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* Booked * A very frightened little Cocker Spaniel type girl who was found wandering on a country road. She has not had it easy so far judging from her demeanor. Bindy will need someone experienced with a shut-down dog like this and has a fully secure garden as she does not know how to walk on lead yet. Bindy has not teamed up with another dog while here but she may benefit from another dog in the house until she learns to trust humans a bit more.

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Luna is a large girl, possibly a Husky or Akita x, who was surrendered due to the outrageous issue with landlords and pets in this country. Luna has lived happily in a family environment with other dogs and children but we are not so sure about cats. She is an easy girl who is coping well in kennels, but we would really like to find her a new home as soon as possible.

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In foster * Forrest is a cheeky little Cairn Terrier X. He is only 10 months old and is full of the joys of youth. But... don't be upset if he isn't your best friend straight away. Forrest takes a little while to trust new people but once he does, he will love you forever. So, he will need someone to give him space and patience as he adjusts to his new home. Forrest is much happier and more confident when he is with other dogs so a canine companion is a must for his adoptive home. He will also need a 100% secure garden. He also isn’t keen on cats.

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Sadly Barry seems to be invisible to visitors at the kennels :( He is an adorable boy who would suit an older person and a quieter house. He is active though and loves his walks.

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* Booked * Direct from Home * Sadie is being rehomed due to a change in her family’s circumstances and through no fault of her own. Her owner said Sadie is very good with children, adults & dogs. She’s an only dog currently but they think she’d probably like to have a dog sibling. She’s a very energetic girl who likes and will need lots of exercise. They also said Sadie is a lovely, playful and friendly dog. She likes attention and just loves to be petted. Sadie really loves her walks. She’s also house-trained.

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Alrighty, where are our German Shepherd fans? Clara is big & bouncy and will really need an experienced owner and ideally a home in the country. Clara has issues with resource guarding also. She is almost full GSD and can be a bit barky with other dogs and appears aggressive sometimes, she isn't though, she’s just a young, bouncy youngster. We think she could share with another dog if we could find a good match. With a shiny black coat and such loving brown eyes, she's bound to light up your life. Clara exhibits the best features of German Shepherds - curious, alert, clever and brave. Imagine having such a companion all to yourself! We here at MADRA are delighted to have met her. Our happiness would be complete if Miss Clara was to find a home of her own, with someone who would bring out the best in her. Are you up to the task?

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Storm was taken in by a lovely lady who wanted a better life for him, as he was being left chained up outside for a lot of his life, unfortunately this lady is not in a position to keep him long term and is looking for a great home for a deserving great dog. We are looking for a home with a secure garden for Storm. Storm is house-trained. Here are some other things his current guardian had to say about him.... Storm is a 3 year old boy with a big heart. He is very friendly and playful. Storm always greats you with a smile. He sits and gives the paw, loves playing with toys and messing. He sneaks kisses any chance he gets and loves walks. He is great with other dogs and I would love him to have a home with plenty of walks and a seat by the fire. It’s hard not to fall in love with him with his talks and smiles. He’ll make a great addition to the family.

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Comrade is a lovely old gent, a true gent who has been living on the streets for a while. He is calm & kind and needs a good bath & grooming to restore him to his former glory. He is a low maintenance boy who likes his walks but is happy to chill too. A secure garden will be important as he is used to wandering around the village saying hello to everyone!

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Yo folks, Buddy is my name and just look at moi...I can strike a goofy pose but I also know how to rock a serious face too....I am truly a photographer's dream. Modest, ohhh yes I know that!!! The first thing you will notice when you meet me is my big grinning face, my lovely long coat and then you will notice that I am a tripawd (missing a front leg.) Now honestly, I think that just makes me even more unique! I am only four so I am still a high energy, fun & happy collie boy. Three legged doggos like me certainly don't let a thing like missing a leg hold them back on missing out on all the fun life has to offer. I am bursting with good health and I love meeting new people here but I'm aching to have a family to cuddle up with in the evenings, especially on stormy evenings....I bet if you're really honest with yourself, you would love that too. So what d'ya say?? Can I come live with you?

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Laura is currently in foster but would really like to get settled in her forever home now. This is what her foster Mum had to say about her... “Laura is such a sweet girl. She has her independent streak, so while she doesn’t like being far from you, she won't be on top of you. Laura is an indoor dog, she loves her warm comfy spots whether sofa, chair or at the end of your bed. Laura definitely needs a very secure garden for her favourite game of one way fetch, you throw the ball, she chases it, but hasn't quite gotten to the returning the ball part! Laura enjoys her walks, perhaps not as much as her games of chasing balls! But she will happily trot alongside you. She doesn’t need marathon walks. Some days she is perfectly happy with a run round the garden with you then back in for a lovely snooze. She will need a well-fitting harness, her body shape makes it too easy for her to slip a collar Laura will do her best in a home with another easy-going dog or two and someone home most of the day. She doesn't like being left alone for long periods of time, even with another dog for company. Laura is housetrained, she is ok with cats too, but given she can be a bit nervous, she will do best in an all adult home. *** She was a bit overwhelmed by the pound and then our kennels but she is doing so much better in her current (foster) home environment where she can relax a wee bit more. She is still quite shy so she needs a patient and understanding owner. She is only about 4 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 * Harley & Ted are two male GSD who have been surrendered through no fault of their own. They are stunning dogs of 2 years & 2.5 years and are happy to be homed together or separately as a companion for another dog. They are typical GSD in that they are lively, intelligent and emotional and we are looking for new owners who are home during the day, have a secure garden and have previous experience with the breed. They are very friendly and happy guys but as they are still young they will need ongoing training to keep them well mannered.

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Harley & Ted are two male GSD who have been surrendered through no fault of their own. They are stunning dogs of 2 years & 2.5 years and are happy to be homed together or separately as a companion for another dog. They are typical GSD in that they are lively, intelligent and emotional and we are looking for new owners who are home during the day, have a secure garden and have previous experience with the breed. They are very friendly and happy guys but as they are still young they will need ongoing training to keep them well mannered.

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We can't believe Apollo hasn't been snapped up...he has been with us for three and a half months already. He has so much fun playing with his dog friends here. He loves to show off his sit and paw! He is such a fun-loving boy who loves to learn. He would love to live in the countryside with space to run around with his friends. He is great with kids although he's a bit too boisteous for smaller ones. He is a strong boy but he loves people and really just needs someone who will continue with his training. We really want to find a wonderful home for Apollo, let's make some magic happen for this happy boy. Thanks to PurpleBlues Pet Photography for taking some of Apollo’s photos.

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Hey there! My name is Bruce and I am a pawsome Labrador X boy, I possibly have Mastiff in my genetic make up? I want to thank you for checking out my bio and yes I promise you I am as handsome as you could ever hope for....I'm a total dream boat in both looks and personality. I'm a huge lover; I love treats, dogs, rubs, attention, more treats, long walks and I am sure I will love you too. I am only two years old so I am full of bounce and happiness. I'd be a bit too bouncy for kids I think. I can also be very enthusiastic on my walks so the folks here say you'll have to teach me some loose leash walking skills. That's OK if you don't know how to do that. The humans here will help and together we'll figure it out I'm sure! So I'm here waiting for my new family to swoop me away and let me have a life worth talking about and a place to call my very own. The humans say that I make them really happy cos I am forever wagging my tail. They also say I’m a baby, a very large baby, but a baby nonetheless. I am very soft & cuddly but I do like a chase so secure fencing is essential. I was fine with the kennel cats up close but I was well up for a chase when they ran! I am good with other dogs and would love someone to play with. So if you think we could bring some joy to each others lives, fill out the adoption Questionnaire ASAP and arrange a date with me. Bruce xo

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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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Hello, my name is my Eva. I was picked up by MADRA from the pound five months ago with my brother Wall-E, two more young, unwanted, unsocialised collie youngsters. We are only just over a year old but, truth be told we feel much older. We became known as "tricky" dogs. We were told that is an affectionate term used for the shut-down, under socialised, scared and nervous dogs like us. Sadly our life to date has been very down which has left us feeling very unsure of people and their intentions. Five months on and the humans are sad that they don't have more time to dedicate to us to help us feel less wary of the world. The folks here are kind though.They feed us, talk gently to us and let us go into the big pen for runs. They tell me that they believe I am resilient and that I can look forward to the happiness that is yet to come. I think about what “happiness” really is for me and I picture a life with a human who I could really grow to trust implicitly. One who will teach me that everything new isn't something terrifying. One who will know how to listen to me. One who will encourage me to slowly overcome my fears. One who won't get frustrated with me or give up on me. I think my happy forever home will include a very quiet home, a very secure garden with no loud cars whizzing by outside. I take comfort in other dogs so I am sure another dog would help me feel a bit braver. Gosh, all of this dreaming of a new life makes me nervous and if I am honest, a teeny bit excited at the same time. Please understand I will be very scared with new people, but my humans here will show you what I enjoy or dislike. I am not yet comfortable with leads or harnesses or anything like that. I am comfortable eating my breakfast out of human hands (once it's with people I know I can trust). The humans are using this thing called a clicker to help me learn that leads and coming close to humans are good things. I love the sound of that thing cos I know I am gonna get something yummy! I wag my tail furiously when I see the people I like but I don't feel comfortable if there's too much focus on me so you will have to allow me to progress gradually. Before I could even consider going to your house, I would like to meet you a few times because bonding is important to me and it takes me some time to trust new people. I've never been in house in my whole life so please understand if inside noises scare me and if I have accidents indoors. You will need to set up a hidey place for me to run to when I feel overwhelmed and where I can venture out of when I feel up to it. I need someone knowledgeable to help me learn how to live like other dogs do. Right now it's all one big confusing maze right now. Some people have said that me and my brother should stay together...but we both know we're not helping each other. We're both scared and we just reinforce our fears to each other. I am more comfortable being handled by humans than my brother. I am gentle and I need you to be gentle with me. We need separate homes with brave dogs who will take us under their wings and show us what it really means to be a happy, carefree dog....that's my dream...... Eva xxx Thanks to PurpleBlues Photography for my lovely photo.

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* Update * Wall-E and Eva..... Their story of rehabilitation slowly continues. It has been almost five 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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* Direct from Home * Simba is a smaller sized Rottie girl who has a good temperament and has lived with teenagers. She is fully house-trained and knows lots of cues. Simba has always been the only pet in the house so we think she might be better suited to being the only dog in her new home again. Simba is adored by her current owner but due to a change in accommodation circumstances, he is looking for a new owner that will give her the care she needs. We would like to see Simba settled with her new owners as soon as possible.

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Maximus is a super little guy who has lived as part of a family from when he was a very small puppy. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, his owners had to surrender him and he finds himself in a rescue centre, waiting for his new family to appear. Maximus is a Jack Russell crossed with a Staffie type and he has grown up with small children constantly around him. He is a happy chappy who is full of fun and loves nothing better than kicking a football around or chilling on the couch watching cartoons. The perfect family guy! Max can be a bit bouncy at times but has the real loving, affectionate & sensitive Staffie temperament. *** Thanks to PurpleBlues Pets Photography for the amazing photos and also this letter she wrote to Max.....Max… I would call you Avalanche… That would straight away be your name in our house! …. …. … This is going to be the most insane love letter ever written… LOVE letter to a dog. The dog! My soul mate… I go out to the kennels… I never think about meeting anyone. Because, well, I already have 4 pets and no space to add another. And yet sometimes your heart flutters… and it breaks! Because you realise that you just can’t adopt at the moment… and it means, this special dog will be lost to you forever. I met you in your kennel. You were so happy! And then we got to meet outside. And as I type this, I have a huge lump in my throat because I am trying to fight away the tears that already been falling for an hour since I opened your first photo to be edited. Max, you are little rascal! You are little cuckoo! You are a little energy ball of joy! You are what every fibre in my body loves in a dog! Energetic and eager to do something, to go somewhere, to find something new, explore a path that hasn’t been walked yet! That is what you would do, if I got a chance to bring you back home! We would cuddle together, while you would nibble on my chin as you so sweetly did back in the kennel and we would conquer the world together looking for new adventures every day! I am sure you are full of mischief and trouble! But I am also sure, you are easily bribed with toys and treats! I would show you how wonderful training and learning new tricks can be and I am sure you would show me how stubborn and uncooperative you can be! :D As every single relationship out there, I am sure we would have plenty of wonderful moments and some bad ones too… Perhaps sometimes we would fight over you choosing to chase a bird instead of coming back to me or not sitting down politely when asked… Perhaps sometimes you would puke all over my new carpet and I would not be pleased to clean it up but I am sure, all those silly quarrels would be forgotten the second I see your nose in the morning… I write this to you, so you would know, that there is another human out there for you! I am sure that human will come forward soon enough and you will get to live a wonderful life filled with love and belly rubs but I also want you to know, that I will never forget you! … not only you stole my heart, you also took a bit of my soul with you …

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Rocky is a big, energetic dog whose owner is going for surgery so can no longer exercise him. We would really like to get Rocky rehomed as soon as possible as he is used to being in a loving home all his life. According to his family, Rocky is very good in the house (He is house-trained.) Even though Rocky is an only pet, he does get on with other dogs. Here is what else his family had to say about him... “Rocky is a 5 year old black male Labrador Husky. He is very pleasant and friendly and loves the company of people. He is energetic and fun-loving. He likes to wander around the garden or go on long walks – particularly around the lake. He also likes to lounge around the house and lie in front of the fire. We are no longer able to give him the exercise he needs so reluctantly we are looking for a new home for him where he can enjoy the company of people who can take him for walks and enjoy him.”

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