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Hey, it's me Erris me and I wanna meet you!? I am a super fun, lively collie girl who loves to play! I have so many dog friends here and I could play and play all day long. I am only one year old and I haven't had much training in my life but I am clever and willing to learn. I am looking for a rural lifestyle with a very secure garden. I can be your only dog or I can be a second or third dog...I really don't mind, once you have time for me.? I love being out and about with dogs and people....and I am really stressed once I am put in a kennel...so I really need a foster home ASAP or even better...a family to call my own to adopt me. Erris xx

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Anybody out there? It's me, Cooper here, a newbie to the MADRA shelter. Yes, I do know I'm rather gorgeous and I am quite likely to break the internet with my good looks.? I am a 15 month old retriever who is on the look out for a new family or human to call my own. Please know that I am a very friendly boy but I really haven't had much training in the past so I am very much a bull-in-a-china-shop kinda dog. If you are looking for a chilled out dog, I am not the dog for you! Please be aware that looks aren't everything....I really need someone who can help me with some training in life, right now I don't know why sitting is a big deal for you humans or why jumping and mouthing are unpleasant for you. There's no point just falling in love with me cos I am more handsome than your favourite Hollywood stars. I want someone who is very dog experienced, will be committed to helping me to be the best boy possible. I am an energetic boy and I won't fare well being left on my own for long periods. I absolutely adore playing with toys, long walks and tasty things to eat. I would be too much for younger children to cope with. Ideally, you would have a house in the country with a nice garden for us to play in...and secure fencing is a must. I'm anticipating a lot of home offers (paws crossed) so please be patient as I work my way through the Adoption Questionnaires. Hope to see you soon.... Cooper xo

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We are so deeply grateful to Oliver's foster family for giving him a break from kennel life. Our friendly, affectionate boy Oliver (Ollie) desperately struggled to cope living in a kennel. He has some noise sensitivities and life at MADRA was horrible for him, despite our best efforts to help him. It was beyond heartbreaking for our kennel crew to witness his distress. Oliver is coping really well in foster but that's only a short-term solution. He really needs a human or family of his own to adopt him and give him the life he so thoroughly deserves. Here's what his foster mum had to say: "Ollie has quickly settled into home life. He’s very happy in a rural setting with other dogs but would be equally happy as an ‘only’ dog and would be a super companion dog, he loves humans and he’svery affectionate and well behaved. He has a couple of quirks but nothing that cannot be managed. He hates sirens and quiet noises e.g. spraying, brushing, peeling – he gets upset and starts whining - yet he is fine with loud noises e.g. TV, washing machine, heating boiler. He has grown so much in confidence in a short time and there is a definite pep in his step now. He’s happy indoors or outside but ideally wherever the humans are. He would need a secure garden. He’s great on the lead and loves his walks despite his leg injuries which don’t seem to bother him. He settles down in the kitchen at night and sleeps contentedly indoors in his bed. He is happy in the pen during the day if we are away and is smart enough to go in the kennel if it rains. We think Ollie is a dote and really deserves a home of his own, ideally a quiet rural, secure home with human company, he is very sweet and affectionate, he has blossomed since arriving here and it would be very upsetting for him to find himself back in kennels given his sensitivity to noise." Photos by Explore the Atlas

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I know....I know....It's really hard to believe that someone as fluffy and pretty as me and someone with such a cheeky glint in her eyes ended up in the pound.? The sad reality though is that dogs of all shapes and sizes end up in pounds. Luckily, I hitched a ride to MADRA and I've been settling in the last while getting to know the humans. Now if you pay any attention to what they say, they will tell you that this is a VERY flattering photo of me because in real life it's clear I always had "seconds" for dinner, followed by dessert.? Being a bit overweight isn't much fun though so I would appreciate your help in keeping me on the straight and narrow when it comes to my diet and exercise and keeping me away from the treat jar. I am a three year old collie who has a sunny and happy disposition... the humans say there's a never-ending number of collies coming through the gates, but I am still hopeful there is someone with a Claire shaped hole in their lives. I really enjoy all the regular walks I am getting here. Sometimes I go on my own with the humans and other times, my canine pals join us. I could happily be your only dog but I also don't mind sharing you. I think I would be happiest having a rural lifestyle.... however, please know that I am very interested in the sheep nearby so secure fencing is an absolute must for me. An active lifestyle with a family who love me and make time for me is my absolute dream....can you help me make it a reality?

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As a typical GSD girl, Kallie is intelligent, loyal, obedient, curious, alert, confident, watchful, courageous...you know - all the things that come with a soul that has a zest for life and a well-rounded sense of humour. We would love to see Kallie go to a home where her human has the same ideals, and will be at home most of the day. That way, Ms. Kallie can be trained using those all-important positive reinforcement methods. She would really benefit from clear, consistent training that will encourage her to be an exemplary girl. Kallie loves her walkies, and would benefit from a lot of exercise in her life - after all, adventures shared with your best friends are truly some of the finer experiences in life. She also loves to play with her pals, so she's a real social butterfly. In short, Kallie has a lot to offer a forever family, and when she nods off tonight, it will be her forever home she dreams about. Could you be the one to make her dreams come true?

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Meet 3 year old Pippa a small dog with a big heart. Pippa was surrendered due to a change in circumstances. Pippa is a fabulous little dog with lots of personality. She is a Terrier X possibly Chihuahua who loves the company of other dogs. She is house trained and sleeps in her crate at night. She would be best suited to a home with older children and the company of another dog around her own age but no cats. Pippa loves to cuddle up on a warm lap for a snooze. She gets on great with Mary's canine crew in foster but it's time for her to find her permanent home now. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Following on from our post on Facebook about "tricky" Eva. We would like to introduce "tricky" Betty. Although Betty has been living at our shelter for the last 123 days, you won't have seen much about her on here. Betty is a gentle collie girl who is around 15 months old. She's not comfortable being handled by us just yet. She absolutely adores her doggy pals and will run about with them all evening in our big pen. When she's in our big pen, with the open space, she follows us around and is very curious about us. However she is not comfortable letting us touch her. In more confined spaces, she is much more scared and will shake in fear if we approach her in her kennel. It's time for Betty to find an understanding person who can foster her. She will absolutely need another dog or two who will play with her and help give her confidence. She will need a quite, safe space she can retreat to if she feels overwhelmed. She will need someone who won't put pressure on her. Betty has never been in a home so it's important this gentle girl finds someone who won't expect too much from this gentle but nervous girl. High, secure fencing is necessary. We will be on hand to offer support to anyone who can take this girl into their home. Moving Betty from our shelter to a foster home will be a huge change for her so we would like a foster person who can commit to caring for her for at least four weeks, in the Galway area. Progress is so limited at our shelter so we are really in need of an experienced and empathetic person to give Betty the help she needs right now in figuring out that people and the world around her aren't as scary as she thinks they are. Can anyone help her out?

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GEORGIE BOY... You might have read about Georgie Boy in @galwayDaily. He was picked as an injured stray by the caring @galwaycounty dog warden Neil and brought to @pethealthcentre , Tuam where Cian Lynch and his wonderful team called him Georgie Boy. His leg couldn't be saved and sadly had to be removed. Cian and the team helped him recuperate and now he's at our shelter and is the second three legged dog we have in our care. It's funny how we seem to get a bunch of similar dog in at the same time or dogs with similar injuries. Well, it would be funny if it wasn't so NOT funny...... Both these dogs have the pain and trauma of an amputation on top of the fact that they have no real owner to care for them and mind them and love them. As you can see from the photo, not only has Georgie boy lost a leg, but his remaining paw, the one that takes all the weight, is also injured and has stitches in a small wound on his pad. This poor boy has been so good, so calm, so quiet throughout endless injections and dressing changes and we are looking for a special foster home to take care of him until he recovers a bit more. Playing a small part in this stunning dogs recovery will never be time that you regret.....

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These two little dotes are still a bit overwhelmed to find themselves in a kennel environment. They are Collie x Lurchers that are about 7 months old and have had a happy puppyhood living on a farm. Now that it is time for them to find new owners they need lots of patience to help them find their feet. Liza & Lou will not be homed together but we would love them each tp go to a home with another, steady dog who can give them confidence.

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Summer seems to be a very affectionate & playful girl but we would still like her to find a home with a family that have experience with the breed. Good fencing is essential and someone at home during the day. Summer is proving to be an absolute dote that will blossom in a home environment. Her last home offer did not work out and she is actively looking for a new owner. Summer is loved by all the staff here with her smiley happy face, but she does need a sensitive new owner who can help her overcome her fears. She is generally a happy girl but has a fear of being handled around her neck area although it doesn't stop her going for walks!

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Dear diary, Today I had the zoomies, and even though it was raining, it didn't really dampen my spirits.I love romping around the play pen with my pals, and that is what I did today at my break time. One of my favourite things about being a lurcher is that my long legs carry me far - and quickly - across the land. Another fun thing I learned at lurcher school is that we're considered to be a good breed of family dog. This is because we're quiet, gentle, and low-key housemates. We have big hearts though, so you'll know we love you in spite of our calm demeanours. Now, there is one small caveat in that. Any kitties or infants would not be a good match for my forever family. I am a giddy girl, and though I am skinny, I am a tallish dog, and I may even get a tad taller. So! since I may get zoomies at any moment, it's better if anyone in my path can keep up, or at the very least, stay standing as I go by. As I am a young lady of 15 months, I'm coming into my own as a dog. I can even fend for myself - if I spot some prey, I will take off and do my best to rise to the challenge. The MADRA team tell me that, as a family dog, I won't need to hunt, that food will be served up to me on the daily, but I like to keep sharp, just in case. They say that means I'll need a secure garden to live in, which would be nice, because that means that the humans can't get lost in it. I do wonder about them sometimes. I don't know what this 'work' business is, but it keeps them occupied for ages, and then I've to wait til they come back. ANYWAY, I'm going off on a tangent.All I wanted to say is that zoomies are fun, and today was a good day.

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4yo Terrier X, Rica, is a little lady who loves a snuggle, a walk & a treat. Rica is dog friendly but would not be suitable to live with cats. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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People may wonder why so many of our dogs are classed as "shy dogs". This is simply that they have very limited life experiences and coming to a rescue centre is just about as scary as it gets, when all you have ever known is your mom, siblings and the area around your home It doesn't necessarily mean that they have been ill-treated, it simply means you need to proceed more slowly with them as they absorb all the new information and get used to the new life ahead of them. Pilbury is one such dog, he was completely overwhelmed when he arrived first but has turned into a happy little chappy and he loves going out on walks with the staff. He is still a wee bit shy though so a home without small children would be best. Plibury os possibly a Pomeranian x and is about 2 years old.

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Our HUGE Malamute boy Jacob is still waiting for someone to pick him.? Standing at over 2ft at the shoulder with his head practically reaching our waist, he is a large malamute. He doesn't have a tail, which is unusual, but whether he was born like that or had it removed is anyones guess.? This boy is not for your novice pet owner and there will be a very thorough vetting process for anyone interested. Jacob is strong on lead, but on the other hand he is playful & happy, giving lots of cuddles and leaning into you for rubs. ? He will happily sit and would be a dream for more training with an experienced owner. He is very focused on livestock, and if they don't run away he will sniff and touch noses with cats & donkeys, but he does have a strong chase instinct so secure, appropriate fencing is essential. We feel he would settle with another dog once they were strong enough to play with him as he has a goofy sense of humour and loves to run. ?

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42 days waiting ? Hello, my name is Brad and I am a collie mix. I was found straying a while back by a caring person who made sure I ended up here. No-one ever came looking for me and no-one cared enough to ever microchip me before now...so here I am, one year old and homeless.? I have settled in OK here but it's no substitute for a human of my own, let me tell you that! I have made some doggo friends here so I could potentially be your second dog..cos let's face it, one doggo in your life is not enough!? My favourite parts of the days here are meal-times and walkies...oh, how I live for those joyous occasions! Once I have had a good runabout, I just chill out in my kennel. I am a very friendly, affable young chap who has a smile for those I love.? I take my time getting to know you but once I know you're trustworthy, I will relax. I am a fun boy but I can panic a bit sometimes so I wouldn't like going to a home where children wanted to hug me or things like that. I am affectionate and will give you loads of licks and tail wags, but boundaries are important for a guy like me. I am seeking a confident and experienced owner to show me the ropes in life, as I do struggle a bit at times. I think if you adopted me and helped me gain some confidence, that would be a dream come true for me. I think the best thing is if you just come and meet me. You can take me on a long walk, tell me what a good boy I am and we can talk about making plans for me to move in with you....what do you think about that???? Brad xoxo

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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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GOLDEN OLDIE SEEKING A HOME ASAP - At 9 years old, Graf has found himself without a home. He's not coping well with shelter life and it's important that we find him a loving home as soon as possible. Graf is a lovely older gentleman, who came from a loving home and ended up in our care under sad and very genuine circumstances. He hasn’t missed too many meals in his life and could do with your help in losing a few pounds but luckily for you, he loves his walks and getting out and about. He is a strong boy who is full of affection for people. While he does enjoy his walks with adults and children at our shelter, we think he would prefer an adult home, perhaps with someone who is retired and active. We think he would be happiest being the only dog in your home and would love to have you all to himself. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Abu and Ally are adorable 6 month old Sprollie siblings. They have come from a rural home so can be a bit scared in new surroundings but are very friendly once they know you. They need a bit of work on lead but we just know these pups will give so much love and entertainment to their new owners. AbAlly/Abu had to be isolated for their first few weeks at kennels as they had ringworm but this has now cleared up. We have taken measures at kennels to minimise risk of ringworm spreading to other dogs or people but this is not ideal. We are looking for a superhero foster or adoptor to give these guys a chance and care for them in a home environment. Ultimately, we are seeking individual homes for these 2. If you think you can help, we would be happy to guide you through caring for these gorgeous pups. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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* Emergency Appeal * Theodore has come on hard times in life but he is being an absolute soldier. He was surrendered to the pound as he was no longer needed. He was likely a working dog but has now lost most of his sight. He still loves a walk, especially through the long grass, and can even be a bit strong on lead. He is a sweetheart who will snuggle into you, once he knows you’re there and trusts you. Because of his vision impairment, he can be startled by sudden noises so he will need a quiet home and, for his own safety, he will need a completely secure garden. He may benefit from another dog in the home for security. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Hi, my name is Ruby. People can't believe I am TEN YEARS OLD.? I am a very elegant pointer girl and I don't want to upset anyone but I really need you to know how much I am struggling living at the MADRA shelter. I really can't cope with it and I really need an experienced foster or forever home as soon as possible. I am getting very stiff and I couldn't cope with children or dogs jumping on me. Let me assure you that the humans are MADRA only have wonderful things to say about me. My behaviour here has been A+. I like a good gallop around. I am also wise enough to know that being active is for when I am outdoors and indoor time is for blissful naps in a comfy bed.?? You see, I am long over the silly puppy phase so you won't have to worry about me chewing your nice things. I would happily just chill out by our side, watching TV shows. I am a bit strong on the lead so you might need to help me with that. I will need an experienced owner who will be understanding and who will help me work through my fear issues...but please don't pass me over. No-one in life is perfect I think but you just meet someone, you both click and you try to make life good for each other every day. Sorry to sound demanding but I need to make sure if I move again, that it will be for keeps. So here's what I need: ? An adult only home with experienced dog owners ? I would prefer to be the only dog

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