2017 was a good year for the KWWSPCA and the animals in its care. The REHOMING of both dogs and cats during the year was very successful. The Society is so grateful that many people now choose a rescue cat or rescue dog as their pet. During 2017, almost 300 dogs and puppies (over 100 of which had been taken out of the Kildare Dog Pound) and almost 100 cats and kittens, found new homes. As well as this, a number of horses and donkeys, pigs, rabbits, ducks, geese and chickens have been rehomed, as well as a ferret. The work of the volunteer Animal Welfare Officers continues to be very active and very varied!
The REHOMING of DOGS to SWEDEN continued to be very successful, with 31 dogs being rehomed or booked to go to good homes in Sweden last year. We have kept the ADOPTION FEE for a dog or puppy at €130. Every dog will have been neutered (unless it is too young), fully vaccinated, wormed and microchipped before being adopted – all of which would cost a lot more if the new owner had to pay for it themselves.
A large number of cats in Kildare and West Wicklow were neutered or spayed in 2017. Throughout the year the KWWSPCA had been encouraging cat owners and those who feed feral cats to get them neutered to avoid the large number of unwanted kittens born each year. The Society lends cat traps to help catch the cats and in December, it launched a sponsored cat neutering scheme which is being continued into the New Year.
There had been a possibility that the ANIMAL SHELTER, which is rented by the KWWSPCA, might have to be sold, but at the moment this danger has passed and the Shelter continues. The work of the Shelter is done entirely by volunteers and our thanks go to those who have given many hours of time to manning the Shelter, cleaning up after the dogs, taking the dogs for walks and in many other ways caring for the dogs who live there.
NOAH’S ARK, the KWWSPCA Charity Shop in Newbridge, was very successful last year, thanks to the incredible work done by all the volunteers who manage and work in the shop. But its success also depends on all the marvellous donations that are given to it by our supporters. Many thanks to you all. Over 80% of all the money taken in by the shop goes directly to the KWWSPCA as its overheads are relatively small due to no wages being paid.
Unfortunately, SECOND CHANCE, the KWWSPCA Charity Shop in Monasterevin, had to close at the end of the year as the property in which it was located was sold. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary and Pat and all the ladies who worked there for all the hard work they put into raising funds for the KWWSPCA from Second Chance.
Cruelty Reports Reducing
There were fewer CRUELTY AND NEGLECT cases reported in 2017 compared with previous years. Let’s hope this continues in the coming year.