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ISPCA calls for continued support for National Emergency Appeal to shelter

National Emergency Appeal Relaunch.

  • Further funds needed to save vulnerable animals across the country as crisis continues
  • Huge public response has seen Irish people make huge impact but scale of problem requires even more support
  • Benefits of campaign already being felt by at risk animals

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) today is calling on the Irish public to continue its support for the organisation’s National Emergency Appeal, aimed at providing shelter and care to animals facing dire circumstances. With an alarming rise in cases of abandonment and cruelty, the ISPCA has taken the initiative to rent external animal shelters for dogs in urgent need of rescue.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan, CEO of the ISPCA, said, "The current situation is a heartbreaking reminder of the challenges animals face in our society. We are immensely grateful for the generosity shown by donors so far. The caring response of the Irish public has helped us to reach approximately 25% of our targeted total amount which has enabled us to take critical steps towards providing a safe haven for these vulnerable animals. Those who have donated have shown just how much Irish people care. But we still need to do more and we need everyone to join with those who have donated because, our journey is far from over, and we still have many animals who urgently need care.”

Among the success stories emerging from the National Emergency Appeal is the heartwarming case of a Corgi named Cáilín, adopted by Kaydi O'Neill, a student at the University College Dublin (UCD). Cáilín’s story is one of triumph over adversity – she was rescued from an illegal puppy farm where she suffered neglect and mistreatment. Through the collective efforts of the ISPCA and the compassionate actions of individuals like Kaydi, Cáilín’s life took a remarkable turn. Since the campaign initially launched in June of this year, 115 dogs have since been rehomed to loving and caring families across the country, like Cáilín.

Kaydi O’Neill shares her experience, "When I first saw Cáilín, her spirit was broken. However, as she settled into her new home, her resilience shone through. It's a testament to the power of compassion and second chances. I'm grateful to the ISPCA for their unyielding dedication to animals like Cáilín."

The ISPCA has been at the forefront of animal welfare in Ireland, and this National Emergency Appeal reflects their unwavering commitment to ensuring the well-being of animals in need. The recent surge in abandonment and cruelty cases has overwhelmed existing resources, necessitating the rental of external shelters to accommodate the growing number of animals seeking refuge.

The ISPCA's National Emergency Appeal continues to serve as a lifeline for animals facing the most challenging circumstances. With every donation, supporters contribute not only to the provision of shelter and medical care but also to the restoration of hope for animals like Cáilín, who deserve a chance at a better life.  

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