Galway Cat Rescue resumes adoptions after rise in abandoned kittens

A sucessful food appeal set up by Petmania helped support Galway Cat Rescue during Covid-19 lockdown.

A sucessful food appeal set up by Petmania helped support Galway Cat Rescue during Covid-19 lockdown.

Galway Cat Rescue has resumed adoptions following a difficult few months during which animal shelters struggled in the face of Covid-19.

The centre has had several cases of kitten abandonment, one of which involved six kittens from several litters, and a mother cat left in a remote location in a cardboard box.

The mother has been spayed and rehomed, and the little ones are now weaned and spread over two of the Galway Cat Rescue Centre foster homes until they are ready to find their perfect homing matches.

Olivia O’Reilly of Galway Cat Rescue, says all the kittens and cats leaving the centre are fully health-checked, parasite treated, vaccinated and neutered/spayed.

Due to the large volume of animals in the centre many of the clinicians, vets and vet-nurses have been fostering for the organisation, and their assistance is available for cases requiring medication and intensive care in foster homes.

In addition Petmania set up a food appeal and a GoFundMe donation page during the Covid -19 pandemic for customers to support the Galway Cat Rescue Centre.

Olivia O’Reilly says the food appeal is still helping enormously and enabled the centre to care for these cats and kittens as best it could.

As a result of the spike in cat and dog litters, Galway cat rescue has initiated a new model of adoption in some circumstances where a “foster with view to permanent future adoption” is considered by the committee.

When looking to adopt an animal from the rescue centre mandatory form filling, home-checks, contract and fee still apply, but the foster/pre-adoptive family follow through with the vet clinics to bring their kitten to their appointments/health milestone checks. Full adoption is finalised after the spay/neuter is complete.

For more information on adopting from the Galway Cat Rescue Centre, visit


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