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Adoption Day

MADRA currently has over one-hundred dogs looking for new homes due to the continued growth in the number of stray and surrender dogs coming into our care, and we are hopeful that this event will result in some new homes being found. As you can imagine, with so many dogs in our care we are currently relying heavily on foster homes and external boarding kennels to deal with the number of dogs on our books. External boarding space is limited and comes at a significant cost to our charity; we are hopeful that this event will result in us finding new homes for twenty dogs and free up some space for the dogs currently waiting to for us to offer them assistance.

Although we need space for our new arrivals, we also want to be sure that people have thought long and hard about the responsibility involved in owning a dog, and we will talk people through this carefully on the day.

The dog adoption days have been extremely successful for the our rescue charity to date, with almost thirty pups finding homes at the Puppy Adoption Day in February of this year.

Visitors on the day can meet up to thirty different adult dogs and find out more information about the dog’s personality and activity level, as well as the type of home that will suit them best. Those interested in adopting a dog on the day will be asked to complete an adoption questionnaire and a home check is required.

For those seriously considering adopting on the day, we encourage them to contact us via our website to arrange for a home check in advance of the event. People come from far and wide to meet our dogs, and many end up finding their perfect canine match at an adoption day.

All dogs are micro-chipped, vaccinated and neutered before going to their new homes and an adoption fee of 150 euro is recommended.


GMIT Adoption Day July 9th

Join us in GMIT Sports Hall on July 9th from 12 - 4pm for the MADRA Adoption Day. We rehomed over 800 dogs in 2016 but we still need more loving homes for the rescue dogs currently under MADRA's care. Bring the family along to meet all the pups from our kennels. Fun and games will be available on the day.


MADRA's Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter Sunday bring along your four legged friend and join MADRA for our first ever Doggy Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt will take place in Cappagh Park, Knocknacarra and will be a great day out for all the family. Follow the trail of hidden clues to find treats for you and your furry friend.

Online entry is now open at

There will be two different hunts, one for kids/families and a more difficult one for adults.

Entry on the day is open from 12 and you can set off on the hunt anytime between 12 and 2. This is not a race, there will be treats along the way for all participants and everyone who takes part will get entered into the raffle for the main Easter hamper prize.

If you don’t have a dog you are still welcome to participate. If you don’t have a dog and would like to borrow one for the day there will be lots of MADRA dogs available and eager to help you sniff out the clues! This must be arranged in advance so please contact us before the event to secure a dog.

There will be face painting on the day from 12-2 and tea and cakes will be served all afternoon. Entry costs €5 per child, €7 per adult or €25 per family. All proceeds go to supporting our rescue dogs so please come along and join us for what promises to be eggsellent day out ? we hope to see you there!

This event is kindly sponsored by The Dog Company, a Galway based grooming parlour and kennel facility run by qualified dog grooming professional John Madden. For more info on our wonderful sponsor please visit

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Mission Statement

MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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