Local dog rescue charity MADRA will hold a Puppy Adoption Day at their charity shop in An Fiontarlann, Westside this Sunday, January 25, from 12 - 4pm.
The charity has been inundated with pups over the past number of months and currently has 16 pups looking for homes. The organisation also has a pregnant female waiting to give birth and a number of other young dogs under one year old.
The pups range in ages from 8 weeks to 16 weeks old and there are a variety of breeds including spaniels, Labrador crosses, hounds and collie crosses.
Chairperson of MADRA, Edel Comerford, has asked people to consider their lifestyle and the needs of a pup before adding a four-legged friend to their family.
"We all know how cute puppies are but it is extremely important that people understand how much work is involved and how important it is to consider the size and temperament of the adult dog, and whether they have the time to train and give the dog the amount of activity needed to ensure a happy and healthy dog" she said.
All potential adopters will be asked to complete an adoption questionnaire and all adoptions are subject to the successful completion of a home check - the majority of home checks will be conducted the week after the event. Advice will be available from the MADRA team on the type of dog that will best suit a potential adopters’ lifestyle.
All dogs will be microchipped, wormed and vaccinated and an adoption donation of €150 is required. Potential adopters must also commit to neutering their pup when they have reached a suitable age.
For more information about the adoption process and some of the dogs that are currently looking for their forever homes go to www.madra.ie