PJ, a cross between a collie and a german shepherd, became too big to for his elderly owner and he was dropped into the Ashton Pound.
This unfortunately is the end of the road for many dogs, as last year over 15,000 dogs nearly all healthy were put to sleep.
PJ was one of the lucky ones, adopted by Pat's goalkeeper Barry Ryan , he's now in very safe hands.
“My fiancé had told me about Dogs in Distress an organisation that tries to save as many dogs as possible”, said Barry, “so we took a visit out to Ashton and eventually ended up adopting PJ.
To stay fit I do a lot of walking anyway so it kind of made sense to take a dog – he's great company and he gets me out of the hosue whatever the weather. Dogs in Distress believe every dog deserves a second chance.
They're a small organisation working on tight resources and they deserve great credit and support. I'll probably look at taking on a bit of a fundraising challenge for them and see if I can give them a bit of a helping hand”.
Saints News pointed out that he's might be hearing a few howls from the terraces after all this but Barry was'nt too worried – “sure most people think I'm barking mad anyway and being a goalkeeper you have to be pretty thick skinned”.
WHAT DOGS IN DISTRESS DO
• DID's first intervention in a dog's life happens in the pound. DID work mainly on dogs from Ashton Dog Pound which covers the North Dublin County Council.
• 2 to 3 times a week volunteers from DID go in the pound and take pictures and records of all the dogs currently in for their website
• If any rescues have a potential home for any of the dogs currently in the pound they let us know and we book them from the pound.
• DID depend on Foster families for short term care of rescued dogs while waiting for re-homing or to be moved to an offered rescue space.
For further information on Dogs in Distress check out www.dogsindistress.org)
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