Overproduction of dogs remains a major problem in Donegal – Animals in Need
The vast majority of Donegal’s unwanted dogs are collies.
This has been the case since Animals In Need (AIN) was founded and the charity is currently inundated with Collies both sourced from Letterkenny Pound and donated directly by their owners.
The situation is now so out of control that AIN no longer has a foster place and cannot take in abandoned dogs for the moment.
This is mainly due to over-breeding, with countless litters produced in the hope that one of the dogs will prove to be a good working dog. The rest of the puppies are surplus to requirements and instead end up in the pound or turned over to rescues such as AIN.
Collies are the smartest dog breed. They are also energetic, extremely loyal, and people-oriented.
In an active home, this breed will thrive, but they need an outlet to channel their intelligence and energy, so an active home or participation in agility and obedience groups are perfect ways to ensure you are healthy. to have a happy and healthy pet.
Collies are very popular as pets in the UK, which is why many collies rescued by AIN collect their pet passports and head to England, where they find fantastic homes as pets companionship thanks to a brilliant rehoming center that AIN works with.
Two surviving baby rabbits are doing well
However, until the overproduction and rejection of potential working dogs stops, the huge problem of unwanted dogs in Donegal will continue to soar, with rescues such as AIN picking up the pieces.
Meanwhile, there’s good news from the cattery, as Kobi, a cat found with a horribly swollen paw, is responding well to veterinary treatment.
Kobi was suffering from eosinophilic pododermatitis when he was found, a disease caused by the cat’s immune system attacking its own pads.
He is much happier now that the medicine is starting to work. He has a good appetite and should hopefully make a full recovery.
Adoptive cat Zeus is also recovering.
Zeus had to have his back leg amputated recently and is healing well even though he is tired of wearing a cone around his neck. However, he will have his stitches this week and has quickly adapted to life on three legs.
Kittens should not be allowed out unsupervised until they are six months old and neutered, but a ten-week-old kitten was found wandering alone in Letterkenny last week. Fortunately, he was found by a member of the public who brought him to safety at the AIN.
Jasper was dumped from an AIN foster home
A charming young ginger cat named Jasper is one of AIN’s foster cats who are up for adoption. Jasper had been thrown out of an AIN foster home a few weeks ago. He is a beautiful cat and if you are interested in giving him a home, please contact the Cat Helpline.
Last week, a family of four baby domestic rabbits were found in a garden after the resident cat disturbed the nest where they were hiding and brought them into the house, one by one, over a period of four days.
Sadly one of the baby bunnies died, probably from internal injuries, but the cat was quite gentle with them and two of the baby bunnies did not sustain any injuries, although one had an eye ache .
The fourth baby rabbit had a small wound cleaned and glued but unfortunately he died within a week of his injuries.
The two surviving rabbits are doing well in their foster homes and will hopefully continue to thrive.
Finally, AIN’s charity shops play an essential role in financing the daily operation of the association. If you have unwanted items to donate, please consider AIN, and if you’re looking for a bargain, please come along. AIN has a charity shop in Donegal Town and Letterkenny.
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.