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Shelter under pressure as abandoned dog gives birth

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Shelter under pressure as abandoned dog gives birth thumbnailRichard Robinson, Grovehill Animal Trust co-ordinator, and volunteers Violet and Caera Dennehy, Beltany Road, Omagh, who have temporarily fostered abandoned Collie-cross dog 'Eve' and her litter of seven pups. AN0130

THE abandoning of a heavily pregnant collie dog has left the team at Grovehill Animal Shelter in Sixmilecross angered and frustrated - and worried about their financial situation as it enters the New Year.
While preparing for the festive season, the shelter received news that a local dog warden had discovered an abandoned Collie dog believed to be pregnant.
'Eve' - as the dog was later named by the staff at Grovehill - was brought to the vet for an examination where the team's worst fears were realised.
Their main concern was where Eve would spend the festive period, remarkably, however, a good-hearted foster family from Omagh quickly came forward and kindly agreed to take the heavily pregnant pet into their home.
"It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened to this dog and her pups had she not been found in time," said coordinator, Richard Robinson.
"Pregnant, unwanted, alone and scavenging for food would not be a good situation to be in."
Days later, the Collie gave birth to eight pups and although sadly one of them didn't survive, the remaining seven are said to be healthy and well.
The total veterinary bill is expected to exceed 1,000.
Such a substantial bill at the busiest time of the year for Grovehill will put the shelter "under extreme financial pressure", admitted Richard.
"Eve will be returning to the shelter from her foster home in a few weeks when her pups are old enough," continued Richard.
"Before going to their forever homes, Eve and her puppies will receive a full course of their first vaccines, worming treatments, microchipping and will be spayed or neutered when old enough.
"This cost of over 1,000 will put Grovehill under extreme financial pressure this winter and so we are earnestly appealing to the public to support us in whatever way they can.
'Vital'
"Help and assistance from the public is vital to keep the shelter running and to give Eve and all of the other animals a safe future."
Currently, the shelter is caring for 20 dogs on site, as well as 12 dogs in foster care. There are also 12 cats on site, 10 cats in foster homes and over 100 animals are on a waiting list.
"We also take dogs in every week from the Omagh pound that would be put to sleep otherwise," said Richard.
Remarkably, the team has already received calls and e-mails from people who are not able to cope with a pet purchased for Christmas.
"The strain felt on the shelter at this time of year is enormous. Every year we have to deal with an aftermath of unwanted Christmas puppies, despite our warnings.
"Staff and volunteers often feel upset and angry dealing with these unwanted animals and with cases like Eve, because these situations are so easily avoided.
"Pet ownership is a real responsibility not to be taken lightly and there is simply no excuse not to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered.
"We are a small local shelter and are a very small team with limited resources who are doing our best but we really need the help and support from our local community."
To donate to Grovehill Animal Trust, you can text 'GHWT17 5' to 70070 or visit www.grovehillanimaltrust.org, click donate and then click on the Winter 2017 Appeal page.
You can also call in to the charity shop on 1 Foundry Lane Omagh BT781ED to donate, or post a cheque made payable to Grovehill Animal Trust at 88 Tiroony Road, Sixmilecross, Omagh, BT799HB.
"All of us at Grovehill, including Eve and her pups, would truly appreciate any contribution you can make, no matter how small, towards food and veterinary costs," continued Richard.
"This will ensure not only the lives and wellbeing of Eve and her pups but also all the other animals who badly need our help. Together we are giving animals a future."

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