The highs and lows of animal rescue – Donegal Animals in Need

Animals In Need (AIN) is always looking for new adopters for the hundreds of cats and dogs they rescue every year.

Foster families look after animals in their own homes and all food, bedding and veterinary bills for the cat or dog are covered by the charity.

In return, foster families are asked to provide time and TLC while providing a stepping stone to a new life for an unwanted animal.

Unfortunately the little fox did not survive

If you have free time and are interested in a host family, please contact AIN for more information.

Several other dogs were picked up from Letterkenny Pound on Monday.

AIN’s foster homes are currently full except for emergencies, but they have made every effort to find homes for two dogs whose owners had to give up their pets.

However, the owners of the dogs then changed their minds and took their pets back.

The AIN would ask people who want to give up their dog to be 100% sure that they want to give up their pet. The charity is extremely busy and it takes a lot of volunteers time to find a suitable home for a dog and that time could have been spent repatriating a dog in need.

It’s inevitable that foster families become attached to the animals in their care and this week has seen a bittersweet separation for a little collie named Bailey and her foster family.

Bailey is an adorable dog who was abandoned due to a change in his family’s situation.

She loves nothing more than going for long walks, playing ball and giving her foster high-fives.

Bailey has found a fantastic new home in the North and her foster family wishes her a long and happy life with her new family, although she will be missed in AIN.

Cat rescuers are extremely busy, with constant calls to the helpline, mostly about kittens in trouble.

Some of the kittens are in dire condition when found, including an injured kitten who lost most of its tail and had to be picked up from Falcarragh. The kitten will receive veterinary treatment to tidy up the tail but is otherwise in good shape.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case for a little black kitten who was found in horrific condition, eaten alive by maggots.

Old scales are on sale

The kitten’s gums, anus and little body were heavily infested with maggots so she was rushed straight to the vet, but tragically it was too late for this little girl and she did not survive.

It’s a harsh reality in rescue that not all stories have happy endings, as was also the case with an injured cub that was found over the weekend.

The little one appears to have been hit by a car, leaving its hind legs paralyzed. He had been dragging himself by his front legs for several days before AIN was alerted to his fate.

Unfortunately he was beyond help and although he was rushed to the vet he died.

The terrified kitten that was found in Centra

But there is also good news and several kittens have gone to their new homes over the weekend, and the kittens found in an ivy nest on top of a building a few weeks ago are thriving, as are the kittens that were found soaked and nearly frozen. Last week.

Newcomers quickly filled in the gaps left by adopted kittens, with three young kittens found abandoned in a stall in Carrigart joining the cattery.

A terrified kitten was found in Centra in Donegal Town on Saturday and another in Clar on Monday. The kittens are identical and are most likely siblings.

Meanwhile, Storm, a kitten who was found in a collapsed, emaciated, dehydrated and frozen state last week, has made a miraculous recovery. Only four days in foster care and he’s purring happily, playing with his toy mouse and full of life.

Finally, AIN offers for sale a superb old scale to raise funds for animals. Manufactured by Berkel Auto Scale Co, it is in fantastic condition, fully functional and with all original parts, glass front and enamel paint coating. Price €295 ono Please see AIN’s Facebook page for details.

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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