Figures showing Tipperary has a stray dog re-homing rate of 49 per cent have been welcomed by Cllr Seamus Morris. The figures were released by the Department of the Environment.
“I have made it one of my personal priorities to end the horrible practice of putting down healthy dogs. I am delighted that the total Tipperary figure for dogs re-homed, returned to their owner, or transferred to animal welfare charities is now 86 per cent. Tipperary is now a success story,” he said.
“This wouldn’t be possible without a lot of hard work by groups such as Mo Chara animal rescue in Thurles, people like Tracey Keegan and Ann Ralph in Canada, Fiona Morgan in Australia and Pauline Hynes in America. It takes a huge amount of work, and not just on social media, to re-home so many animals. It is obvious from the assistance of the council staff that they too are animal-lovers, and I hope they will continue to assist in finding ways to re-home lost and stray dogs,” said Cllr Morris.
“We still have work to do to get the kill rate down, even in Tipperary,” the Nenagh councillor said. “Sadly, 14 per cent of the animals in Tipperary were put to sleep.”
Cllr Morris re-homed a chocolate labrador called Mollie about a year ago and said: “Mollie fitted in perfectly with our family.”
However, Cllr Morris is aware that getting dogs back to health for re-homing can be expensive. He is asking for volunteers to help with fundraising for Mo Chara (087-257-7182), and is always looking for homes for homeless dogs.