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MADRA hit by cuts as other groups receive funding boost


Edwin McGreal

Connemara-based dog welfare group MADRA have been hit with a cut of €3,500.
It comes after Mayo County Council’s funding for animal welfare organisations were decided at the recent monthly meeting of the council.
Proposals were put before the council which included a contribution to MADRA of €10,000 but after councillors demanded increases totalling €3,500 for three other organisations, it was all at the expense of MADRA, who found themselves cut to €6,500.
MADRA try to find new homes for Galway and Mayo’s unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs.
Cllr Seamus Weir proposed an increase of €2,000 to the North West SPCA, raising their contribution to €13,250, which was agreed by the meeting.
Cllr Michael Smith proposed an increase of €1,000 to the North Mayo Horse Sanctuary, bringing their total to €8,000. This was agreed as was Cllr John Cribbin’s proposal of increasing the contribution to the Ballyhaunis-based Mayo SPCA from €500 to €1,000.
Cathaoirleach Richard Finn said he wanted to acknowledge the work done by MADRA and said that when the council first started giving them funding, they had to put down 90 percent of all dogs they received, but that now the figure is down to 10 percent, with the rest all being rehomed.
He asked the councillors to be mindful of what such cuts can do to groups.
In response to a question from Cllr Michael Kilcoyne about where were MADRA based, Director of Services John Condon said they were based in Connemara but work in several counties ‘and they are the only organisation to rehome dogs for us’.
The total amounts agreed were: €3,000 to Ainmhithe Animal Rescue; €13,250 to North West SPCA; €1,000 to Mayo SPCA Ltd; €6,500 to MADRA; €1,000 to Horse and Donkey Mayo Sanctuary; €250 to Irish Donkey Welfare Organisation; €3,500 to Hungry Horse Outside; €8,000 to North Mayo Horse Sanctuary; €1,500 to Mayo Animal Welfare.

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