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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Over 700 animals from NWSPCA found new homes

Outgoing officers of NWSPCA, fundraising manager Tracy Smith, chairperson Joe Murray and secretary Niamh Hendley
Outgoing officers of NWSPCA, fundraising manager Tracy Smith, chairperson Joe Murray and secretary Niamh Hendley

Sara Gahan

Another successful year was recalled at the North Wexford SPCA Annual General Meeting last week.

There was a large attendance in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel for the meeting.

They were told that a record of over 700 animals were re-homed in 2017. Thanks were sent to all the volunteers who help out at the kennels and cattery, and those who foster. Thanks were also sent to Gorey Veterinary Hospital for providing space for the kennels and cattery.

Chairman Joe Murray said they raised a total of €170,000 in 2017, and have spent €158,000 so far on new kennels and animal welfare.

'A big chunk goes towards vaccinations, spay and neutering, and other examinations or operations needed for a rescued animal,' said Joe.

At the meeting, NWSPCA committee discussed introducing an Education Officer. Eimear McGrath was appointed the role and will visit schools, clubs and organisations to give a talk on what it means to own an animal.

More than 30 people received an award for volunteering and fundraising throughout the year. NWSPCA also presented Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown with an award for the hard-work they do.

The election of officers took place, with no resignations or changes. The committee is looking forward to another successful year in 2018.

The officers are: Chairman - Joe Murray; Treasurer - Teresa Kirwan; Secretary - Niamh Henley; Fundraising and Shop Manager - Tracy Smith; Kennels Manager - Stephen Whyte; Cattery Manager - Geraldine Kavanagh; Volunteers Manager - Sinead O'Connor; Fostering Manager - Rosie McKenna; Animal Welfare Inspectors - Millie Nolan, Aileen Travers, Ann Redmond and Gareth Whelan; Guest Rehoming Manager - Jenny Zain.

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