I remember leaving my night shift job an hour early at 6am with the intention of going home to look after my own animals and then going over to Kildare for a few hours to help out. I had heard the Animal Shelter at Kildare had been left vacant, leaving animals with no one to care for them. I arrived at 8am and have never looked back.
When I looked around I cried with despair. Everywhere I looked there were animals; dogs, cats, donkeys and goats, all waiting, all hopeful of someone spending even a minute with them.
And so it began, they were fed, cleaned and hugged. After months of working 18 hours a day, order was born out of chaos. Our genuine no kill policy was born out of seeing time and time again how great is the will to live in all animals. Having survived dreadful cruelty and neglect it begged the question, who are we to take their lives?
Our commitment to neutering is unshakeable, better beautiful creatures not be born at all than to suffer neglect and hunger.
Our focus is on the poorest of the poor. The ones who because of their condition, no one wants and we will take the time to get it right. We have our own concept of time here, “Animal Time”. When a volunteer asks when will a particular animal be ready to go to a new home, I reply “When it’s heart, mind and body are all three ready to face the world.”