Saturday 25 March 2017

Madra: Eight cuties adopted in Galway puppy drive

Izzy the puppy before the puppy adoption drive in westside, Galway. Credit: Facebook
Izzy the puppy before the puppy adoption drive in westside, Galway. Credit: Facebook
Loki looking forward to the adoption drive with MADRA today. Credit: Facebook
Some of the puppies at MADRA's Puppy adoption drive. Credit: Facebook
Lots of different types of puppies at MADRA's Puppy adoption drive, Credit: Facebook

Eimear Phelan

Galway was dedicated to finding forever homes for 17 puppies today but just over half left the home with new families.

The new homes were found after MADRA,  the volunteer organisation dedicated to re-homing dogs, had a puppy adoption drive in its shop in Galway's Westside today.

The five hour event was attended by over 100 people.

Queues formed ahead of the drive, said Tara Nic Dhiarmada, one of the volunteers with the shelter.

The shop finances the shelter the charity runs in Camus in the heart of the gaeltacht.

This mini adoption day was all about the puppies - a further 19 still need homes.

The puppies features included a range of breeds and cross breeds from terriers, spaniel crosses a few collies and some “surprises”.

Volunteers brought 17 puppies to the shop for the drive today and eight puppies were booked for adoption by new owners.

All adoptions are contingent on people filling out a questionnaire and completing a home check before taking their new bundles of joy home.

There is also a €150 donation to MADRA with each dog which goes towards running the shelter.

It also funds the costs of having the dogs spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped as well as food for the all the dogs in the shelter on an average week.

€50 of the donation is refunded to the new owner when they get the puppy spayed or neutered.

Tara called the event "a great success" and said there was a "huge turnout" with people showing "a lot of interest" on the day.

The dogs come from a variety of sources; members of the public, council pounds, veterinary surgeries and dogs that are rescued from abusive situations by the charity.


This is MADRA’s first puppy adoption drive but in 2012 the organisation ran a 24 hour dog adoption drive in Galway city which resulted in 20 dogs being adopted in 24 hours.

Marina Fiddler, the manager of MADRA and a dog trainer with the shelter, said the event was "exactly the boost we needed" as this time of year is "puppy season".

You can find details of more dogs and puppies the need new homes on or on their Facebook or you can call 086 814 9026.

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