Friday 20 September 2013

Wednesday, 18th of September

Rosie the new pup had a good night and is eating soaked puppy nuts & drinking water which is always a good sign. She is making friends with the resident dogs and looks like Lillian is her new bff.

This morning we posted a fresh appeal for homes for the rescued battery hens and were delighted with the response. We quickly found homes for all the hens we had in foster and took many more calls & emails from people willing to offer homes to others which means we can help with saving some of the final 1000 hens this week. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped finding homes and rehomed these girls. 

Doris one of our volunteers has organised for our two rescued greyhounds, Jack & Trixie, to be rehomed later in the month and as soon as a place is sorted for them, they will be heading to Germany to start their new life. 

One of our volunteers had a busy afternoon;
"After school today I made the not so short drive from Dunshaughlin to Ballivor to carry out a home visit! I met a lovely couple who want to adopt an outdoor dog. Outdoor dogs can be problematic for the charity as many of our dogs have been indoor dogs before arriving to us and all our fosterers keep the dogs indoors. There are also dangers of rambling and theft if a dog is left outside alone for long periods of time. After a lengthy chat it was agreed the best thing to do would be to consider a puppy who would sleep indoors until it was older and strong enough to move outdoors. The family assured me the dog would still be stimulated and have constant companionship as it would be with them on the farm during the day! Other arrangements were discussed and I left with everyone happy. A potential great home for one of our puppies! 

I then drove back to the kennels where I talked the home visit over with chairperson of the committee Ann to make sure all had been considered. Here I met Rosie the lovely new puppy. 

Back home I typed up my home visit form and began updating my cat & dog Petmania profiles. Hopefully I will have some new ones to put in our in store folder and some rehomed animals' profiles to take out! The manager had contacted me last night to ask if we had any ideas for World Animal Week which will coincide with our adoption day! Thinking caps are on and a visit to the store is planned for tomorrow!!"

Doris carried out a home visit in Kells for a dog in a lovely home for a companion for their dog. Another two volunteers Ann and Ellen went to Trim in the hope of trapping some stray cats we have seen roaming. The plan is to trap, neuter and release these two remaining ferals as we try to prevent yet another feral cat colony. Ann and Elaine caught a mother and her 3 kittens in the same colony two weeks ago but they unfortunately tested positive for  Felv  These older cats are harder to catch however and although they came to have a look, they wouldn't go into the trap. Last week they had ventured inside but didn't go far enough to set it off. Ah well better luck next time - we'll keep trying.  Ann says "It's really just a waiting game so it was a great opportunity for two of the new volunteers to get to know each other. Aside from the all the fantastic work Last Hope do for animals, volunteering is a great way to meet like minded people." 

There is a huge problem with the number of stray cats in Ireland. The population can increase so rapidly. Rescues around the country are doing their best to get this under control but more people need to take responsibility and neuter their pet cats if we are to have any success with this. During kitten season rescues are inundated with requests to take in kittens, it is impossible to help them all as we just don't have the resources. As they say prevention is better than cure and we are running our second cat neutering scheme of the year. In conjunction with our vets, we are subsidising the cost of neutering, offering it for €20 for males & €25 for females. so if you have cats that need to be neutered now is a great time to do. For more information please have a look at our website.

Normal charity duties run along side all this and the kennel volunteers & fosterers are busy as always looking after our animals.

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