Local dog rescue charity MADRA will hold a Puppy Adoption Day at St Joseph’s Community Centre in Shantalla this Saturday, January 9, from 12 - 3.30 pm.
The charity has been inundated with pups over the past number of months and currently has 40 pups in their care, either at the rescue facility, in private boarding kennels or with foster families.
Speaking about the event, MADRA’s Tara Nic Dhiarmada commented: “Our Christmas foster scheme worked really well, but the majority of these pups have already started returning to the kennels as people go back to work.
“On New Year’s Eve, a further ten young pups arrived in from the pound”, she added.
The pups - who range in age from 5 weeks to 16 weeks old - are a variety of breeds, including mixes of terriers, labradors and collies.
Ms Nic Dhiarmada asks that people consider their lifestyle and the needs of a pup before adding a four-legged friend to their family.
“While we do need to find homes for these pups it is important to us that we find a permanent home. We all know how cute puppies are but there is a great deal of hard work involved. It is important that potential adopters consider the size and temperament of the adult dog, and whether they will have the time to train the dog to ensure the best start for everyone”.
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 or on the day of the event. Advice will also be available from the MADRA team on the type of dog that will best suit a potential adopters’ lifestyle.
The pups will be microchipped, wormed and vaccinated and an adoption donation of €150 is suggested. Potential adopters must also commit to neutering their pup when they have reached an appropriate 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 or visit the MADRA Facebook page.