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Jessie is a beautiful and clever girl who loves people's attention. She is fantastic with people and doesn't bark when they call to the door (unless they have a dog). She is great with kids (she currently lives with an 8 year old) and would be suited to kids of this age and older because she doesn't realise how big she is and gets excited and bounces around sometimes. Especially when it is walk time. She will get really vocal and happy about it. She loves her walks but she is reactive to other dogs and cats and therefore needs to be an 'only pet'. Jessie will sit, lie-down, give the paw and will stay on cue (most of the time). She also loves to play fetch when she is out in the bog.(Still working on returning the ball). She will walk well on a lead when she is by herself but if she sees another dog she will pull and get very worked up. She is a very strong dog so you need a lot of strength. Jessie sleeps in the house and is toilet-trained. She's great around the house and loves to lounge around. She absolutely adores the fire; once you put a match to the fire she will not move for the night. She will even rest her paws in front of it. Jessie is a fantastic dog and has so much to give but unfortunately city life is not for her as she can't have the peace and quiet that she needs and deserves. She would need a secure garden as she loves to explore and must be the only dog.

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Sia was found on the road with a horrific leg injury, presumably from a road accident. She has been in our care for the last six weeks recuperating. She has almost fully recovered now and is on the look out for that special person to show her better times in life. Sia is a young, energetic collie of about one year old, who will need both brain and legs kept busy during the day. Do not apply to adopt this girl if you are a couch potato!? Sia is still very fearful at times. In a home environment, she will need another dog to help her along with her confidence. She hangs back, shyly wagging her tail when they get a fuss but she's not comfortable being the focus of too much attention for now, so she will need someone who will give her the time and space she needs to approach them when she's ready. Sia likes having safe place to hide away and it's important she gets that. She will come out when she feels comfortable enough to explore and sit on the sofa. She has developed a real love of toys after only a few days in foster, so we think in the right home, she will grow in confidence very quickly. She is noise sensitive right now but with some help, she will adjust to home living. She will need to go to an adult only home in a quiet area with a secure garden. Sia is back at out shelter now and she's really struggling to cope.? She's been through so much hardship in her young life, she really deserves to experience happier times.

Microchip: 981020000637042
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Casper - our shelter snuggle bear! Casper is a stunning looking collie boy who has been dealt a difficult hand in life. He is gentle and affectionate but appears to be very deaf (not completely) with poor eyesight which makes him a wee bit fearful and needy. His tail wags so much when he sees people and he just adores getting lots of cuddles. Casper is around 18 months old. Casper is a huge favourite with the team at the kennels for his amazing calm and accepting attitude to life, but we know he would do so much better in a home environment. He is a very clean boy and may benefit from another dog in the household assuming that they get on. In his last foster home, his collie traits came out and he tended to herd the other dogs a bit, which they didn't appreciate. Because he's mostly deaf and has poor eyesight, he struggles to "read" other dogs, though he does desperately want to be friends with them. He is only getting used to walking on a lead so he will need someone understanding who will help him feel more comfortable with the lead. Honestly, he is a total sweetheart who deserves the most amazing home with a secure garden.

Microchip: 981020000637036
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Little Ms Hilda adores human contact. She’s a sweet-natured six year old JRT lady looking for a home where she is the only dog. She would be such good company for someone home alone much of the day. She would love daily walks, pottering around a garden and cozy evenings together. 

Microchip: 981020000636936
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Little Kerry has been with us for six weeks, but it's her first introduction on Facebook. When she arrived, she would curl up in her bed, away from us if we entered her kennel. She now spends time outside with her pals "Trickies" Aflie and Ashley. She can be handfed her meals. Kerry is only around a year old and she's what we call one of our "trickies". She loves other dogs and is so waggy with them....but right now, she's scared of people. She's a gentle little girl and we really want to help her feel more comfortable with people. We've given her time to settle in but it's clear she really needs to be in a foster home, as it's impossible for us to give her what she needs in a shelter environment. She's so young and can have a happy life ahead of her, but right now she needs a calm foster home to help her feel brave in herself. She needs a foster home with: - A friendly resident dog in the home - A 100% secure garden as Kerry is not walking on lead yet and would be a flight risk -  A foster home where there is someone home quite a bit and willing to follow a plan to help Kerry become a more confident girl. If you would like to know more please fill out a Foster Questionnaire here ?

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Three year old Noddy is still waiting for a home. What is it with our lovely hounds....always the last to be picked? Noddy happily shares his kennel, walks and his bed with his bestie Saoirse here, so we know he could happily live with another dog. He is a gentle, sensitive soul who could do with some confidence building. He's very sweet and affectionate with those he trusts and feels safe with. He's looking for an experienced owner to help him feel a bit more comfortable. He's also looking for an adult only home. Once he's had his walks, he is very happy to chill out and be a couch potato!

Microchip: 981020000640420
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Hi, My name is Honey and I think the humans called me that because they know I am just as sweet honey. I am a 4 yr old terrier. I adore company, I adore cuddles and I think I can win you over with my good natured charm. I am not a fan of other dogs though so I will need to be the one and only canine in your life. Microchip: 972274001247747

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A forever home urgently needed for "Tricky" Jenny She is eight long months waiting for a special kind of home.... For eight months, we have worked on gaining Jenny's trust. For eight months, we have watched her slowly coming out of her sad, scared shell. For eight months, we have waited for someone to take a chance and offer the home she deserves. Jenny has been staying at Bushypark Vets for the last few weeks, as we don't have a suitable foster home for her needs. We can't thank Maeve, Hannah and Fiona enough for offering to have Jenny use the clinic as her own personal Air BnB, while she is in limbo. They have all been so unbelievably kind to her and they have also been actively searching for a suitable forever home for her. As well as having her stay with them, spending time working on her confidence, they have also fed her for the last month, without any cost to MADRA. They have done all this because they care about Jenny and because they want to make life better for her. Thanks ladies. Before Covid-19 hit, Jenny had built up a fan club and regularly had visitors popping into the clinic with treats for her. Unfortunately, none of them were in a position to offer her a home. Jenny has already spent months at our shelter and that busy environment stressed her out so we really don't want to have to bring her back again...especially since her stay will likely be a long one, with no home offers ever in sight for her.  We dropped in some long-lasting chewies, peanut butter, food, sardines and a new treat ball to her this evening. These were all presents from some of our kind Facebook followers who dropped off goodies to us over the last few days for our rescue dogs (while maintaining social distancing). Thank you to everyone for their donations, you certainly helped brighten up Jenny's evening. Jenny is a "Tricky" girl who had very special rehoming needs and will need someone who will understand where Jenny is at on her journey. She's not comfortable being touched or handled. However she likes learning tricks and she likes human company! She also loves the couch! She is calm in a home. She might never be a dog who will snuggle up on the couch next to you, but she is a clever, gentle dog who had a very tough past life, so she deserves a home where she can just "be" and allowed to progress, without any pressure to be a pet. She needs: - A 100% secure garden (she is a flight risk and she's not comfortable with a lead so she will need to be able to potter in and outside) - She needs a calm canine companion. Jenny has been in two foster homes to date, but she became very withdrawn without a dog friend in her second home. She bonds with other dogs quicker than humans right now. - A quiet, adult only home as children would frighten her. - We so desperately want to find the right home for her. Please fill out an Adoption Questionnaire if you think you can help her.

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Having courage means that you don't let fear stop you. Take Ashley, for example. She has no idea what the wider world could hold for her, but she has seen a glimpse of a life she'd rather not live. So, we'd love to show Ashley what family life can hold. We would love a simple home for Ashley - a foster home would be a great place to start. Somehere the humans understand that Ashleys life is just beginning. That means that a lot of work is going to go into Ashleys education. Luckily, Team MADRA is an excellent resource for foster homes and their residents. Ashley is one-and-a-half, a Collie X with the sweetest face. She also has a twinkle in her eye that hints at a funny personality that's buried deep under a wary exterior. We think Ashley would blossom in a home with a canine pal and some consistent humans with gentle hands and a whole lot of treats! Does that sound like your home? If so, get in touch! Ms. Ashley would be thrilled to be on her way to her own Happily Ever After!

Microchip: 981020000640514
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Our stunning lurcher Saoirse arrived to us, 110 days ago, utterly trauamtised beyond on words. She would cower away from us and shake uncontrollably if we entered her kennel. She was terrified of being touched. She was the saddest, most pitiful girl. We have spent the last 110 days showing her that she can trust us. We have made progress! She now goes on walks and enjoys using her nose to sniff out all the exciting scents. She loves playing with toys and throwing them around the place. Saoirse shares a kennel with her best pal Noddy who has played a huge part in helping Saoirse feel more comfortable around us and more relaxed on walks. They play in our big pen and have fun doing zoomies!? Once play-time is done, they both choose to pile into the same bed and snuggle up together for a lengthy sleeping session.? Saoirse is still very frightened of new people and will do her best to run away from them. She's not comfortable being touched, although she will let us put a lead on her for walks. She will eat from our hands now. She wags her tail when she sees the kennel crew.❤ There is only so much we can do in a shelter environment. We feel that Saoirse is ready to move onto an experienced foster home so that she has more individual attention. She really needs someone who can work on her and give her that one-to-one attention she deserves. Full back up support will be given by our trainer, so if you are thinking you would like to help her but are worried about how to this, we will provide a full plan for her to help build up her confidence. ?The most important thing is that she gets to experience life in a quiet foster home. ?She will definitely need a friendly resident dog to help her adjust to home living. Another houndie would be a huge plus! ? She is easily frightened, so she is a flight risk...therefore a 100% secure garden is a must so she can't jump the walls or escape if she panics for any reason. ? She needs a patient, kind, compassionate person who will accept where Saoirse is at right now and won't put any pressure on her or put her into situations where she will be overwhelmed. Her fears won't be a quick fix. ? Saoirse will need an adult only foster home as children would terrify her. ? She will need to go to a quiet area where there isn't too much noise and traffic. We know her requirements are very specific, but it's important we find the right foster home for her needs. We're all very attached to her and we know, with the right care and with enough time,Saoirse will start flourishing. We just need to find the person who is willing to help her shine.⭐

Microchip: 972274200025383
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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?

Microchip: 981020000481500
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Our HUGE 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.

Microchip: 972274000497895
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