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Introducing Sam, breaker of hearts! Two year old Sam came into us a couple of weeks ago as a stray via the dog warden. Sadly he wasn't microchipped and no-one has come looking for him....so it's time for him to make a new life for himself (with our help.) As we're sure you can guess from the photos....Sam has bags and bags of personality! He keeps us entertained daily with his funny antics. :) A typical JRT, he is nosy and likes to investigate everything around him. He adores his walks and sniffing out all the curious smells. He loves meeting volunteers at our shelter and getting fussed over. He will need a fully secure garden as we don't want him to end up lost and alone again. He wants to go to a home where he will be treated as part of the family and get brought on lots of adventures.

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Rex is a 2yo German Shepherd who had to be sadly surrendered by his family for accommodation reasons. He previously lived with CATS and older children. We are looking for an experienced owner for Rex.

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4yo Terrier X, Rica has just arrived into us from the pound. Rica is a little lady who loves a snuggle, a walk & a treat.

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* Direct from Home * This Merle Collie boy was adopted from us but it is not working out as he is "herding" their small dog. They would like Henry to go straight to a new home from them, without having to come back into the kennels. * Our striking boy Henry is on the look out for someone special. He's a two year old blue merle Collie who is absolutely everything you could ever want in a dog! He is friendly, gentle, affectionate and easy to walk....not to mention, absolutely gorgeous inside and out. The list goes on and on....and Henry had quite the fan club amongst our kennel crew. Considering he's a young Collie, he's pretty laid back by typical Collie standards. He's still looking for an active life of course, but we reckon once he gets his walkies, he will be more than happy to chill out with his people for the evenings. He gets on with everyone and is truly a pleasure to know.

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Dexter is a very cool, middle aged dude. He should suit lots of different people. 6yo Dexter is not a full Labrador Retriever but he’s a lovely neater size. He’s a lovely dog but as we have no history on him, we wouldn’t rehome him with small children.

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Taco is an 18 month old true-to-type high energy Collie, so therefore he’s not enjoying being couped up in the kennels too much. He’s a very friendly boy who is looking forward to finding his new home sooner rather than later!

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Milo was surrendered to the pound. He is a big soft boy who is struggling in kennels. Milo is an absolutely stunning looking boy too. We are looking for a home with experience of the breed.

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* Direct from Home * Jasper is a 6yo Terrier X. Jasper’s current owner has described Jasper as a nervous little dog, now more so since he was attacked by dogs on a walk, he has developed fear based barking now when he sees other dogs when out walking. He only likes short walks now. He would benefit hugely from an owner who has experience with nervous dogs. Jasper loves to play and fetch the ball...best to have two to throw though! ;) Jasper has been an indoor dog all his life, he even has his own king-sized bed! He is house trained and will bark or scratch when he needs to go out. We are looking for a dog and child free home for Jasper as his current owner feels this is what would suit him best. He has lived with a cat for the last four years so he probably wouldn’t object to a cat sibling. His owner just wants him to have a happy retirement cuddled up on a couch and be happy for his twilight years.

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Breezy is a very nice, small sized, energetic Lurcher girl. She has a strong chase instinct so she wouldn’t suit a novice owner. Secure fencing is a must for this lady.

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Hello, my name is Plum. I was already adopted once to a kind person before but sadly I had to come back to MADRA again which caused a whole lot of sadness all around. Being a sensitive girl, I am rather intimidated by all the big and loud mutts around me. I tend to be frightened of people who think they can pet me without making sure I am comfortable first. So I hope when you adopt me, you will make sure visitors give me space. However, once I gain trust I do relax and don’t want to leave your side. I then stretch out, yawn and turn on my back so that you can rub my belly. The folks laugh at me because while I love heading off on a stroll, once I have decided I have had enough, I turn on my heel and head back for the shelter! Look, I am all for having walks but you won't catch me entering any marathons any time soon!! Those crazy Collies here love tearing around the place but that's really not my style BUT If you are looking for a cute companion for watching the latest shows on Netflix, then pick me...I'm your girl. I am six years old and I like the simple comforts in life...a comfy bed, belly rubs when I request them and company. I am seeking a quiet life. I don't fancy living with children...and I think I would be happiest being the only dog in your world although I wouldn’t mind living with cats. The people here say that I am a sweet and very affectionate little lady indeed. So, may I please, please come and live with you forever and ever?

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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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* Direct from Home Adoption * Coco is an eight year old Yorkie girl who would prefer to be an only dog. She is very sweet and a bit shy and would suit an older person who was at home a lot and needs the company. Poor Coco is not great with young children but she would be fine with older children who could understand her sensitivities. She is neutered, vaccinated & chipped. Coco would benefit from an experienced owner.

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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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Once upon a time, in a little shelter that nestled between the rolling hills of Connemara and the wild Atlantic ocean, sat a young man named Baxter. Baxter was in a pickle. He thought he might be in custody. He didn't know why, because he was doing his very best to be a good boy, but every day, when the humans came to see him, they went away again, and he had to stay. Baxter did not understand at all. But he did what he could to express how confused and frightened he was. He had a big, loud bark, so he tried using his voice to express his feelings. That didn't work, it just made everybody jump. He tried to show how much he loved going out with his new friends, the volunteers. He loved playing ball and getting belly rubs with them. This worked a lot better. His new friends even took him to the beach! As Baxter explored the sandy dunes, he finally felt that he had managed to get the message across. This is where he liked to be - on adventures with his humans! However, disaster struck, because the humans did not entirely understand. They brought him back to the shelter, and said they had to go. Baxter was everything that an 11 month old Labrador X boy should be. Affectionate, bouncy, cordial, diligent...he was the whole package! He knew he didn't have any skills yet, but he was only a baby. His human would send him to training school. He knew that because the volunteers chatted to him and told him that a special human had to come and bail him out. They'd send him to school and teach him to speak human. "When that happens, it's called an adoption", they said. This adoption could not come soon enough for Baxter. He knew it would be hard work, but he was ready for the job. You've got to walk the human every day, remind them where the food is, in case they forget, and most of all, keep their sides warm in the evenings when the sun goes down...they're happiest when they're cosy. Every day that passed left him wanting more than morsels of attention that the volunteers had to share with all the dogs at the kennels. He set about making sure that he smiled for the camera, he looked over every wall, he checked under every rock. Just in case his human saw him. Then they'd realise that he was waiting for them, and they could take him home. Baxter is just a big puppy, people don't see beyond the big, black look of him though. He loves puppies and he plays hard. Could be a great second dog if we could make the right match for him. He’s a great watch dog too.

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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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* Direct from Home * Suzie has spent most of her life tied up outside. A kind lady has taken her in now but isn’t in a position to keep her long term so is looking for a nice new, suitable home for her. Suzie would probably prefer to be the only dog in the house although she is currently living with a cat who she gets along fine with. She’s a very smart dog who loves her exercise and is enjoying being walked on lead now. She has been described as a really lovely dog who deserves an opportunity to live out the rest of her life as a loved pet, finally.

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* Direct from Home * Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often...Blue is a young (just turning one in June,) stunning looking boy who lives happily with a cat (pictured on couch together) and an older small dog. He is also good with small children and he is not a high energy boy. His family said he is very gentle, that there isn’t a bad bone in his body and he has a really lovely nature. He has a lovely family, who adore him and for that reason they want a more suitable home for him. Blue would love to have more company and he’d definitely prefer to have at least another dog friend too in his new home. Blue would definitely need a secure garden in his new home also. Blue has Carpal Laxity Syndrome, so from the knee down his front right leg is growing crooked. He has recently gotten a support to wear (pictured) which he can wear for walks etc. to help support this leg. It velcros easily off and on and he doesn’t mind wearing it. It’ll probably need to be replaced every 6-12 months. Blue has so many good traits, we really hope that this won’t put people off, offering a good home to such a great dog.

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Betty is our new "tricky" girl. She shows no aggression but we can't get near her yet, as she is just too terrified. Giving her some space and working gently with her for now...we’ll keep you updated on her progress.

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We hate to start off on a sad note BUT our lovely Luna is getting very depressed living in a kennel. She is so full of happiness when she gets to go on walks but she drops to the ground when it comes to going back into our shelter. We are doing the best we can to make life better for her but she's used to a happy home life with home comforts and lots of love. Luna was surrendered, with great sadness, due to the outrageous issue with landlords and pets in this country. Luna has lived happily with other dogs and children, we were sure she would be snapped up.... She's friendly to everyone she meets, loves her walks and her chill out time too but yet she is still waiting. Luna is possibly a Husky or Akita X and she's five years old. If you are in a position to adopt, please consider arranging a meet and greet with Luna...she will bring such joy and happiness to your life.

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Eva before & after - Foster/Forever home needed. - Who remembers when our "Tricky" girl Eva arrived in? She was just about the saddest, most pitiful, frightened little girl. She cowered in her kennel and was terrified of humans, due to a lack of socialisation in her previous life. Life was so hard for her.... everything new was terrifying. Now here we are....eight months on and Eva is proof of the power of patience when it comes to rehabilitating rescue dogs. Eva has blossomed into such a doll now! Her tail is always wagging and she lights up when she sees us now and how it makes us smile. Our kennel crew get so attached to all the dogs in our care but there's a special place in our hearts for our "trickies" like Eva who come into us without any coping skills in life...and to watch them slowly come out of their sad shells is a joy we can never quite explain....it makes all the long days, in all weathers, totally worthwhile. To know we can make such a difference in how a dog views people and the world around them, is truly one of the best parts of our job. Eva is still understandably a bit shy. She really needs another dog (or two) for her confidence but she is SO READY to find a human of her own to adopt her and help her flourish. Eva spent a brief period in foster with one of our kennel crew and she did amazingly well coping in a home environment. She found the couch in no time. She is crate trained and loves the safety of her cozy little den. It's been a tough eight months for her and for us watching her struggle to overcome her fears but she is such a little sweetheart now and we're all so very proud of her. We have brought her as far as we can in a shelter environment. Now she really needs someone experienced to step forward to foster her or even better, adopt her, and show her what being part of a family is all about..... An adult only home and a secure garden in a quiet area are essential for Eva.

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