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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

Willow has arrived in a terribly emaciated condition but she is the sweetest, kindest, most gentle little girl we have had the pleasure of minding. She is only a baby and will need a little longer to build her up and get her strength up before she will be available. We hope to get her into a foster home asap to start the physical & emotional healing process.
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We tried very hard to trace Bru’s owners but after many weeks without success we have to accept that they may not in fact be looking for him. Bru is another nine year old dog who really should not be left stuck in a kennels at this stage of his life. He is spotlessly clean and is calm & friendly with everyone that he meets. He has just had a Summer clip from the fabulous Mairead and is feeling ready to move on now and find someone who really appreciates him.
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Our goldie oldie Charlie came into us just before Christmas with his yorkie pal Bella after their owner sadly passed away. Bella found a new home but little Charlie is still with us dreaming of finding someone to love him. Thankfully Charlie went into a wonderful foster home but he needs to find his forever home. This is what his foster family had to say about him...Charlie is such a lovely little character full of love and life. He adores his walks and getting outside in the fresh air and then panning out after in the sun or on his cosy bed. He is fully house trained and a very placid, quiet doggie with a lovely personality. We can't overemphasise how much he loves his cuddles and being cosy under as many cushions and blankets as he can find. He really likes to be around humans so he probably wouldn't fare well in a home where the owners are gone a lot. He also likes a quiet house so probably would suit an older or younger couple or person without children. About Charlie: Things he loves! Morning walks. Staring at you mournfully every time you eat even if he has just had his own food or a nice doggy treat... Couch snuggles and watching netflix. Sunbathing. As many cuddles as you can possibly fit into one day. Licking you to death. Things he doesn't love! Places that are too busy with too many people. He likes peace and quiet and zen. The sound of the hoover and hairdryer. When you have hugs with your partner and don't include him too.
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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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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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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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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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This fab little guy is a victim of his own cuteness as it can be hard to explain to people that you are not terribly fond of kids when you look like a walking Hallmark mascot! Cody is a great boy who is easy & friendly just so long as you don't treat him like a stuffed toy. He is all dog, and although he can be a little shy at first, once he knows you he is a loyal buddy ready for all the walks & adventures you can share together. He is low maintenance in that he does not require much exercise but he would still need some company during the day. We are not sure if he would like to join a family with an existing dog, but he certainly likes all his new doggy friends here which is a good start. Cody is 2 years old and we think is possibly a mix of more than two toy breeds as he is small in size. Maybe Papillon x Shitzu?
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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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****FOSTER/ADOPT A LESS ADOPTABLE DOG**** BRENDA – Ten years old and living at MADRA for one year and ten months........... It’s never too late to give a dog a second chance and the life he or she deserves...... Collie girl Brenda was one of the trickiest of the large number of the “Tricky” dog family, who were rescued from a hoarding situation in September 2016. This family were extremely under socialised and crippled by fear, even after months in our care. It was particularly difficult for Brenda, as one of the oldest members. She’s around 10 years old, so for her whole life prior to coming to us she hadn’t had much in the way of socialisation with people and the world outside of where she lived. She arrived, like the others, completely shell-shocked and extremely wary of people. She would sit in her kennel, always with her back turned to us, facing the wall with a blank, haunting gaze, breaking our hearts. Over time, she allowed those she trusted to pet her gently and it was clear that part of her enjoyed this but understandably, she would snap if she felt overwhelmed. Rehabilitation for dogs like Brenda are never a quick fix and it can take months and months of routine and patience before you even glimpse a sign of progress, that extra brave step towards trusting humans. Progress was proving to be impossible in our shelter, with such a sensory overload around her. Even after months, we couldn’t walk her on a lead; it was just too big of a jump for her. Fortunately, she went into a foster home, first with the understanding Sonia, who encouraged Brenda butnever rushed her or forced her to be anything other than who she was. She allowed her to interact on her own terms and she had a safe space set up for Brenda to retreat to when needed. She then went into foster with the patient Sinead and Brenda loved chasing her pal, fellow MADRA foster girl Maddie around the garden and actively seeking out affection. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brenda had to come back to us last November. We are really hoping we can find Brenda a calm long-term foster home where she's accepted for her eccentric ways and where she can live out her days in a loving environment. We won't lie, she's not an easy case but she has lived most of her life in a certain type of environment which we can't erase for her but that doesn't mean that she can't live a full and rewarding life. Leaving the only life she has ever known has left her with fears and insecurities but we believe that with a solid foundation of love, trust, and patience, Brenda can be happy. She has a tendency to bark a bit so a rural location really is a must to avoid upsetting any neighbours. Brenda likes.... * Routine. She trusts routine * Company of other dogs...she loves playing chase & cuddling up next to them * Kongs * Treats - she takes them very gently from your hand. * Walks - once it’s part of a routine - she will settle especially on quiet, country lanes; she has developed a love of car chasing but I believe this can be sorted by somebody who can give her time and gentle training and distractions. * For a shy dog, she actually likes gentle massages.... Brenda is scared of: * Loud noises * Television * A change in routine. Brenda will always have a home in our shelter but after all she has been through, she really deserves a home and a compassionate human of her very own.
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* In long-term foster care * Hi everyone! I'm Trixie and you better believe it when I tell you that I am full of tricks in every sense of the word! The people here were told that I am super clever and that I know lots of tricks and that I can even say my prayers at night! The thing is, I’m a bit too stressed out by the noise and constant comings and goings in the kennels so I haven’t felt up to showing off all my party tricks here.
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