Animal welfare and responsible dog ownership is paramount according to the new chairman of the Committee on Dog Re-homing and Welfare, Chairman Andrew Mc Guinness.
“I am delighted to be involved in this new initiative which will hopefully result in more dogs being rehomed and people adopting a more responsible attitude towards the care of their pets. Every month we will publish dogs who are at the pound and urgently need to be rehomed. Dogs cannot stay indefinitely at the pound and they need to find good homes so we are trying to help out in a practical way,” said Kilkenny People Editor, Brian Keyes.
Mayor McGuinness who is chairing the committee and who had the idea for the page urged people to get involved.
“Every dog deserves a home. Together, we can make sure that dogs that find themselves in the care of a dog shelter, without a home, can be rehomed with loving pet owners.
We need to promote responsible pet ownership and also the fact that there are many beautiful, loyal and friendly dogs waiting for new owners at our local shelter. Please visit the shelter and see for yourself,” he said.
Mayor Mc Guinness has also a number of recommendations that the committee will discuss when they meet next month.
These include the possibility of a no surrender policy, revised opening hours to accommodate the public and investigating whether there is a need for more staff at the pound.
The committee was set up following peaceful demonstrations and an online petition, which has almost 13,000 signatures and is calling for the tender for the dog pound to an animal welfare organisation that will manage the pound responsibly and work with rescues and the public with integrity and transparency.
The service, which has been operated by the ISPCA under contract for more than 20 years, involves the provision of services for the county councils of both Carlow and Kilkenny. During a recently published tender process, the ISPCA indicated to the local authority that they would not be submitting a tender for the new contract.
The consultative committee was set up during the transition phase from the ISPCA to the new Service Provider to assist the local authority in it’s aim to maximise re-homing.
Mayor McGuinness has raised the possibility of the council running the pound themselves.
No decision will be made by the executive of Kilkenny County Council on the future running of the pound until after the next committee meeting on May 5.
If you are interested in any of the dogs featured contact the Carlow/Kilkenny dog shelter on (059) 9726785 to arrange a viewing.