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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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Compete for MADRA

Are you taking part in a 10k race or marathon this year?  Maybe you’ve signed up for a sponsored cycle? Whatever your sport we invite you to partner with us and walk, jog, run, cycle or even swim for MADRA! Signing up for an event is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and get active, and if you choose to join up with MADRA you know that you’ll also be helping raise vital funds for dogs in need.

MADRA successfully rescues and rehomes hundreds of dogs every year; 734 dogs came into our care last year alone. With running costs of over €200,000 per annum we rely heavily on charitable donations and the fundraising efforts of people like you to allow us to carry out this fantastic work and bring hope to hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs by placing them in loving homes.

If you wish to partner with us and ‘Compete for MADRA’ we will provide you with a fundraising pack which includes information about the charity, sponsorship cards and a few MADRA goodies! You can also follow the link below to set up an iDonate account which you can use to raise funds online by adding MADRA as your chosen charity. If you raise over €50 we will even provide you with a MADRA t-shirt to wear on the day of your event.

www.idonate.ie

Last August a group of MADRA supporters ran the 'Streets of Galway' 8k raising €2,000 for MADRA's dogs in need (pictured above). This year we hope to double that and raise €4,000 by getting even more people involved, registration is now open for the 2016 event so if you're interested in taking part why not sign up today and help us raise vital funds to support the rescue and re-homing of unwanted and abandoned dogs in need of our care.

For more information on how to get involved with raising funds for MADRA contact us at

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MADRA Dogathon is back!

Photo Caption: 'Walk this way' - MADRA Patron Sharon Shannon was joined by MADRA PRO Eileen Keleghan, Seanad Candidate Cllr Pearce Flannery, and Sam at the launch of the MADRA Dogathon which takes place on Sunday May 15. The fundraising dog walk along the Salthill Prom starts and finishes at the Claddagh. To register go to www.madra.ie

One thousand paws needed for sponsored prom walk in aid of MADRA

Galway dog rescue charity MADRA is calling on dog owners to sign up to take part in the MADRA Dogathon event which will take place on Sunday May 15th from the Claddagh Hall in Galway city at 1pm.

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

The charity is hoping to exceed last year's record of ‘one thousand paws on the prom’, and has urged the people of Galway to get online to register for this promenade walk which starts at the Claddagh Hall in Galway city.

Speaking about the event, MADRA PRO Eileen Keleghan said: “This sponsored dog walk will not only help us to raise some much-needed funds for the dogs in our care, it will also act as an opportunity to help us celebrate responsible dog ownership. 

“We also hope to welcome back some of our old MADRA residents. It is so heart-warming for us to see our former kennel residents out and about with their new families.

“We are always amazed by the support that we receive from the people of Galway . There are definitely a lot of dog-lovers in the city and county, so we are hopeful of an excellent turnout” she added.

To register for the event log on to https://www.iregister.ie/v2/events/madra-dogathon-may-15th/

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 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. . The dog who raises the most sponsorship will be made the ‘Grand Canine Marshall’ of the Dogathon and will appear in the MADRA 2016 calendar.

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

 
 
 
 
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MADRA's Muttly Magazine - April 2016

We're very excited to welcome you to the very first edition of our new quarterly newsletter!
In this edition:

* News on our upcoming Dogathon.
* Pete the Vet on Neutering.
* The new microchipping regulations.
* 2016 Statistics to date
* Galway City Pound Update.
* Jasper on his 9th Gotcha Day

Plus much more.
Please read and share with your friends!

To read, click here: 

Muttly Magazine Issue 1 - April 2016 

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Table Quiz

The MADRA table quiz at Crowe's Bar in Bohermore (Galway city) takes place on Thursday April 21. Doors at 8pm with the quiz kicking off at around 8.30 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!

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Adoption Day this weekend in Galway city

St Joseph's Community Centre in Shantalla, Galway will provide the venue for a MADRA Adoption Day this Sunday, 6 March, from 11 - 2 pm.

We currently have 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 MADRA chairperson Edel Comerford is 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 in the pound. 

"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" said Ms Comerford. 

The dog adoption days have been extremely successful for MADRA to date, with almost forty pups finding homes at the Puppy Adoption Day in early January of this year. 

Visitors on the day can meet up to twenty 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", added Ms Comerford.

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

Directions: St Joseph's Community Centre is on Ashe Road in Shantalla, Galway - view this location on a map.

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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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