EVERY dog has its day thanks to Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) in Kilfinane.
They have transported their largest ever number of greyhounds and lurchers to Italy where the 19 have found loving new homes. Many of the canines were nursed back to health from neglect and mistreatment.
While the attitude in Ireland to keeping lurchers and greyhounds as pets is changing we are still far behind Italy said Marie Quirke, LAW sanctuary manager.
“They really do love them in Italy. They are all going to extremely good homes and are learning to live in a house for the first time in their lives. It is wonderful really. They are the same as any other dog, actually they are probably a lot easier.
“Sadly here they don’t think of lurchers and greyhounds as pets just yet but we are getting there - we are seeing a few more turning up to dog shows,” said Marie.
Travelling in a transporter, complete with shower, and then living with a loving family is a first for these dogs.
“We are seeing a huge amount of lurchers coming from horrendous conditions. They arrive with injuries and skin diseases,” said Marie.
A perfect example of changing fortunes is Babaduke.
“He was found in the city with practically no hair because he was covered in mange from head to toe. It took a long time to get him right. Now he is a super, energetic, playful, big pup. He is a couple of years old but he is like a pup because they are never allowed to be pups when they are young - they are always locked in sheds and they spend their whole lives locked up or tied up.
“They never enjoy life so when they go into homes they revert back to puppyhood and start playing. He has gone to live with an Italian family who visited us during the summer and fell head over heels in love with him,” said Marie. La vie est belle for Babaduke thanks to LAW.