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ISPCA appeals for life-saving donations

10 DECEMBER 2018

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is urging the public to make a life-saving donation this Christmas to help us continue rescuing the most vulnerable animals.

Reports of animal cruelty is at an all-time high, with calls made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline already exceeding last year’s figure of 16,211 calls for help.

ISPCA Fundraising Manager Rebecca Rushe said: “Our financial resources are stretched this year and our Inspectors are busier than ever bringing animals to our centres in need of care and rehabilitation. This Christmas please support the ISPCA and donate to our work rescuing rehabilitating and rehoming animals from all over Ireland.  88% of ISPCA funding comes from donations from members of the public and through gifts in wills. We rely on the generosity of the public to continue our vital work preventing animal cruelty and alleviating animal suffering.”

Rebecca added: “When you see horrific cases of animal cruelty like these little dogs found by an ISPCA Inspector abandoned in horrendous squalor in Cork. We need to ensure we can be there for more animals just like them.”

ISPCA Senior Inspector Lisa O’Donovan said:  “This rescue was an extremely distressing situation as one of these little dogs was dangerously close to death.  I received a report made to our helpline that the previous occupants vacated the property a few weeks previously.  I was horrified to discover a Yorkshire terrier dog in such a critical state and two Chihuahuas, one emaciated and the other one pregnant.  There was no question in my mind, if I wasn’t there that day to rescue them, it would have been a different outcome.  It was touch-and-go at first whether Yorkshire terrier dog, later called Benjamin Button, was going to survive.  He was just skin and bone.  I fostered him myself and it was heart-warming to see his progress both physically and mentally. The two Chihuahuas, now known as Bonnie and Clyde, made full recoveries at the ISPCA and went to fabulous new homes where they are now loved and cared for.”

ISPCA rescued Yorkie Benjamin Button

Lisa added:  “It was a relief I was able to get these little dogs the help they needed and that the previous owner was brought before the courts.  She pleaded guilty in 2018 to causing unnecessary suffering under the AHWA 2013.”

The ISPCA is issuing an urgent appeal asking the public to please make a donation to support the ISPCA’s vital work by visiting our secure page to make a donation online https://www.ispca.ie/donate/once_off

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