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Run for MADRA

Are you taking part in a 10k race or marathon this year?  Maybe you’ve signed up for a sponsored cycle? Whatever your sport we invite you to partner with us and walk, jog, run, cycle or even swim for MADRA! Signing up for an event is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and get active, and if you choose to join up with MADRA you know that you’ll also be helping raise vital funds for dogs in need.

MADRA successfully rescues and rehomes hundreds of dogs every year; Over 800 dogs came into our care last year alone. We rely heavily on charitable donations and the fundraising efforts of people like you to allow us to carry out this fantastic work and bring hope to hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs by placing them in loving homes.

If you wish to partner with us and ‘Run for MADRA’ we will provide you with a fundraising pack which includes information about the charity, sponsorship cards and a MADRA "Muttly Crew" t-shirt to wear on the day of your event. You can also follow the link below to set up an iDonate account which you can use to raise funds online by adding MADRA as your chosen charity. 

This year we will also be hosting our MADRA 5k Doggy Dash race for the second time so keep an eye out for the 2017 date and details on how to enter.

For more information on how to get involved with raising funds for MADRA please contact us at

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MADRA's Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter Sunday bring along your four legged friend and join MADRA for our first ever Doggy Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt will take place in Cappagh Park, Knocknacarra and will be a great day out for all the family. Follow the trail of hidden clues to find treats for you and your furry friend.

Online entry is now open at

There will be two different hunts, one for kids/families and a more difficult one for adults.

Entry on the day is open from 12 and you can set off on the hunt anytime between 12 and 2. This is not a race, there will be treats along the way for all participants and everyone who takes part will get entered into the raffle for the main Easter hamper prize.

If you don’t have a dog you are still welcome to participate. If you don’t have a dog and would like to borrow one for the day there will be lots of MADRA dogs available and eager to help you sniff out the clues! This must be arranged in advance so please contact us before the event to secure a dog.

There will be face painting on the day from 12-2 and tea and cakes will be served all afternoon. Entry costs €5 per child, €7 per adult or €25 per family. All proceeds go to supporting our rescue dogs so please come along and join us for what promises to be eggsellent day out ? we hope to see you there!

This event is kindly sponsored by The Dog Company, a Galway based grooming parlour and kennel facility run by qualified dog grooming professional John Madden. For more info on our wonderful sponsor please visit


Table Quiz in Charlie's Bar Loughrea

A table quiz in aid of Galway based dog charities MADRA and the GSPCA will be held on Thursday 2nd March in Charlie's Bar Loughrea. Doors at 7.30pm with the quiz kicking off at around 8.00 pm.

Tables of 4 for €40 and there will be a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes too.

The quiz is general knowledge so why not put your friends, family and co-workers to the test! We hope to see you there.


MADRA Adoption Day this February

The GMIT Sports Hall, Galway will provide the venue for a MADRA Adoption Day on Sunday the 19th February from 11.30am – 3.30pm.

MADRA currently have over fifty dogs looking for new homes due to the continued growth in the number of stray and surrender dogs coming into our care. MADRA spokesperson Edel Comerford is hopeful that this event will result in some new homes being found; 

"With so many dogs in our care we are always eager to find suitable new homes for them. Our kennels are often full up and it is important we can move the dogs on as quickly as possible in order to free up some space for the dogs currently waiting in the pounds.” 

The adoption day will coincide with MADRA’s Doggy Blind Date event which aims to find some lucky humans their new best friend whilst also endeavouring to highlight the importance of choosing the right dog for your lifestyle. Ms. Comerford explains; "Though the main objective of the day is to re-home some of the dogs in order to make space for our new arrivals, we also want to be sure that people have thought long and hard about the responsibility involved in owning a dog, and we will talk people through this carefully on the day".

Those interested in adopting a dog on the day will be asked to complete an adoption questionnaire and all potential adopters will require a home check which will most likely be carried out the week after the event. However, Edel encourages those seriously considering adopting on the day to contact us via our website to arrange for a home check in advance of the event. She adds; "People come from far and wide to meet our dogs, and many end up finding their perfect canine match at an adoption day”.

All dogs are micro-chipped, vaccinated and neutered before going to their new homes and an adoption fee of 150 euro is recommended to cover the cost of these procedures.

If you are interested in adopting a MADRA rescue dog please visit the 'Adopt a Dog' section of the website and fill out the online questionnaire.


Mock Wedding in aid of MADRA

We have a fantastic opportunity for some lucky supporters to snap up tickets for a night of laughter & song with good company & great food. This is just too good to miss. The Abbeyglen hotel in Clifden has offered us six double tickets to their annual extravaganza which is an invitation only party. We are auctioning these tickets to raise money to help fund our work rescuing yet more dogs. The starting price per double ticket is 100 Euro, but they are worth so much more so get bidding now! Its a small gathering and the price includes dinner and B & B in this award winning hotel, where the entertainment goes on all night! As you can see, Brendan Grace and Sharon Shannon are already getting in the mood so dust off your fancy dress costumes and glam up for the wedding of the year..... You have until Friday 3rd February to get your bid in. Email your bids to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New opening times at the kennels from February 1st

A new year always brings changes and for the dogs out at our kennel facility 2017 should bring some great changes to help improve their quality of life while staying with us. Now that we have improved the physical building it is time to improve each dog's experience as best we can. With this in mind we hope to start to implement the "Open Paw" system over the coming months. The program is the brainchild of Certified Pet Dog Trainer Kelly Gorman, and world renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar and has been designed to reduce stress levels in shelter dogs and thus to help increase re-homing rates. You can read up on it here: For this to happen we will be changing our opening hours and whist it may inconvenience some of our human visitors, you may be assured it is being implemented solely to improve the lives of our canine visitors. Starting on 1st of February 2017 the kennels will now be open to the public as follows: Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 2 - 4pm Friday: 2 - 4pm Sat: 12 - 4pm Sunday: 12 - 4pm Monday: 2 - 4pm For more information on the open paw system or individual/group visits please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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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