IT HASN’T been a very merry Christmas in Limerick Animal Welfare’s sanctuary in Kilfinane and they are appealing to the public to give loving homes to the pets pictured in 2015.
“It has been a hectic few days,” said Marie Quirke, LAW sanctuary manager. While it is supposed to be the season of goodwill to all men it doesn’t appear to be for animals.
A lurcher was found with a badly broken leg – sadly this is not uncommon.
“Mange, injuries, starving is the norm for these poor dogs,” said Marie. LAW have rehomed them in Italy as there was no takers in Ireland.
A pony in Southill was found in a bad way and the most horrific of all was a Terrier with a very bad infection from cat gut.
“Our vet thinks it was used after a home operation to take out an eye. She is very old and her teeth are horrific,” said Marie. Then there is the ongoing care of a poor dog who is recovering well after a collar that had been put on as a pup was never changed. It eventually grew into the flesh of the neck.
“With so many animals coming into our care with injuries, broken bones and illness, veterinary costs are rising so we need to fundraise on an ongoing basis to ensure we can help more emergency and cruelty cases,” said Marie. As well as welcoming donations another way to support their good work is to adopt one of their dogs, cats or horses to free up space for new arrivals.
“In 2014, 589 animals passed through our doors, a small percentage were returned to their owners, the rest were rehomed to new homes or left Ireland for homes in Italy and Sweden. All LAW dogs are now microchipped before they leave us,” said Marie. They have a no-kill policy and all animals remain in their care until the right home is found.
Their new rehoming centre, including a reception, vet clinic, office and visitors centre, is being finished in three stages. They need to raise €500,000 to complete all the building.
The sanctuary, situated two miles outside Kilfinane, is open every day from 11am to 3pm if a person would like to meet the animals. The cost of adopting a dog is €120 and €80 for a cat with vaccinations and neutering included in that. They are always looking for homes for horses too.
If you can’t adopt a pet there are many other ways to help the “only 24-hour emergency response” locally, like donating on-line or volunteering at one of their shops in the city. See www.limerickanimalwelfare.ie for more details.