In normal circumstances, the old adage that a pet is not just for Christmas applies, but that is about to change in the west.
Local dog rescue group MADRA is calling on the people of Galway to provide two-week foster homes for rescue dogs over the Christmas period.
The charity is looking for people to commit to giving a warm, loving and treat-filled home to an unwanted dog from December 20.
MADRA says that the support of foster families during this period will help to alleviate overcrowding and ensure adequate space for the dogs waiting in the local pounds in Galway and Mayo.
Edel Comerford of MADRA explains why December is such a busy month for animal charities and why extra help is needed.
“Christmas is an extremely busy time for all animal shelters - rehoming rates slow down dramatically and the pounds are closing for Christmas so we need to take the dogs in by a certain date”.
"Fostering can be extremely rewarding for those who would like to own a dog but are unable to do so due to work or family commitments. Taking a dog into your home for the Christmas period will not only help this dog to find their forever home, it will also make space for a dog waiting in the local authority pound" she added.
The Connemara-based charity is asking those interested in fostering for a full two-week period to make contact by emailing [email protected] or texting 086 0603646.
For more information on MADRA go to www.madra.ie or call 086 8149026.