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Mission Statement

MADRA is dedicated to finding new homes for unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs.

Under the management of Jonathan Kent, MADRA actively searches for permanent, quality homes for our dogs through advertisements in local newspapers, veterinary clinics, pet shops, and special events that provide exposure. The MADRA website and Facebook page provides current, up-to-date information about all of our dogs and our work.

We actively support, encourage and promote neutering of pet dogs as an ethical solution to the over-population and killing of dogs in Ireland. We also wish to improve the welfare of dogs through general education of the public and through education programmes for children.

MADRA’s ultimate and overall aim is that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. We wish to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

The Dogs

Our dogs come from a variety of sources: from the general public, from local authority pounds, veterinary clinics and dogs we rescue from cruel and abusive situations.

MADRA works with both Galway and Mayo County Council and since 2005 the county Galway put-to-sleep rate has fallen from 83% to 8%. Similarly, in county Mayo, MADRA has helped the Council to reduce its put-to-sleep rate from 72% in 2008 to 14% in 2014.

All our dogs are assessed on arrival and treated by a vet. They are vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, neutered and micro-chipped. All of our dogs are temperament tested.

MADRA dogs are homed with a free consultation and training session if required. We offer a full back-up service should you encounter any difficulties with your new dog.

The New Owners

Our policy at MADRA is that the people are as important to us as the dogs and therefore it is vital to match the right dog with the right owner. In order to do this, we must have as much information as we can about prospective owners. Potential adopters are required to fill out an Adoption Questionnaire so that we can gather information about the type of dog you require to match you and your lifestyle with a suitable dog. All adoptions are subject to the completion of a successful home check.


As with every rescue, MADRA relies heavily on donations from the general public, with running costs of over €180,000 per annum. In 2015 we received a grant of €8,000 from the Department of Agriculture - the remainder of our charity income comes from the general public, our charity shops in Moycullen and Westside, and other organisations that have very kindly supported us and our fundraising efforts.

When you adopt a MADRA dog, or surrender a dog to MADRA, we ask for a donation which goes toward neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping and other expenses such as food and non-routine veterinary care.

Due to a shortage of suitable homes in Ireland some of our dogs are re-homed in the UK and Germany. When surrendering your dog your donation fee will sometimes be used towards the transportation cost of sending these dogs to their new homes outside of Ireland. MADRA does not receive an adoption donation for the dogs that are re-homed through UK rescue centres, and in many instances we will have covered the veterinary bills for neutering, vaccinating and micro-chipping these dogs, as well as the transportation costs.

MADRA are currently progressing plans to develop a mother and puppy unit at our shelter, and we would also like to see a further development of our education programme and an expansion of our services for older people in the community. Your donation to MADRA is always much appreciated, no matter how big or small, and please support our upcoming fundraising events.

The Shelter

Our shelter is run in Camus, Connemara, in the heart of the Gaeltacht. All our services are offered through Irish, if wanted or needed. Dogs are kept in purpose built, insulated kennels, each kennel with an infra-red lamp. Each kennel has an indoor area with an outside run. Dogs are walked individually, on lead, 3-4 times daily which enables them to keep their kennels clean and helps with future housetraining. There is 24 hour supervision at the kennels although viewing is by appointment only.

Galway County Council rent four kennels adjacent to the MADRA premises which are used as a pound for the Connemara and Tuam region. The dog warden brings stray dogs to this section of the kennels where they are vaccinated on arrival and kept for 5 days as is the legal requirement. On completion of their 5 days the dogs are moved to the MADRA rescue section regardless of breed, size, and age where we find them a suitable home using Facebook, this website and other special events. The other local authority pound is in Loughrea, and MADRA visits this facility every 7-10 days to rescue as many of the dogs as we can manage.


Mission Statement

MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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Registered in Ireland Number 564962 - Registered Office: Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway