-lucky blonde German Shepherd. He is around three years old. He is looking for a new life with someone who understands the shepherd ways. Beneath that gorgeous coat is a skinny boy who needs a bit of loving.
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