Pound Statistics 2005-2015

The 2015 statistics for Irish dog pounds have just been published by environ.ie. I’ve had a wee look at the annual stats for Cork City, Cork County and Nationwide. You can see the itemised stats for the other counties, and more information generally, by checking the published figures. For each area, I’m most interested in the number of dogs dealt with […]

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*** WARNING ***

The image at the top of this article is from the USPCA‘s hard hitting advertising campaign to appeal to the Northern Ireland public to be aware of the tragic consequences of puppy farming. The image is distressing because puppy farming is distressing. Kingdom Cat & Dog Rescue (KCADR) just got a phone call from a very […]

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Remember Me Thursday – 24th Sept

Remember the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember Me Thursday, September 24, […]

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Free HUGs!

I’d a great few hours today, shaking a bucket for HUG (Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds) in Bantry town. Lovely bunch of people, great cause – and fabulous, gentle, friendly greys. Lots of people were interested to meet HUG’s greyhounds, to learn more about the situation for greyhounds in Ireland (not good) and the wonderful work […]

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Beara Animal Rights Action Project

On Monday, 24th February, I set off for Castletownbere on the beautiful Beara peninsula. I was to meet Shonagh, one of the excellent vets from Kenmare Veterinary Centre. With her was Shadow (picture to come), an adorable three-legged rescue animal representative, and we’d all been invited to input to the Beara Community School‘s CSPE Animal Rights Action Project on […]

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Until There Are None Ltd

I thoroughly enjoyed attending Lis O’Donovan’s Animal Welfare course at St John’s in Cork back in 2011/12. I learned loads (not least of which, how to deal with people). This is one of the pieces of coursework we were assigned. Well, not exactly. Lis took great delight in getting those of us leaning towards animal rights […]

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Why Won’t People Neuter?

For some time now I’ve been meaning to write about why, for decades, rescues have been recommending adopting from rescues and neutering, rather than breeding; and why it sometimes seems like we’re making very little headway. Sinead O’Connor’s facebook announcement that she’s going to breed her cat once before neutering has prompted me to finally do so. Sinead’s announcement […]

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Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

[16/11/14 Updated with Research and Light links & info] I was recently contacted about a staffie taken by the dog warden, presumed aggressive, and marked for death as a result (see their FB page Save Ruby for more info). While I have a fair understanding – and disagreement with – BSL it made me realise how little information I […]

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Happy World Animal Day!

To celebrate #WorldSmileDay and#WorldAnimalWeek we originally planned to share three of our smiles a day for seven days (see our original post Sharing the Animal Welfare Warmths). Thinking about it we’ve decided to spread our smiles across the coming months. We’re inviting you to share the smiles – either ours or your own. Or both! With today […]

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Sharing the Animal Welfare Warmths

To celebrate #WorldSmileDay and #WorldAnimalWeek we’re going to share three of our smiles a day for seven days! And we’re inviting you to share the smiles – either ours or your own. Or both! What am I talking about? I was recently challenged to join in a FB share promoting positivity instead of stupidity (thanks […]

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What Kind of Animal are You?

Well, if you’re reading this, you’re probably a human animal! And I’m guessing you’re interested in animal welfare, or you wouldn’t be visiting my pages. What I really want to look at here is where you lie on the Animal Welfare/Animal Rights scale. Do you know? Why Does It Matter? If you’ve ever been involved […]

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Remember Me Thursday – 25th September

Have you heard about the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember […]

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Do Unwanted Animals Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?

Check out this fabulous, sensitive article from Louise Glazebrook on the Huffington Post, putting into words what I’ve been thinking the past few days – Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed? As the article says: Following the terrible arson attack at a Manchester dog home last week, where 53 poor dogs lost […]

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Stamps Promote Breeding

I am so sorry to see An Poste’s new stamps that promote breeding cats – not a moggie among them. Every time you put one of these stamps on an envelope you’ll be encouraging breeding yourself. Here’s my thoughts – and a few alternatives. What’re the Problems? A spokesperson from An Post said: With four glamorous […]

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Halt the Horror

including some extracts from ICABS‘ pages The Republic of Ireland has become one of the last remaining countries in the world to allow hare coursing. The blood sport has already been banned in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and remains illegal in most civilised nations. Why have so many countries made this blood sport illegal? […]

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