Kildare Animal Foundation celebrates 20 years with Open Day this Sunday

At the 2011 Open Day were volunteer Catherine Woods; Dan Donoher of Kildare Animal Foundation; special guest Anne Doyle and volunteer Fionnuala Woods.Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
This July sees the 20th anniversary of the Kildare Animal Foundation shelter.

This July sees the 20th anniversary of the Kildare Animal Foundation shelter.

Dan Donoher, who writes the weekly ‘Pet Rescue’ column in the Leinster Leader, recalls its early days and looks ahead to this weekend’s Open Day.

In 1994, Geraldine O’Hanlon took over after the shelter was left vacant.

She entered a place that was in chaos, with overcrowding and sick animals everywhere. She worked 18-hour days for months to bring some order to the shelter.

Over the years thousands of sick, injured, orphaned, abused, neglected and unwanted animals have come and gone.

Most went on to find homes where they lived their lives out in a loving and caring environment. The wild animals returned to their natural habitat. Dogs, cats, sheep and goats that could not be rehomed lived their lives out on our 7-acre site. They have been cared for every day by our great volunteers.

To celebrate our anniversary, we promise this year’s Open Day will be the biggest and best we have ever had.

The Open day is on Sunday next, 13th July at 1pm at the shelter, South Green Road, Kildare Town.

We have lots to do on the day with crafts, face-painting, plants, kiddies games, a bottle stall, antiques, cakes stall, home-produce, refreshments and much much more.

Admission is free and we have plenty of parking. It really is a great family day. We regret that no dogs are allowed as it upsets the resident animals at the shelter.

We are in need of donations of crafts, raffle prizes, bottles of wine spirits, and plants before the Open Day. Home produce and cakes would be much appreciated on the day. If you can help please let us know.

We simply could not have existed for so many years without the kindness of our wonderful supporters.

You are always there when the animals need you. Be it donating blankets, food or money to help pay the vet fees or the heating bill to keep the sick animals warm, you stood up and made it happen.

We cannot thank you all for all that you have done and we hope that you will continue to support us.