Every week an Animals In Need (AIN) volunteer travels to the Letterkenny Pound to take out all the dogs that have completed their mandatory 5 days and haven't been claimed or adopted.

The types of dogs waiting vary from week to week but the saddest cases are probably the old dogs, left in the Pound as they near the end of their lives or can no longer work to earn their keep.

Last week AIN rescued a 10 year old collie called Jubbie.  He's was extremely dirty, smelly and matted when rescued but the volunteer could see the real Jubbie beneath the grime, just asking for a second chance and of course AIN answered his plea because every life matters.

Jubbie feeling better after his shave

Jubbie was so matted that he had to be shaved and after a good bath, a much happier dog emerged. Apart from a slight hip problem and needing a dental at the vets, he isn't in bad shape. Jubbie has an endearing personality and AIN will make sure that he gets his second chance to live in a loving home.

There was great news for Greyhound Ollie who has received his Pet Passport and will travelling to his forever home in the UK on Friday.  Ollie is a lovely natured young dog that was left in the Pound as he has slight nerve damage to one paw. Ollie had been in foster care since May then suddenly got 3 offers of a home within a short time. Have a great new life Ollie!

Two little dogs who were surrendered to AIN were also adopted, this time closer to home. The two Bichon Frise dogs have found a fantastic home together here in Donegal, which is brilliant news for them.

Several more dogs were surrendered during the week and four dogs were collected from the Letterkenny Pound at the weekend and will be going to the hub

It has been a better week for cat adoptions too, with 10 cats and kittens going to new homes and two semi-feral kittens relocated from a dangerous roadside location to a sanctuary in Kildare.

It took a good deal of organisation to trap, neuter and transport the jaywalking sisters in one fluid operation but all went to plan in the end. Many thanks to everyone who helped; Joey, Michael, Ferry Dogmothers, Littlehill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary for offering them a safe place and the vets for fitting them in at short notice.

Sadly help came too late for neglected cat Tracy

Not all rescues can have happy endings and the AIN volunteers were heartbroken when rescued cat Tracy did not survive. Tracy had been found in Convoy in a shocking condition, emaciated and her long fur matted into heavy clumps.

She was taken straight to the vets for a health check and to be shaved so that she would be more comfortable. It was hoped that with good food and TLC she would recover but sadly help had arrived too late. Her body was too weak to fight anymore and she passed away at her foster home.

AIN also rescued a grey and white cat found in Lifford with serious hip injuries on Saturday last.  He is bad shape and is currently at the vets receiving treatment and awaiting further x-rays.

A cat found in Letterkenny with a serious head injury after being hit by a car has taken a turn for the worse. After several days in a coma the cat pulled through and seemed to make a full recovery. However, he's showing signs that all is not well and will need further tests.

Injured cat found in Lifford

Finally, on a brighter note, Santa Paws is coming to town! AIN are asking the public to help to bring joy to the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their care on Christmas morning.

Pet toys and treats for the foster animals can be left at a number of collection points; Pets'R'Us or SoLo in Donegal Town, Gary's Petworld in Letterkenny, Carn Vets in Carndonagh and at AIN's charity shops in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.

To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us To Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Every last cent goes directly to the rescued animals for their food, bedding, vet bills, worming treatment and vaccinations.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.

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