Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway | Email: info@madra.ie | Phone: 091 584 274 

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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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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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* Update from Fosterers - Our pretty little terrier girl Casey has been in foster the last few weeks. Initially she was so scared, she hid under the sofa. Now she has come out of her shell and her foster mum can't believe the progress she has made in such a short space of time. Her foster parents will be going away soon and we would really hate to bring Casey back to the kennels so we would love to find her a human of her own ASAP. Casey is a lovely dog, she’s very obedient, she can now walk without the leash, and she loves, loves, loves eating so foodies of Ireland, where are you at?!?!?!? Casey is terrified of darkness and shadows so she gets a bit nervous and barks sometimes. At the beginning she was very shy and terrified though, so she barely barked. When she gets scared, she will hide her head away in a pillow.(pictured.) Casey has made it clear she does NOT like cats! At night, she sleeps in her foster parents bed as otherwise she will cry so she will need help from a trainer to overcome this. Casey is VERY friendly, bundles of fun....and simply full of love and cuddles. When her foster mum is at home with her, she barely realises Casey is there because she’s very quiet. She loves running and playing with the ball so champion ball throwers only need apply for this little monkey! **** Luna is always ready to soak up belly rubs and snuggles from our volunteers! This pretty wag-tastic girl is a petite terrier collie mix who enjoys playing with other dogs and loves to cuddle. She is around two years old. This little gem has a bubbly personality and wants to be everyone's pal! Luna is a super little dog who would most likely suit as a second dog who could build up her confidence a bit. She gets anxious after dark, particularly with sounds and lights, so urban living will not suit her and she likes to sleep in a cosy dark place (under a blanket or under the bed). She has lived with older children in the past. We are looking for a rural home with someone home during the day and a secure garden. She can escape from anywhere if she really wants to (she climbs like a monkey, trust us!) but only when she gets lonely. This graceful gal is a total sweetheart who will rest her head on her person's lap for love and affection. She will need to be an indoor dog where she can snuggle up next to you on the couch.
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Poor Annie. Annie is much too old to be out wandering in this weather but unfortunately that is exactly how she came to us. Annie is 10 -12 years old and has substantial arthritis so she limps along favouring different legs at different times! She is full of life though and jumps around like a young wan, loving her walks and her cuddles. Her most favourite thing in the whole world is her tennis ball! She brings it everywhere with her, even on walks! She adores her toys although she's not a fan of sharing them with her canine pals! Annie is looking for a retirement home to spend her senior years. Can you help this super lovable girl out?
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Introducing Nelly! This adorable girl has had some home offers and we suspect she won't be with us long. She is under assessment by our team.....BUT we simply couldn't resist sharing her photos after her groom today from AJ. Nelly is an itty bitty lady who gets along really well with other dogs, walks well on lead and is affectionate once she knows she can trust you. And yes, she has those pleading eyes which are very hard to resist! She is around two and a half years old and we think she is maybe a cavachon. Nelly loves people and is ready for her very own person. She is cute and endearing -- everyone who meets her loves her. However, we know she's not a fan of younger children so older teenagers and adults who will really respect her space are best suited for this little lady. She was a scruffy powder puff before groomer AJ arrived in, like a superhero (no cloak though) and whisked her away for a much needed groom to get rid of some matts and give her an all over tidy up. We weren't even sure it was actually Nelly when she came back to us. Doesn't she look incredible? And more importantly, she is sure to feel much more comfortable now after her groom. Thanks so much AJ for taking time out today to groom our MADRA puppers. We wish him all the best in his upcoming new grooming venture! For grooming needs, contact AJ 0851654336.
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* Booked * To end up in a rescue shelter once is unfortunate....to end up here twice is just devastating. Fozzie is my name and I am a six year old Elkhound X gentle giant. I came to MADRA many years ago and they helped me find the most perfect family imaginable...no exaggeration, I was loved so deeply and every day was even better than the last. We had years of magical memories, fun and I comforted them through any hard times. I was the best boy, they told me that every day.... But sadly, it wasn't to last and all too soon..it happened... the sun fell out of my sky. My humans searched for months and months in Dublin to find a house where they would be allowed to bring me. I saw how upset it made them. I tried to keep a brave face but I loved my family so much that I didn't want them to become homeless because of me. We made a decision to contact the folks at MADRA, I knew they would come to my aid once again. So here I am, back at the shelter that I left many moons ago thinking I would never set foot in here again. Don't get me wrong. The people are nice and all but it's not the same as having a family of my very own. Some dogs have sadly never known the love I have. I was so loved so much and my little human gave the MADRA people my special backpack with all my important possessions and a letter about me. I am a super friendly boy to everyone I meet. I have a big fluffy coat and people tend to fawn all over me because I am such a handsome boy. I am wonderful with humans big and small and I am friendly to other dogs. I am house-trained. I love, love, love walks but equally, I will like just being by your side. It has been a very upsetting few weeks and I know my heartbroken family would love to see me settled in a new home soon with a family who love me as much as they do. It's been a huge upheaval leaving my family and coming back to this shelter so I would love to receive the news today that my stay here won't be a long one.....
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* Direct from Home * Adoption due to Kova needing to be surrendered by her current owner. Here is what her owner had to say about this lovely girl... “Meet Kova, a super affectionate Siberian Husky girl who loves people! She is quite petite for a Husky only weighing 19Kgs and she turns 8 years old in October. She is very sociable and absolutely loves going on long walks on her lead. She is a playful girl and would love a canine companion of similar size. As she is a Husky she will need plenty of activity and a large secure garden to play in, but, she is relatively low energy by typical Husky standards! We are heartbroken to have to find a new home for Kova, but her current owner is an older lady who is unable to take Kova on those long walks that she loves so much!! Can you offer Kova a secure home and take her on long walks?? If you can, she will love you (and lick you) with every ounce of her fluffy being!” Kova also has some muscle wastage in her left back leg due to an injury as a pup. She is on Rheumocam daily to prevent inflammation which costs about €35 every 6-8 weeks.
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* Direct from Home Adoption * If you associate Hugo with the suffix Boss, we can't blame you - our lovely Hugo is just that, a #1 man. He has all the mischief and happiness of a beagle, and all the intelligence and warmth of a staffie. Is this a winning combination? We think so! Hugo loves his family, and will do anything to protect them, which is a sweet sentiment, but he needs a family that will show him that guests are welcome, and to establish some behavioural boundaries. You don't have to take it from us, though - his current family can attest to his character and here is what they have to say about him! "Hugo is a 7 year old Beagle X Staffie. He's great in the house and loves to be cuddled up on your lap watching tv. He loves a bit of David Attenborough especially the bird ones :D He is not interested in toys but loves playing with Nala [his sister]. He's also very clean in the house and has never chewed anything. He's a smart dog and knows lots of tricks, he's an expert beggar and could spend all of dinner time on his back legs :) Although he's very happy in the house he also loves to be out and about, he'll happily jump into his crate in the car but is even happier when he's allowed in the front seat. Being part beagle means that sometimes he can't resist a scent so he needs to be reminded to stay near you when out and about. He has arthritis, but at the moment he's only on medication when needed and it's recommended that he doesn't do too much road walking. He's also happy living with our cat but himself and Nala share a great bond. He'd love to be cuddled up in bed with her all the time but she likes her own space which he respects. He really is the dream dog."
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Meet poor boy Teddy.... This gentle boy arrived through our gates a couple of weeks ago. He is still absolutely terrified of us and he is finding life in a noisy shelter completely overwhelming. He is only around one year old and he is in need of a calm and understanding foster home. Sadly, the reality is that we have several shut down collies in our care and we are unable to give them all what they need here. :( It is very difficult to make progress with shut-down dogs in a shelter environment. Teddy needs: 1) An adult only foster home with someone who will give him the time and space he needs to gain confidence, 2) He would be a flight risk so he will need a 100% secure garden, 3) He needs a friendly and calm resident dog to help him learn the ropes in life. It's likely that Teddy wasn't socialised or handled much in his early life, so he really needs someone who can start at the very basics with him. We will give back-up support to anyone who can foster Teddy or any of our other shut-down collies a space to flourish. Teddy is so miserable at the kennels, he doesn't even perk up when we call him using our best Mr. Bean impression. Looking at his downcast eyes and drooping ears, it causes our hearts to do a sad little flip. This is where you come in, world. Yes! You! We need a home for our Teddy - somewhere quiet, with a patient and kind human to encourage him out of his shell. He's only a year old, and as a collie, he's more than smart enough to realise that MADRA people are a different breed. We know that Teddy has a long and happy life ahead of him as part of a loving family. And with a name like that, he's gotta be hiding a warm and cuddly nature deep down under his scared exterior. If you have what it takes to perk those ears up, get in touch with our rehoming team - Teddy needs you!
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Ivy has come into our care after spending her last five months in a pound, waiting to be chosen. It may be her breed, it may be her colour, but for the lucky family who adopt her all these will fade into insignificance. She is such a sweet & kind dog, it makes it all the sadder that she has been waiting so long for her new life to start. She is in a foster home who are helping to get her properly settled into life on the outside prior to rehoming her. Ivy is about 4 years old and is a Pitbull cross.
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* In foster * This little pup may be a Cairn type crossed with something larger. He was found on a busy walking area so if he was put there deliberately then the intention was that he would be found and cared for....It is unlikely that he got there himself. He is a super cute boy who is in good condition. He is in a nice cosy foster home now and seems to have no real lasting trauma after his experience.
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**** In Foster **** Alrighty, where are our German Shepherd fans at??? We need your help for a super girl who needs a foster home ASAP. This is Clara. Clara is only about 4 months old but is under ongoing medical assessment. She has lameness due to hip issues (hip dysplasia) so we are looking for a stable foster home for her. She will need short walks and restricted exercise for the next 6 weeks after which point she will be re-assessed by our vet. Despite her condition, Clara is a lively, engaging young lady and will need lots of attention, toys and cuddles. Someone once told me that it is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more puppies. Ever since, I've become aware of my dopey grin emerging in the presence of such soft, cuddly, playful innocence. Do you think this doesn't apply to you? If so, meet Clara, a 5 month old German Shepherd. She's going to be a fine lady when she grows up! Our Clara could turn a frown upside down, easy peasy! With a shiny black coat, and such loving brown eyes, she's bound to light up your life. Clara came to us from the pound, so we don't know what her life was like up to now. We do know, however, that she must have had it pretty good - she is trusting, snuggly, and a very loving girl. Clara exhibits the best features of GSD pups - 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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* Booked * #SpecialAppeal #TrickyAlex Behind every dark cloud the sun still shines, waiting for the right wind to blow the cloud away. We are delighted to tell you that the cloud hanging over our "Tricky" boy Alex is FINALLY moving away........ After almost TWO YEARS at our shelter, he is learning to trust us. He was rescued from a hoarding situation in 2016 with the rest of his family who were all semi-feral. The last photo is how miserable Alex was for many months as he was deeply fearful of humans. The #Tricky family needed serious rehabilitation and they all progressed at different rates but for several of them we couldn't touch them for months....it took "Tricky" Sam eight months to leave the safety of his bed and finally go outside and it was a major celebration when he finally took a treat from our hand. Now he lives with one of our kennel crew & FB admin team...these days he only gets called a Tricky when he is showing off all the tricks he knows. ;) It took his brother Peter a year before we could handle him and he took us all by surprise as he blossomed into a social butterfly who stole our hearts completely. With help from Border Collie Trust GB he found a home with people who are helping him to thrive every day. It took our boy Alex here even longer to leave his bed. Gradually he started going into our yard with his pals for short bursts. Touching him or putting a lead on him was out of the question. Gradually he became braver. And now over 700 days since he first arrived, he bounds out of his kennel when he sees us and happily follows us around the yard or our specially made #Trickyville pen wagging his tail! :) We spent many long evenings after all the dogs were tended to, scatter feeding him around the yard to gain his trust. He is still not comfortable being handled and he is no-where near ready for a lead but we continue to work on slowly building up his confidence and his trust in his....And it's working!!!! He will now happily eat treats off our laps and arms, although he is still nervous of eating from our hands but that's OK. We don't want to set him back in any way so it's important that he dictates the pace. Progress is happening and we rejoice when we see the little milestones. Having Alex bound towards us wagging his tail and taking treats from us is a joy we genuinely can't even describe! Alex deserves to shine and we would love to get him into a long-term foster home to help with his rehabilitation. He will need to go to a quiet home with someone who has experience with feral or fearful dogs. He can jump our pens so high, secure fencing is a must as if he got out, it would be impossible to get him back. A friendly, confident resident dog is hugely important as he has never been apart from other dogs and his pals here have been instrumental in helping him become braver. He will need someone who will understand he can't be rushed or forced into making progress; rather he needs someone who can gently encourage him along. He won't be a quick fix by any means but for someone who has the time, energy and motivation we feel that Alex could thrive much quicker than he ever can in a shelter environment. It would be a big commitment and if we moved Alex somewhere new after all this time, it will be unsettling for him so we would need someone to commit to him for a couple of months at the very least. None of our team are in a position to give him what he needs right now in a home environment but if you think you can help, we will offer full back up support. We just know he is going to be a star. Can anyone help him shine? ***Alex is one of the members of the "Tricky" family who came to us from a hoarding situation in 2016. The “Trickies” spent their whole lives living in a kitchen, unaware that there was a whole other world outside of this. Being removed from the only environment that they had ever known was deeply traumatic for them. They needed heroes. They needed people to be patient, gentle and compassionate to help them adapt to some level of a "normal" life. They would also need friendly resident dogs to show them the ropes. Secure gardens are a must if you would like to foster one of our Trickies and we will provide full back up support to anyone who can selflessly welcome Alex or Brenda into their home to heal.
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* Booked * The Urban dictionary describes anyone with the name Skye as "The most beautiful girl you will ever meet... She is very loyal... She can be shy sometimes when it comes to meeting new people but when she opens up to you she is the funniest person you will every talk to." Well, our Skye will more than live up to her name, but she needs you to make it happen! Miss Skye is four months old, and she is completely feral. She's a dogs dog, and she does not trust humans so much - yet! The amazing kennel team are working with her to bring up her socialisation, and here's what we know so far. If you value your fingers, don't touch Skyes food! She's very protective of her breakfast and dinner, as she hasn't quite realised that it will be here today, and tomorrow, and the next day too! Skye will need someone with infinite patience and some experience working with nervous dogs. At only 6 months, Skye has her whole life ahead of her, and she deserves a loving and patient home that will bring her out of her shell. An older, calm dog would be ideal to teach Skye that being a MADRA dog means that life is full of good surprises from now on, with treats, belly rubs, and praise aplenty! Our final necessity for a home is a secure garden. Skye is not leash trained quite yet, but she does need her exercise, as she's a border collie. We all know what that means - brains and beans galore! The wonderful thing about adopting Skye is that you can train her to fit in to your home, as you'll be starting from scratch with her. If you're up for a challenge, please get in touch with the MADRA Team - we're so excited for Skye to meet the world!
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****FOSTER/ADOPT A LESS ADOPTABLE DOG**** BRENDA – Ten years old and living at MADRA for one year and ten months........... It’s never too late to give a dog a second chance and the life he or she deserves...... Collie girl Brenda was one of the trickiest of the large number of the “Tricky” dog family, who were rescued from a hoarding situation in September 2016. This family were extremely under socialised and crippled by fear, even after months in our care. It was particularly difficult for Brenda, as one of the oldest members. She’s around 10 years old, so for her whole life prior to coming to us she hadn’t had much in the way of socialisation with people and the world outside of where she lived. She arrived, like the others, completely shell-shocked and extremely wary of people. She would sit in her kennel, always with her back turned to us, facing the wall with a blank, haunting gaze, breaking our hearts. Over time, she allowed those she trusted to pet her gently and it was clear that part of her enjoyed this but understandably, she would snap if she felt overwhelmed. Rehabilitation for dogs like Brenda are never a quick fix and it can take months and months of routine and patience before you even glimpse a sign of progress, that extra brave step towards trusting humans. Progress was proving to be impossible in our shelter, with such a sensory overload around her. Even after months, we couldn’t walk her on a lead; it was just too big of a jump for her. Fortunately, she went into a foster home, first with the understanding Sonia, who encouraged Brenda butnever rushed her or forced her to be anything other than who she was. She allowed her to interact on her own terms and she had a safe space set up for Brenda to retreat to when needed. She then went into foster with the patient Sinead and Brenda loved chasing her pal, fellow MADRA foster girl Maddie around the garden and actively seeking out affection. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brenda had to come back to us last November. We are really hoping we can find Brenda a calm long-term foster home where she's accepted for her eccentric ways and where she can live out her days in a loving environment. We won't lie, she's not an easy case but she has lived most of her life in a certain type of environment which we can't erase for her but that doesn't mean that she can't live a full and rewarding life. Leaving the only life she has ever known has left her with fears and insecurities but we believe that with a solid foundation of love, trust, and patience, Brenda can be happy. She has a tendency to bark a bit so a rural location really is a must to avoid upsetting any neighbours. Brenda likes.... * Routine. She trusts routine * Company of other dogs...she loves playing chase & cuddling up next to them * Kongs * Treats - she takes them very gently from your hand. * Walks - once it’s part of a routine - she will settle especially on quiet, country lanes; she has developed a love of car chasing but I believe this can be sorted by somebody who can give her time and gentle training and distractions. * For a shy dog, she actually likes gentle massages.... Brenda is scared of: * Loud noises * Television * A change in routine. Brenda will always have a home in our shelter but after all she has been through, she really deserves a home and a compassionate human of her very own.
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