Lost and found pets

If you have LOST your pet, please follow these steps (note that cats sometimes wander and return after a while, so do not panic yet):

  • Search everywhere and keep calling him.  Walk around so you can hear if he responds.
  • Notify the garda to check if anybody has reported an animal they’ve found.
  • Contact the Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline (http://munsterlostandfound.com/) Lost and Found Pets in Ireland (http://www.lostandfound.ie/) and Lost and Found Pets Ireland (http://www.lostandfoundpets.ie/).  Keep checking these listings.
  • Contact your local rescues (see links on the right tab) by email with a photo of the pet and details about him.
  • Visit the local pound on a daily basis, give them a photo and ask them to be on the look-out.  You need to go there in person rather than ring.
  • Call in person to all the local vets in wide area, check to see if he was handed in injured because of an accident and leave a photo of him.
  • Contact the county council division looking after the roads in case they would have found an injured animal.
  • Put up posters in public places and offer a reward (but DO NOT give any amount).
  • Put postings on the internet (Twitter, Boards.ie, etc).
  • Call to all your neighbours and check to see if he could be accidentally locked into a shed/outhouse/barn, and check if any of your close neighbours have gone on holiday and he might have gotten locked in accidentally.  Talk to people and go to the places your pet usually visits.
  • Did you have visitors on the day he went missing?  Could he have followed them?  Could he have got into their car…  It happens more often that you would think.
  • If you have local schools nearby, see the principal or school secretary, ask to put  his photo up and ask that the kids keep a look out for him.  Tell the kids there is a reward but do not say how much.
  • Speak to your local postman/woman, ask him to be on the lookout and offer him a bit of money or a present.  Postmen/women see far
    more than people think, give him a photo of the animal and your mobile number so that he can call you immediately.  If you
    have a local taxi driver nearby do the same thing.
  • Call the local radio (96 and 103 FM for Cork; you can also email Red FM:lostpets@redfm.ie) and ask them to say that xxxx, a much beloved animal and children’s pet, is missing and broadcast an appeal on air.  They might not be able to, but they are often very helpful.
  • Put ads in the local newspapers and check them in case someone would have advertised a pet they have found and taken in.  The Tuesday and Friday ads carry many of these notices.
  • Consider contacting a specialised company like the Pet Detective.  If you want to do this, do it immediately as the chances of having a lost pet found diminish as time goes by.  We can recommend http://www.happytailsdetective.com/.  They know every step to take and your pet’s life maybe at stake.  They might not be cheap but isn’t the life of your pet worth it ?
  • Widen the net, cover a larger area and put up more posters.  Keep searching; he might be injured and not able to make it home.
    Check under bushes and hedges.  Keep calling his name.
  • Do not give up.  Remember that your pet’s life depends on your perseverance.
  • Remember to notify all the organisations you have contacted and take off posters once your pet has returned.

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Introducing new pets into your house.

Getting a new pet into a house should not be taken as something that will happen automatically especially if there are other animals within the house.

Introducing cats to cats 

Cats can be very territorial and sometimes it can take a while for them to adjust to having a new furry friend in the house. If the new addition to the family is a planned decision then prepare in the weeks / days before. This could mean introducing a new bed into the house or using something like a plugin feliway spray to neutralise the odors in the house before the new cat arrives.


When the new pet arrives don’t leave existing cat (s) alone with the new cat instead supervise them and keep them in separate rooms when you cannot be there. This may take anything from hours to weeks and sometimes longer. Older cats often take longer to adjust to new crazy kittens coming into their territory whereas younger cats may adjust faster but there is no right answer and it all varies from cat to cat.


Once the new cat arrives be sure to keep routine as normal as you can for the other cat (s). Never ever change food or other routines in the same time. You can use treats to award the cats for their good behavior but don’t let them over indulge or you will end up with fat cats! It can be an idea to switch around beds/ blankets as this will allow them to pick up on eachothers scent. You should also ensure that you have enough litter trays or there may be accidents. It is recommended that you have 1 litter tray per cat + 1 extra. This avoids any accidents and in time you may be able to cut down on the number of trays.

Supervision and the outdoors

New cats should never be left outside unsupervised. There are a lot of new scents and places within the house to explore but left outside along in the initial introduction period and there is a high chance that your cat may wander. One suggestion would be to purchase a harness for your cat/kitten. This way they can go outside supervised and familiarise your cat with the outside before they are left outside alone. Of course you may prefer to keep your cat indoors in this case it would also be a good idea to bring your cat outdoors supervised for fear they happen to escape. At least this way they know where they are.Neutering pets calms them down so in many cases a tom cat may start spraying upon meeting a new arrival but neutering can help with this.


Timing is one of the most important things you should factor in when deciding to get a new cat or dog. Never ever get a pet for a birthday, anniversary, christmas present. Imagine all the hype and excitement during these days. How would you as a person feel landed in a strangers house along with excited people and kids hyped up on sugar. This is the worst time to get a pet it is scary for them and they may act out of character and scratch or bite. How long will it take?  In the end it varies pet to pet and could take hours or years or in the end they may never bond but the aim would be to get them to the stage of tolerating eachother. It isn’t a good idea to separate them over and over anytime they growl or meow this will associate eachother with something distressing. Only consider a second pet if you have the time and patience to help them work through any initial disagreements.

For more information check out advice from the Bluecross HERE

Rescue Rainbow Bridge Poem


Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.  But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn’t long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross  over, the happier he would be.

But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.

You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge.

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?” As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

“Watch, and see” said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

“What happened?”

“That was a rescuer.” The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work.  They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn’t place on earth, across The Rainbow Bridge.

“I think I like rescuers,” said the first animal.

“So does GOD,” was the reply.

DON’T let your pet get POISONED this Christmas

Only 10 days until ChScreen Shot 2013-12-15 at 15.15.48ristmas and it is that time of year where there are all kinds of new things around for your pet to play with and get their paws into. There are somereal hazards around the house at this time of the year and chances of pets being poisoned is increased. Read below and see a few of the potential poisons you should avoid to keep your pet safe.


Chocolate is a number 1 threat especially for dogs. Most of us have seen people give chocolate to their pooches from time to time and it easy to think that sure the pet is fine and it must all be a myth but it is possible for them become very ill. Christmas is the time of selection boxes and tins of sweets and chocolate can easily be left around.  Death may only occur in 1 out of 1,000 or so case but all dogs are at risk.Small dogs or dogs with a history of diabetes, pancreatitis, orheart problems are typically more sensitive to chocolate than large, healthy dogs.Dark chocolate is about 10 times as toxic as milk chocolate. To understand various levels of chocolate intoxication, here are some simple guidelines (sourced from petinsure.com)

  • White chocolate: Not necessarily toxic but high sugar and fat contents can lead to vomiting and other illnesses like pancreatitis.
  • Milk chocolate: Low levels of intoxication.
  • Baking chocolate and dark chocolate: High levels of intoxication


Poinsettias have been rumoured as being t0xic to cats and dogs and they definitely can be resulting in reactions such as conjunctivitis, itching or vomiting. However, while you need to avoid poinsettias there are other plants that you need to be equally careful with for example lillies which may also come in christmas bouquets. Lillies are far more toxic can result in severe kidney damage and even death so keep those pretty plants out of paws reach!


It is hard to resist giving remains of the christmas turkey to your cat or dog but be careful of bones. Chicken and turkey bones can easily splinter and  get caught in pets throat or cause puncture their gut or intentines. The last thing you need is an emergency call to the vet when you should be tucking into your dinner. Believe us it happens all too often!

Grapes and Raisins

These are dangerous all year round but especially when there is christmas cake/ plum pudding in the house. One slice left for a second and devoured by a cat or dog can result in severe illness.

If your pet does manage to get his/her paws on any of the above and you are worried contact your vet asap. Prevention in this case can save a lot of distress for both you are your pets.

String can kill

So string isn’t exactly a food type but with all the wrapping and presents there is bound to be string along the way. Pets in particular cats love to play with string and it is tempting to just leave them off but it can be easily swallowed and can cause serious life-threatening intentional issues.

For more info on things that can be toxic to your pets check out a list from The Humane Society HERE. 


A post about flea treatments making cats sick (sometimes resulting in death) has been circulating the internet and Facebook  for the past couple of months. One recent posting told the story of Smidge, the kitten,  who died hours after his owners gave him of the shelf  (supermarket bought) flea treatment.

Cork ACS has investigated as to if there could be any truth to this information and were informed by our specialised vets that there is indeed a real and major risk and that owners need to be responsible and make sure that they only use cat/kitten treatment on cats.

Treatments intended for dogs or puppies may contain a harmful ingredient called permethrin. This can cause serious illness and death in cats and should NEVER be used.

Off the shelf treatments can be found in many supermarkets, Pet shops  and discount shops across the country and it is often tempting to purchase a treatment that only costs a couple of euro instead of visiting your vet but owners can easily choose an inappropriate treatment and there are no trained personnel to advise them otherwise. Cat and dog treatments are often stored close to each other so it is quite easy to make a mistake.

These products, if inappropriately used, are a false economy and sadly in the case of Smidge the kitten it proved to be a fatal mistake by the kittens owners for which the kitten paid the price with its life.

If you have accidentally used the wrong treatment on your cat/kitten keep an eye out for signs of toxicity including generalized tremours, muscle fasciculations and seizures. If in doubt visit your vet IMMEDIATELY. The signs can take several hours to develop and can take as long as 48 hrs.

We urge our readers to buy their flea and worm treatments from their Vets and not of the shelf, Yes, it might be a bit more expensive that way but isn’t your pets life worth those few extra euro’s?

For more information we suggest that you visit the ASPCA Poison Control Website page. Here is the link: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

SUCCESS STORIES – Happy Birthday Molly!

We just received this a few minutes ago from Molly’s Mum, who incidentally is a gifted photographer. Molly was the 16 year old “kitten” found at the breast cancer clinic in Cork. We had her moved to Clare  at the Cat Hospital and told her to do all possible to save her. A year ago this happened… and today rejoice with us for a life preserved.

Dear Clare, Albert & Belinda,

Today one year ago, I collected Molly from the Cat Hospital. Time passes so quickly! As you can see from the photos Molly is doing reasonably well and is enjoying her life. She is still quite active given her age and loves playing with her toy mouse  – She occasionally even catches a real one.

Thanks to Belinda for picking her up and bringing her to the Cat Hospital, thanks to Clare and her team for doing such a fantastic job in getting her back to health and thanks to the ACS who made sure she got all the necessary treatment!

So Happy Birthday dear Molly!
All the best,


THANK YOU – Fundraiser.

Cork Animal Care Society would like to thank Maxi Zoo Midleton for inviting us to their store on 23 November. We had a very special guest called Doodles who really stole the show. Check out the picture below.




FOUND – Bishopstown Cork

1401313_10153576854115131_1447098447_oFound along ‘Murphy’s Farm” Bishopstown on 24 November. . She/he has been dropped to Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital and hopefully some owners will turn up, even though the vet suspected the poor thing might have been abandoned! Wearing a collar (without ID tags) and is super friendly but seems to have not been fed very much lately – really skinny. Would be great to see them go home.