89% of unwanted dogs re-homed in Leitrim

Leitrim has the best record for re-homing stray dogs in the country.

Leitrim has the best record for re-homing stray dogs in the country.

The 2011 figures from the Department of Environment, Community and Local government showed that just four out of 411 dogs taken in last year, were put to sleep by Leitrim Animal Welfare Trust, located outside of Drumkeerin.

Leitrim can be proud that the facility re homed 370 dogs last year, giving it an 89% re-homing rate. Last year there were 2,278 individual licences for dogs in the county - a high percentage for our small population. Leitrim Animal Welfare Trust took over the running of the Leitrim Dog Pound in 2004.

On a national level statistics have shown that, on average, 44 dogs are abandoned in Ireland each day, whilst a further 10 dogs are put to sleep every day.

In order to help curb these startling figures, Pedigree has once again launched the Pedigree Adoption Drive which will run from until May 31.

In addition, dog lovers across the country will also be able to show their support by becoming a fan of the Pedigree Ireland Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PedigreeIreland. For every new fan, Pedigree will donate a bowl of dog food to a re-homing centre.  

Pedigree plans to match last year’s achievements by donating €100,000 in cash and food to Irish dog charities.