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Sunshine at the Dogathon 2016

Toby crowned 'Grand Canine Marshall'
Toby crowned 'Grand Canine Marshall'

We at MADRA would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came and supported our annual Dogathon on Sunday. With the sunshine on our side the event was a great success and thanks to the wonderful turn out we beat our target of ‘1,000 paws on the prom’ with a whopping 1,039 paws stepping out including 3-legged participant Jimmy Carter!

We were also very close to reaching our 10k target and would like to thank all our wonderful walkers, fundraisers and sponsors for helping us raise funds for the abandoned and unwanted dogs in need of our help. A massive thank you to all volunteers and bakers and to ‘Soopa’ for sponsoring us some yummy, healthy dog treats for our goody bags. Thanks also to Galway City Council for sponsoring the reusable bags and the pooper scoopers, to Bubbles and Barks for the lovely bags of dog treats they supplied and to Aoife and Poppy for taking on the job of filling all of the bags.  

The title of ‘Grand Canine Marshall 2016’ was given to our fantastic little supporter Toby who managed to raise a whopping €900 with help from his owner Mary Crowe, he is pictured above proudly receiving his award. Lily and Bella and their owner Noreen O’Connor were our Runners-Up who raised a brilliant €280!

Before the walk we had a gathering of greyhounds and their owners for a photo opp to help raise awareness of the terrible issue of Irish greyhounds being exported to China’s only legal greyhound track, where it is reported that more than 30 greyhounds die each month. This is something we at MADRA feel very strongly about and it was great to have the public get behind us and help us highlight the issue.  

Thanks again to all our supporters, we hope you had a wonderful Dogathon and hope to see you all again next year!

Below is a link to a lovely video of the Dogathon by the Connacht Tribune

A lovely video of the 2016 Dogathon by the Connacht Tribune

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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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