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Your New Dog!

A Dog is a Pet and Companion for life. These dogs have already been to shelters or rescued from abusive or neglectful situations and we do not want them to go back to that. Please remember that the first week with a new dog in your home will always be the most difficult and please be understanding of this.

It can also take a minimum of 3 weeks for your dog’s ‘real’ personality to come out! i.e. for your dog to become completely comfortable in your house. For this reason we recommend that you set up your ‘house rules’ now and stick to them. Keep your dog well supervised or confined at times when you cannot keep an eye on him/her. This way, your dog does not learn any bad habits as s/he gets used to his/her new home.

This dog doesn't know you from anyone and is most likely coming out of a not so great situation so please allow some time for you to get comfortable with your new dog and vice versa. You really are saving a life and if you stick with it, the reward will be far greater than any house training accident!


  • Dog food (Dry food/nuts recommended)
  • Water bowl, food bowl or Kongs.
  • Treats for training
  • Toys (chew bones, chew toys)
  • Bed (dog bed, blanket or towels)
  • Crate and/or baby gates
  • Put all these supplies in your new dog's confinement area (see the Crate Training section)

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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