By Joe Barrett
For the first time since it was founded the Laois based animal welfare group Cara Rescue Dogs cannot take in any more dogs.
Since it was established in Portlaoise in November 2011 the voluntary organisation has spent an estimated €1 million-plus in veterinary costs, as well as rescuing and rehoming more than 3,500 dogs.
In a post on its Facebook page the group said: “Sadly it has come to this. Without more foster homes and funds we simply cannot take in any more dogs. Every foster home is full, and our volunteers are exhausted.”
Last year when the group celebrated it’s tenth anniversary it estimated its “veterinary costs alone (excluding food and so forth) have more than exceeded €1 million since we started. Most dogs cost us a basic €250 for full vet work (vaccine, microchip, neuter), but a lot of other individual dogs have cost us thousands, especially in recent times. Broken bones and bodies, extensive internal surgeries and specialist vet visits. But every euro is accounted for and well spent.”
In its recent appeal for help the group said: “Please if you have ever considered fostering now is the time. We all knew the pandemic dogs would impact the rescue world. But we genuinely never thought it would be this bad.
“It’s not just people looking to give up their dogs, the amount of injured and sick dogs has also exhausted our funds. And what scares us most is we know it hasn’t even peaked yet.
“With the volume of unwanted puppies/dogs the pounds are full, the rescues are full, our hearts are heavy and empty because the words that hurt us most is us saying no, we can’t help.”
If you think you can help in fostering, you are asked to email [email protected] for an application form. All food, bedding, toys, leads, vet bills etc will be fully covered by the group.
Cara Rescue Dogs is a non-profit organisation, has no paid workers and all its members are volunteers.