Dundalk Dog Rescue appeals for funds

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For the past 18 months, Christmas puppies have been joined by pandemic puppies to be handed over to rescue once their charms have worn off.

Undalk Dog Rescue, like other rescues across the country, has been busier than ever caring for these dogs in need of rehoming.

As they prepare for an influx of dogs and even puppies in the weeks after Christmas, they have launched another fundraising appeal for their new dog rescue and education center, which they plan to start use in February.

“It’s been a disastrous two years for fundraising with COVID-19, but we’re hoping that, will it or not, we’ll be in the kennels come February,” Bobby Wain said.

Their construction costs amount to over €700,000 and they have missed out on their annual fundraiser, which normally sees them receiving close to €90,000 a year in donations and collections.

“We have raised over €400,000 and taken out a mortgage of €200,000 and we need to raise €125,000 to complete the project,” he continued.

Bobby is particularly annoyed that €80,000 of the cost is covered by VAT which he says should be refunded as it is a voluntary organization looking after animal welfare, thus saving money to the state.

Dundalk Dog Rescue has never been busier and are gearing up to look after more dogs in the new year.

“We are in contact with other shelters and never in 15 years have they been to the point that some have now closed and taken in other dogs,” he said.

“It’s absolutely crazy and we couldn’t have coped without our wonderful foster parents.”

He said they were prohibited from doing home checks during the pandemic, so the work of foster families was particularly important.

‘It worked very well. People have tried foster care and found they’re brilliant at it, and it’s been a big help to us.

There’s still time to purchase one of Dundalk Dog Rescue‘s 2022 calendars featuring dogs who have found their forever homes via the Dundalk Dog Rescue website www.dundalkdogrescue.ie

Donations can also be made to their fund at www.justgiving.com

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