The number of dogs fostered by Animals In Need (AIN) surged this week when a rescued Foxhound (main photo) gave birth to eleven pups.

Thankfully the heavily pregnant dog had been rescued from the Pound a fortnight before and was able to give birth in the comfort and safety of her foster home.

Sadly one pup was stillborn but this mother dog will be kept busy rearing her ten surviving pups. Mum dog and pups are doing well.

Fourteen lucky dogs who had received their Pet Passports headed off to the Dogs Trust's UK rehoming centre this week.  They arrived safely and will be found excellent homes.

AIN's cat fosterers were also busy this week.  Many of the kittens born earlier in the season, who have yet to find their forever homes, are now reaching the age for neutering.  A total of 11 cats have been neutered so far this week.

Emergency calls regarding homeless, sick or dumped kittens continue to flood in to the helpline.

An emaciated young cat was found at a vacant holiday home in Leitir.  When the home owner went to check on the property she found the cat and upon returning with food for her, discovered the cat had two small kittens of around a fortnight old.  Apart from being extremely hungry, the mother cat, who is not much more than a kitten herself, is in good health. The whole family is now safely in an AIN foster home.

Shockingly nine kittens were callously dumped in the driveway of a house in St Johnston.  Following an appeal for help, AIN and the Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Letterkenny have managed to rescue them all.

Young mum cat with kittens found in at empty house

A black and white cat was found laying injured on the road in Ballymacool Wood recently. After a week in the vets for treatment for a head injury, this friendly cat has made a full recovery and must be missed by someone.  If this could be your missing cat please contact the helpline.

The volunteers also carried out TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) at a feral cat colony in Inishowen.  So far 12 cats and 2 kittens have been humanely caught.  The adult cats have been neutered and the two kittens are receiving treatment as they were in poor condition when they were found.

The kittens were passing butcher's elastic and worms for three days after they were rescued which just shows how desperate homeless cats can become as this is not the first time kittens have been found who have eaten butcher's elastic, plastic or even stones.

AIN were also called out to help their second sea bird within a week.

Gary the Gannet

Gary the Gannet was found in Clar, Donegal Town but luckily AIN were contacted earlier this time and Gary was nowhere near as sick as the juvenile gannet that had been found a few days earlier.

Gannets should live out at sea but they can contract a bacterial infection that weakens them and they then can get blown off course if it is stormy.

After a night in an AIN foster home and a breakfast of mackerel, Gary was transported to Eagles Flying in Sligo as they have the expertise to deal with wild birds.  He will receive treatment and rehabilitation and once he has recovered Gary will be released back into the wild.

Finally, AIN were delighted to have been chosen by Solis Lough Eske Castle as one of the charities to benefit from their annual Cup Cake Fantasy Fashion Show, along with the Bill W. Club and The Bluestack Foundation.

Two representative from AIN were invited to Lough Eske Castle at the weekend to be presented with a cheque for the fantastic sum of €2,000.  A huge thank you to the organisers and to all who attended or took part.   This will greatly help AIN to continue their vital work in Donegal.

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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