Paddy

This is Paddy. He is about 4 months old.  He is a bit shy and takes his time with people and it would be best if he has an experienced owner with time to bring him round.  He is fully vaccinated and as you can see from the picture, he is absolutely beautiful!

 

Lovely mother cat looking for a home

This lovely girl has a kitten who is now in foster care and she is spayed and ready for her forever home.  She has had her first vaccination and is in good health.  Ideally she would like to be the only cat in the household. Very sweet cat.

If you would like to adopt any of our rescues please contact us on 0868032592 or alternatively you can contact us via Pm.

Seamus Hora’s wonderful poetry book

Jimmie Connor picturered here receiving a cheque on behalf of Mayo SPCA from Seamus Hora who donated 170 euro from the sale of his beautiful book,  Memories and Reminiscences.  Seamas decided to donate €1 from every copy sold and this was such a very kind gesture.

Thank you Seamus-the animals will benefit so much from your decision and people will be enjoying your book for generations to come.  Maureen Higgins has done a wonderful reading of some of Seamus’ poetry and this can be found at https://www.facebook.com/100010178616376/videos/465363713812912/

Thank you so much Seamus for your talent and kindness

Gabby, Henry and Indie

These 3 hand reared kittens are looking for for a new home of their very own. They are very happy little bundles of fluff.
Gabby (black and white female) loves to explore; she may be little but that doesn’t stop her on her adventures.
Henry (ginger and white male) is Gabbys best friend he is a little shy to start with and loves tickles around his ears and chin. Would love to see Gabby and Henry go together if possible as they have a real special bond.
Indie (calico female) is very gentle and doesn’t mind sitting on your lap for the whole afternoon watching the world go by.
All  are used to large dogs and small dogs along with cats and are happy to interact with either so would make a happy addition to a family.
They have had all vaccinations been wormed and de-flead and will need to be indoor cats until neutered at 6 months.
If you would like to adopt any of our rescues please contact us on 0868032592 or alternatively you can contact us via Pm or our website.

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.

Sparrow and Robin

Here are two gorgeous kittens, Sparrow and Robin.  They are five weeks old and won’t be ready to go to new homes for another few weeks but are already very happy and friendly little souls. If you are interested, please contact us on 0868032592  or send a PM.

Shelly

Shelly is a beautiful kitten, full of attitude and always ready to play!  There is a brilliant video of her with hiccups on the Facebook page!  Shelly is one of Hazel’s kittens. If you would like to give her a home please contact us on 0868032592  or send a PM.

Gizmo, Junior and foster kittens

Here’s a brilliant Mom-Gizmo and her own kitten Junior plus her three fosters.  Aren’t they beautiful!  Gizmo will deserve a great home after her hard work bringing them all up and she can now “retire” and enjoy life.  To express interest or for further information, contact us on 0868032592  or send a PM and we’ll arrange a time for you to come visit.

Josie

How cute is Josie!  She looks like a cat with attitute:) She is a beautiful long haired kitten and therefore will need an indoor home and regular grooming to prevent mats and tangles in her lovely coat.  She is 10 weeks old and fully vaccinated. If you would like to give her a home please contact us on 0868032592  or send a PM and we’ll arrange a time for you to come and see her.