Michelle Courtney, a brilliant foster Mom to many MSPCA cats and dogs is a visual artist and printmaker.  She has been working on some fundraiser pieces which she is very kindly donating for auction. All monies raised in this auction will go to the animals of the Mayo SPCA CLG and Michelle has kindly accepted the cost of postage if the winning bid is overseas.

So we have been given these 3 bright and colourful canine portraits to auction to the highest bidder.  They are all limited edition original acrylic on canvas paintings that will not be replicated and will be signed by Michelle herself.

Bidding will start from today and will run until 9pm Wednesday 6th September 2017!

We have chosen to start the bidding at €15 euro and the highest bidder for each painting will be announced on Thursday 7th September 2017.
The winner will be notified via Pm and Payment method will then be arranged with you via either paypal/cheque /postal order or cash if local to Ballyhaunis and secure delivery scheduled.

This is a great opportunity to add to your art collection or maybe a birthday present, or perhaps dare we say a christmas present for that special someone you know who loves dogs.

Pictures will be numbered 1, 2 and 3 and bidding comments are to be placed under the photo of the piece you wish to bid for.

Good luck and happy bidding and remember everything raised goes straight back to the animals in our care.

Acoustic Sessions Gig in Westport this weekend!

Four young local Mayo musicians-Matt Taylor, Sarah Deegan, Grainne Fahy and Joshua Dowling will be tantalising us with renditions of some of our favourite tunes along with some of their very own original songs.

What better way to round off a bank holiday than spending the Monday evening listening to the talent of these guys in such a wonderful famous musical setting with all proceeds kindly being donated to the Mayo SPCA CLG.

A raffle will also be taking place on the night during the interval so you may even have the opportunity to win a wonderful prize that has been kindly donated by shops and locals of Westport.

We look forward to seeing you all there on the night

Seamus Hora’s wonderful poetry book

Jimmie Connor picturered here receiving a cheque on behalf of Mayo SPCA from Seamus Hora.

We wish to thank Seamus most sincerely for his generosity towards the animals in our care.  From the sames of his lovely poetry anthology, ‘Memories and Reminiscences’ he has donated €348-€1 for every copy sold!

Bless you Seamus-we are all-both 2 legged and 4 legged-most grateful to you!

Maureen Higgins has done a wonderful reading of some of Seamus’ poetry and this can be found at


Suzie (formerly Lucie)

Update on Suzie formerly known as Lucie- How lucky we are to have such  wonderful volunteers who foster for us. This was a failed foster……..Thank you Lucie Kavanagh!

Susie has been with us for nearly nine weeks now. When she first arrived, she looked tiny. It wasn’t just that she’s a small dog. She looked like she wanted to make herself smaller. She was hunched up, breathing harshly and had a sad little face. Around the house she moved quickly, keeping out of everyone’s way. She had obviously known some very hungry times as she gulped her meat but seemed unsure about anything else. She didn’t know what to do with toys. It was very clear that she was terrified of men and when out in the garden she hesitated to come back inside especially if any of us were nearby. It was as if she expected to be punished for entering the house.

Sadly dogs like Susie who have been through trauma are the dogs that can be the hardest to rehome. They are also the dogs most in need of a permanent home. They don’t “show” well. When potential new owners come, they are too anxious to approach and make friends.  They are afraid of new people.

When taken home, new owners might not realise how much time a traumatised dog needs to settle into a new home and might return them to the shelter feeling that they are not working out. Traumatised dogs need a good month or two simply to realise that they are not going to be hurt or abandoned by their new people. They might exhibit behaviours like wetting, growling, being sick, hiding or not coming when called. But given time these dogs can and will settle into the house and become the most loyal and loving friends as they learn to trust and to feel safe.

Susie has a crushed trachea. She takes medication daily for this-a steroid and cough medicine. These help to keep her breathing as clear as possible and stop her coughing too much. At first her breathing issues seemed quite severe but we were happy to see that, as she grew more comfortable and her anxiety started to decrease, her breathing became easier and the coughing much less frequent.

It’s only in recent weeks that we have seen her personality emerge. She had always been more comfortable with me but gradually her fear of men subsided and she started to wag her tail when my dad or brother came into the house or room and progressed to wanting to sit on their knees. The newest and nicest development has been her sudden interest in toys and playing. She began to copy my dog as she played with her toys and now quite often heads upstairs to find something to play with. This can be anything, ranging from coat hangers to pens to cushion covers. She and Maisie have very funny “tug of war” games with toys despite the difference in size!

At the moment we are working on walks and exercise. She’s an independent soul and likes to head off if gates are left open although when pursued she allows herself to be captured quite happily! Her enthusiasm for food has led to rapid weight gain so we’re looking for a nice balance in what she eats and activity she is able for. She is getting used to going for little walks on her harness and lead and likes to visit between my dad’s house and mine.
Other dogs have been a huge help to Susie. My father’s dog Molly has shared her favourite chair and been a comfort and companion to her whereas Maisie has taught her to run around and play. All of the traumatised dogs we are seen over the years have always benefitted so much from being around happy dogs and having new friends to copy and learn the ropes from.

We are all enjoying Susie and getting so much joy from seeing her character develop and her confidence grow each day. I would urge anyone rescuing a dog not to be afraid to take on the challenge of a dog who has been through very hard times. It takes time to heal their spirits but it is so rewarding to see all that they are capable of and their willingness to keep trusting despite a difficult past.

Benji & Tiny Tim

This is Benji & Tiny Tim all settled and happy in their home. They are so happy and enjoy long walks to Moore Hall. Thank you for give a couple of rescue dogs a forever home 

School Visit

Knockrooskey National School Westport

Michelle Courtney on behalf of Mayo SPCA was invited to Knockrooskey National School, Westport, to give a talk to the Senior Infants class on animal welfare. It was a very successful visit and we would like to thank their teacher Chloe Hayes for inviting us and to Michelle for visiting the school.