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Bundee Aki is a Collie X Pom so he’s active and smart! His former owners think he’s a country boy at heart and maybe farm life might suit him better. He’s a little bit on the nervous side so that’s why an urban environment mightn’t suit him. He’s not great on the lead currently as he just wouldn’t be used to it. He’s very shy initially when he meets new people. He’s fine with their 3yo grandchild. They also said he’s a very good guard dog.

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Well over two years...That's how long Brenda has lived in our shelter waiting for a home offer. Now that her kennel pal of two years, Alex was recently rehomed, she is now our longest resident here. We call Brenda one of our "Trickies" because she came in at the same time as our famous "Tricky" family. However, Brenda was actually rescued from a particularly upsetting cruelty case which left her completely terrified of everything and everyone she encountered. She would sit in her kennel, in the one spot, week after week with her back to us. She was just about the saddest creature you could imagine. Being an older girl who had never experienced a "normal" life, we weren't sure we could ever gain her trust but we had to try. And slowly, very very slowly, we started to see glimpses of trust from her. She eventually went to a couple of amazing foster homes (thanks Sinead and Sonja!) where she thrived with one-to-one attention. She came back to us in June 2017 and has been living at our shelter since then. She will always, always have a home with us but we really don't have the resources to give her the kind of life she deserves and most crucially, she gets stressed and quite upset when our shelter is busy and loud so as a team, we are concerned about her. We are seeking out a very special permanent foster home for her where she can live out the rest of her days in comfort and peace. Brenda is now a very affectionate girl. She really enjoys a good petting session and has a lovely waggly tail for those she knows and trusts. She is also a fun girl! She is at least 10 years old but she loves a good game of chase with her pals in our big pen and she loves being brought on long walks by our volunteers, so she will need a home where she gets regular walks. She absolutely adores her food and we've to keep an eye on treat intake because she can become a bit too "rotund!" (Same as ourselves after Christmas! ;) Brenda does come with some issues, which is to be expected considering her past. She has a tendency to spin in circles, barking when she is stressed out, so a rural location with no neighbours close by would be ideal. She gets upset by men she doesn't know, even hearing their voices upsets her. She bonds better with women and prefers being handled by them. Considering how many visitors we receive here on a regular basis, it's not an ideal life for her. She needs one or two people she can rely on and enjoy a calmer pace of life. We do our best to ensure she has a lot of outdoor time and interactive toys to help her cope but we want so much more for her. She gets on well with other dogs but sometimes her behaviour with barking and spinning stresses some dogs out and they snap at her. Ideally Brenda would go to a home where there is a chilled out resident dog. Our whole team absolutely adore this girl. Honestly she is just so special. We bring her into our volunteer cabin, when it's quiet, on our lunch breaks to spend time with her. We call her our eccentric old lady....but you can be sure she was the very first dog to get her Christmas present shoebox on Christmas Eve. She also got another one on Christmas Day! Sometimes it's only the very little things we can do to improve her quality of life. Since Alex got his happy-ever-after, we are hopeful that somewhere out there is someone for this one of a kind gal. The progress she has made since she first arrived to us has been huge. She really needs to go somewhere where she can do her own thing and will be understood for the dog that she is. We really would love for her to experience the joys of a loving home. She really and truly deserves it. 2018 led to many MADRA miracles such as the rehoming of the last of our Tricky family; Peter and Alex, longtime dogs like Screech and other dogs who needed extra understanding, professional help from positive reinforcement dog trainers and dedicated owners...so we are grateful to those people. We really wish that 2019 could start with the news that someone understanding and committed, with suitable circumstances, is willing to welcome Brenda into their home for her golden years. After all she has lived through and overcome, we won't ever give up looking for a home for her.....

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Radar is a typical working Collie boy... What that means is that he is sensitive to sounds and movement and needs to work his Collie brain on a daily basis by fulfilling his natural need to work and chase. Collies can live happily in an urban environment once their needs are met, but if they come from a very rural environment, it can take a while for them to adjust to the noises, traffic and people that make up a town. Radar is very sweet and shy once he knows you but he can be wary of new people at first.

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Coco is a wonderful girl who had to be very sadly surrendered due to her owner’s serious ill health. Coco lived as an only dog so we’re looking for a similar home for her if possible. Coco will play ball and bring it back to you. She is just a really sweet girl who just wants to please you.

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KRINGLE.....just look at that sweet face and he wags his tail at everyone he meets too! This small, mostly Yorkie (with a long tail!) guy was one of the dogs we picked up from the pound right before Christmas (hence the name!) Luckily he found himself a comfy foster spot with the Greaney's over the Christmas period (Thanks guys!) He's back at our shelter now and waiting for you to fall for his adorable little face. He might look to be a fragile older man but he's only around six or seven years old who is definitely full of the joys of life. He is a very friendly guy who is guaranteed to entertain! He gets on with other dogs, cats and chickens. His fosterer said he is not terribly keen on children so we are looking for an adult only home for him. He loves his daily walks....but we heard he was an expert escape artist in foster so a very secure garden is essential if you want this little lad in your life. Perhaps he's used to wandering and that's how he ended up in the pound before Christmas. He's now microchipped and we're hopeful someone will adopt him and ensure that he will always have a human with him for all his daily rambles. He absolutely adores his toys so much! Kringle has just had a much needed dental and has been neutered so is ready to move into his new home.

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Todd is another typical working Collie boy too... What that means is that he is sensitive to sounds and movement and needs to work his Collie brain on a daily basis by fulfilling his natural need to work and chase. Collies can live happily in an urban environment once their needs are met, but if they come from a very rural environment, it can take a while for them to adjust to the noises, traffic and people that make up a town.

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* Booked * Pippy is like a Collie but smaller so we are not quite sure of her lineage. She is a smart, funny, affectionate girl though who would do well with a family who have lots of space to run around. Apparently she was living rough for some time and proved very difficult to catch, so we are looking for a secure garden in case she takes fright again. There is no sign of that happening to be honest as she happily goes on walks with all the volunteers, but we have to be aware of and respect her history. We think Pippi is about 5 or 6 years and so we think any children in her new family need to be from 6 years old and older.

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Rag is a typical working Collie boy too... What that means is that he is sensitive to sounds and movement and needs to work his Collie brain on a daily basis by fulfilling his natural need to work and chase. Collies can live happily in an urban environment once their needs are met, but if they come from a very rural environment, it can take a while for them to adjust to the noises, traffic and people that make up a town.

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* Booked * Toby is looking for a new home as he was a bit too lively for his former senior owner. Toby is a friendly young dog who is very good with children and they love him in return.

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Sasha is a lovely affectionate girl that arrived in recently. More information coming soon.

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* Booked * Update * Lucy’s home offer has fallen through so she is available again. Lucy has a heart murmur that means she cannot be spayed so will need to have injections twice yearly to prevent heats. She is just becoming housetrained now after lots of work from her fosterer but will need someone able to continue with that. This is the reality of unscrupulous breeders.... unhealthy dogs. She also will eat her own faeces but with vigilance this can be managed and stopped. On the plus side she is an absolute darling, loves to snuggle and great with gentle kids, other dogs, chickens and cats. * My name is Lucy and I am a happy, A+ snuggly little Pomeranian lady. Are you already in love? Tonight humans, I must say, I feel very sorry for the MADRA rehoming team. You see, I am in need of a spectacular home.....and I hear that the internet is the way to go in regards to finding one. Now, seeing as I am an utter SWEETHEART and I've got cuteness coming out my ears, I hope and suspect that there will be a lot of interest in me......which may result in many late nights for the rehoming team as they go through endless amounts of Adoption Questionnaires for me to find a million star home for me! Well a girl can dream, right? I had four babies and let me tell you, they were the most adorable little fluffmuffins you have ever seen. They took after their pretty mummy everyone said. Not surprisingly they've all landed on their floofy little paws and now it's time for Mama to find a home of her own too. Luckily for me, I went into a foster home so I didn't have to raise my little ones in the shelter.....shout out to my foster mum, words can't express the gratitude and love I feel for her. She was there from the start with my babies and helped me get them prepared for the world so we have an unmistakable bond for life. Now about me: I am REALLY good natured, like I just love EVERYONE! I am very particular about finding someone who has a nice, welcoming lap for me to plonk my fluffy bum on regularly throughout the day! My foster mum has helped me with my house-training so you can thank her for that. Now, I absolutely love other dogs but truth be told....I LOVE being the star!!!!! I will insist on being the focus of all attention going, cos if there is a petting going, I want all hands in my direction! I love humans so I wouldn't like to go to a home where I would be left all on my lonesome for ages every day cos that would be boring. I hope your heart is beating faster for me....so hurry up now and get your Adoption Questionnaires in for me quick (no bribes accepted! :)

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* Booked * Please help us find gorgeous Gilbert a family of his own. He is a shy and nervous Kelpie X boy. He is very gentle and sweet natured though and trusts his humans here. He doesn't walk that well on lead but he's learning. He absolutely LOVES other dogs and would do well in an adult only home with a friendly resident dog to help his confidence. A home in the countryside with kind people would be ideal to help Gilbert shine. He deserves nothing but the very BEST.

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Beautiful Mariah has the most hypnotising eyes doesn't she? She is usually full of bounce and cheer but she's very subdued today. She is recovering from being spayed and she has also had prolapsed lady parts which has been treated...so she's really been through the mill lately so we are on the look out for nothing less than a ten star home for her. Wait until you meet her, this girl is bursting with enthusiasm for life! She's super bubbly and has a big hello for everyone she encounters. She is a big fan of playing chase with her doggy pals in our paddock....of course she knows full well they haven't a hope of catching her! She will come back into her bed afterwards for an epic snooze marathon. She is a lovely-natured, curious girl and who is guaranteed to bring her infectious joy to your life! She can be a little jumpy so she would be too bouncy for very small children but older children who would play with her would be ideal!

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Bella’s owner has moved to Australia and sadly wasn’t in a position to bring Bella. Her Mum is currently looking after Bella but works very long hours and doesn’t feel it is fair to Bella so she is looking for a new home. She is an easy going lady who is not territorial and they said not too energetic either! She has lived with large and small dogs (Terrier.). Her owner in Oz sent us the following description... “Bella's the sweetest dog on the planet, never makes a fuss (except about cats!) I feel like she would thrive with a family with older kids, or an elderly person who may want company, she loves company. Bella is about 9 years old and is housetrained, very easy to walk, no pulling. Doesn't mind other dogs, never barks unless she wants to come in, has manners, gives hugs and paws, she's a beautiful loyal girl and it's with reluctance that we have to find her forever home.”

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Here is some of what Rhubarb’s current owner had to say about her... “Rhubarb is a four year old Black Labrador, Collie crossbreed. She is 60cm(2ft) in height. Is very friendly and likes to be around humans and other dogs. She’ll lick a stranger if they let her. She adores being part of the pack and does not like being left alone. She needs to be in an active house, or if possible doggy daycare. She gets on very well with other dogs, is playful and loves football, a lot! Rhubarb has a high energy level and is very strong. So she would suit owners that are physically fit and able to handle her strength. She requires two walks a day, morning and evening with one or two weekly runs off leash in an enclosed area. Rhubarb is the ideal dog for people who like to exercise, run and keep fit. A special dog to have around, both fun and loving she will enhance the wellbeing of those around her.”

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***FIVE STAR HOME NEEEDED ASAP *** We haven't given you an update on our lovable boy Goldie in awhile. Goldie has been in our care for TEN MONTHS and shelter life was really taking a toll on him. He was overwhelmed, incredibly stressed out and it was difficult for our kennel crew to watch him deteriorating as the days rolled by, despite our efforts to provide enrichment, but nothing we could do could change the fact that he was living in a shelter. Luckily, along came the Doyle family and offered him a foster home. They've all fallen for him completely. [THANKS GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING!] We're not surprised they're all smitten with him..his tail is always wagging when he sees his favourite people. The arrangement was always a foster one as they're not in a position to adopt a dog. They've said he is fantastic with people, loves a lot of company and that he is a VERY clever boy (who needs lots of mental stimulation to keep him happy.) Goldie is a two year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix whom we all love dearly. The good stuff: 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. 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. He loves his toys and treat filled Kongs and Kong Wobbler. He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. Goldie is a really 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 your help with: He would love a home where someone will help him with his training as he can get over-excited at times and jumpy as a result of his enthusiasm... but this is something we can help a potential adopter work on with him and trust us, his endless love is worth the wait. He isn't always comfortable meeting new dogs so a rural location with a secure garden would be ideal for him. Once he finds a suitable home, we know he will make the greatest companion. He really can't stay in foster indefinitely and it would be awful to bring him back to our shelter, which causes him so much stress. Has anyone a spot in their heart and home for this special boy? Photos by Tracy Kirby.

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* Update - Laura is coming on in leaps & bounds and is now taking short walks on lead. She would suit a quiet house with another dog for company and a secure garden. * Laura really needs your help. She is a bit overwhelmed by the pound and now our kennels and she would do so much better in a home environment where she could relax a wee bit more. She doesn't walk on lead yet though but once someone has the time & patience she will learn quickly. She is still very shy so she needs a home with a secure garden and possibly another steady dog to give her confidence. She is only about 3 years old and we just know she will turn into a super faithful friend once she is in the right environment.

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* Booked * Another shy Collie girl, very small in size. Can only go into a rehab home at the moment with someone who is skilled and has the time for her. Preferably another steady dog and secure garden too.

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* Update * Wall-E and Eva..... Their story of rehabilitation slowly continues. It has been almost three months since we picked them up from the pound. They are only about a year old but they are only now starting to understand what it means to trust, just that little bit..... They are so poorly under socialised that absolutely everything is terrifying for them. They've been wary for so long that what we consider kindness is a foreign concept to them. They've been cautiously eating from our hands the past few weeks. However, they are utterly petrified of being touched and the sight of a lead sends them scurrying into the back of their kennel in fear. So, the next step was to start feeding them in the hallway outside of their kennel. This was a big step when they braved leaving their kennel. They would scurry back into their kennel at the slightest noise but then they would get curious and slowly come creeping out again. We built on this until they were ready to brave the outside world. The door was open so they could run back to their kennel if they felt overwhelmed at any stage, but they're gradually getting braver. We abandoned the bowls and started scatter feeding them in the yard. You can see their brains clocking in for the work of sniffing out their food. Initially they would hang around the building door so they could be ready to retreat at any point to the safety and security of their kennel....but then they kept sniffing the ground and moving further away from the kennel. Soon they were sniffing out other smells than food and then something glorious happened...they started lifting their heads to look around them, wary but interested now in their surroundings. It's still all very scary and new for them, but they are curious....and Eva shyly wags her tail at us now. In the yard, they've gradually started coming over to us (as we sit quietly on the wet ground!) and eating the food from our hands outside as well. We are really focusing on engaging their brains to help reduce their fears and it's gradually working. Rehabilitation like this is never a quick fix but we live for the little milestones. We'll keep you posted on their story, Eva and Wall-E, just two of the several "tricky" dogs currently in our care right now. Baby steps but we'll get there...************ Wall-E and Eva are two youngsters found dumped on the bog after the Ballinasloe fair. They are not ready for homing yet as they are terribly traumatised & upset but they could go into foster if we found the right person. They would need a secure garden, a steady calm existing dog (or two) and someone at home during the day. They currently hide in the corner of their kennel and cannot be touched, which obviously means no leads either at the moment.

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* Update * Wall-E and Eva..... Their story of rehabilitation slowly continues. It has been almost three months since we picked them up from the pound. They are only about a year old but they are only now starting to understand what it means to trust, just that little bit..... They are so poorly under socialised that absolutely everything is terrifying for them. They've been wary for so long that what we consider kindness is a foreign concept to them. They've been cautiously eating from our hands the past few weeks. However, they are utterly petrified of being touched and the sight of a lead sends them scurrying into the back of their kennel in fear. So, the next step was to start feeding them in the hallway outside of their kennel. This was a big step when they braved leaving their kennel. They would scurry back into their kennel at the slightest noise but then they would get curious and slowly come creeping out again. We built on this until they were ready to brave the outside world. The door was open so they could run back to their kennel if they felt overwhelmed at any stage, but they're gradually getting braver. We abandoned the bowls and started scatter feeding them in the yard. You can see their brains clocking in for the work of sniffing out their food. Initially they would hang around the building door so they could be ready to retreat at any point to the safety and security of their kennel....but then they kept sniffing the ground and moving further away from the kennel. Soon they were sniffing out other smells than food and then something glorious happened...they started lifting their heads to look around them, wary but interested now in their surroundings. It's still all very scary and new for them, but they are curious....and Eva shyly wags her tail at us now. In the yard, they've gradually started coming over to us (as we sit quietly on the wet ground!) and eating the food from our hands outside as well. We are really focusing on engaging their brains to help reduce their fears and it's gradually working. Rehabilitation like this is never a quick fix but we live for the little milestones. We'll keep you posted on their story, Eva and Wall-E, just two of the several "tricky" dogs currently in our care right now. Baby steps but we'll get there...************ Wall-E and Eva are two youngsters found dumped on the bog after the Ballinasloe fair. They are not ready for homing yet as they are terribly traumatised & upset but they could go into foster if we found the right person. Eva is slightly more curious than Walle-e. They would need a secure garden, a steady calm existing dog (or two) and someone at home during the day. They currently hide in the corner of their kennel and cannot be touched, which obviously means no leads either at the moment.

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