Plea for animals lovers to volunteer for crisis hit Dundalk Dog Rescue

MAjella Keating and her dog Snowy
New legislation introduced that will see canine that are exported to the UK needing a license could see the unnescessary deaths of hundreds of dogs.

New legislation introduced that will see canine that are exported to the UK needing a license could see the unnescessary deaths of hundreds of dogs.

The new passport system means that dog rescue opeations such as Dundalk Dog Rescue have greatly increased costs.

Not alone do the new laws mean that the cost of exporting rescue dogs to the UK is greatly increased, it also means that kennels are now becoming far fuller as dogs need to be held for longer period of times before being rehomed.

“Most of our dogs are re-homed in the UK and with the pet passports now being fully enforced we have to hold onto dogs for much longer than before,” says OrlaMinogue. “This obviously increases costs but also the volume of dogs we have at any one time - hence the need for more volunteers.

“We also need fosterers more than ever before as they not only help us reduce kenneling costs but they are invaluable in caring for the vulnerable dogs such as pups and oldies who would not do well in kennels - particularly now with the prolonged time required due to the new passport regulations”.

Dundalk Dog Rescue will hold a Fostering and Volunteering Information Day in the Long Walk SC on Friday 29th November from 10am-6pm.

“We often get email enquiries from people interested in volunteering or fostering but we thought that having a stand in the Long Walk would give people a chance to speak to our current volunteers in person and therefore get a better idea of how they can help and also of course how rewarding volunteering can be!

“We feel there are people who may like to help but might be put off if they can’t commit to it on a regular basis but there are so many ways that people can help out, even on a one-off basis e.g. transporting dogs to the vets or if they have special skills such as graphic design or event management, that we would love to chat to anyone who would like to help in any way.

“We really hope to meet as many people as possible on the day so your help in letting people know would be most appreciated. And of course if people can’t make it on the day they can contact us at info@dundalkdogrescue.ie and we will send them the relevant information.

Majella who has fostered a number of dogs says it one of the greatest things she ever did.

“I couldn’t stop it now if I wanted to. We have a foster dog here at the moment, his name is Snowy and he is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.

“He is German Shepard Huskie cross, and I’ll don’t want him to go. He has been here for a week and a half, and eventually he will have to go to find a new home.

“He is our 11th foster dog. He is so friendly and loving with our own dog Buttons.

“It’s a wonderful thing to do, you get a new dog every few weeks and it is a pleasure to watch them get better and recover in a safe enironment.”