sponsor a dog
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 postal 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]
Hi, Sunflower here, nickname Lilli….well Sunflower is a bit of a mouthful when my foster Mammy is calling me to come for my dinner! I’m a senior lady of 10 years old and only recently had my dreams come true, I’m now living in a warm, cosy home surrounded by love. I came into the care of MADRA just last year in 2021 in a dreadful state of neglect and I still bear the scars of it today. My mouth was full of rotten teeth and it had been painful to eat for many years. My skin was raw from flea bites and urine scald and my belly fought a constant worm burden. Even my nails were neglected and painfully long, making it difficult for me to walk…..I must be very strong to have survived this existence for so long.
Now I don’t think about my past really, because I have such an amazing life in my long-term foster home, thanks to my lovely Mammy, Kerry. She talks so nice to me and tells me I’m her best girl, gives me the tastiest treats on the planet, and is always so patient with me even if I can’t make it to the toilet outside, she really is the best! I also love my new houndie housemates, Seamie and Cash, they both helped me to settle into life in a house and we are great friends. But I have a special bond with Cash who is also a long-term MADRA foster hound like me, we like to cuddle on the couch and enjoy snaffaris together too.
Because of my 10 years of neglect, I need quite a bit of vet care at times and I’m very lucky to have a super foster Mammy and the whole MADRA team behind me who will give me everything I ever need, that’s why I’m on the sponsor list and hope you will consider me.
Hello, Cash here!
I’m a 7-year-old greyhound living my best life with my foster Mammy, Kerry, up in the big smoke. I’ve been living with Kerry for a couple of years now having had a couple of failed adoptions……I know, awful isn’t it! Let me tell you what happened. Us greyhounds are a stoic bunch at times and I was holding pain in my shoulder for a long time, probably from an old injury in my youth. Sometimes the pain became unbearable and when a human touch would come I snapped. I guess it was scary for people when I did this as I’m a big guy, but I’m a gentle giant, anyone that really knows me will tell you that. Thankfully now that I have that issue diagnosed, I’m getting treatment and I don’t feel the horrible pain anymore. And the best news is that I get to live with my Mammy Kerry forever as a long-term foster dog, how lucky am I. My life got even brighter lately when my best gal Sunflower arrived. I loved her the minute I met her and lay down beside her on her first night here to show her that she wasn’t to be worried, that she had arrived in paradise! We are the best cuddle buddies and I love hanging out with her. If we were humans we would get hitched for sure! I also have my bro Seamie and the three of us have the best life together, I’m one very lucky greyhound I can tell you!
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.
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!
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. Today we still have a few of these dogs with us in ongoing care and they have become part of the MADRA family.
The day we met then initially 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.