Dundalk Dog Rescue says the opening of its new state-of-the-art center is “within reach” and is appealing to the public to support its fundraising campaign to complete the work.
The charity has already raised over €450,000 for the construction of the centre, which he says was “only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of local people who donated €20 here and €50 there -low. The support has been amazing and we are so grateful,” says Bobby Wain, DDR.
Dundalk Dog Rescue hopes to open the center in the next few months, but says Bobby, “we’re in a situation where we’re back in the bank to raise the mortgage”.
The charity is busier than ever and eagerly awaits the opening of the center which will accommodate up to 100 dogs at a time.
But with over €100,000 still to be shelled out for the building work to be completed, he adds the need for support has never been greater.
“We’re overwhelmed by the minute, and for the first time in DDR history, we’re relying on other organizations to take dogs for us. It’s not sustainable, and we really hope it’s a temporary measure, as these charities are under pressure while well.”
Although DDR plans to open the center in the next few months, “we are in a situation where we are back in the bank to increase the mortgage”.
Like many charities, the onset of the pandemic had a major impact, he adds, on their ability to raise funds to carry out the project.
“All of our foster homes are packed, and we have to reach out to other dog charities, including Drogheda Animal Welfare and Dogs Angels.”
The surrender rate, from people who realize they can’t care for their dog, has seen a huge increase, Bobby says, and not just since Christmas.
“We’re just flooded right now, it’s just surrender, surrender, non-stop surrender, and it’s just from the locals.”
Some of the reasons given by owners, he says, are “We got the wrong dog during lockdown” and “This dog doesn’t like us.” “The list is endless of people who say they can’t take care of a dog anymore. The reality is that people really have to think about the long-term commitment they can give to a dog, for any his life.”
He added that rescue dogs “can have their own very individual needs” and can take a lot of work from their new owners to help them adjust.
“A lot of these dogs need a lot of attention and care to settle in, and it can take up to six months for that to happen. The worst thing for a dog is to be housed multiple times because he will not settle knowing that their situation could still change.
The new centre, due to open south of Dundalk, will be a game-changer for the charity, says Bobby, and will also provide an “excellent volunteer base”.
Contact Dundalk Dog Rescue on 087 185 4360, between 7pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday. For general inquiries: [email protected], for placement and relocation: [email protected] and for volunteer opportunities: [email protected]