Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway | Email: info@madra.ie | Phone: 091 584 274 

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Our super friendly boy, Simba, is just waiting to steal your heart. He is a very gentle boy who has a heart bursting with love. He is so easy to walk on the lead. He is only around 16 months old and he would love a family (and a secure garden) of his very own. He would also love another canine pal to prance around with but he is willing to negotiate the terms and conditions! We absolutely love Simba!
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Say hello to our Cavachon poser, Bailey! He arrived to us recently from one of the pounds. He wants to be your new pal! He is around 18 months old and full of pep in his step so he's not for the faint hearted! He can be a bit demanding and doesn't like not having your full attention! With some positive reinforcement training in an adult only home, we think he will be a wonderful companion. Isn't he handsome?!
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Say hello to our couch-loving rain-hating boy Valentino. On rainy days like today, he only wants a couple of quick trots out and about and then he would much rather snuggle up and binge watch something on Netflix with you. He does love a good gallop on a nice day. He is a friendly, trusting and gentle boy who is searching for a human of his very own to love. He is only around two years old. He has the most beautiful, expressive face so it is impossible to resist those eyes. He knows that hounds don't have much luck when it comes to adoption offers but he's hoping you are looking for a chilled out boy who has plenty of sparkle. He's a real catch!
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Zorro...no, not the masked hero,the adorable terrier mix!..has announced his intention to find his furever home. Zorro wishes to alert all potential adopters to his favourite things, relaxing with humans, cuddling with humans, pottering about with humans, taking lazy walks with humans. Zorro also wants them to know he quite likes other dogs & will happily consent to sharing lap space, with another laid-back lap lovin pupper. Zorro is not fond of cats, he thinks they were created specifically for him to chase. Zorro can be a bit possessive of his toys so small children would not be a good fit. Zorro is a small terrier mix of about 2 years old and a champion cuddler. He is fairly laid back so he will suit an older less active home right down to the ground. He does not need alot of exercise a couple of strolls a day for a sniff & a stretch will do him perfectly. He will do best with someone he can be with most of the day or in a home with another little dog.
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Hennessy is in poor condition and he is feeling terribly down, we can't imagine how someone could not have gotten him the most basic treatment for mange. Anyhow, his life has turned around and once he gets the all clear from the vet then we hope there will be a 5 star home waiting for him. He is a Collie x Husky we think and is still only a babe of about a year old. He is very friendly, clean in his kennel and good on the lead. We haven't mixed him with other dogs yet but from what we have seen, he seems to be a good all-rounder!
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Meet Dolmio..... and check out those ears!!!! Dolmio is a good natured little JRT. She can be a little reserved when meeting new people but once you get to know her, she will shower you with affection! She is around 15 months old and would prefer to live as an only dog in a quiet area. That's what she told us!
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So, tell us....who can handle a Yorkie with attitude?! Cutie pie Baxter is feeling much better after his groom from Mairead (thanks Mairead!) Now he just needs to find his forever person. Baxter is searching for someone who will give him the time and space he will need to get comfortable with them. He has been through a lot of upheaval and it has made him a bit defensive and snappy if he feels pushed. We strongly feel that he will thrive if he finds someone patient who can guide him. He adores his walks but he isn't loving kennel life. He is around five years old.
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Champion tail wagger, Diego, is hoping you'll come and meet him. Diego is around two years old and he's looking for a fellow ball fanatic to offer him a home!
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Meet the aptly named Prince! He is a small/medium sized Labrador mix. Prince is initially very shy but once he susses you out, he turns into a completely waggy and snuggly little boy. He is only around a year old and he is looking for someone with a big heart to take him home. We think kids might be a little scary for him but older teens might suit. We can't believe how much confidence he has gained in a week so we are sure he will only blossom more in a loving family home.
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Alright, where are our husky fans?!?! Meet Shelly, our super affectionate lap dog (yes, she really thinks she is a lap dog!) She is NOT loving the sunshine these days. She is very petite for a husky and she is around five and a half years old. She is very chatty and loves having deep and meaningful conversations with us! She is a little needy so she wouldn't like to be left on her own for the day. She would like another canine pal too. As she is a husky she will needs lots of activity but she is relatively low energy by typical husky standards! She's upset with finding herself living in a kennel so we are hoping someone will come along to adopt her very soon.....
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This very shy but friendly, waggy boy is back with us again and he is looking for a new human to call his very own. He is around two years old and although he has the body of a collie, he has the height of a terrier! He will need a secure garden as he is known for being a flight risk. He also needs to live in a calm house in a quiet area. We know this is very specific criteria but we would really love to see this poor lad flourish into a more confident boy. He would benefit from having a nice resident dog to help him learn that the world isn't always such a scary place. Can anyone help him out? He really needs someone patient to give him the time he needs to figure them out. He does let his guard down when he feels secure enough and then he turns into the happiest boy and the ultimate tail wagger!
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My name is Mr. T and here I am showing off my "sit" and "lie down." I arrived into MADRA recently from the pound (without the gold bling SADLY!!!!) I don't know how or why I ended up there but what you really need to know is that I am a big happy softie. I love people and I love showing off all the cues I learned in my past life. I am only around two years old so I am still bundles of fun. Not to brag but it's just a matter of fact to say I am a big hit with our staff and volunteers. Word to the wise....I am very strong so I will need a well fitting harness and someone who is willing to help me learn how to walk loosely on a lead. I will need a secure garden as I am a big boy and I would hate to get out and end up lost and scared. The humans say I am going to make a dream companion for the lucky person (or people) who get to adopt me so if you want it to be you, hurry up and fill out the paperwork now.
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Yo folks, listen up, it's me Shadow here. ... I have been at the MADRA shelter for over a whopping EIGHT WEEKS. Now the foks here are pretty good and all but I have had ENOUGH. So while I have been here a while, you won't have heard much or read much about me. I was recovering from an infection so I wasn't ready for adoption. I have recovered completely from all that and I am back to my full health....even with some added weight loss around my tummy, which if I am being completely honest, I was a bit too pudgy when I arrived here. So..........about me! I am a good girl. I am happy girl. I dislike living in a kennel. I think humans are amazing and I want to be with them as much as possible. I love exploring and I love going sniff, sniff, sniff out on my walkies....well, any self-respecting beagle does! ;) Our noses lead us to all kinds of fascinating smells and when that happens, nothing else in the world exists.....so I hope you have good fencing for me. I am an older lady...around nine the folks reckon and I cant remember myself so I am happy to roll with that figure. Now don't go thinking that because I am nine that I don't love a good run-a-bout because trust me, I do! I have made some doggy friends here that I love playing with so if you have a doggy who needs a new bestie, come and meet me. Be honest with yourself, it's difficult to resist the appeal of my dark brown eyes and my soft, pleading expression. I am happy, outgoing and loving — characteristics more than balanced out by my hound nature, which is inquisitive, determined, and focused on food. :) Anywhoooo, I hope to see you soon (you bring the treats, I'll bring the fun!) Love, Shadow xoxo
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Hi, hi, hi! My name is Jacksy and I am a tiny but very proud Chihuahua who knows how to party hard! In fact, no-one has ever shown me how to switch off any time or how to just settle. I am a real goer and good luck to you if you want to keep up with me! I was told that humans can teach us doggies things like that so I am willing to learn. You’ll really have to be a serious mover and shaker to keep up with me. Don’t let my devastatingly handsome looks and angelic face fool you....I am not one for someone who wants a cute and easy lapdog. Sometimes when you are as good looking as me, it can cause problems....people can forget that I am not a teddy bear, but a real dog with likes and dislikes. People can be quick to grab and snuggle me and it’s really unfair that us smallies get a reputation for having an attitude if we get snippy. I don’t see people diving in and picking up big breeds like rotties, huskies or Great Danes. Well I am here to say that smallies can like our personal space too. You see, I am a reasonable boy. I have no problem being picked up once I know you and we have established a friendship and I think that’s fair. If you ignore my warnings, sure I might be a little snappy but sometimes that’s what I need to do to keep myself safe from the grabbers. When you’re as small as I am, so many things are scary so sometimes I gotta act tough and hide my fears. I am looking for someone who is experienced with Chi’s with attitude to adopt me to help me to be the best that I can be...and to be a happier me. I have endless energy so the humans think I need to be challenged mentally as well as physically so maybe some agility and certainly lots of interactive toys for enrichment are important for me. I will need some additional training according to the humans here (although I beg to differ on that!) but it’s important that I find someone who can teach me some boundaries using positive training methods. I also wouldn’t like being home alone too much. I can slip out of the smallest spot so make sure your garden is Jacksy-proof before you apply to adopt me. So if you’re feeling brave (go on!) fill out the paperwork!
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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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*** 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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We thought Otis was cute as a puppy, but he is even cuter as an adult! This little guy was rehomed as a puppy but due to a change in circumstance of his owners, he is looking for a new home. His mom was Shiane who was a small little Jack Russell and no prizes for guessing what daddy was. Otis has all the charm of a Staffie but is small in size so he is the ideal pet for anyone with limited space. He is a great guy, all smiles and waggy tail but he will need someone home during the day. Otis will make a great family pet and as he is only just one year old, he will provide many years of love to his lucky new owner.
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Meet me, El Chapo! I'm the dog formally known as Chad but when I was adopted, I got a new name and you know with a big name like El Chapo, you just know I have a BIG personality, right?! ;) Sadly I don't come with the real El Chapo's wealth but on the plus side, I don't have any shady dealings with criminals...so there's that! :P Anyway, so I guess you are wondering why a little superstar like me ended up back at MADRA? Well my mum absolutely adored me and the truth is, that despite that, it just didn't work out. I can be a little full on and I am prone to a little mouthiness. My mum taught me loads of cool party tricks though...I can jump through your arms, dance on my back legs. I know how to go to bed when I am asked. I can do a figure of eight around your legs. Oh, there is very little I can't do! I know.....I l know.....dashing good looks and brains to match, I'm the dream catch right?! I am learning to play with other dogs now, though I can be unsure and shy initially. I could live with another smallie like me, once introductions were carefully done. The humans love my little play bows and are always in stitches laughing at my little bum waggling on walks...bit rude really!! The thing is....I need someone who can keep up with me and that's no easy feat. I am looking for a chihuahua savvy person to adopt me...someone who can manage my larger-than-life personality. I would love to get involved in agility or something like that to keep my super sharp brain challenged. I have a tendency to rule the roost so make sure you are clever enough for me. I am not a fan of having my lead and harness put on so you will need to help me with that. I am not one for a first time owner, but if you are used to some chihuahua attitude and charm, we might get along like a house on fire! I am seeking an adult only home where I can learn some boundaries!! Kennel life really isn't for me so hurry up, fill out that adoption questionnaire now if you want to bag yourself a date with me, El Chapo!
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Janey is a beautiful 18 month old Malinois and she is one of our dogs who is finding kennel life the most difficult to cope with. Before she came to us, she was known to be wandering; living rough, scrounging for bits of food, trying her best to keep body and soul together, for many weeks before she could be caught. She had lived through such nastiness at the hands of us humans that even though she needed food and shelter so very badly, she still wanted nothing to do with us. When she eventually got to us at the kennels she was still very afraid, and was by now VERY pregnant. The poor thing gave birth to 10 babies within a week of arriving to her foster home with the wonderful Sandra. It is a testament to Sandra's loving care that Janey managed to deliver any pups at all, let alone 10! However the days and weeks on the road had taken its toll and Janey lost 2 of her babes. Worst still Janey's previous experiences had left her with absolutly no ability to cope with all that motherhood involves and despite the love and care she received at Sandra's hand, she just couldn't be the mammy she wanted to be. So Sandra and Sarah and Joan stepped in, as they have done in the past, and hand reared Janey's 8 pups. Janey was so heartbroken and indeed heartbreaking. She couldn't rear her pups but neither could she bear to be away from them. Mother Nature can be a hard task master at times. But now she is at last finding some stability in her life and the real Janey, the one who was hiding in there, behind all the stress and hormones and worry, is starting to show. Janey is a Malinois; a breed that generally does best in the hands of an experienced dog enthusiast. Combine that with her oh so very understandable suspicion of new people and you can see why we are looking for a very special home for her. Janey has started on a training program and has blossomed, even in these early stages. We still feel that an adult only home would be best for her, she doesn't need the stress of dealing with little 2 legged critters ;) A fully fenced, secure garden and someone home during the day is really important. A home where the folk have good dog handling skills and where they have lots of dog patience is a must if Janey is to reach her full potential. She is not terribly high energy and does respond very well to gentle training, plus she is super smart and eager to please. The reward of seeing this gentle, quiet girl recover completely from her trauma? Well, that is just priceless.................
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