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Sunshine at the Dogathon 2016

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 

 https://youtu.be/YLzxHeE1fh8

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Details for the Dogathon

Two-legged and four-legged friends!

We hope that you are all as excited as we are about seeing so many paws on the prom in aid of our rescue dogs this Sunday!

There’s still time to pre-register online for this years Dogathon ( go to https://www.iregister.ie/v2/events/madra-dogathon-may-15th/) or you can come along and sign up on the day. If you’ve already registered or are thinking of coming along here are a couple of things that you need to do when you arrive at the Claddagh Hall on Sunday (May 15th):

1. Please go to the registration desk within the Claddagh Hall so that our volunteers can sign you in and give you your Doggy Bag.

2. If you have been collecting money with a sponsorship card please return this envelope to our volunteers at the registration desk. We would appreciate if you could let us know how much money your dog has raised in sponsorship by 1pm Saturday afternoon so that we can officially inform the Canine Grand Marshall in advance of the walk - please email the sponsorship amount raised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Although the walk starts at 1 pm we would appreciate if you could be at the Claddagh Hall no later than 12.30pm to sign in. The registration desk opens at 11.30am, and if you come early you can sample some of the fantastic home-baked goodies and have a nice cup of tea and some doggy chit chat!

4. The walk will start from the Claddagh Hall and go along the Salthill Promenade to Blackrock. This distance may not be suitable for everyone, and you will see some signs along the route with 'Turning point for little legs or short paws' - walk as far as you feel is right for you and your companions and if you can, come back to the Claddagh Hall for refreshments after.

5. Please ensure that you keep your dog on lead at all times and keep a safe distance from other dogs and walkers. Make sure to clean up after your dog (pooper scoopers are provided in the Doggy Bags and at the venue). Watch out for signs of stress in your dog.

6. Please allow time to find suitable parking near the venue and do not block any driveways, access routes etc. If you cannot find 'on street' parking you may need to go to a car park nearby. Be considerate of other road users and pedestrians before, during and after the walk, and please stay safe.

7. If you need medical attention or any other assistance please alert one of our MADRA volunteers - stewards will be identifiable with blue MADRA high-vis vests.

8. We will have some exhibitor stands at the venue where you can buy our MADRA merchandise, there will also be selection of wonderful handmade dog beds for sale and a professional photographer will be on hand to take your pet's portrait at a cost of €10 for digital photos or €15 for prints.

9. Ark Vets will also be at the Dogathon providing reduced rate microchipping for only €25 - an ideal chance if you're attending with your dog and haven't yet got around to getting your dog chipped and registered.

This year we would like to get as many of the local greyhound owners to come along for a photo opportunity to help highlight the plight of Irish greyhounds being exported to China's only legal greyhound track, where it is reported that more than 30 greyhounds die each month. We ask people to gather for this before the walk at 12.45.

We hope that you enjoy the day and make sure to bring your raincoats or sunglasses, depending on the forecast! If you have any friends or family that would like to attend bring them along and they can register on the day.

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Get your paws on the prom this weekend for the MADRA Dogathon

Update: If you have already registered, or if you plan on registering on the day, click this link for more information!

The third MADRA Dogathon fundraising dog walk takes place this Sunday (May 15) along the Salthill Promenade at 1 pm. This doggy day out is being organised to raise some much-needed funds for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption group MADRA.

The charity is hoping to meet their fundraising target of 'one thousand paws on the prom' and has urged the people of Galway to go online to register for the walk which starts at the Claddagh at 1pm. The organisation is also looking for greyhound owners to come together for a photo opportunity at 12.45 pm in order to raise awareness of the issue of Irish greyhounds being exported to China.

Speaking about the event, MADRA PRO Eileen Keleghan commented: “Last year we reached our target of one thousand paws on the prom for dogs in need, and we hope to exceed that target in 2016. 

"This year we would like to get as many of the local greyhound owners to come along for a photo opportunity to help highlight the plight of Irish greyhounds being exported to China's only legal greyhound track".

On the day participants can get a professional dog or family portrait taken; they can visit a vet and avail of reduced-price micro-chipping; and chat to a groomer to get some advice. Handmade dog beds and other MADRA merchandise will also be on sale.

To register for the event log on to www.iregister.ie and search for 'MADRA Dogathon'. Registration is €10 per adult, €5 per child, or €25 for a family (two adults and two children). All dogs go free but participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for dogs in need either online via www.idonate.ie or by requesting a sponsorship card from MADRA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants can also register on day up to 12.30 pm. 

MADRA is a volunteer-run dog rescue and adoption charity based in Camus in Connemara. In 2015, MADRA rescued 734 dogs and pups. Annual running costs are in excess of €200,000 - the majority of which is met by donations from members of the general public, fundraising events, and the two charity shops in the Westside and Moycullen Village.  

For more information contact Eileen Keleghan on 086 0603646 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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