Maggie, a five-month-old Spaniel puppy who was surrendered to Dogs Trust Ireland after her owners were duped into buying what was falsely advertised online as a ‘hypoallergenic’dog.
Offaly dog shelter is caring for a large number of surrendered and stray dogs.
The Offaly County Council dog shelter is currently taking care of 16 dogs. Some of the animals were surrendered after Christmas while others are strays.
Kennel assistant Alma Kelly says the dogs are of every age and breed. When a dog is picked up by Offaly Dog Warden Michelle Fox, a picture is placed on the Dog Shelter Facebook page. Owners are given five days to reclaim the dog. If no one comes to collect the animal it goes to a rescue centre.
The Dog Warden may 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 warden and the Gardaí and brought to the dog pound.
If your dog has strayed or is missing, you should contact the dog pound directly to check whether it has been picked up.
Before you collect your dog, you will have to pay a reclaim fee and produce a current dog licence. If you do not have a current dog licence, you must obtain one from your local post office or on https://www.licences.ie/ILAS before collecting your dog.
Offaly Dog Shelter works with Dogs Trust who have also made an appeal for foster homes.
297 post-Christmas surrender requests were received by the Trust up to the end of January, which is a 73 percent increase on the 172 requests received over the same period last year.
The Trust says it is receiving 8 requests per day from members of the public seeking to relinquish their dogs into the charity’s care. This has led to the charity making an urgent appeal for foster homes so they can continue to help as many dogs as possible.
Ciara Byrne, Head of Communications at Dogs Trust Ireland said: “While many of the people who contact us do so because of extenuating circumstances, sadly many are telling us they underestimated the commitment dog ownership involves. We are also continuing to see victims of unscrupulous breeders and families being ‘dog fished’ as misleading and often illegal online advertisements continue. Dogs are often advertised as being ‘hypoallergenic’ but as the causes of individual’s allergies can vary, no dog can be said to be 100% hypoallergenic, even if the breed or crossbreed doesn’t shed very much or the dog doesn’t have much 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 surrendered to Dogs Trust. She is a very nervous dog, another indicator of poor breeding and the environment she was born into. Due to how fearful she was upon arrival; the charity sought a foster home for Maggie where she is being cared for and the family hope to adopt her.
Kate Horgan, Fostering Coordinator at Dogs Trust Ireland continued: “We are urgently appealing 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 paws and gives them a better chance of finding their forever home, an incredibly rewarding experience for any dog lover. If you are over 18, have access to dog friendly transport for vet visits and meeting potential adopters, a secure garden and time to temporarily care for a dog in need, we would love to hear from you.”
For more information about fostering a dog from 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 10.00 - 12.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday strictly by appointment only. (Closed on Wednesday and Sunday).
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