We want to set you up with the right dog for you and your lifestyle - please fill in ourAdoption Questionnaire which will give us some more information about you and the kind of dog you are seeking.
Alternatively, you can contact us by texting 086 814 9026. Please bear in mind that because of the volume of calls we receive we cannot always answer the phone, so texting is the best option.
Due to the heavy workload of our volunteers and staff it is sometimes possible for a text or email to fall through the cracks - we can only apologise for this and urge you to please make contact again if you have not heard back from us within a day or two.
Once you have made initial contact, you can come to view a dog by appointment at our kennels in Camus, Connemara or we can call to you.
All dogs will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and a home check will be conducted. A free training session comes with each dog in order to ensure the best start possible.
Our Adoption Contract must be agreed to and signed, and an adoption donation of €150 per dog is recommended to help us meet our annual running costs.
If you are interested in fostering one of our dogs instead of adopting, you can also fill out one of our Foster Questionnaires.
DescriptionI’m called Twinkle because despite the obvious terror I felt when I arrived here, the humans here said they spotted a faint twinkle in my eye! I’ll be perfectly honest with you and tell you I can’t remember much about my past or how I ended up here just before Christmas. Sometimes it’s easier to block out the sad and confusing moments in life. You can’t even begin to imagine the fear I felt when I arrived...all these strange people and dogs, dogs...so many dogs everywhere. I just curled myself tightly up into a ball and tried to make myself invisible. I stayed like this for weeks. I just couldn’t bear to let the humans near me.
The funny thing is, they kept coming to sit beside me speaking in soothing tones and offering me irresistible treats. I really did want to trust them but I was just so scared. But....do you know what? They kept coming back and they were ever so gentle that I decided to open my heart up slowly to them. Well now I just can’t stop wagging my tail when they come into my kennel! I know they will stroke me on my neck in such a heavenly way and give me lots of belly rubs (they said I give them funny looks when they stop!). They are so reassuring and the nice treats help too!
I wasn’t in a bad condition physically when I arrived here so the humans here think I just wasn’t very well socialised. This means that things which are no biggie to other dogs are a bit more challenging for me. The main concern is that I’m terrified to walk on a lead. I really need a quiet home, even a foster home where someone can teach me that new things can lead to lots of fun. I just don’t quite believe it yet. I’d like someone who can start by getting me used to wearing a harness and then progressing to walks when I’m feeling braver. It’s not essential but it would be a huge bonus if you have a caring dog who would be happy to take me under their wing. A secure garden would be groovy so I could finally get some fresh air without that intimidating thing around my neck.
Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom with me! I’m young, sweet and if you are up for it, you can have the privilege of helping me unlock the rest of my personality (remember, there’s a reason why I’m called Twinkle!!!). I’ve seen many dogs come and go since I arrived here that I’m starting to believe what the humans here keep saying “there isn’t a creature on earth who doesn’t flourish with sincere love and kindness”....so will you be the one to help me flourish???
DescriptionPadraig (also known as Charlie)–Irish Red Setter boy – 12 years old
Who says blondes have more fun? Any self-respecting Irish Setter would strongly dispute that claim! Despite my age, I am true to the typical red setter energetic nature and still adore carefree running about! I would like to have a big garden of my own to dash around in. I would really enjoy living with another dog, one who likes to play and the challenge of trying to wear me out. We could cuddle up beside you on the couch when we are all tired out! I could regale you with countless tales from my life before and you can marvel at the wisdom of one so old! I am quite strong when being walked on a lead as I am always so excited by all the new sights and smells out on my walks but we can work on that I’m sure?
I came from a family home so I’m house-trained and I know us dogs don’t belong in kennels. We all deserve adoring families. I’ve found it very bewildering to find myself in a place like this at my age. In the interests of honesty, I do have some health issues which I’m on medication for. I can be a bit grumpy at times as a result and I have nipped. I’m sure you have those off moments too so we’ll just accept that in each other. The endless joy we will share together will make us both feel so grateful to have found each other. For my retirement years I know I would be much happier and relaxed in an adult-only home. While I might be getting old, grey and worn around the edges; (hey, aren’t we all?!) please know that my capacity to love is still the same. I hope you can open your mind and heart up to a fun and wise old soul.
DescriptionHi, I am Hank and I am a hunk. Fact. I am about 2 years old I think and I am just fabulous. I look like a picture perfect Collie with the most stunning light brown and white coat. I am Collie through and through. I am the gold standard, definitive article Collie lad. So…that means no home where I might be left to my own devices a lot. That simply will not work for me, I need action, I need constant feedback from you. Really I just need a very busy life. It could be lots of training, lots of exercise, and lots of focused play. I would love long daily walks with some safe off lead running, some focused and challenging training where I would have to use my intellect to figure things out and come up with a solution. I would be great in a busy home, I would love all the activity and bustle but I would need to have my energy directed properly or I could become a bit of a pain in the butt and that’s no fun for anyone – least of all me. If you enjoy life outdoors and have a love of fabulous Collies then we really need to meet - We could be a match made in Heaven? Nirvana? Valhalla?
DescriptionThe lovely Missi came to us as her owners were emigrating. She went into boarding kennels before coming to MADRA as we were full at the time. This is what the kennels owner had to say about her:
“Missi is the sweetest most loving, kind, affectionate girl. She loves to love her human and is so good natured. She is spotless in her kennel and gets on great with other dogs. She enjoys her walks and playtime as well as her snuggle time.
She is such an all-rounder any human would be blessed to have her.
I would love to see her get a home with an active family around a lot to share time with her or a home where she has lots of company and is someone's companion to share and participate in all aspects of their lives. She has too much love to give to be wasted left to her own devices. She deserves to be part of a unit where her loving nature can be enjoyed and I promise the most beautiful lifetime bond will be formed.
You are probably wondering why I didn't keep her myself and simply I absolutely wanted to but my male dog wouldn't accept her. So I’m very sad to see her go but I know someone is going to fall for her as hard as I did’
Not much more we can add to that!
DescriptionHi, Melly here. I am a Lurcher girl of under a year old. I am a mix of hound and Collie with the Collie genes very much to the fore. I am sharp as a whip in the brains department and will learn and pick up things - good and bad! - in double quick time so be sure to expose me to only good stuff. My Collie genes mixed with the hound genes make me a lover extraordinaire of chasing and running. I would stay outside and chase a ball with you pretty much all day long - if you can’t spare the time for that then you had better think up lots of interesting things for me to do that involve using my very sharp brain so that I may tire myself out that way. Either way, I need stimulation and activity and lots of it, otherwise I will be a bundle of unused energy and that’s never going to end well. I would be a great agility dog, I would really shine at that I think. I could be trained really well if you have the time and the patience, I think that would be lots of fun. You could show off my skills at sitting and fetching and getting your slippers (you do wear slippers ??) to all your friends and family and I promise I won’t tell them that you aren't the world’s best trainer but rather I am the world’s best learner….I promise. It will be our secret.
DescriptionYo Peeps, Molly here. I am a Lurcher girl of about a year old. I am quite tall and I think I look a little like a sphinx or some other elegant creature. I am a very unusual and very striking golden brindle colour. I am fun and bouncy but not in a mad demented way, more in the way of a gregarious and jolly kid. Just like a kid I will need guidance and some boundaries but I am pretty sure I have the smarts to pick up all you teach me very quickly. I would be a great family pet and given my young age I think I could be adaptable to most home and family situations. I will need daily exercise and daily training, I will need lots of human interaction and lots of stimulation, so basically I need to be indoors living as another member of the family and included in and added to all the normal comings and goings of the household. Go on, you know you want to and I promise; you won’t regret it.
DescriptionHello there. My name is Marley and I am a lovely lad of about 6 years old. I am what is known is the doggie world as a Sprollie. That simply means I am a delectable mix of Collie and Spaniel genes, all thrown into the mixer, mixed on high for a minute, baked for the required amount of time and et voila…out comes a Sprollie.
I am about 6 years old but could be mistaken for an older dog as I am a little shy and quiet when I first meet you but that’s just me sizing you up and getting my bearings with you. Once I wag my tail, that’s it, you are in my circle and I will love you forever. I suppose it goes without saying that given my gene pool you know I am not a couch potato but just in case, I will say it anyway…I am not a couch potato. I will require regular and interesting walks, lots of interaction, lots of handling, lots of loving and lots of snuggling. I am a family pet first and foremost so I will absolutely insist on loving you and caring for you and being loyal to you for as long as I live and I’m hoping that is going to be for at least 10 more years, so you better be in this for the long haul with me. I would love a home with slightly older kids, you know the sort…….. who like playing outdoors and having fun but are sensitive and kind enough to include me and keep me safe. I’d love a few of them to play with. Then when we are all tuckered out we could relax by the fire watching something silly on TV till its time for bed. If that sounds like your set up and I sound like your dog then please come out and meet me. The kennels here are fine but they are no substitute for a home and a family of my own.
DescriptionLJ – Collie/Terrier girl – 6 years old
Some of you may have met me at the MADRA Adoption Day the other weekend. Well, everyone I met was so friendly! I thought it would just be the fluffy puppies who would get all the attention, but no, I was really fussed over by all the lovely humans and it was simply heaven! I was absolutely heartbroken when I was told that I didn’t get any home offers.
Everyone always says how angelic and smiley I am. I am a small, incredibly gentle and a low energy lady. I love walks but my main mission in life is show to show you humans how much I adore you! Cuddles and belly rubs are all I think of! Ok, and tasty treats too! I will reassure you of my utter devotion all day long, every day, if you are kind enough to offer me a loving home. I get on great with other dogs and I don’t have any issues. Ideally, I would love to find a home where my very own special human is at home most of the time so that after our walks, we could flop on the couch together and I could lavish affection on you! Tell me you would like that too???
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