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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 subscription service.
For your subscription, you will receive a certificate by email or by post and an update on your chosen dog twice a year. You can gift this to someone for a special occasion. If you have any queries, please email us at [email protected]
Meet The Croga Family
A short time ago 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.
Sponsor The Croga Family
I’m an older lady who had a difficult life before I came to MADRA. Some of the lovely MADRA volunteers even cried when I first arrived because I was very underweight and not very well at all.
Karel the Vet calls me a ‘miracle dog’ because I’ve gotten so much better thanks to MADRA and my new family. My mum and dad include me in everything they do, even if it means one of them carrying me!
When I arrived at MADRA, I was terrified of the lead but now I go for little doddles with my mum every week. I’m so happy I found my forever home, where I have my own place to lie down in every room and two dog buddies to keep me company.
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!
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.”
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!