Andy Cullen feeding abandoned huskies
“I just sat in with two of the dogs and I cried,” said Andy Cullen.
These are the words of the man behind the new Dublin Husky Rescue Centre. He is facing a mountainous task.
Volunteers, donations and building materials are urgently needed at the centre, which is located at Friarstown, not far from the Curragh racecourse.
Foster and permanent homes are also being sought for these abandoned animals.
“We just have to get on with it. It's so tough, but we have to do it for the dogs,” he said.
In existence for three-and-a-half months now, the centre is crammed to capacity and has to cater for an extra 20 breeding female huskies from a breeder who has been ordered to surrender them.
Taking five at at time, Andy is dismayed at the condition they are in.
“This evening, we took five more dogs and some were in a bad state, very skinny," he said, “It's getting to the stage where it is affecting us, but we just have to focus and come through for the dogs.”
There are currently 47 dogs at the centre, including 26 huskies. Some of those have been given up by their owners for various reasons with many not able to keep up with the dogs' need for exercise. Andy also has five dogs of his own.
Each dog has to be fed twice a day and they are only fed in threes to ensure trouble free feeding times.
“That's almost 100 meals, it's huge,” he said.
Andy is assisted by his partner Joanne Meade and volunteers Catherine Woods and Catherine Doyle, however more help is urgently needed.
People can also help by buying vouchers for food at Maxi Zoo, tins of tuna (in brine or water) or by donating building materials such as four by two posts, and chainmail fencing to help create more pens.
Vouchers for building supplies would also be gratefully accepted.
Anyone who wants to help out can log on to www.dublinhuskyrescuecentre.ie or look up Dublin Husky Rescue on Facebook.
Forms for volunteers can be downloaded. There is also information available on rehoming options. Andy carries out rehoming checks with all prospective foster or permanent home owners.
The dogs are all vaccinated, microchipped and neutered or spayed before being rehomed. Vet bills are high and since it opened, the centre has rehomed 37 dogs but more keep coming.
There are also some lurchers available for rehoming but the bull breeds are taken to a Swedish rescue centre because of restrictions on Irish ownership of these breeds.
Anyone who wants to help out can also contact Andy through Facebook, the website or phone 085 7619031. All contributions are hugely appreciated.