A Cork dog shelter has been forced to close its doors until further notice.
Over the past couple of days Cork Dog Action Welfare (DAWG) has received 16 calls from members of the public, asking them to take in abandoned dogs. With over 70 dogs and puppies already in their care, the facilities are at capacity.
Notifying their followers on Facebook, shelter staff said: “The reality is we are completely overwhelmed and cannot take in any more dogs.”
“The phone never stops ringing, the pressure is relentless and the guilt is overwhelming. We have nowhere to put dogs, the shelter is packed solid, foster homes are full, and there are limited private kennels because of Christmas.”
“More worrying is the off-loading of dogs before Christmas hasn’t started yet and we are dreading it, as when we say no, for many dogs that leaves them without any hope.
“The dogs of course have no understanding of why they suddenly find themselves in rescue, their distress and sadness is heartbreaking, their loyalty to their owners who left them is unquestionable.”
Here are three ways you can help:
1. Fostering: If you can commit to taking a dog into your home for a few weeks while Cork DAWG find it a forever home, fill out a fostering form here.
2. Adopt: Cork DAWG have more than 70 dogs already in their care – all of which deserve a loving home. Find out about adoption here.
3. Donate: Funds are as important as spaces, with over 70 dogs and puppies to look after, Cork DAWG’s vet bills are a constant challenge. Donate €4 by texting CDAWG to 50300. To donate a larger amount, visit the donations page here.