Animal rescue

Drag Kilkenny cabaret for animal rescue ‘to the door’ with abandoned dogs

My Lovely Horse is hosting an unmissable fundraiser with a difference on Friday 11th November at the Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny to raise vital funds for the over 800 animals they care for. At any one time, they can have 200 animals at their Kildare rescue and another 600 placed with foster families.

The animal welfare charity deals extensively with Kilkenny County Council and was recently awarded the Mayor’s Award for compassionate rescue work, which he described as an incredible honour.

Founded 11 years ago, the rescue is currently experiencing a huge volume of surrendered and abandoned animals. Orla Donohoe, My Lovely Horse’s PR, says they’re “out the door with dogs…it’s just awful.”

They are currently fundraising to build new kennels as they have over 50 dogs on site at their main base in Kildare. Originally a horse shelter, they have now expanded to take animals of all kinds. Currently, they have 80 goats, 400 horses and several pigs in their care.

Orla explains that many people had pets both before and during the shutdowns, who did not research or fully understand the type of animal they were getting and their needs as they matured. Typical of these are goats, pigs and collies.

It costs over €400,000 to run My Lovely Horse each year, but last year they only received €26,200 in funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, which enables them to raise funds on a consistent basis with both corporate donors and the public. They simply have no other choice.

The Pembroke event will be a unique drag cabaret featuring the one and only Tina D Parton who will perform the torch songs of Dolly Parton and Liza Minelli. She could also add a bit of Irish dancing to the mix, which should add to the hilarity.

There will also be great raffle prizes during the evening. It’s a really worthwhile cause that deserves to be supported.

Tickets cost €15 and are available online. There may also be limited availability at the door. All for the benefit of My Lovely Horse Rescue

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