Santa Paws is in town once again this year, on the 15th, 16th and 17th in the Longwalk Shopping Centre, from 11am to 5pm each day. Santa will be waiting for all the little dogs to come to see him and get their picture taken!
We received a donation of blankets from Aer Lingus. They had made a statement of giving to Rescues and Welfare round the country and we at Louth SPCA were lucky enough to get a bag full.
Thank you to Aer Lingus!
So we have been very busy homing lately. Some have gone from Private home to new home with our assistance in homechecking.
People over time have asked for a particular dog and when we get something we get in touch.
In the past good few months we have worked very closely with Avenue Road Veterinary Hospital – Lauren has been great help in putting up pics of lost kittens and cats on their Facebook page. It has proven very successful.
So to all our adopting parents we would just like to say a big “Thank You” and a Happy Christmas!
These two lovies won the hearts of all who worked or visited Louth SPCA over past 5 odd years. Nina & Gilly.
In beginning they came because of a fight at their home, then every so often we were asked to mind them. Fiona would pull up at their house and they ran to the van. They loved coming out. The girls took them out for trips to the seaside too. If there was ever a fight they would run to sort it! So for past year they have been left with us and as of 9th October they became honorary members of our family. We love them.
Sadly, at the end of last week Nina lost her very valiant fight against cancer. It was in all her Lymph Nodes and grew very quickly – but at least at the end she was ours. Myself, Shannon and Fiona Mackin were with her in her final hours, so she knew all our voices and hopefully she was comforted.
R.I.P wee lady, you are now pain-free. you will be be missed very much…
So Chip “the almost blind dog” has found a brilliant new home.
Thanks to the generosity of his new Mum and Dad for offering him a forever home. They have done their homework to make life as easy for him as possible (evidently, basil put at different points will stop him bumping into things).
He is managing great. It just warms the heart to see a dog like Chip faring so well!
We don’t really highlight the cruelty cases we come across too much here at Louth SPCA, more often you read about the animals needing homes AFTER they’ve been treated and not about what they went through before. Our Inspector Fiona really does see it all, and she has many (sad) stories to tell. Unfortunately, it never lets up, and recently, may even be on the increase. Here are a few examples.
First there was a dog found in a back garden having had its leg broken a few days before (can’t put up photo up currently). It was taken into care of Louth SPCA and had to have an operation to put pins in the broken leg, so is now in a foster care and doing really well, thankfully.
Second dog was found in the owner’s garden absolutely starving to death. He was a wee Terrier and was so underweight we can’t
vaccinate him until he puts on some weight. Another very lucky dog to have a great foster home, where he has found the couch and is currently loving life. Even starting to play and be a normal dog again.
The third case is a Rottweiler found by a member of public up the mountain, tied to a gate. He was malnourished and had
a tumour on his foot, God knows how long he was there in and what weather he had to endure. We were alerted and have taken care of him. He is 11 years old, so senior citizen really. Poor lad was in a
lot of pain, but he had his operation this week and is now in our kennels to get TLC. A very upsetting case nonetheless.
These are just some examples of what we come across, and not even the most disturbing of them. We are completely dependent on members of the public to report these cases, and more often than not we can help the animal that is being abuses, but only if you inform us.
For all reports of animal cruelty, please contact us directly
Phone: 042 9335045
If there is no answer (the kennels can get very busy) then please
with as much information as possible. You can also use the below form.
Do NOT report incidents via Facebook or Twitter, as they are not guaranteed to be seen by our inspector.
Fiona was after this pony for the past 9 months but she disappeared for a bit. Finally a friend found her and she really needed treatment. Her feet were in awful condition, as you can see from the photo.
She has been taken into care and now and has a buddy called Beyonce. Her new name is “Misty”.
She will now get all the TLC and care she deserves. Happy ending!
You may have noticed the weather around the county has gotten bitterly cold, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 3 last night. Naturally, you would keep yourself safe from this kind of cold, so make sure to do the same for your dogs, cats and other pets/animals!
First and foremost, DO NOT leave your dog outside in freezing cold temperatures. Dogs have been rescued or found dead in yards tied to trees or other stationary objects in icy and snowy elements. One of the most devastating things to come upon is a dog, or another animal, that has been tethered in the backyard during a winter freeze and to learn that the dog has actually frozen to the ground only to die from exposure. Being tied up and helpless to save yourself would be terrifying. Just think how our trusting pets feel when they are left in this state and unable to seek shelter, all while quickly succumbing to freezing temperatures.
Buy your dog a coat. This may sound silly to some people, but not all dogs have thick hair and older dogs feel the cold in their bones the way humans do when out walking. You can but a nice, warm, waterproof coat for your dog at any pet store or even online for less than 20 euro.
Whether house cat or outdoor cat, they need to be brought and kept indoors during cold weather. Scared and cold cats can get themselves into dangerous situations like getting stuck in pipes they have crawled into for warmth or hiding under car hoods on a warm engine.
As with hot weather, DO NOT leave pets in cold cars. Your car can quickly turn into an icebox, and result in their death.
Apply common sense in all cases – if conditions are undesirable for you, then they are undesirable or even dangerous to THEM. Your pet relies in you to keep them safe, make sure you do just that this winter.
Just a post to show how here at the Louth SPCA we never know what we are going to get next! These two Pigmy Goats were recently abandoned. They are wee devils that jump over EVERYTHING and bounce around a lot. Getting used to being handled… slowly.
They have had offers of homes already. We will be doing homechecks and making sure everything is in order for them.