Council promotes responsible dog ownership at Love Your Dog event in Athy

700 dogs re-homed by KCC Dog Warden

Paula Campbell

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Council promotes responsible dog ownership at Love Your Dog event in Athy

Shauna Byrne, Kildare West Wicklow SPCA; Councillor Aoife Breslin, Cathaoirleach of Athy Municipal District Committee; Laura Sinnott, Athy Library; Patricia Berry

A Love Your Dog event was held in Athy library recently by Kildare County Council to highlight the high number of dogs re-homed by the Kildare warden.

According to the council over 700 dogs have been re-homed by Kildare County Council's Dog Warden Service in the past five years. The majority of these dogs were placed for re-homing in local animal welfare charities.

Speaking at the Council's first 'KCC Love Your Dog' event in Athy Library on Saturday last, councillor Aoife Breslin called on potential dog owners to be mindful of the responsibility owning a dog brings..

“In the past year, some 93 dogs were surrendered to the Council by owners, while another 83 were seized by the Dog Warden Service,”she said.

Cllr Breslin extended her particular gratitude to volunteers of the Kildare and West Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who work to find loving homes for dogs that come into their care.

Shauna Byrne, Animal Welfare Officer at the charity provided a talk at Saturday's event.

There are several things to consider before becoming a dog owner including before deciding that a dog is right for you, make an honest assessment: are you ready for the financial, emotional, and time commitment owning a dog requires?

Think about the type of dog that will best suit your lifestyle. Evaluate all aspects of your family’s life — hobbies, activities, personalities — before choosing a breed. Consider size, energy level, grooming needs, training, and temperament. If you rent an apartment, are there restrictions on height, weight, or breed? Answer these questions now, because once you bring a dog home, it can be heartbreaking to realize you made the wrong choice.

Meanwhile construction works on an upgrade and extension to the Council's Dog Pound in Ballitore will commence in 2019.

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