The age old advice told by every parent to their children this time of year when met with demands of Labradors, Poodles and Burmese Mountain Dogs, that they’re not just for christmas, is still true and on Deise Today Dog Behaviourist Nanci Creedon discusses the problem of dog homelessness in Ireland in the run up to Christmas and what we all can do to help.
A lot of people may not have the space or the time to adopt or foster a dog, but there are still many ways you can help.
The Deise Animal Sanctuary actively takes on volunteers to help look after the animals in their care from grooming, feeding and even playing with their more energetic guests. The best thing is you can do it at a time that suits you between 10A.M. and 5P.M. Monday to Friday. So whether you want to help feed baby piglets or bring dogs for walks, all helping hands are welcomed.
Another way to help is donations, not strictly limited to money, there are two animal charity shops in Waterford, one in the city on Summerland Square and another in Dungarvan. They accept clothes, kids toys, animal feed, and all manner of things to help these animals until they find a home.
One of the most rewarding ways to help animals without a home is fostering until a more permanent home can be found. This way a dog can get all the love and care it needs until it can find a family who can welcome them into their home more permanently. Fostering usually lasts from One to Two months and can help bridge the gap between a dog being rescued and finding a home.