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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!

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Welcome to Nidges corner, with me, Nidge. This is my corner because I am safe here. Nothing can come up behind me, and I can observe everything ahead of me with an unobstructed view. Things like sudden movements, unexpected noises, strangers and general shenanigans can all be safely assessed from the security of my corner. The humans say that I'm a very sweet lad, considering the life I've had so far. Here's the thing though. I'm a Collie X, so I'm a clever old soul. Also, I read on a bathroom door that we accept the love we think we deserve, so you'd best believe that I get that the best has yet to come. One good thing about the MADRA folks is that they are very kind to me. I get two square meals a day, treaties as snacks, and as much rubs as I can handle. November is my birthday month, and the humans dropped me some tasty morsels in celebration. 4 is a big age, you know. It was great. I accept the treats I think I deserve too. Speaking of the finer things in life, my birthday wish was to find a loving home - foster or forever, so long as it's home! In that home, I'd love to have a canine pal. Ideally a female pal. Girls are more interesting to listen to when I'm learning, I find. I'd also love it if there was a grown-up human or two in my home. They are not half as noisy or unpredictable as the non-grown-ups. Their voices are quieter, and their hands are more gentle. Finally, I'd love a nice garden to romp around in. Becoming a pet dog is a lot of work, so I would like a place to escape to nature in. You know, sniff the sniffs, see the sights, feel the grass under my paws...the good stuff. Anyway, that's todays ponderings. I hope someday soon, they'll be coming from that home I've wished for.

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Ok so my cover is blown! I'm not a dog...I'm an adorable Catarina, a 6 month old girl kitten. I'm looking for my forever home too! Here the people try to help as many furry friends as possible and I'm lucky and friendly in equal measure. I'll do my best to bring joy and fun to any cat loving home. Cats can think, that they rule, so If you know how to treat one like a queen and have a roost that needs a ruler, then Pick me! Please do get in touch via our adoption questionnaire and the rehoming team can assist further.

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This little family are mostly ShihTzu and are quite friendly but they have no understanding of how to engage with the outside world. They will be very happy running around your garden and coming into the kitchen when they get courage.   These guys are part of our ever-growing "Trickie family". If you feel up for a new, exciting, rewarding experience then give us a call now! Right now these dogs have different requirements to pet dogs, and we need people who will put the dogs needs first and offer them a safe place to recover and start the new stage of their lives. The joy of watching these sweet souls grow and gain confidence cannot be described, and to be honest, they are not as high maintenance as you may think. A secure garden, a warm shed and a utility room are all you need to get started. Our trainers will give you full support if you decide to take part in this exciting new project. The dogs will go out in pairs or as a companion to an existing dog and you can apply to become part of their journey even if you work during the day, you just need a BIG HEART xxxx

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Our collie boy, Oliver is still waiting for his forever home. He really struggled with kennel life but he was lucky enough to land himself an amazing foster home where he can wait for his special person. Oliver is super affectionate and adores being with people. He will follow you around the house and garden, although at bedtime he's happy to settle in for the night. He loves a good play, especially with a ball, and is great on lead despite an old leg injury. He is good with other dogs and plays with them too, but would be better suited as the only dog in the house or as a second dog with an easygoing resident dog as Oliver can be a bit pushy in his need for human attention. :) Oliver has a couple quirks of his own and will need an understanding owner. Certain noises seem to trigger behaviours, such as, spinning and barking. He hates sirens and some low noises, e.g. brushing, peeling, and will get upset and start whining but he is fine with other louder noises, e.g. TV, washing machine, heating boiler. This is being managed in his current foster home by moving him to a different room/area when he starts the behaviour and he soon calms down. Oliver is currently living with a family with teenagers and is doing very well because they accept his quirks and work with him. He would be unsuited to a home with young children.

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Saoirse is a new arrival and is still under assessment but staff had this to say.... 'my first impression was one of deep sadness as I looked at this bag of bones, shaking so badly with fear that I thought she might be having a seizure. I carried her into her kennel where she chose to curl up on the floor instead of the comfy bed. She simply didn't recognise what it was........ She is emaciated, terrified and has a long road ahead. We will prove to her that her life can turn around, no matter what it takes in time or money.'

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Brandy is a lovely middle aged gent who would suit living with another middle aged gentleman (or lady!). He seems quiet and a little bit overwhelmed by his change in circumstances.

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Bon Bon is very lucky to have been fostered and has had her sweet litter beauties! When ready, she and her offspring can be homed. She is a fabulous mom!

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Meet Pandora! She's a small little cutie pie who's just so full of character! She's around three years old and she has a waggy tail for everyone she encounters! She thrives on being the centre of attention. Even the recent upheaval of ending up in the pound and then to our shelter hasn't caused her too much distress. She likes other dogs and could slot in to many different family set ups. She is a very busy little girl and can be a bit barky so please take this into consideration before applying to adopt her. She wouldn't suit a home where she would be left alone for long periods of time.

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Nell and Jan came to us with their brothers from another litter and are part of our growing ‘Tricky’ family. Nell is very skittish but learning to trust us. She is making progress on lead but can get spooked and walks best with people who are quite familiar to her. Jan is the "trickiest" of the four. She's completely overwhelmed to find herself in a busy and loud shelter. She sits in her bed all day. She will eat treats from our hands but is very fearful of the outside world. These girls are looking for foster homes with another steady dog and a secure garden. A quiet home, without young children, would suit them best. If you can foster please fill out the Foster Application here ▶️ https://www.madra.ie/rehoming/adoptions Thank you, Team MADRA

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Six years on the run since he escaped from a foster home...and nine year old Gompa is now having to adjust to kennel life. Oh the stories this dear old boy could tell us about his many years on the run!? We don't know where he went all that time but he's clearly a dog who has his wits about him and must have found someone to feed him. He was only recently caught (thanks Sarah & Claire from North Galway Animal Supporters and county dog warden Neil McHugh). We're determined to ensure that there will be no more solo adventures for him. We would love to find him a suitable home for him so he can take life at an easier pace. Gompa is a free spirit and kennel life does not suit him. He will need a (very!) secure garden but he is a friendly and calm boy. He walks well on the lead. He likes other dogs. After all he's been through in his life, we would love to help him find a retirement home where he can regale other dogs for years to come of all this stories from his years on the run!

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We have had quite a few urgent appeals lately but each dog really has been an emergency case. Thanks to you, our caring supporters who have shared those appeals, because several of those dogs are now in foster homes or have been adopted. Often because people happened to stumble across a post shared from one of our social media pages (thank you) so please do continue to share our posts and help us to continue finding homes for the dogs in our care. Tonight we need your help again. This is Gypsy. He's a very tall, super handsome hound collie mix who is only two years old. He's such a sweetheart...he really is. The kennel crew are all smitten with him and feel very bonded to him in a short space of time. He's a smiley lad out on his walks and very responsive to our chats with him! Gypsy arrived at someone's home a year back and decided he was staying put. The kind man tried to find an owner without any luck, so even though taking on a dog wasn't in his plans, he saw that Gypsy had some issues and really needed help. He also knew that Gypsy would likely struggle to find a home for a long time, if he ended up in a rescue shelter. A year on and the caring man has to emigrate and knew that without doubt that Gypsy would not cope well moving abroad and living in an urban area. So it was with great sadness, he made the decision to contact us and we can only thank him for his compassion towards Gypsy because he has always acted in Gypsy's best interests. Thanks to him Gypsy can now walk on lead, is much more trusting of people and he's house-trained. He will also happily sit if you have something yummy to pay him with! Gypsy is desperately unhappy to find himself in our shelter. He just wants to be with a human who understands him. There's a few things to know about Gypsy: - Gypsy is a very needy boy. His former human worked hard on Gypsy's separation anxiety and made great progress, but it's clear to us that Gypsy will need a human who is at home a lot (ideally someone who works from home and would like a constant friend by their side) and someone to cuddle up to in bed. Gypsy is really into snuggles with people he knows and trusts. - Gypsy is not comfortable around children and will need an adult only home. - Gypsy is not always comfortable around other dogs and can be reactive, though he is gradually getting more comfortable with one of our female dogs here, so it's quite possible in time that he could live with another dog. - He will need to live in a rural area. He gets very stressed out being in an urban area with dogs and people constantly going past the house. - He's a big boy and it's absolutely essential that he gets placed in a home with high, secure fencing. We know these are very specific requirements and we know that it lowers his chances hugely of finding a home. However we strongly feel that there is someone out there who will be the perfect person for Gypsy. We just need to find them. We don't know what kind of life he led before he choose his last human, but it's clear that he's led a sheltered life and wouldn't cope well with too much hustle and bustle. He's looking for a quiet home with a human who can give him the time and love he craves. Please share. It's a matter of urgency that we get Gypsy out of shelter environment and into a home as soon as possible.

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Ruby has found herself back at our kennels and although we adore her, we really would love to see her in a foster home. Ruby, being an older girl and used to home comforts, is not coping well in our busy kennels. Her previous fosters described her as active, despite her 10 years, and thought she would do well with someone home for large parts of the day. Ruby gets on well with other dogs but would be best suited as the only dog in the home.

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Cassius - 10 years old and is overwhelmed to have found himself in a loud and busy shelter. He's an absolute gentleman.♥️ He adores his walks, a few gentle words...he asks for and expects so little from us. He's used to a quiet life so we would for him to find a country home with human companionship during the day. Despite his age, he is still very active and loves a good long ramble. He also appreciates nap time afterwards. He is used to other dogs so could join a household with another dog or he could be re-homed as an only dog. It's always so sad to see oldies in our shelter... they struggle so much in this environment when they should be curled up in front of a fire with a loving human by their side. Oldies tend to struggle to find homes. As much as we love this boy, we really don't want his stay here to be an extended one. Has anyone a spot for this happy older boy?

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I am a six year old lab. My name is Millie. I am desperately unhappy to find myself living in a kennel. I cry. I bark. I plead with everyone passing to let me out. I know it upsets the humans, but honestly I can't cope here. It's loud. It's busy. It's hard to sleep. I can never really unwind and relax in this environment. Once I get away from the kennels, I start to relax a bit and I know that I would be much calmer once I got into a loving foster home with someone experienced. I am quite strong and would benefit hugely from some kind training...the folks here will show you how to help me. I know I would love that so much. I am a lively, friendly girl who needs a human who is around a lot. I can get very upset when I see other dogs on lead so I would like a rural home where I don't have to encounter too many dogs on my walks. I will need to be the only dog in the home. I would love a family to call mine and a secure garden to romp around in. #lifegoals It's really a matter of urgency that I find a foster home or a forever home ASAP. Can you help me? Love Millie

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Hi, I'm Cooper. 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, though I have lived with children in the past. 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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URGENT ?*** Experienced foster home needed ASAP with no other dogs ***? This is our beautiful Kallie! This gorgeous gal is just over two years old. She is ready for someone to pick up the ball and go! Literally! Kallie has SO much potential but not much training behind her to date. She has amazing focus/attention and is eager to learn once she's away from our shelter. Before you get completely distracted by her beautiful looks, please be aware that Kallie will not be able to live with other pets. She will need to live in a rural area with secure fencing where she won't have to encounter too many dogs on her daily walks. Kallie needs someone who is experienced and will train her using humane methods. We are very concerned about Kallie's welfare at the moment as she's not coping with living in a kennel at all. Kallie is a sweet and sensitive girl who likes to be near to people. Being at our shelter is causing her so much distress. If no suitable home offers come through, she will desperately need an experienced foster home with no other dogs. Her ideal home would be with an active family who loves outdoor activities, training, interaction, bonding and would make her a permanent member of the family.

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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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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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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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