1,400 animals rescued by Donegal
Donegal rescue charity
Animals in Need rescued a record 1,400 dogs, cats
and other animals last year, new figures show.
The figure is a doubling of the number of animals
rescued just two years ago when 700 animals were
Creatures rescued in 2018 included 525 cats and
kittens; 565 dogs and puppies and 295 feral cats.
The dogs were either from the Pound, surrendered
family pets or pups born to rescued dogs. The feral
cats were all trapped, neutered and returned (TNR)
or relocated where necessary.
Thanks to Animals in Need, Pound
puppies like Cooper (pictured above) got to spend
Christmas in their own loving home.
The charity said: “The
more unusual rescues included a turtle, a rabbit, a
sparrow hawk, four gannets, four guinea pigs, four
orphaned Blue Tit chicks, an injured seal, a bearded
dragon (rehomed), an albino hedgehog (rehomed) and
two ferrets (rehomed).
“Despite the escalating demands on the organisation,
the ever-increasing number of animals needing help
are still being dealt with by a small dedicated
group of unpaid volunteers,” the charity added in a
“The bottom line is that people still aren't
neutering their animals and there are just too many
animals being born with no homes for them to go to.
“Animals in Need would like to thank everyone who
has supported the charity over the past 13 years,
whether that be as a volunteer, a fosterer, by
fundraising, driving the rescue van, working for
free in the Animals In Need charity shops, donating
or in any other way.
“The animals are already pouring through the doors
and in the first week of 2019 we've already rescued
nine dogs from the Letterkenny Pound and currently
have over 40 dogs and 75 cats in our care,” it