Happy Easter from Donegal animals in need

Animals In Need (AIN) wishes everyone a Happy Easter. Baby rabbits Bindi and Bodhi have reached nine weeks of age and are looking for a five-star home together.

However, they will not be available as gifts. Rabbits can be an 8-12 year commitment and should not be Easter gifts.

Bindi and Bodhi are house rabbits born outdoors and found in a garden by the resident cat, who brought them into their home at the rate of one baby rabbit a day.

Originally there were four babies, but although the cat was reasonably gentle with them, two died.

Luckily, Bindi and Bodhi have thrived in their AIN foster home and since they are very bonded, they would like to stay together.

Both rabbits love to be petted and need a home where they will receive plenty of attention. They recognize the voice of their host family and come running when they hear it.

Considered brother and sister, part of the repatriation contract will require the commitment that they will be castrated when they are older.

If you can give Bindi and Bodhi their forever home, please contact the Cat Helpline for more information.

With good weather forecasts for the holidays, many will dust their lawnmowers, which can be a dangerous turn of events for wildlife.

Hedgehogs and baby hares are particularly vulnerable.

Hares do not leave their young in burrows but rather hide them in tall grass and return there once or twice a day.

If you see what looks like a patch of dried grass, before mowing, please check below for wildlife that may be sheltering there.

It is important not to touch the levers if found. Instead, check that they are healthy, then leave them with their mothers.

AIN’s cattery is filling up with kittens. They are too young to be adopted but as soon as they are ready, their contact details will be published on the AIN Facebook page.

Sadly, a second kitten from rescued stray Susie’s litter passed away during the week.

AIN’S foster homes for dogs are full

Susie was the first pregnant cat in 2022 to be rescued by AIN and went on to give birth to six kittens.

However, the two smaller kittens have deteriorated and sadly Penny passed away this week, a week after her brother Mini Garfield passed away.

Susie’s remaining four kittens are doing well. They are big, stocky kittens and hopefully they will continue to thrive.

The latest arrivals at the cattery are mother cat Tabitha and her mini-me kitten Talia.

Tabitha had lived as a wanderer in a housing estate where, left unneutered, she produced bedding and litter.

Little Talia was born last Thursday, outside in a box.

Fortunately, mom and kitten are now in the warmth and safety of the cattery.

There was good news for three adult cats who were released to AIN after their owner’s circumstances changed, including a pure white deaf cat, as all three found new homes.

Their spaces were quickly filled with two adult cats who had to be cared for when their elderly owner entered a nursing home.

Meanwhile, AIN’s dog foster homes are filled to capacity and they can no longer take in abandoned dogs until some of the current occupants are relocated and the charity is appealing to people who want to give up their dogs to be patient.

Dogs left in the Letterkenny pound should be a priority as they only have a certain amount of time there before they can be at risk and an AIN volunteer continues to make a weekly trip to the pound to collect dogs that have completed their five compulsory. days in there.

Thalia got her kitten outside in a box

AIN is always looking for volunteers. They only have a handful of volunteers and the more volunteers they have, the more animals they can help.

If you are interested in getting involved, whether it’s fostering cats or dogs, fundraising, working in the charity shop, helping with administration or driving, please contact the helpline for more information. .

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 http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.

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