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MADRA 1yr George is a v special sprollie.Arrived as a stray with damaged hip from an RTA.Following surgery and crate rest… https://t.co/baqU4AlQ8E

* Update * Our Sprollie George is in foster with Helen while he recovers from a hip operation. He still needs physical rehabilitation and we will give full back up support to anyone who is considering adopting him, Due to prior commitments, George can only stay in foster until September 1st so we are very keen to find him a permanent home. Failing that, we would love to line up another foster home for this happy, waggly boy. Here is what his foster mum Helen had to say: "Gorgeous Georgie staying with me as a foster from Madra. He is convalescing from an operation to correct an old injury to his hip, suspected to have been caused by an RTA in the past. He's coming to the end of the vet's programme of physiotherapy and is really responding well. He arrived here still on crate rest but is now walking on all fours (running sometimes) and even cocking his leg to pee. George is a Sprollie around a year old, energetic and scent-driven as the breeding suggests, but a truly lovely and engaging boy. He is well-mannered in the house, no chewing or daft barking. He loves to be petted and having his coat brushed and enjoys fetching the ball and playing with his favourite blue rabbit. Georgie is a good, unfussy eater. Outside of the house Georgie likes travelling in the car and walks on the lead. He is great around other dogs and we go on walks with my neighbour's dog Gertie every day. There is no doubt that going on walks is Georgie's top favourite thing. After this little holiday at Rose Cottage he is pretty well set up to go to a permanent home now.* * * 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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Woodie is a great little guy about 4 years old, he is a real live wire though and you will need to be fit to keep up with him! He can climb, jump and wriggle to get where he wants to be and he is a little unsettled right now due to a change in circumstance. Woodie can be noisy but I'm sure he will settle down once he finds a loving, stable environment and he would be a lovely pet for a family that is pretty active especially with children over the age of 7yrs old to keep him entertained. We think he would also do well with another dog or definitely with someone around during the day. He may need a little work on his house training but once he is neutered we imagine a lot of the leg lifting will stop.
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Just arrived in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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Just arrived in. More information coming soon.
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Meet IVOR; the KING OF ZOOMIES..... He is one of our latest arrivals from the pounds. He is a stunning 4/5 month old lurcher pup who just adores absolutely everyone; he is truly a pure peata. He is jam packed full of character and personality! Oh and he LOVES to carry his teddy bear around in his mouth which makes us all swoon at his cuteness. Watching him pull zoomies in your garden will leave you in a heap with laughter. He will run and run as fast as lightening then fall at your feet tired with his happy, gleaming face looking up at you. Ivor is such a fun, bouncy and utterly adorable boy so what more could you want? Make sure you apply for him now if you would like to welcome this little ray of sunshine into your life!
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Just arrived in. More information coming soon.
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Just arrived. More information coming soon.
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#SpecialAppeal #TrickyAlex Behind every dark cloud the sun still shines, waiting for the right wind to blow the cloud away. We are delighted to tell you that the cloud hanging over our "Tricky" boy Alex is FINALLY moving away........ After almost TWO YEARS at our shelter, he is learning to trust us. He was rescued from a hoarding situation in 2016 with the rest of his family who were all semi-feral. The last photo is how miserable Alex was for many months as he was deeply fearful of humans. The #Tricky family needed serious rehabilitation and they all progressed at different rates but for several of them we couldn't touch them for months....it took "Tricky" Sam eight months to leave the safety of his bed and finally go outside and it was a major celebration when he finally took a treat from our hand. Now he lives with one of our kennel crew & FB admin team...these days he only gets called a Tricky when he is showing off all the tricks he knows. ;) It took his brother Peter a year before we could handle him and he took us all by surprise as he blossomed into a social butterfly who stole our hearts completely. With help from Border Collie Trust GB he found a home with people who are helping him to thrive every day. It took our boy Alex here even longer to leave his bed. Gradually he started going into our yard with his pals for short bursts. Touching him or putting a lead on him was out of the question. Gradually he became braver. And now over 700 days since he first arrived, he bounds out of his kennel when he sees us and happily follows us around the yard or our specially made #Trickyville pen wagging his tail! :) We spent many long evenings after all the dogs were tended to, scatter feeding him around the yard to gain his trust. He is still not comfortable being handled and he is no-where near ready for a lead but we continue to work on slowly building up his confidence and his trust in his....And it's working!!!! He will now happily eat treats off our laps and arms, although he is still nervous of eating from our hands but that's OK. We don't want to set him back in any way so it's important that he dictates the pace. Progress is happening and we rejoice when we see the little milestones. Having Alex bound towards us wagging his tail and taking treats from us is a joy we genuinely can't even describe! Alex deserves to shine and we would love to get him into a long-term foster home to help with his rehabilitation. He will need to go to a quiet home with someone who has experience with feral or fearful dogs. He can jump our pens so high, secure fencing is a must as if he got out, it would be impossible to get him back. A friendly, confident resident dog is hugely important as he has never been apart from other dogs and his pals here have been instrumental in helping him become braver. He will need someone who will understand he can't be rushed or forced into making progress; rather he needs someone who can gently encourage him along. He won't be a quick fix by any means but for someone who has the time, energy and motivation we feel that Alex could thrive much quicker than he ever can in a shelter environment. It would be a big commitment and if we moved Alex somewhere new after all this time, it will be unsettling for him so we would need someone to commit to him for a couple of months at the very least. None of our team are in a position to give him what he needs right now in a home environment but if you think you can help, we will offer full back up support. We just know he is going to be a star. Can anyone help him shine? ***Alex is one of the members of the "Tricky" family who came to us from a hoarding situation in 2016. The “Trickies” spent their whole lives living in a kitchen, unaware that there was a whole other world outside of this. Being removed from the only environment that they had ever known was deeply traumatic for them. They needed heroes. They needed people to be patient, gentle and compassionate to help them adapt to some level of a "normal" life. They would also need friendly resident dogs to show them the ropes. Secure gardens are a must if you would like to foster one of our Trickies and we will provide full back up support to anyone who can selflessly welcome Alex or Brenda into their home to heal.
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It’s time for Ranger to fly the nest! The staff at the kennels say that he loves attention, toys and food in equal measures. We would love him to go to a home where he will be brought to puppy training classes so he can learn how to be the best doggy possible. As he's only 13 weeks he will need to go to a home where there is someone home quite a bit. You will be lucky to get such a little bundle of joy to join your family!
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Hello folks. My name is Rosa and I am a Pit bull Terrier Mum who came into MADRA recently. Well I tell you it's a good thing I did as rearing babies is hard work...TRUST ME and I was glad to get some help with my two lively little ones. I'm only young myself you see, about ten months old so in an ideal world I wouldn't be living in a shelter worrying about puppies. I know I look a bit serious in my photo here but actually if you meet me you will see how ridiculously waggy I am all the time. I have one of those bodies that waggles every time my tail wags. I love my carers here and they say that my personality is sweeter than ALL the sweets in your local shop! I am very petite and my manners are second to none. I love my toys too and am chuffed with all the ones you fantastic people have sent us dogs at MADRA recently. Us pitties are constantly misrepresented in the media and some people say such mean things about us. Anyone who is familiar with pitties will know just how affectionate we are and that we are a sensitive breed. I would like to go to someone who understands my breed and the stigma I face. I am a happy, smiley girl who has a sense of adventure about her so if you have an enthusiasm for living life to the max too, let me know ASAP! Anyway my two young 'uns here are called Rick and Ranger. Rick is the brindle one and great news.....he has already gone to start his new life. No doubt he is having a ball tearing around creating havoc as only puppers can do! :) It's bittersweet of course but at 13 weeks old, I can teach them no more. I have given them wings and it's time for them to fly! I was told he was settling in very well so I am happy for my little boy. Now it's time for my other little boy Ranger to fly the nest! The humans say that he loves attention, toys and food in equal measures. I would love him to go to a home where he will be brought to puppy training classes so he can learn how to be best doggy possible. As he's only 13 weeks he will need to go to a home where there is someone home quite a bit. I think I've done a pretty good job with him so you will be lucky to have my little bundle of joy to join your family! As for me? Well now that my child rearing days are almost at an end, I am looking for somewhere where I can settle down and have some fun! I will be spayed when I am ready and then that's it, no more kiddies for me! I would much rather hang out with you; go on long beach walks, or go to the woods and then come home to catch up on our favourite Netflix shows. How does that sound to you??
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Hey you there! My name is Glenda and I am a sassy little terrier around 15 months old. I am fun and lively girl but I'm not suitable for anyone who doesn't have experience with cheeky terriers who like getting into mischief! In the interest of honesty, let me tell you I don't have much understanding of smaller humans.....and I have snapped at them but if you are a adult human who also has a pep in their step like me, then maybe we should meet so I can assess your suitability for my diva needs?! I have canine pals here and my bestie here is called Biggie, although we are getting a bit tired of looking at each other in our kennel so.....I implore you to give me a chance to work my charms on you. I get a bit nervous being handled too much and I need a quiet area to live in. Sure I am fiesty but I am also ridiculously waggly and affectionate. With some training the humans say I will be a superstar!
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**** WARNING : These photos are graphic, so please don’t scroll through them unless you are prepared. **** We have shared an awful lot of sadness with you all lately, but this is our reality. We would like to tell you about Jesse and it's important to us to share her heartbreaking story with you. This is another story we write with tears of anger and sadness. This little lady Jesse came into us two weeks ago. Thanks to the Galway County Council dog wardens for getting her to us. When she arrived we could see she had sores on her neck. We got her onto a comfy blanket in our intake room so we could have a proper look and we weren't fully prepared for how bad it actually was... She has obviously been tied up for a long time, resulting in some pretty horrific injuries and infection from the collar/rope becoming deeply embedded in her neck. Her neck wound was so deep, so red and so raw. It made us feel sick to our stomachs to think about how long she must have been tied up. Jesse is also fairly emaciated, weighing only 10.4kg on arrival. And you know what? A sweeter soul you couldn’t find... We named her Jesse, meaning miracle.... We don't know how Jesse managed to escape to safety but she did. And for that we are relieved but we can't help thinking "what if she hadn't?......" Despite her horrific injury, Jesse is just one of those dogs that has such a happiness about them, that it's contagious. You don't even notice her deep wound at first when you meet her. All you see is her petite body brimming with delight. She loves everyone she meets. She has a grace to her that defies logic considering her treatment from humans to date. Her eyes are sparkling and trusting....they don't reveal the horror and pain she has lived through, She gets this giant grin on her face when she see her favorite people and she immediately starts wagging her tail in every direction, all at once, waiting excitedly to be petted. Her whole body wiggles and waggles as she eagerly laps up any bit of affection shown to her. She is so grateful for it. She radiates the most beautiful energy. Jesse is the most remarkable and resilient girl to come from a place where she was so mistreated, so let down, so abused and she still hasn't curled up, afraid to face humans knowing how much they've hurt her before. She is only around two and a half years old and she has proved that she is so much more than her sad story. Jesse received veterinary treatment and she is recovering at our shelter. She is now ready for a new beginning, with humans who care enough to say, “You are loved and we will keep you safe from harm.” We admire Jesse's willingness to love again despite such a traumatic past. Her gentle and dignified personality have proven that those who treated her so poorly and so shamefully will not win out. Sadly her story is all too believable for those of us that grapple with the gruesome, and often overwhelming problem of cruelty to human’s best friend. We'll never understand it. We are looking to speak to her previous owners or anyone who knows anything about her past to please get in touch with us. From all of us here, a big thank you to everyone who recently donated towards our superhero puppies.....you didn't just help them, you also helped with Jesse's veterinary treatment and other dogs...it's dogs like Jesse who have benefited from you kindness. We have one more ask...please share Jesse's story and let's find her the most wonderful home possible because she's a special girl who deserves a very special home.
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#SpecialAppeal - Meet sisters Suki & Skye... Who knows what stories lie behind their sad eyes? These sisters are only four months old and they are completely feral. They were found straying or possibly dumped. They are absolutely petrified and they desperately need to find homes with people who understand that they are not going to be a quick fix. They don't trust people and they are not comfortable being handled at all. Skye (pictured in the front) is snappy and he guards his food. They are looking for separate homes with people who have experience with socialising "tricky" puppies like these. It is important that they are separated so they don't reinforce each others fears. They will need a lot of time, patience and routine to help them gain trust in people. They are not suited to homes with children. They will need to be gently encouraged but it's important that they won't be expected to make progress instantly. It will be a gradual journey and they will need homes where there is a confident and friendly resident dog to help them along. A 100% secure garden is required as they don't walk on leads and are flight risks if they got out. They also need homes where there is someone home a lot as their rehabilitation will need a lot of time and dedication.
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* Direct from home adoption * Neala (Neel-A) is a beautiful 14 month old German Shepherd whose owner is very regretfully surrendering her due to work commitments and wants her to have a better life. This is some of what her owner had to say about her... Neala is amazingly well tempered. She’s an insanely gorgeous dog, intelligent and very energetic. She is spayed and in very good health. She has been well groomed and looked after. Even though Neala hasn’t lived with other pets, she loves playing with other dogs. She’s a wonderful dog and will be very dearly missed.
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This girl never stops wagging her tail. She is very shy and lacking in confidence but she loves people. She is only around two and half years old. We think she will blossom quickly with some TLC.
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Simone was found under a hedge with another puppy and was brought in by the warden. We think Simone is a Lurcher puppy, legs that go on for ever and a slightly pointy nose, we’re not 100% sure though! She is full of beans, lots of fun and smart like a Terrier.
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Leaving Cert results?? Well our boy Finton didn't take the Leaving Cert exams but if he did, we are positive he would ace them! ;) More important than exam results, he believes in kindness to others. It can be difficult at times to keep up with those Collie smarts but two year old Border Collie X, Finton, was wondering if you have time in your life for a loyal lad like him? He is one of several unwanted Collies here at our shelter. He can be timid and unsure at first but with some reassurance he is quickly won over. Who knows how or why he ended up in a pound at his age but we have promised him that a better life awaits him. He's looking for a life where he can explore the great outdoors daily and once he has gotten all the exercise he needs, we reckon he would be happy to be your Netflix companion. Border Collies have such a tough time finding homes in Ireland and sure they're not a breed suited to everyone's lifestyle but if you have the time, space and energy...Finton will fill a gap in your heart that you didn't even know existed...
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Poor Spottie is so scared. She just scrunches herself up and tries to hide away. She jumps at any noise she hears. She is a gentle girl who responds so well to any bit of kindness shown to her. She is very petite for a collie and she really needs someone who can show her the world isn't such a terrifying place. She does walk, very tentatively, on a lead. Collies get such a raw deal in Ireland. We just know she would blossom in a caring home particularly if she has a doggy pal to show her the ropes. A rural area with secure fencing would be best for her....and most importantly she needs someone with a big heart to help her unlock her true personality....
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This happy lad is a Pomeranian mix boy around seven years old. He came in from one of the pounds recently so we don't know anything about his background. He is still being assessed by our team. He's certainly no wallflower and keeps us smiling with his lively attitude!
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UPDATE - Molly has been with us for 10 weeks and desperately needs someone to give her a chance. She is a sweet, affectionate collie who is only about 2 years old. She hasn’t had the easiest start as she came to us with a dislocated hip and has since undergone surgery. She is still in recovery which means that she is getting controlled walks twice daily. Ideally, she would also be doing water walks but this isn’t always possible in a shelter environment. Molly is improving but her recovery has been slowed by the hot weather, meaning she couldn't always be walked, and by 1 or 2 other minor set-backs. However, we are hopeful that in a stable home with consistent exercise she will flourish. Molly can be timid initially but is quite easily won over. While in foster, her confidence grew every day and she had lots of love for her foster mum. But she can get spooked by certain noises or lights, so she would be best suited to country life in a home without young kids. As a collie, she is quite energetic and clever and will need regular exercise beyond her recovery. Molly is doing her best to recover, while coping being in kennels, but she needs someone to give her the love and security to heal and move on to her life as a happy, healthy dog. *** 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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