Using Facebook to rehome canine friends
Roscommon Dog Pound in Rockfield is proof positive that Irish dog lovers are adopting rescue dogs in increasing numbers. This is in part down to the use of social media to showcase new arrivals at the pound.
Manager and Ballintubber resident, Samantha Murray, has been working at the pound since December 2016 and she says it’s a labour of love.
“I used to work in PR and event management and I hated it! I couldn’t stand going to work. I had to make a change so I went back to studying animal care and I’ve loved every minute of it here!
“We’ve had great support from Furever Pets in Roscommon town. They have been brilliant to us.
“Dotty’s Doghouse in Castlerea has been fantastic too. She does the grooming for the dogs at the pound free of charge,” she said.
Sam explained exactly what happens when a dog arrives at the pound.
“Every dog is posted on Facebook the day they come in. There are dogs that arrive in really poor condition and there are some who haven’t been shown any love or care before arriving here,” she said.
Sam went on to detail some of the more horrific cases, including a dog called Bruce who had been thrown out of a van on a busy road. Dogs like Bruce are given top class veterinary care as well as grooming, and with Sam’s care they begin to thrive.
Sam’s not alone in her work however and she is ably assisted by caretaker James and dog warden Gerry.
With an adoption fee of just €50 for a rescue dog, it’s not surprising that the mindset towards adopting in Ireland is changing.
Sam recalls one particular man and his dog: “He came in looking for a small terrier, you know just a little dog for around the house. He ended up taking a Golden Retriever home!”
Roscommon Dog Pound is becoming increasingly popular with families, couples and older people looking for new pets, security and companionship.
Providing a rescue dog with a happy home is a wonderful option as the adoption fee of €50 includes vaccinations, microchip and license. Most importantly, new owners will also be getting a best friend who has been looked after with great care by Sam and her team in Rockfield. Check out Roscommon Dog Pound on Facebook to see the current residents!