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You can support these special dogs by either a one-off donation starting at €5 or by a subscription throughout the year, using our secure online payment platform.

For your subscription, you will receive a certificate by download link with receipt or you can supply your posatal address in the payment form and we post to you. Also we will update on your chosen dog once a year. You can gift this to someone for that special occasion. If you have any queries, please email us at [email protected]

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Meet Mervyn

Hey, Mervyn is my name…

The kind folk here say that I am a beautiful, sweet blue merle collie who came under the care of MADRA just in time – I am in need of lots of TLC.

It was probably when I was hit by a car, that my right hind leg was broken – did you can see my x-ray here?

When the lovely vets at Barna took the x-ray they saw my pelvis was also fractured and they took great care of me and helped me to start to feel that bit better.

My wounds were treated well but it was decided that the best idea for me was to amputate my right hind leg.

I now live in a foster home and I am recovering really well with my foster Mum and my doggie foster siblings.

Time is what I really need for my physical and emotional wounds to heal that bit more, as I can get a bit scared and kinda shy. 

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Meet Sophia

Boo! Sophia here,

Not too long ago, the kind MADRA folk picked me up from the pound. You see, my legs and my back do not work as they should and it was first stop – to the vets! I have collapsed discs and need ongoing physio along with my long term pain medication.

Even though I am almost blind, I can sometimes go for a potter for a short few steps around the garden but then I get very wobbly and can fall over. Hopefully I will benefit from your help to build up my strength through ongoing treatment to help me live my best life.

What keeps me entertained are all the tasty treats, the lickimat sessions are my faves, after my snuffle mat of course.

When I came into the care of MADRA, they got my teeth all sorted too and overall I am in much less discomfort.

Sometimes, I snuggle up for a snooze and then realise that I’ve been snuggled up beside a pesky cat – they are not my cup of tea but a girl does what she can to get her beauty sleep.

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Meet Beanie

Hello there, I’m Beanie. Apparently I am ‘full of beans’ whatever that means…I’d prefer being full of hotdogs! 
Shortly after arriving here at MADRA, the vets diagnosed me with having angular limb deformity, a developmental disorder which was affecting my forelimbs. I didn’t seem to notice but the humans here told me that my leg would need surgery. Over several months, I had TWO surgeries, weeks of crate rest and I was then placed on an exercise plan to help build up my strength. Throughout this, my sunny personality wasn’t dampened. 

The kennel team say I am bright, lively and seem to love everyone I meet. While the team have done their best to keep me calm during my recovery, in the long term, they say I will need a relatively active owner who adores me for my quirks (of which I have many!), like the team do, and see me for the joyful dog I am. Apparently, my quirks include being somewhat erratic on leads (sometimes I decide I’d just prefer to sit) and I can be a bit of a barker if I feel you should really be giving me more attention! Due to the severity of my initial condition, the kennel team monitor me during exercise to minimise the risk that I might enjoy myself too much and potentially injure myself again. The team have been doing some simple exercises with me to improve my mobility and range of motion. This might sound like hard work but what it really means is that I get loads of treats because I am very clever! 

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Meet Indie

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Good day to you!

I am a very special 6 year old girl who has learned to live my best life despite dealing with a serious health condition. When the MADRA folk found me, I was with my siblings and my mom but I was very very little! I actually have a liver condition but I manage that ok most days with medicine as long as it comes with a treat too!

I love meeting people and I’ll certainly wag my tail at you to say Hi – If I see you out and about in Galway.

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Meet The Croga Family
(meaning courageous)

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In 2020, we were asked to assist the local authority in the removal of a large number of dogs from a private property. We knew it was going to be tough but we felt that if it was possible at all then we should do our very best to save these unfortunate creatures. These dogs definitely needed us.

The day was very difficult and we spent hours ferrying these dogs from the only home they had known, to a strange but safe environment. Our team based themselves at the pound, vaccinating, worming and microchipping the groups of bewildered dogs as they arrived and moving them on to private boarding kennels for further assessment. They are all Collie type dogs and all of them are struggling to cope with their change in circumstance. To be fair, they were well fed and were not in poor physical shape, but their coping skills are not good and they have still a long road ahead of them. This is a very clear demonstration of how numbers of animals can get out of control so quickly when you do not neuter.

We took 34 dogs from this situation and as there may still be legal consequences, we will not say anything further or post any photographs from the site.  What we will say is that we have 34 new dogs that will all need a strong and supportive foster home until they have the courage to embrace their new lives.

We would like to thank Galway County Council for being so pro-active and sensitive and also the fantastic kennels who have stepped up to help the dogs, and without whom we could not have coped. Helen O’Brien, Michael Gilmore and GalwayKennels thank you so much.

It was a very tough day for the MADRA team too, some of the sights will haunt us for a long time to come, but I am so proud of their compassion, courage and professionalism when dealing with a very sad situation.

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Meet Lego

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I’m so happy to meet you. My foster mum says I have hip dysplasia and that I’ll need surgery, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m too busy chasing butterflies around the garden and playing fetch with my human brothers and sisters.

I also love raiding mum’s apple tree and tossing apples around the garden.

My mum says I’m a talker, always whimpering and barking to make conversation. I love company and have wrapped my dad around my paw – I’m even allowed on the couch!

I love my family, who bring me on lots of small walks so I can rest. My back legs are getting stronger, I’ve even learned how to climb the stairs so there’s no-where I can’t cause mischief now!

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Meet Holly

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Hey…. I’m Holly They call me a little darling and I came to MADRA in March of 2019 with a very bad skin condition and found myself very underweight. I was really stressed, scared and exhausted.  Then I was taken under the special caring wing of Jean and her family who love and care for me dearly. It is true to say I’ve landed on all four paws getting such good TLC.
After many tests and medications – it was discovered that I am allergic to tree and weed pollen and dust mites. I actually need regular bathing in medicated shampoo and a special diet alongside ongoing medication to try maintain my sensitive skin condition. At times when the skin flare-ups are bad, I can only be held with gloves and I have to wear the dreaded cone to help stop scratching. My loving family work hard at managing my skin condition and there is ongoing costs for my medications that your contribution can really make a difference with. My Mom says “She’s a wonderful little girl. She adores the beach, playing with her toy pig and loves other dogs. She’s been through a lot..she’s a real fighter..so brave. She’s a happy girl who plays rough and loves her Daddy.”

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Meet Cooper

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Hi, I’m Cooper! 

My name is Cooper and I’m a 10 year old American Bulldog. I had a difficult start to life. They used to call me Tiny Tim at the kennels because I was so lonesome and used to curl into a tiny ball with my favourite toy Scooby Doo.

I’m now so happy and live in a permanent foster home with my adoring family and am recovering from cancer.

I am loved so very much by my MADRA family and my mum in particular, who I love curling up on the couch beside with my favourite blanket!

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