It has been another busy week for the Animals In Need (AIN) volunteers with the rescue of a number of dumped animals including a pregnant dog on the verge of giving birth, cats and kittens plus a rabbit abandoned in his dirty cage outside the John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town.
Now named Roger, the neglected little black rabbit was in a bad way.
He had dandruff, was seriously underweight, desperately thirsty and on closer examination had overgrown teeth to such an extent that he was unable to eat, drink or clean himself.
He was taken straight to the vet to have his teeth trimmed and was delighted to be able to eat and to drink water again on his return to his AIN foster home where a clean cage and fresh vegetables awaited him.
Roger is a friendly, fluffy rabbit and will be looking for a new home once he has built his strength up.
Numerous cats and lone kittens have been found wandering along roads this week.
The most horrific injuries were sustained by a young kitten called Blue, who was found at the weekend running in the middle of a busy road near Rossnowlagh.
Blue has a very badly injured nose and mouth area, most likely caused by falling from a car engine.
This 7 week old kitten was skin and bone when he was found as he had been unable to eat due to the pain caused by his injuries and he is far too young to fend for himself in any case.
Veterinary examinations revealed that although his nose is completely scabbed over, thankfully there is no damage to the inside of his mouth.
It is hoped that Blue's nose will heal with care and treatment although it appears that part of his nose may be missing. This is not hampering Blue being as friendly and playful as a healthy kitten and he is eating everything in sight to make up for his time going hungry.
There was an emergency call out to catch a litter of 4 kittens, aged around a month old, who were spotted in Ardara with eye infections.
Thankfully the rescue mission was a success and all four siblings are now receiving treatment for their sore eyes and should make a full recovery.
Their mother will be caught this week and neutered. Several sick feral cats were also caught during the week and taken to the vets for treatment.
Two more kittens were found dumped in a graveyard in Glenties at the weekend and are now in AIN's care.
Meanwhile collie Sansa is proving to be a great mother and her five pups are thriving and should be opening their eyes soon.
Sansa was found just over a week ago abandoned in a Donegal Town Car Park along with a 6 week old kitten, and gave birth to her pups just hours after being rescued.
She is a lovely natured, well behaved one year old dog and has made herself completely at home at her fosterer's house.
Eight more dogs are due to be rescued from the Letterkenny Pound later this week as their mandatory 5 days are up there and they will be transferred to AIN's hub.
Several foster dogs found new homes during the week or were transferred to approved rehoming sanctuaries that AIN works with.
Finally some dates for your diary. Solis Lough Eske Castle will be holding their annual Cup Cake Fantasy Charity Fashion Show on Sunday 2nd September at 7.30pm, with AIN being one of the charities chosen to benefit from the event. This is always a very popular night out and tickets are on sale now.
Following on from the success of last year's dog show, Castle Grove Hotel in Letterkenny will be holding another dog show this year on Saturday 1st September to raise funds for AIN's animals. This was great fun last year so please come along and support the rescued animals.
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.
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