ALMOST 700 dogs were abandoned in Co Louth in 2009, according to recent statistics released by the Department of Environment.
Some 91 per cent of these dogs were re-homed, an improvement on the previous year’s figures when 84 per cent of dogs abandoned found new homes.
An average of 45 dogs are abandoned across Ireland each day, whilst a further 18 dogs are put to sleep every day.
People in the Dundalk area are being encouraged to adopt a dog from the local shelter as part of the Pedigree Adoption Drive, which is running until June 14.
For every pack of Pedigree dogfood bought during the Pedigree Adoption Drive, a donation goes to help Irish dogs.
Dogs who are surrendered to the pound by their owners are given 24 hours for rehoming. Stray dogs are held in the pound for five days, giving owners a chance to reclaim their dog.
If the owner doesn’t come forward within the statutory five days the dog can then be rehomed. For more information on how to adopt a dog from the Louth pound go online and visit www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Dog-Pound.
Or if you would like to get involveved in fostering dogs from Dundalk Dog Rescue go online and visit http://dundalkdogrescue.webs.com/
To make a donation contact firstname.lastname@example.org.