02 Oct 2022

Dog Fosterers Needed in the Donegal Town Area - Animals in Need

Adorable little tabby kitten Aliona could not be saved but Eddie with cat flu is responding well

Dog Fosterers Needed in the Donegal Town Area - Animals in Need

Dog Fosterers Needed in the Donegal Town Area

Animals In Need (AIN) are seeking new dog fosterers to join their ranks, preferably in the Donegal Town area or surrounds.

With so many dogs being surrendered or rescued lately, including 13 large dogs who were rescued from a breeder last week, AIN’s foster homes are well beyond capacity.

Fostering involves caring for a rescued animal in your own home and providing them with a stepping stone on their way to a new and often better life than they’ve had so far.

Food and bedding for the fostered animal is provided by AIN and all veterinary fees are covered by the charity.

Fosterers need to be able to offer a safe space for the dog, have the time to take them for any veterinary visits they may need and be able to offer plenty of TLC.

If this sounds like you and you would like further information, please text message 0876021993.

It has been a tough week for AIN’s cat fosterers.

Sadly Aliona was beyond help

A very friendly little tabby kitten called Aliona was rescued a couple of weeks ago.

She had an extremely heavy worm burden when she first arrived, for which she was treated.

However, a week after her arrival, Aliona started to lose her balance and developed problems with her back legs, which got increasingly worse.

She was taken for an examination at the vets, where an x-ray revealed that she had a crush injury at the base of her spine, near the root of her tail, and fluid was seeping out and pooling around her spine.

There was also bone fragments in the fluid and the vet believed that she may have been accidentally trodden on before she was brought to AIN.

Aliona’s ability to balance continued to deteriorate as the fluid around her spine increased and she started to lose control of her bowels.

Lovable big kitten surrendeded from Buncrana 

Unfortunately, she was beyond help and she had to be put to sleep to end her suffering as she was in pain, a very sad ending for such an affectionate, friendly kitten who just wanted attention and loved her food.

In better news, Eddie, a kitten with cat flu who was rescued last week, is responding well to treatment.

Eddie was handed over to AIN because he was ‘too friendly’, constantly demanding human interaction. He is an adorable kitten of around 12 weeks old and he will make a fantastic pet.

AIN has a number of adult cats also looking for homes. There are a number of advantages to adopting an adult cat in that they are already neutered/spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and wormed. On top of this, they will have developed their own personality, making it easier to pair up the right cat with the right home.

Young stray cats and older kittens are regularly arriving at AIN from all over the county, including a stray cat from Carndonagh and a tame, genial kitten surrendered from Buncrana in the past few days.

The volunteers received one of their more unusual rehoming requests this week, when they were asked to find a new home for an iguana. The reptile may be transferred to an exotic pets’ sanctuary, where he can get the specialised care that he needs.

Finally, AIN would like to say a huge thank you to Niki Pollock and to all the people who joined his fundraising gig on Saturday night at The Bridge Inn in Dungloe.

A great night was had by all and €516 was raised on the night and donated to AIN’s animals, which is much appreciated.

To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us To Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Every last cent goes directly to the rescued animals for their food, bedding, vet bills, worming treatment and vaccinations.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten enquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at

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