Pictured Above, Top (Lori and Volunteer at MSPCA) Above left (Myself with Lori) Above Right ( Adam with Puppies)
As Part of Our Dog Welfare Campaign Month here at Buy and Sell we will donate one tin of dog food to a rescue centre for EVERY new follower we get on our Facebook page until the end of June! The more followers we have, the more free food for rescue centres like Lori’s. We are currently at 1350 followers and growing, so with YOUR help we will give thousands of free tins of dog food to centres across Ireland giving a much needed helping hand to the animals. These shelters often rely solely on fundraisers, donations and volunteers so they urgently your help! So Help us help a dog, Simply visit our Facebook page here, Click ‘Like’, and help a dog!
Last week myself and Adam visited Lori and her rescue animals up in the Monaghan SPCA, one of the dog shelters we are helping in our Facebook Campaign. We received a warm welcome from Lori and all of her rescue dogs who were very excited at our arrival. One sweep of the scene and my eyes took in every conceivable dog you could imagine, small, large, boxers, spaniels, puppies, and some mixes I could only guess at, all barking and some jumping uncontrollably. It melted our hearts to see them so excited and I instantly wanted to take them all home, or at least one or two back to the office. Lori is from Washington DC but has been living in Ireland for the past ten years looking after these animals, working full time to treat, care for and re-home them. It’s hard work and she has so many dogs depending on her for food, shelter, and love. She told us how they all have their own personalities and characteristics. WE looked in on the cattery where we were greeted by the tiniest little beings in the shelter, all eyes and fluff, some too young yet to be re-homed. The cats have a sort of relaxed freedom where they can roam about their little house freely, one even followed me to the bathroom!
The shelter is in Killydonagh just outside Emyvale in County Monaghan and has been rescuing abandoned, unwanted and abused dogs since its opening in 1996. Lori and her volunteers provide medical care, rehabilitation and adoption services, depending completely on grant assistance and donations. She receives a grant from The Minister of Agriculture to help with the cost of maintaining the shelter and DogsTrust UK provide financial assistance with the spay/neuter program. The dogs come from dog pounds, abusive situations, as strays or when they’re owners are either unwilling or unable to take care of them. Lori’s rescue centre is often full to capacity and some of the dogs get sent to the UK where they re-homed with people visiting the Dogs Trust Rescue Centres. Every dog is spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and treated for medical conditions.
She said despite the benefits of neutering some people don’t want to neuter or spay their pets for often unknown reasons or out of ignorance. She is always full to capacity and can only take in an animal if she has space, but she never refuses to help an animal in need. She spoke passionately about the new legislation that was drawn up to prevent animal abuse and the urgent need for new laws to be passed. Until then people looking for a pet should seriously consider visiting a rescue centre, many are bursting at the seams with beautiful animals, dogs, cats, pedigrees and mixed breeds all looking for the same thing; a bit of attention, some kindness and a loving home.
When we got back to the office we got a nice email from Lori on our visit:
‘Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help as we very much appreciate your help in promoting the rescue dogs in the shelters! I personally view it as a huge breakthrough for both you and all the deserving dogs in need of homes (be they pure bred or mongrels). As rescues we generally discourage people from buying dogs, thanks to insight and concern, that is changing. Well done to all of you at Buy and Sell for making a change to help support the rescued dogs and educating our readers about puppy farms and back yard breeders’.
HELP US HELP A DOG-We will donate a tin of dog food to Lori’s shelter and rescue centres like hers for every new follower on Facebook. Simply click ‘like’ on our Facebook page.