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One of the highlights of the MADRA calendar, the MADRA Dogathon, will take place on Sunday May 14th at 1pm.

The Dogathon event is a well-known meeting of mutts which last year raised €10,000 for dogs in need.

We are hoping to exceed last year's record of ‘one thousand paws on the prom’, and we urge the people of Galway to get online to register for this promenade walk which starts at Fr. Griffin's Eire Og GAA Club in Galway city.

Registration is €10 per adult, €5 per child, or €25 for a family (two adults and two children). All dogs go free but pooches are encouraged to raise sponsorship for dogs in need either online via or by requesting a sponsorship card from MADRA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The dog who raises the most sponsorship will be made the ‘Grand Canine Marshall’ of the Dogathon and will appear in the MADRA 2018 calendar.

Exhibitor space is also available for hire at the venue – for more information contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The MADRA table quiz at Crowe's Bar in Bohermore (Galway city) takes place on Thursday April 27. Doors at 7.30pm with the quiz kicking off at around 8.00 pm.

This event is normally very popular, so to guarantee a seat indoors (yes, we did have the Beer Garden full of enthusiastic participants at last year's event) get there early. Tables of 4 for €40 and there will be a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes too.

The quiz is general knowledge, so why not put your friends, family and co-workers to the test! We hope to see you there. 

Rounding up all the main MADRA news from the last quarter!
In this edition:

* Dates for your Diary - Upcoming Events.
* 2017 Fundraisers
* Doggy Easter Egg Hunt
* The Dogathon is Back!
* Success at the Adoption Day

Plus much more
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MADRA's Easter Raffle is being held in conjuction with our first ever Doggy Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on Sunday April 16th.

All the proceeds from the Easter raffle & event will go directly towards helping our rescue dogs and will allow us to continue the vital work we do finding homes for the hundreds of unwanted/abandoned dogs we save each year.

Raffle tickets are available through iDonate and are €5 each, every donation is a raffle ticket and the number you donate is your raffle number, i.e if you're the 58th person to donate your ticket is 58. If you donate €10 you will be entered twice, if you donate €20 you'll be entered 4 times etc.

The winners of the raffle will be announced on the 18th of April, and we have a prize a day to give away between now and then, that's 20 brilliant prizes on offer! Some of the prizes up for grabs include;

€200 voucher for Petworld
€100 voucher for the Westport Hotel Group
Dog grooming vouchers for Bubbles & Barks and Hounddog grooming
Connemara Self-Catering Break: 1 week in 3 bedroom holiday cottage courtesy of Carraroe Holiday Village
x4 6 month financial awareness, cashflow, goal setting and mentoring service with
€50 voucher for A. Hartmann & Sons jewellers
4 week training course with Galway Dog Training
Beautiful Irish tweed gifts from Donegal based company Orwell & Browne
Hairdresser's vouchers, dinner, designer jewellery & many more...

Stay posted on our Facebook page where we will be announcing a new prize each day for every day it's on! Please support our rescue dogs, your kindness is greatly appreciated.

To buy a ticket just follow the link below; 

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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