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Well, the latest arrivals are Bessie and Boots, two poor unfortunates that were found at 8am Sunday morning 9th June, on the pier near the kennels. We imagine that they were left there with the intention of being found by us but they were tied together with rough rope which could have been very difficult for them if one had fallen off the pier. Their little bodies are emaciated and they have very clear marks around their necks so they have been tied together for some time now. We have worked out a feeding regime to help build them up slowly. Boots would be best suited with another dog in the home to help him learn and cope.

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Well, the latest arrivals are Bessie and Boots, two poor unfortunates that were found at 8am Sunday morning 9th June, on the pier near the kennels. We imagine that they were left there with the intention of being found by us but they were tied together with rough rope which could have been very difficult for them if one had fallen off the pier. Their little bodies are emaciated and they have very clear marks around their necks so they have been tied together for some time now. We have worked out a feeding regime to help build them up slowly. Bessie would be best suited with another dog in the home to help her learn and cope.

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Breezy is a very nice, small sized Lurcher girl who is a bit rough around the edges right now. She has a strong chase instinct so she wouldn’t suit a novice owner. Secure fencing is a must for this lady.

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Plum has been returned for biting a few people who tried to pat her. We are looking for a Terrier experienced home only for Plum. She is a darling though, she’ll need an owner who understands boundaries though. If she doesn't want to be patted by visitors then tell them not to do it!

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Pixel is a total dote. He’s a funny, skippy, lively Collie dote! He’s got really nice funky, spotty colouring, so he has been well named :) He’s good with older kids. He’d need an active lifestyle in order to live his life happily.

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* Booked * Heidi is still a bit shy so it is hard to assess her properly. She seems like a really lovely gentle girl but needs a bit of stability as she is presenting as a bit on edge still. She’s fine with other dogs. She was regretfully surrendered to the pound through no fault of her own.

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A very tall, male Collie. Stunning to look at, friendly and happy but needs active life including agility, search & rescue or flyball if possible.

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Cindy is a typical Collie girl, friendly and lively.......

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Goldie is an absolute STUNNER....She seems gentle, kind and very loving. Goldie was surrendered to the pound due to Landlord issues. Goldie is small for a Retriever, she’s actually a perfect size!! Goldie is currently a bit overweight but she enjoys her walks so much, we’re sure with regular exercise she’ll get back to her optimum weight. We have a few people on a waiting list for a similar dog and they might be ahead of you in the queue, no matter how quick you get your application in. Please be patient, we will reply to everyone.

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Bailey was surrendered as she was too lively and her owner had less time to spend with her. She is a darling, Collie x, soft gentle and eager to learn who should make a great family pet. She is just a baby at 7 months and will need someone at home, secure garden and training classes. With Collie in her genetic make up she will be top of the class!

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A nice, friendly, bouncy Collie boy. Could do well with an active family and training classes.

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Beagle Friends....This little low rider is called Buddy! He is seven years old and he arrived to us via one of the pounds. He was sadly surrendered due to a change in his family's home. He is small in size, house-trained and a joy to live with! He LOVES to be outside and he is very much a typical beagle who loves to follow ALL the exciting scents when outdoors. He will need some work with training and basic cues (especially recall!) He would love someone who has an understanding of the Beagle ways... someone who might be interested in learning some scent training games with him?! A home with a very secure garden would be awesome for this special sweet Buddy boy. He is used to being part of a family and living indoors. After his visit to a pound, he's currently now in residence at our shelter...we're really hoping his stay with us won't be a long one. This handsome Beagle is really down on his luck but will make a perfect family dog given the chance!

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*Foster Appeal - Goose is an older gent with some ongoing health issues which our vets are still looking into. He will need a foster home with a secure garden and plenty of access to an outside area as he was a bit stressed initially in a previous foster home. Also, his illness means that he is drinking and peeing a lot so regular toilet breaks are a must! Fosterers will need to be located in or near Galway city and be available to bring Goose for vet checks, as needed. Although Goose is still very thin he is in good form and is regaining his collie spirit. He may do well with another dog in the home for company but can be prone to herding smaller canine friends. * Goose is an older boy who was found by some kind people who cared for him until the warden could collect him. Goose is a friendly, happy boy who would do so much better in a home environment. If you have a secure garden and a warm heart give us a call.

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* In Foster * These three pups (1 female, Polly and 2 males, Domino & Quill) were born in kennels after their Mother came in pregnant . We would like all our adopted puppies to attend puppy training classes to help them become the solid citizens we would like them to become.

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Rocky is a big, energetic dog whose owner is going for surgery so can no longer exercise him. We would really like to get Rocky rehomed as soon as possible as he is used to being in a loving home all his life. According to his family, Rocky is very good in the house (He is house-trained.) Even though Rocky is an only pet, he does get on with other dogs. Here is what else his family had to say about him... “Rocky is a 5 year old black male Labrador Husky. He is very pleasant and friendly and loves the company of people. He is energetic and fun-loving. He likes to wander around the garden or go on long walks – particularly around the lake. He also likes to lounge around the house and lie in front of the fire. We are no longer able to give him the exercise he needs so reluctantly we are looking for a new home for him where he can enjoy the company of people who can take him for walks and enjoy him.”

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Coco is an eight year old Yorkie girl who would prefer to be an only dog. She is very sweet and a bit shy and would suit an older person who was at home a lot and needs the company. Poor Coco is not great with young children but she would be fine with older children who could understand her sensitivities. She is neutered, vaccinated & chipped. Coco would benefit from an experienced owner.

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Would you like to help a rescue dog? Our fosterers play a vital role in caring for our dogs by giving them a chance to experience life in a home, possibly for the first time. Dogs who particularly benefit from foster are puppies, sick or injured dogs (after receiving veterinary care) and dogs who get very stressed in a busy kennels. As well as giving our dogs a break from kennels, fostering also helps us assess the dogs so that we are better informed to find them a suitable forever home. Ideally, foster homes will tick the following boxes.... - Located in Galway - Secure garden - Someone home for a large part of the day - Able to commit to a minimum of 2 weeks If you think you can provide a foster home for one of our dogs, please fill in a foster questionnaire and a member of the team will get back to you. Support will be given to all fosterers. https://madra.ie/rehoming/fostering

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* In Foster * These pups (1 female and 1 male looking for homes) were found dumped in a bag recently. They weren’t there long as the inside of the bag was pretty clean but they were very hungry. We would like all our adopted puppies to attend puppy training classes to help them become the solid citizens we would like them to become.

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Once upon a time, in a little shelter that nestled between the rolling hills of Connemara and the wild Atlantic ocean, sat a young man named Baxter. Baxter was in a pickle. He thought he might be in custody. He didn't know why, because he was doing his very best to be a good boy, but every day, when the humans came to see him, they went away again, and he had to stay. Baxter did not understand at all. But he did what he could to express how confused and frightened he was. He had a big, loud bark, so he tried using his voice to express his feelings. That didn't work, it just made everybody jump. He tried to show how much he loved going out with his new friends, the volunteers. He loved playing ball and getting belly rubs with them. This worked a lot better. His new friends even took him to the beach! As Baxter explored the sandy dunes, he finally felt that he had managed to get the message across. This is where he liked to be - on adventures with his humans! However, disaster struck, because the humans did not entirely understand. They brought him back to the shelter, and said they had to go. Baxter was everything that an 11 month old Labrador X boy should be. Affectionate, bouncy, cordial, diligent...he was the whole package! He knew he didn't have any skills yet, but he was only a baby. His human would send him to training school. He knew that because the volunteers chatted to him and told him that a special human had to come and bail him out. They'd send him to school and teach him to speak human. "When that happens, it's called an adoption", they said. This adoption could not come soon enough for Baxter. He knew it would be hard work, but he was ready for the job. You've got to walk the human every day, remind them where the food is, in case they forget, and most of all, keep their sides warm in the evenings when the sun goes down...they're happiest when they're cosy. Every day that passed left him wanting more than morsels of attention that the volunteers had to share with all the dogs at the kennels. He set about making sure that he smiled for the camera, he looked over every wall, he checked under every rock. Just in case his human saw him. Then they'd realise that he was waiting for them, and they could take him home.

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We discovered Eggsy was pregnant after she came into us. She gave birth to five beautiful pups, which she did a fabulous job raising but now its Eggsy’s turn to find her forever home. Eggsy is a really lovely, gentle and shy girl so a quieter home would probably suit her best.

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