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Alfie is part of a (mostly) shitzu family who joined MADRAs extended 'Tricky' family at the end of last year. They were somewhat overwhelmed to find themselves in our kennels and had little understanding of how to engage with the outside world. Archie is friendly in his own funny little way, happily following staff and running around our feet. Although, he is not comfortable being touched just yet, we now it is only a matter of time, patience and the right person to give him a chance. If you feel up for a new, exciting, rewarding experience then give us a call now! Tricky 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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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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Bonded Pair Seeking a Home Together - Sam and JJ are two middle aged dogs who need a secure garden and are very low maintenance. Sam is a girl and she's the one on the left. JJ is on the right and he's a boy! They are friendly and happy and would be a great asset to anyone who is worried that long work hours would restrict them from having a dog. These two are quite happy in their own company while you are at work and equally happy when you get home. The perfect match! If you would like to know more or to arrange an appointment to meet any of our dogs, please fill out a Foster or Adoption Questionnaire. A home check and an adoption fee are required

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We are at an absolute loss as to what to do. Our Tricky girl Jenny arrived into us, petrified and shaking six months ago. Hers is a heartbreaking story we see all too often, especially with collies. Born on a farm, unwanted and unsocialised with people and the outside world. Her previous life has left her fearful and struggling to adjust to a new way of living. Six months on...we have made progress with Jenny. She is happily eating from our hands now...she really loves her grub! She was at the point when she was no longer terrified of going outside into our big pen with her pals running around. She was still terrified of people touching her so we worked on proving to her that we could be trusted to make good things happen and that we were not going to push her beyond her comfort zone. She had just started working on walking on a long line around our yard, a huge milestone for her! Then disaster struck.....Jenny hurt her paw quite badly in our pen. She was rushed to Bushypark Vets who have been absolutely phenomenal with their care for Jenny. Jenny had to be sedated to have her paw examined and stitched up. She went into foster with one of our kennel crew. Jenny had never been in a house so as well as being in pain, dealing with a bandage on her leg, she had to adjust to a new environment with lots of sounds she's never heard before. She is doing so well. She is learning to chill out on her mat and that yummy food always magically appears there. She doesn't bark and she's not destructive. Unfortunately, Jenny managed to get her bandage off so as a last resort, she had to have a buster collar put on her to avoid her ripping out her stitches. Adjusting to life with a buster collar is scary for her as we had expected, but it's really the only option available right now while her paw heals. Jenny can't stay in her foster home any longer as it's obvious that the car journeys to the vet cause her so much psychological distress, even with medication. She urgently needs to find a foster home closer to town near Bushypark Vets for a few weeks while she recovers from her injury and somewhere where she can feel safe enough to build up her trust in people. It's utterly heartbreaking...Jenny has been through the absolute wars the last few weeks, just when she was on the cusp of making progress in her trust with people. We really need someone patient and kind to step up and help prevent Jenny from having to go back to the kennels, where it will be absolutely impossible to keep her bandage dry and keep her paw safe from infection.

So Jenny needs desperately needs a foster home with: ✔️ A calm resident dog. Jenny doesn't interact much with the dog in her foster home but she's always happy to see him when he comes back from walks. She's never been without dogs in her life so it's important that she has a canine pal to help her feel more secure. ✔️ Jenny is not house-trained so a fosterer will need to use puppy pads for now (until Jenny is allowed to go outside where we can then work on house-training) ✔️ A potential fosterer needs to understand and accept where Jenny is at right now. She is not comfortable being touched or being handled at all. Our trainer has been working on other ways to build her confidence and will spend time with a willing foster going through a plan to help build Jenny's confidence. ✔️ Jenny is only just getting used to a home environment, so she can be a bit noise sensitive, so it's important she goes to a quiet adult only home. She's quiet calm. She's fine with the kettle, washing machine and TV but sudden nosies can startle her so she needs someone who will be understanding that the world is a scary place for her right now. ✔️ Jenny loves her food and is happy being hand fed. She also quickly appears when she hears the sound of a food bag!? She also loves having food from Kongs, Lickimats and other puzzle toys which are important for her to have, especially while she's unable to exercise outside. ✔️ A foster home around Galway city, ideally close to Busypark vets, as she will need to be monitored by the vets who know her case and who understand her fears. We have had so many success stories over the years with rehabilitating our Tricky dogs. We know that somewhere down the line that we will be sharing happy updates on Jenny, in a forever home, but right now she desperately needs someone compassionate to help her through this traumatic time. Please don't just scroll by. Please share Jenny's story and let's make a miracle happen for our incredible girl.
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Luna is just back from her Christmas foster and is still waiting for her forever home. Here's what her fosterer had to say about her.. 'She's very good in the house. Loves being up on the furniture. Will sleep away on the sofa. Is not scared of the hoover or even when drilling. Does not like bags, blankets or coats being shook in front of her, scares her a bit. Will not go up the stairs. Goes in the car no prob. She is very good with children. Low howls when going for a walk. Soo cute. Doesn't play fetch but loves her sides and back being rubbed.' Luna loves her home comforts and a good snooze on the couch so she is finding kennel life difficult. Although she is very chilled in a house, she will need a home in relatively quiet area as she can react to other dogs on lead when out for walks. 

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Skippy is a beautiful girl who needs a little bit of tlc to build her up as she is terribly thin yet. She is a chaser of livestock though so an urban home would suit her better. She would make a great second dog and has shared with other dogs before. Skippy needs someone who’ll cuddle her, groom her, walk her, chase her round the garden, and calm her when she gets over excited! Likes: being combed, having her tummy rubbed. She is super sweet but will be a real collie.. active and clever and will be a great companion.

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Sirius is a gentle deerhound cross who came from teh pound and is now enjoying a break in a foster home. He is only about 1 year old. We think he would benefit from another dog in the home. 

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Herbie is a stunning big Labrador type puppy that has been wandering for a while and has been brought to us via the dog warden. He is a big soft babe that loves to cuddle, and he will make a fabulous family pet for those that can fit a large dog in the house! He is also only about 10 or 12 months old.

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Sadly poor Jacko's owner is unable to care for him anymore and we are hoping to find a 10 star home where Jacko can retire.? He is 10 years old which is only a youngster in terrier years, and he is clean and calm and very low maintenance.

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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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Oliver has been with us for a year now but thankfully, his amazing foster family are caring for him until he meets his perfect match. He really struggled with kennel life and has a few quirks. Here is what his fosterer had to say about him... "he's really sweet, he loves nuzzling up to you and loves a pat, he loves the couch or a chair and loves human company. He's great on the lead and walks along gently beside you, he's very good with other dogs. He has a few quirks like noises that upset him but these can be easily managed by moving him away from the noise e.g. another room or outside. He loves outdoors but equally loves to be inside at night. He's very good and quiet through the night. His biggest fear is sirens, we think he would be best suited to a quiet rural home with somebody who wants a companion dog to take for walks and to sit with at night. Ollie needs his own human so badly and he will return all affection 100 fold!!" Oliver has old injuries to his hindlimb which 'seem to have no affect on his quality of life.' 'Finally, I think he would be ideally suited to an older owner who wants company and affection and understands his need for peace, he's also great with teenagers but I think maybe prefers a quiet life.'

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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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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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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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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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Lou came to MADRA kennels several months ago with her 2 sisters and brother and is the last of the litter, waiting for a new home. Lou has led a sheltered life up until now and is part of what we endearingly call our 'Tricky' family. She will need a patient, experienced owner to help her find her way in the world. She would do well with another steady dog in the home to give her confidence. She will need a secure garden and we think young children would be too much for her.

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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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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 * Working in rescue is a constant rollercoaster of highs and lows. Recently our boy Goldie went on a trial adoption after 415 days in our care. We desperately hoped his waiting was finally over for good. Very sadly his new home didn’t work out and he is back at our shelter. He took a serious dislike to the neighbour’s cat walking along his boundary wall so instead of Goldie being tormented indefinitely and the possibility of the cat using up its 9 lives, his new family, understandably, decided they had to return Goldie... 415 days...Over a year. That's how long Goldie has been in our care. He has spent the majority of that time waiting at our shelter. He has had two foster homes to give him breaks fom our shelter as he is so painfully stressed out living with us and it's not doing his psychological state much good moving back and forth. Goldie is a three year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix whom we all love dearly. The good stuff: 1) He really loves to play outside and if you have a secure garden for him to gallop around in, he will be a very happy boy, 2) He is also a very affectionate boy who would like to hang out with you on the couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to positive reinforcement training. 3) He loves his toys and treat filled Kongs and Kong Wobbler. 4) He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. 5) He is crate trained and muzzle trained. Goldie is really a very sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. Things he needs: a) He will need a home where someone will he commited to help him with his training, b) He has some dog friends but he isn't always comfortable meeting new dogs out and about, so a rural location with a very secure garden would be ideal for him. He can be quite reactive so having someone who is willing to work alongside a positive reinforcement dog trainer is essential to help manage his fears, c) Goldie needs a cat free home. Once he finds a suitable home, we know he will make the greatest companion. He has been waiting so long already. Has anyone a spot in their heart and home for this special boy? 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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