The volunteers at Animals In Need (AIN) regularly face harrowing and upsetting situations as they respond to calls for help with animals in trouble, so when they receive news of how much an animal that they have rescued and re-homed is enjoying their new life, it gives a much needed boost to morale.

And so we begin this week with an update on collie Sansa.  Many of you will remember Sansa, a heavily pregnant collie who was found in a Donegal Town car park in the summer with a 6-week old kitten as her companion.

Sansa gave birth to five healthy pups at her AIN foster home just hours after being rescued.  Shockingly, it later emerged that Sansa had been so hungry before she was rescued that she had been eating stones out of desperation.

Despite being a young dog, Sansa proved to be a great mum and her story touched the heart of a lady in the UK and following successful home checks by AIN's associates in the UK, she was reserved from day one.

Once Sansa's pups were weaned and rehomed, Sansa had to spend the mandatory 5 days in the Letterkenny Pound as she was a stray, so that AIN could then take her out and rehome her.

Sansa was spayed, received her Pet Passport, passed her final vet check and set off for the UK. She proved to be a good traveller and arrived safely at her new home.

Her new owner has been in touch to say how delighted they are to have her and that Sansa soon made herself at home.  Her new owner also gave Sansa a solemn promise - that she will never, ever need to eat stones again.  Enjoy your new life Sansa!

Meanwhile, kittens are still pouring into AIN's foster homes.

Crying kitten found in Welchtown, Ballybofey

Amongst them was a fluffy kitten found in Killybegs and taken into emergency foster care. The kitten is in fairly good condition apart from suffering from the worst case of ear mites her fosterer has ever come across. The kitten has now had her ears treated.

Another fluffy kitten was found in Welchtown, Ballybofey at the weekend. The kitten's finders heard a car driving away and then the kitten crying outside so the kitten may have been dumped or have fallen from a car engine. If this is your kitten please contact the cat helpline.

There was good news for a black and white adult cat who took up residence on the window cill of a house in Letterkenny and refused to leave. The homeowners brought the cat inside and after an appeal, AIN were able to reunite the cat with his delighted owners. It emerged that the cat had been missing from Kilmacrennan for over two months.

AIN also had some unusual calls including ferrets who were causing mischief during the week. First off, AIN received a call about hens being killed by a ferret or mink in Donegal Town, next a loose ferret was spotted on the Old Laghey Road and this was followed by a friendly ferret being found in Kilmacrennan.

The charity also had a call out regarding a fawn with a broken leg by Gweedora Bridge. Many thanks to Denise from the Animal Rehabilitation Centre for coming to the rescue of this young deer.

Young albino hedgehog settled in her new home

In a first for AIN, they also helped to re-home a pet albino hedgehog. Luckily an experienced owner was found and the young hedgehog has now settled in her cosy new home.

Finally, a date for your diaries. AIN is pleased to announce that Eddie Schooner of the Donegal Waterbus and photographer Barbara McGroary will be dancing the tango at the upcoming Dancing With Your Local Stars Christmas Special in aid of AIN and the RNLI.  This highly entertaining night will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on the 1st December and tickets are available now at €15 each.

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.

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 074 9112712. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 086 792 2103. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.