Animal welfare

A dog is for life, not just for Covid – Limerick Animal Welfare reflects on ‘difficult’ year


THE BIGGEST challenges facing Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) in 2021 were “the huge increase in the number of unwanted kittens and puppies in need of shelter”.

Marion Fitzgibbon, manager, said they saw a surge in the number of unwanted home-seeking puppies and dogs in the second half of the year when “people started to go back to work and didn’t had time to look after the puppies they bought during the lockdown “.

“In addition, we have also seen an increase in the number of injured and dying horses and foals. Many fall horse sales have been canceled due to the pandemic and the result has been an increase in the number of unwanted yearlings.

“In July we took in 130 kittens and many of them were litters that needed to be bottle-fed. This year we have decided to microchip all kittens before relocating them, as many kittens arriving at the sanctuary cannot be identified, ”said Marion.

The pandemic caused the closure of LAW charity stores from January through May. The sanctuary also had to close to the public but remained open for the admission of abandoned and unwanted animals.

Kilfinane Sanctuary Manager Marie O’Connor told LAW that every animal “feels loved, warm, safe and secure.”

“There are so many cases of neglect and cruelty, but over Christmas the staff and volunteers made sure every animal in the sanctuary had a gift,” said Marie.

Marion said the most rewarding part of their job is being able to save an animal and stop its suffering.

There are countless examples in 2021 where an animal’s life has been changed thanks to the ACT. Good news, the clinic’s work is coming to an end after being delayed due to Covid.

“We hope the setup will be completed before the spring puppies and kittens start to arrive. This should help lower vet costs and reduce the time spent driving to vet clinics several times a week. The hardest part of our job is not being able to reach all the animals that need our help. It is very sad when an animal arrives and it is too late to intervene. The senseless cruelty to animals is the most difficult part of our job. “

“We continue to provide shelter for as many horses as possible. We also provide equine service and our equine veterinarian treats injured equines that are abandoned and neglected in the city and county. During the winter months we provide hay for hungry horses and ponies. The sanctuary is also home to rabbits and goats. We ask everyone to have their animal chipped if possible. A microchip costs € 15 or € 20 but it is very important and could save your pet’s life, ”said Marion.

LAW’s financial situation remains of concern.

“The cost of running the shrine continues to increase. The budget for 2021 was 850,000 € and our income has been severely reduced due to the closure of shops and the sanctuary. It has been possible to keep employed staff thanks to government assistance with Covid payments.

“However, we are very concerned that these payments are to be phased out over the new year. We appreciate the grant from the Ministry of Agriculture of € 76,000, which we received for 2022, ”said Marion.

She and Marion both extend a warm thank you to our “wonderful staff and all of our loyal volunteers and supporters.”

“Donations from Facebook and Paypal have allowed the Sanctuary to remain open to welcoming animals during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who brought gifts and donations for the animals and staff throughout the year and at Christmas. Please continue to support your Limerick Animal Welfare Charity and Happy New Year to you all. “

You can donate through the Limerick Animal Welfare Facebook page or by texting LAW4 at 50300 to donate € 4.

If you want to relocate a pet, send an email to [email protected]