Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Limerick Animal Welfare Open Day

over 60 kittens need homes

This Sunday 21 June 2009 is the open house day for Limerick Animal Welfare. Come on out to visit and meet the animals, learn tips for taking care of pets and enjoy some complementary refreshments. Walk your favourite dog or kick back and view some agility demonstrations. There are cats, bunnies, pigs, goats and ponies as well! Drop by from noon to 4pm.

Limerick Animal Welfare is a charity that cares for abandoned and neglected animals. They campaign through education for the humane treatment of all animals. Their website tells the plight of many of their charges, particularly the poor way in which greyhounds are treated in Ireland. There is material there that will break your heart.

They raise funds through donations and a charity shop they run in Limerick City. This is near the railway station at 59 Parnell Street (for those who wish to visit). A portion of their costs is recovered through rehoming animals they have saved. Their policy is to spay or neuter dogs and cats before moving any animal to its new home.

Please visit their site and plan your trip out to the shelter. It is about an hour south of Limerick City, set in beautiful countryside in Moorestown, Kilfinane. There are historic sites and churches in the vicinity -- a day trip might be the best way to take it all in. (They have a map on their website.)

The photo above illustrates the fact that kittens are abandoned at an enormous rate. When we visited, the shelter had sixty, many waiting to be old enough to find a new home.

This is Crocket, one poor animal who lost his eye due to neglect.

Crocket in B&W

See my Flickr set for more photos from their facilities.

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