Donegal Animals in Need: Sad news as Letterkenny charity shop due to close

Animals In Need (AIN) have announced the closure of their charity store in Letterkenny.

AIN volunteers have run the Lower Main Street shop for six years, having taken it over after Donegal Pet Rescue closed.

However, due to high running costs and the current financial climate, the charity shop will have to close permanently on March 25, although the Donegal Town AIN shop will remain open.

This is a blow to the organization as charity shops have been a major source of funding for AIN’s day-to-day running costs.

From now until the store closes, there is an “everything must go” sale, so please come by to grab a bargain and show your support one last time. The Letterkenny store is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stray cat Susie gave birth to six kittens

AIN would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked in the shop and the customers who have supported it over the years, as you have all helped raise funds that have saved many animals.

There will be a new drop off point in Letterkenny for pet food and toy donations. For more information, please contact AIN on 087-7644420.

Meanwhile, AIN will continue to rescue animals across the county.

The association is currently looking for new canine adopters.

Criteria for becoming a dog foster include being passionate about dogs and wanting to help unwanted ones by taking care of them and giving them lots of TLC while they wait for their forever home.

If this sounds like you and you’re over 18, recently retired, work from home or work part-time, have experience with dogs and a walled garden, your own means of transport and you live within driving distance of Donegal town, you might be just what AIN is looking for.

AIN canine foster families will keep one or two dogs in their home. Outdoor runs can be provided for the dogs, as well as their food and all veterinary costs are covered by the charity.

Caring for rescued animals is not always easy but it is extremely rewarding.

For more information, please contact the main helpline or contact AIN by sending a message to their Facebook page.

If you’re more of a feline person, ‘kitten season’ has just begun, which means there will be hundreds of kittens and cats up for adoption in the near future.

Once again, foster families look after the animals in their own homes and their bedding, food and vet bills are all covered by the charity.

For more information on fostering cats and kittens, please contact the Cat Helpline.

The majority of animals rescued by the AIN are cats and dogs, but they are also called upon from time to time to assist wildlife or to help rehouse other domesticated species.

Last Saturday, AIN rescued an injured herring gull, which was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center for treatment.

AIN also has two domesticated baby rabbits in foster care at the moment, after they were found by a cat in his garden.

The rabbits are doing well and their ears are now starting to fall out as they get older. They are still too young to be relocated but will be available in a few weeks.

Back at the cattery, pregnant stray Susie finally gave birth this week.

The two baby rabbits are doing well

Susie was the first pregnant cat to arrive at AIN in 2022 and was already very big when she arrived so it was thought she was due to give birth at any time.

However, she continued to swell for another three weeks until last weekend when she gave birth to six large, healthy kittens.

Mother cat Susie and her kittens are doing well.

To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Each penny goes directly to rescued animals for their food, bedding and vet bills. , deworming and vaccinations.

For further information on adoption, placement, volunteering etc please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten inquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at

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