With Jacquie Knox

What a difference a week can make to the life of a rescued animal.

Last week we featured Kelly, a small Lurcher-cross who had been rescued from the Letterkenny Pound by Animals In Need (AIN).

Unfortunately Kelly was extremely ill and had to be rushed to the vets and it was touch and go as to whether she would survive.

The great news is that after a week at the vets in intensive care, she has recovered and is now back at her foster home, much to everyone's relief.

Kelly is full of the joys of Spring and the promise of a new life in a fantastic loving home awaits her.

Donegal Animals in Need Kelly the Lurcher-cross is on the mend

One of the two young collies found living rough in Rathmullan last week also became ill and is currently at the vets as she would not eat and had gastric problems.

These two abandoned collies pups, Dixie and Mo, are only around 5 months old and had been living a feral lifestyle for a couple of weeks before rescuers were able to catch them.

No doubt the scraps the dogs had managed to scavenge before their rescue contributed to the pup's stomach problems.  Fingers crossed, with veterinary treatment and a thorough detox she will soon be on the mend.

Five more dogs were rescued from the Letterkenny Pound at the weekend.  Hopefully some of AIN's foster dogs will soon be transferred to the Dogs Trust's rehoming centre and to approved sanctuaries in the UK as all AIN's dog foster homes are currently at bursting point.

A number of adult cats arrived at AIN this week, including 5 cats who were taken in when their owner sadly passed away.

Another two adult cats from Carndonagh also needed foster places when their elderly owners could no longer cope with caring for them.

As a result, AIN has a variety of healthy adult, neutered cats looking for new homes.

There was an emergency call out when a pregnant stray cat who had been hanging around a house near Lough Eske seemed to go into labour and it was feared that she would give birth outside during the night.

An AIN volunteer collected the cat, now called Gingernut, and brought her to safety at the cattery.

However, no kittens arrived and upon examination it was discovered that she was not pregnant after all, she had merely been over-indulging in food.

Apart from obviously having been very well fed, Gingernut (main photo) is very friendly and in excellent condition and must be someone's pet.  If this could be your cat or if you recognise her, please get in contact.

The importance of neutering male as well as female cats was highlighted recently when two male cats were rescued from the same area.

The neutered male cat was in good shape, healthy and injury-free.  However, his unneutered counterpart was in a bad state.  Along with broken teeth and abscesses around his mouth, he had a deeply infected bite wound on his paw that needed stitches.  He is now receiving treatment but he must have suffered agonising pain for some time.

It's not easy for male unneutered cats trying to survive out there.  Due to fighting, territorial issues and the resulting injuries and infections, they often have a tough life, so please neuter all cats over 5-6 months of age, whether pets or community cats.

Donegal Animals in Need Kat is looking for her forever home

AIN are appealing for a release spot for a colony of feral cats that need to be moved for their own safety.  They will be neutered and vet checked before they are released, so if you have a farm, factory or barn that would benefit from environmentally friendly rodent control and could offer any of these cats shelter, water and food each day, please contact the helpline.

The charity's humane cat traps have been in high demand this Spring and it is encouraging to know that the public are taking a proactive approach to stemming the cat overpopulation crisis.  If you would like to borrow a trap or need advice on neutering, please give AIN a call.

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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