The Offaly Dog Shelter welcomes a large number of abandoned and stray dogs.
The Offaly County Council Dog Shelter currently cares for 16 dogs. Some of the animals were returned after Christmas while others are strays.
Kennel assistant Alma Kelly says the dogs come in all ages and breeds. When a dog is picked up by Offaly Dog Warden Michelle Fox, a photo is placed on the Dog Shelter Facebook page. Owners have five days to collect the dog. If no one comes to pick up the animal, it goes to a rescue center.
The Dog Warden can pick up dogs that are in a public place and are not accompanied by their owner or a responsible person. Dogs that are not under proper control may also be seized by the dog keeper and the Gardaí and taken to the pound.
If your dog has wandered off or disappeared, you should contact the pound directly to check if he has been recovered.
Before picking up your dog, you will need to pay a claim fee and produce a valid dog license. If you do not have a valid dog license you must obtain one from your local post office or at https://www.licences.ie/ILAS before collecting your dog.
Offaly Dog Shelter works with Dogs Trust who have also issued an appeal for foster families.
297 post-Christmas redemption requests were received by the Trust through the end of January, representing a 73% increase from the 172 requests received during the same period last year.
The Trust says it receives 8 requests a day from members of the public seeking to surrender their dogs in the charity’s care. This has led the charity to issue an urgent appeal to foster homes so they can continue to help as many dogs as possible.
Ciara Byrne, communications manager at Dogs Trust Ireland, said: “Although many people who contact us do so because of extenuating circumstances, unfortunately many tell us that they have underestimated the commitment involved in owning a dog. We also continue to see victims of unscrupulous breeders and families being “dogfished” as misleading and often illegal online advertisements continue. Dogs are often advertised as “hypoallergenic”, but as the causes of individual allergies can vary, no dog can be considered 100% hypoallergenic, even if the breed or cross doesn’t shed heavily or if the dog doesn’t have many. or any hair.
One such case is Maggie, a five-month-old spaniel puppy who was fictitiously advertised as a hypoallergenic poodle cross. Her family thought she would be the perfect pet, but their allergies flared up and as a result Maggie was handed over to Dogs Trust. She is a very nervous female dog, another indicator of poor breeding and the environment she was born into. Due to his fear upon his arrival; the charity has sought a foster home for Maggie where she is being cared for and the family hope to adopt her.
Kate Horgan, Placement Coordinator at Dogs Trust Ireland, continued: “We are making an urgent appeal for foster homes across the country. Fostering not only provides invaluable experience in caring for a dog, but it plays a fundamental role in helping the most vulnerable dogs get back on their feet and giving them a better chance of finding their home for life. always, an incredibly rewarding experience for any dog lover. If you are over 18, have access to dog-friendly transportation for vet visits and meet potential adopters, a secure garden and time to temporarily care for a dog in need, we would like to have your news.
For more information on adopting a dog through Dogs Trust, visit DogsTrust.ie/Fostering
Those in Offaly interested in giving a dog a home should contact the Offaly Dog Shelter to make an appointment.
All dogs are microchipped and a first vaccination is administered before being released.
The Dog Pound is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday by appointment only. (Closed Wednesday and Sunday).