The Kildare Animal Foundation is urging pet owners to lock up their pets and report anybody they witness inflicting cruelty to animals.
As Halloween approaches, there are fears for the well being of animals across the county.
“We would advise people to keep their animals inside. The cat flap should be closed up for one night. If you have to leave the house, leave music or the radio on for your pets so as to drown out the noise of banners or fireworks,” advised Catherine Woods from the Animal Foundation.
“We would also urged parents to keep a close eye on their children. If anyone does witness any cruelty, they should contact the relevant authorities straight away. If people do nothing about it, they are as bad as the psychos who are carrying out that behaviour.”
Meanwhile, the shelter continues to be packed to capacity with dogs and cats. Bedding is urgently needed. Anyone who has any clean old duvets, throws, pillows or blankets can drop them off at the animal foundation between 2pm and 4pm every day. Donations of cat and dog food are also needed.
“We appreciate that people might not want to give money but if they want to drop in a six pack of dog or cat food from Aldi or Lidl, we would be extremely grateful,” added Catherine.
She also urged parents not to buy a pet for Christmas. Anyone wishing to adopt a dog or a cat can book their pet at the foundation prior to Christmas and pick them up the second week in January if they wish. Catherine also reiterated a call for cat owners to neuter their pets.