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Register now for the 2017 Dogathon!

One of the highlights of the MADRA calendar, the MADRA Dogathon, will take place on Sunday May 14th at 1pm.

The Dogathon event is a well-known meeting of mutts which last year raised €10,000 for dogs in need.

We are hoping to exceed last year's record of ‘one thousand paws on the prom’, and we urge the people of Galway to get online to register for this promenade walk which starts at Fr. Griffin's Eire Og GAA Club in Galway city.

Registration is €10 per adult, €5 per child, or €25 for a family (two adults and two children). All dogs go free but pooches are encouraged to raise sponsorship for dogs in need either online via or by requesting a sponsorship card from MADRA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The dog who raises the most sponsorship will be made the ‘Grand Canine Marshall’ of the Dogathon and will appear in the MADRA 2018 calendar.

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Table Quiz in Crowe's Bar

The MADRA table quiz at Crowe's Bar in Bohermore (Galway city) takes place on Thursday April 27. Doors at 7.30pm with the quiz kicking off at around 8.00 pm.

This event is normally very popular, so to guarantee a seat indoors (yes, we did have the Beer Garden full of enthusiastic participants at last year's event) get there early. 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's Easter Raffle is being held in conjuction with our first ever Doggy Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on Sunday April 16th.

All the proceeds from the Easter raffle & event will go directly towards helping our rescue dogs and will allow us to continue the vital work we do finding homes for the hundreds of unwanted/abandoned dogs we save each year.

Raffle tickets are available through iDonate and are €5 each, every donation is a raffle ticket and the number you donate is your raffle number, i.e if you're the 58th person to donate your ticket is 58. If you donate €10 you will be entered twice, if you donate €20 you'll be entered 4 times etc.

The winners of the raffle will be announced on the 18th of April, and we have a prize a day to give away between now and then, that's 20 brilliant prizes on offer! Some of the prizes up for grabs include;

€200 voucher for Petworld
€100 voucher for the Westport Hotel Group
Dog grooming vouchers for Bubbles & Barks and Hounddog grooming
Connemara Self-Catering Break: 1 week in 3 bedroom holiday cottage courtesy of Carraroe Holiday Village
x4 6 month financial awareness, cashflow, goal setting and mentoring service with
€50 voucher for A. Hartmann & Sons jewellers
4 week training course with Galway Dog Training
Beautiful Irish tweed gifts from Donegal based company Orwell & Browne
Hairdresser's vouchers, dinner, designer jewellery & many more...

Stay posted on our Facebook page where we will be announcing a new prize each day for every day it's on! Please support our rescue dogs, your kindness is greatly appreciated.

To buy a ticket just follow the link below; 


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

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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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