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Home is where the heart is for rescued pup Cosmo

HE arrived just in time for St Valentine's Day.

And if Cosmo the abandoned cocker spaniel pup wasn't exactly wearing his heart on his sleeve, he was wearing it on his side.

Cosmo was discovered, along with his two brothers, at a bog near Tuam over the weekend.

A dog warden got in touch with the Galway dog rescue and adoption organisation MADRA – Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption – and within 24 hours of his photograph going up on the MADRA Facebook page, he had a new home.

It wasn't clear if it was his winning look or the attraction of the unique heart-shaped colouring feature that won over the Alfonso family in Monivea, but they just knew they wanted to give him a new home.

And Cosmo wasn't long in snuggling up beside his new owner, Eanna Alfonso, for our picture.

"We didn't notice the heart on his side until we saw the picture. It's pretty unusual – and then to find him just in time for St Valentine's Day ... ," said Marina Fiddler of MADRA.


And the good news for Cosmo is that his two brothers who were found with him also discovered new owners, thanks to MADRA.

"In a bizarre way, the people who abandoned these lovely pups will probably feel reaffirmed in what they did now that all three have found new homes. It seems unfair, because they were spineless to do what they did," said Marina. MADRA currently has 45 abandoned dogs for adoption and last year took in a total of 822, with just less than half of them sent on to the UK.

MADRA works closely with the Dogs Trust and Border Collie Trust across the Irish Sea.

"Many of the dogs that come to us are collie-types and not suitable as family pets. They are best looked after by the Trust which places them in the right environment," said Marina.

The charity depends on voluntary donations and the fundraising efforts of supporters.

MADRA runs two charity shops in Galway and will hold a major fundraiser at the Forge in Moycullen on March 1.