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Holly the Miracle Pup

Holly post-op
Holly post-op

You may remember Holly, the poor little Chihuahua X pup who was found dumped in a plastic bag with her siblings before Christmas. It was amazing that Holly survived the ordeal at all, as two of her siblings didn't make it, and it was even more amazing when we realised that she had a heart murmur which mean't that she probably had a life expectancy of little more than three years. We were heart-broken to think that this little fighter would live for such a short time, but we were adamant to do right by her regardless of how long she had to live. After a couple of trips to the vets she was referred to UCD Veterinary School - you can read the update below:

Here's Holly proudly sporting her superman cape after her big adventure in UCD Veterinary Hospital during the week.

We're happy to be able to report that the operation to repair her heart went perfectly and Holly is now back with her foster family and can't understand why she's not allowed race around like before! She is in brilliant form, and as lively as ever, eating well and wanting to rush around, but UCD say no walks for 6 weeks. No running or jumping either. This will be a challenge. She will now have a normal life span and be just as if there was never anything wrong!

We will now look into finding Holly her forever home out of the many lovely offers she has had. Many thanks to Oranmore Vets for their help in arranging things with UCD Veterinary Hospital who gave us a special rescue rate for her. We haven't got the bill yet, but we expect it to be in the region of €500 - €600 rather than the thousands it would usually cost for such a complicated procedure. Thanks also to Ark Vets who also offered free follow up scans for her - true teamwork in action to give this special girl a chance for a long and happy life!

Most of all, we would like to thank fosterer Emma, for all of the great care she has given this special girl, including bringing her up and down to Dublin.

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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