Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway | Email: info@madra.ie | Phone: 091 584 274 

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Recently arrived in from the pound, more information coming soon.

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Recently arrived in from the pound, more information coming soon.

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Molly is 8 years and 10 months old. Molly is being sadly surrendered due to no fault of her own. Molly has lived with cats and loves to play with other dogs. She is still a lovely, lively Labrador lady so don’t be put off by her age please.

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Dante came to us as his owner could not find any accommodation that would allow him to keep a dog. His owner has struggled with this decision for several months now, but has finally accepted that the ridiculous rental situation in Ireland means that he will have to find a new home for his beautiful friend. Dante is a magnificent, long haired German Shepherd who is the best mannered dog we have met in a long time. He is a very, very big dog (HUGE!) but is calm and well behaved around humans and animals. He is affectionate and friendly and has coped incredibly well with his awful change in circumstances. We need to find a five star home for this big bear which will help his owner accept that surrendering Dante for adoption is the best thing. Dante is an indoor dog, he will need people around him during the day and his coat will need regular brushing to maintain it properly.

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* Booked * Recently arrived in from the pound. More information coming soon.

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Recently arrived in from the pound. More information coming soon.

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Yo! It's me Brandy, a VERY good boy, here to tell you all about myself! I'm a recent newbie in from the pound. I gotta say, life isn't too bad here. I am a Collie X boy and I'm around two years old...I'm not sure exactly cos I never had any birthday celebrations but the humans here have said that will change once I find myself a human or family to adopt me! Anyway....so about me... I am a very HAPPY boy. See how my face is all lit up in my photo? Well that's how happy I get when people take me on lovely walks on the MADRA hill. Treats are a bonus but for me, being outdoors and being with humans are my most favourite things IN THE WORLD!!!!! Some say I am a little bit needy as I give a lot of hugs but shelter life, while I am making the most of it, is no substitute for having a family of my own to hang out with. I am an active boy who is seeking an active lifestyle. I think I would be happiest in a rural home where my clever mind would be put to use with lots of exercise and mental stimulation...once my Collie needs are met, I'll happily chill out afterwards for snuggle time. Despite ending up in a pound and then onto a busy shelter, I've handled all these major life changes really well. I am a total sweetie by all accounts. Can you picture waking up to my happy face every morning? We could have breakfast then go for a lovely, long walk together. What do you think? Sorry if it sounds a bit demanding but I really wouldn't fancy being home on my home for hours on end by myself but if you work from home or something and wanted me by your side as much as possible....well, I would be in absolute paradise! Oh, I know us Collies are never the top of the list when it comes to home offers but I have my paws crossed that someone out there won't be able to resist my happy face and will offer me the home of my dreams. Chat soon (I hope!) BRANDY xoxo

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Junior is a Yorkie type of about 3 years old. He has lived with children, other dogs and cats without any problems.

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Max is a Staffie x JRT who has to be rehomed due to no fault of his own. He is a super happy boy who has been raised with children and other dogs. He is not a big fan of cats though. He is small in size and would be a great addition to any family.

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A lovely older gent who has just had seventeen teeth removed, Beans needs a loving home where he will get lots of cuddles. He is calm and well mannered.

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Susie is very shy and is quite a flight risk so a secure garden is a must. A rural home is preferred, possibly as a companion for another dog. She plays hard and is high energy with dogs she likes but is quiet and submissive with humans.

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Smurf is a teeny tiny absolute sweetie but is very much a male dog (he lifts his leg on everything and needs to be neutered yet.) He was found with a collar & lead attached over Xmas so there may still be an owner out there somewhere.....

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The Most Impressive Set of Ears of the Week award goes to.......Mouse!!!! My name is Mouse and I am an unusual mix of possibly a Lurcher and Belgium Shepherd. Who knows! What really matters is that I am a youngster, about six months old, and I've no people to call my own. I was found straying a few weeks ago. I wasn't microchipped but the humans here have that sorted now in case I ever get lost again but being on my own in the outside world was scary so I am searching for someone who will make sure I won't ever end up in a situation like that again. Ask the crew here, they will tell you that I am a super, friendly little girl. I am full of shy wags for everyone I meet. They understand me here and it's lovely because I know they absolutely adore me. I must tell you that I am unsure and shy at times, so I will need someone who can help me build up some confidence. I am getting quite brave with the kennel crew though, so please be patient and understand that I just need some time when meeting new people to figure them out. Once I know you are generous with food and praise, I will be your new friend for life. Honestly! I know that once I have a trustworthy human by my side, you'll get to unpack my playful side which is already slowly starting to emerge. Oh you should see how silly I am when I am playing with my dog pals here. I adore going for long walks with the humans too and I'm ever so good on the lead. I'm very petite which always surprises people as they think from my photos that I am going to be a tall girl! I've done enough moving around lately so it's time for me to settle down somewhere for once and for all...with caring people who will give me the best life imaginable...that's what I'll be dreaming of every night until someone comes to pick me....just come and meet me and let's see if we hit it off. I'm just sure we will!

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* Booked * Only eight days into the new year... Yes, this is a dog. The breed? We can't be sure. We think this boy is a Maltese mix. Sometimes we just don't know what the dog warden is going to bring to us. Today, we got the call that a dog in poor condition was on the way over to us. A dog who had been found straying by a caring person who took him in until the warden could bring him to us. Nothing could have prepared us for what greeted us when we opened the door to his van. As always, we can tell by the dog warden's manner, a hint of what to expect. Today, he was without the usual cheer. He shook his head and gave us a look...so we knew, we knew it wasn't going to be good. The van opened up and there sat this poor, poor little mite....deeply riddled with muddied matts from the top of his nose to the tip of his tail. How our hearts sank. To think of the discomfort and pain he was in. To think how long he was left for in this appalling condition, with no-one looking out for his welfare. We slowly popped a lead on him. It came off immediately due to the thick, dirty matts covering his neck. His coat was so overgrown and so matted, he could barely see. We were shocked at how friendly he was. “He was like, ‘Hey! Does anybody want to pet me? I’ll let anybody pet me who wants to pet me.” He was trying to lick us, and wanted to be petted. His tail was wagging furiously which only made it harder for us to hide the tears. He was also so incredibly itchy that he rubbed up against us repeatedly to ease the discomfort he was so accustomed to feeling. So before we could do anything else, we knew he had to be shaved down. We were under pressure. We had 40+ other dogs who needed their dinner and afternoon walks but we couldn't leave this boy suffering in such obvious discomfort. We rang our dear groomer friend Mairéad of Madra Galánta in Carraroe. We couldn't find the words to adequately explain the condition of this poor, poor boy but like the true angel to dogs she is...Mairéad was at our shelter within fifteen minutes of the call to whisk him away and help him feel much better. We named him Romeo as he is a total charmer and heartbreaker. Everybody he came into contact with, he wanted attention from. For a dog who has obviously not been taken care of very well by people, it’s amazing. It’s a testament of how strong dogs are. People don’t forgive as fast as this dog does. It's obvious someone was kind to him at some point in his life. Mairéad said it was mostly mud in his coat. His feet were completely covered with matted hair, like he never felt the ground under his paws. His skin was really bad, especially his back paws and neck. She also said one of his back legs was so knotted that the blood wasn't circulating properly and that it was really hard to get the matted hair off. He was such a brave boy during the whole session. She messaged us to say "Whoever gets him will be so, so lucky. He loves belly rubs and he is just so happy. At least he is in safe hands now.” You can see the "after" photos of Romeo if you scroll through the photos. It's hard to believe it's the same dog. What a day Romeo has had. He is now tucked up safely at our shelter with copious amounts of fleecy blankets (Christmas gifts from you!) a warm jacket as he is bound to feel the cold now that he is completely bare. He also has a heat pad tucked into his bed. Tomorrow will bring a full health check. He will have to do five full working days at our shelter as a pound dog before he becomes available for adoption. He will also need time to recover from his ordeal. But we wanted to share Romeo's story with you. Our thanks lie with the caring person who found him, Galway County Council dog warden for his compassion and to Mairéad, who in the face of such neglect, reminded us today of the wonderfully caring people who exist in the world...and who will drop everything in an instant to help a creature in need. The process of seeing so many people come together to help just one dog — it restores our faith that people can and will go out of their way to save dogs. You can help, and you can do something to make a difference. And if it’s just one dog, it’s worth it. Romeo is worth it, and seeing that somebody didn’t appreciate how amazing he was at some point in his life hurts, but now he has a chance. Romeo, we love you and you are safe tonight and forever more... Team MADRA xx

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Toby Tobias is an absolutely fabulous little guy but he is just too energetic for the older couple that have him and they also have a senior dog that Toby is just too playful for, so sadly Toby is looking for a more suitable new home. Toby is a lovely, happy guy who gets on with other dogs and loves to play with their grand-children (ages 7 and 12) and get loads and loads of cuddles. If you are interested in terrific little Toby Tobias, get your applications in quickly!

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* Booked * Riona is a beautiful looking, sable coloured girl, almost like a smooth coated Lassie (rough Collie) except her ears don't point upwards. She is a wee bit shy and under-socialised and can be frightened by other dogs, but we know she will thrive when she understands that she is in a safe and secure space. She is only young, maybe 2 years old, and has lots of love to give. We think she would suit children of 6 years and older once they understand that she can be shy at first. A secure garden and someone at home are also important.

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* Booked * Ruby is a friendly, lively Collie girl who was just not suited to her previous home as she was a bit TOO lively for them. She is 2 years old and full of beans and will need an active home with Collie experience in order to help her channel all that lovely, intelligent Collie energy. Secure garden and someone at home are important too.

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Ripley is a stunning chocolate coloured Pointer type who everyone was sure would be reclaimed from the pound, but unfortunately (or fortunately) it was not to be and he is now available for rehoming. He is a lovely big friendly boy who is strong on the lead and will need lots of walk & play time with his new family. Ripley is a gentle soul though who only wants to please and we think he would settle in with children of 8 years an up, old enough to play football with anyway! He is only about 18 months old so hopefully he has a long and happy life ahead of him with his new family

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Bundee Aki is a Collie X Pom so he’s active and smart! His former owners think he’s a country boy at heart and maybe farm life might suit him better. He’s a little bit on the nervous side so that’s why an urban environment mightn’t suit him. He’s not great on the lead currently as he just wouldn’t be used to it. He’s very shy initially when he meets new people. He’s fine with their 3yo grandchild. They also said he’s a very good guard dog.

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Well over two years...That's how long Brenda has lived in our shelter waiting for a home offer. Now that her kennel pal of two years, Alex was recently rehomed, she is now our longest resident here. We call Brenda one of our "Trickies" because she came in at the same time as our famous "Tricky" family. However, Brenda was actually rescued from a particularly upsetting cruelty case which left her completely terrified of everything and everyone she encountered. She would sit in her kennel, in the one spot, week after week with her back to us. She was just about the saddest creature you could imagine. Being an older girl who had never experienced a "normal" life, we weren't sure we could ever gain her trust but we had to try. And slowly, very very slowly, we started to see glimpses of trust from her. She eventually went to a couple of amazing foster homes (thanks Sinead and Sonja!) where she thrived with one-to-one attention. She came back to us in June 2017 and has been living at our shelter since then. She will always, always have a home with us but we really don't have the resources to give her the kind of life she deserves and most crucially, she gets stressed and quite upset when our shelter is busy and loud so as a team, we are concerned about her. We are seeking out a very special permanent foster home for her where she can live out the rest of her days in comfort and peace. Brenda is now a very affectionate girl. She really enjoys a good petting session and has a lovely waggly tail for those she knows and trusts. She is also a fun girl! She is at least 10 years old but she loves a good game of chase with her pals in our big pen and she loves being brought on long walks by our volunteers, so she will need a home where she gets regular walks. She absolutely adores her food and we've to keep an eye on treat intake because she can become a bit too "rotund!" (Same as ourselves after Christmas! ;) Brenda does come with some issues, which is to be expected considering her past. She has a tendency to spin in circles, barking when she is stressed out, so a rural location with no neighbours close by would be ideal. She gets upset by men she doesn't know, even hearing their voices upsets her. She bonds better with women and prefers being handled by them. Considering how many visitors we receive here on a regular basis, it's not an ideal life for her. She needs one or two people she can rely on and enjoy a calmer pace of life. We do our best to ensure she has a lot of outdoor time and interactive toys to help her cope but we want so much more for her. She gets on well with other dogs but sometimes her behaviour with barking and spinning stresses some dogs out and they snap at her. Ideally Brenda would go to a home where there is a chilled out resident dog. Our whole team absolutely adore this girl. Honestly she is just so special. We bring her into our volunteer cabin, when it's quiet, on our lunch breaks to spend time with her. We call her our eccentric old lady....but you can be sure she was the very first dog to get her Christmas present shoebox on Christmas Eve. She also got another one on Christmas Day! Sometimes it's only the very little things we can do to improve her quality of life. Since Alex got his happy-ever-after, we are hopeful that somewhere out there is someone for this one of a kind gal. The progress she has made since she first arrived to us has been huge. She really needs to go somewhere where she can do her own thing and will be understood for the dog that she is. We really would love for her to experience the joys of a loving home. She really and truly deserves it. 2018 led to many MADRA miracles such as the rehoming of the last of our Tricky family; Peter and Alex, longtime dogs like Screech and other dogs who needed extra understanding, professional help from positive reinforcement dog trainers and dedicated owners...so we are grateful to those people. We really wish that 2019 could start with the news that someone understanding and committed, with suitable circumstances, is willing to welcome Brenda into their home for her golden years. After all she has lived through and overcome, we won't ever give up looking for a home for her.....

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