At the moment PAWS has 108 dogs that they are trying to find homes for and capacity for only 70 dogs. Over the past few years PAWS has had a low profile, while other rescue groups are more to the fore, and this has resulted in a fall off of much needed donations. Hence there is now a very urgent need for funds.
Speaking about PAWS, Irish model, and owner of 10 dogs, Gillian Quinn, said, “PAWS does great work in Ireland. It never refuses a dog and since its move to Tipperary (which was because they needed more space) they are less in the news than they used to be. In fact, PAWS has more adult dogs to rehome than any other rehoming facility in Ireland at the moment and desperately needs funds for vet bills and basics for the dogs”. She added, “there are some beautiful dogs at PAWS all just waiting for a home so why not visit the facility any day between 2 and 4pm and you might just meet your new family member”:
Gina Hetherington of PAWS says, “last week we literally had a vet bill in excess of €11,000 and €115.00 in our bank account. Our couple of staff are on the minimum wage and they need to be paid. We had approx. €27,000 per annum coming from direct debits with ACC bank but as this bank is closing this week, and we didn’t have addresses for many of the donors, we are losing most of this going forward. We are asking the very generous Irish public to assist us with some short term funds which we really need to continue our operations”.
One of the biggest problems facing Irish rescues today is that, in the latter half of last year, DEFRA in the UK enforced the EU rule that requires all pets travelling between Ireland and the UK to have a rabies vaccination and a pet passport for 21 days before travelling. This means an extra cost of €70 per dog for Irish rescues wishing to send dogs to UK rescues for rehoming.
The enforcement of this directive will result in thousands more dogs being destroyed in Irish dog pounds every year.
PAWS asks its much-appreciated adopters for an adoption fee of €100. This means the rescue centre is immediately at a loss, even before taking into account how long a dog has been at the centre, how much it has been fed and how much it costs to pay staff to care for it.
In 2013, 16,481 dogs entered the dog pound system; 6,125 were given to
animal rescues. 3,943 were destroyed and 105 died of natural causes. This cost the taxpayer €5,268,464.73.
In 2013, the State gave ex-gratia funding of €1.8m to animal rescues, but imagine what we could do if the entire €5.2m was channelled to rescues such as PAWS.
In the absence of this funding, though, PAWS urgently needs donation to continue its work.
You can contribute at www.paws.ie or by sending a postal order or cheque to PAWS, Mullinahone, County Tipperary, Ireland.
For further information or an interview with Gina Hetherington from PAWS, please contact Sharon Plunkett, Plunkett PR, Tel -1 2807873 / 087 8260833