March 2012 Photo Competition: Shortlist

We’ve never had that many voters and I think the jury is once again going to have a tough time!  We receive so many great photos from our supporters and we would like to thank you all for sending them to us.

The voting on Facebook is now over.  The photos with the most votes will now go to our jury and the winner of this month competition will be announced in the next few days.

Here are the five photos that received the most votes and were shortlisted (you can see the whole set here).

"Bonnie" by Debbie Hogan

"Clyde" by Debbie Hogan

"Gorby" by Kate Walsh

"Stan, Mouse and Red" by Helen Ivory Ward

"Zoe and Bumble" by Helen Ivory Ward

Well done to all who entered the competition!  We received some great and very touching photos.  By participating, each of you has been helping the animals and this is what counts the most.  Thank you!

We are very grateful to Katrina Tracuma for sponsoring this month’s competition by offering a painting of a photo of your pet.  The winner will be announced in the next few days.

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February 2012 Photo Competition: Shortlist

What a treat this competition is!  We receive so many great photos from our supporters and we would like to thank you all for sending them to us.

The voting on Facebook is now over.  The photos with the most votes will now go to our jury and the winner of this month competition will be announced in the next few days.

Here are the five photos that received the most votes and were shortlisted (you can see the whole set here).

Beatriz by Raquel Carvalho

By Maggie Dwyer

Misha by Raquel Carvalho

Pink Paw, Gismo and Noodles by Sharon Hannon

Pixie and Nico by Martina Stack

Well done to all who entered the competition!  We received some great and very touching photos.  By participating, each of you has been helping the animals and this is what counts the most.  Thank you!

We are very grateful to Royal Canin for sponsoring this month’s competition.  The winner of this two volume cat encyclopedia will be announced in the next few days.

March 2012 Photo Competition

It’s photo competition time again!  This month, the prize is very very special.  It is a portrait of your pet (painted from a photo) by Katrina Tracuma  To enter, it’s simple, just follow the explanations below.

What are you waiting for?  Grab your camera and send us a photo!  We look forward to seeing them…  And remember that for each photo you submit you are helping an animal in need.

Thanks to Katrina for sponsoring this month’s competition.

Every month we offer a different prize to the winner.  Moreover, the winning photo will be displayed on our website, blog and Facebook page, as well as become the cover for the following issue of our booklet of creative writing, Furry Tales and Meowsings (note that we will ask you to sign a very simple form authorising us to do that).

To enter the competition, it’s simple.  You first need to go to our website and buy a photo competition entry here.  You can buy more than one entry (and use them either to submit more than one photo or keep them for following months) as we will keep track of how many you buy and use.  Make sure that you write down the reference number that is given to you (it should also appear in the confirmation email).  The entry costs €3.50 and the money will exclusively be used for the welfare of animals.

Next, send your photo (it must be related to animals) along with your reference number and your details (name, address, email and phone number) to photos@animalcaresociety.ie.  You can send more than one photo, but make sure you have bought the necessary amount of entries as submissions without a valid reference number will be refused.

You can send your photos as soon as we announce the competition and until the 25th of the month.  Photos will then be displayed in an album on Facebook, where people can vote for them by clicking “like”.  On the last day of the month, the five photos with the most votes will go to a judging panel who will select the winning photo and announce it in the next few days.

January 2012 Photo Competition: Shortlist

What a treat this competition is!  We receive so many great photos from our supporters and we would like to thank you all for sending them to us.

The voting on Facebook is now over.  The photos with the most votes will now go to our jury and the winner of this month competition will be announced in the next few days.

Here are the five photos that received the most votes and were shortlisted (you can see the whole set here).

"A Bucket of Susie" by Elaine Walsh

Abigail by Raquel Carvalho

By Caroline Murphy

Maggie by Jacintha Burke

Maggie by Jacintha Burke

'TomTom, our once wild tiger has left his feral life behind and is the happiest house cat by Mari Backman

Well done to all who entered the competition!  We received some great and very touching photos.  By participating, each of you has been helping the animals and this is what counts the most.  Thank you!

We are very grateful to Jill Roberts for sponsoring this month’s competition.  The winner of this lovely chain and horse pendant will be announced in the next few days.

 

February 2012 Photo Competition

It’s photo competition time again!  This month, the prize is a two volume cat encyclopedia offered by Royal Canin.  To enter, it’s simple, just follow the explanations below.

What are you waiting for?  Grab your camera and send us a photo!  We look forward to seeing them…  And remember that for each photo you submit you are helping an animal in need.

Thanks to Royal Canin for sponsoring this month’s competition.

Every month we offer a different prize to the winner.  Moreover, the winning photo will be displayed on our website, blog and Facebook page, as well as become the cover for the following issue of our booklet of creative writing, Furry Tales and Meowsings (note that we will ask you to sign a very simple form authorising us to do that).

To enter the competition, it’s simple.  You first need to go to our website and buy a photo competition entry here.  You can buy more than one entry (and use them either to submit more than one photo or keep them for following months) as we will keep track of how many you buy and use.  Make sure that you write down the reference number that is given to you (it should also appear in the confirmation email).  The entry costs €3.50 and the money will exclusively be used for the welfare of animals.

Next, send your photo (it must be related to animals) along with your reference number and your details (name, address, email and phone number) to photos@animalcaresociety.ie.  You can send more than one photo, but make sure you have bought the necessary amount of entries as submissions without a valid reference number will be refused.

You can send your photos as soon as we announce the competition and until the 25th of the month.  Photos will then be displayed in an album on Facebook, where people can vote for them by clicking “like”.  On the last day of the month, the five photos with the most votes will go to a judging panel who will select the winning photo and announce it in the next few days.

Emily

Emily is one of the cats we have in foster care.  She was found last December with a broken leg and we decided to help her.  After a successful operation, Emily returned to her rescuer who had offered to foster her as she needed six weeks of cage rest.  We have asked Mary to tell us Emilie’s story:

“One Saturday morning just as we were leaving the house 3 youngsters about 10 or 11 years old came to the door holding a beautiful tabby & white kitte;, they asked me did I own her.  I didn’t and they said they would keep looking for the owner as she was very friendly. I told them to come back to me if they didn’t find her owner. Later that evening they arrived at the door still holding the kitten and told me that her leg was broken.  They said they had brought her to the local vet who had treated her with antibiotics and painkillers but as they didn’t know who the owner was the vet could not offer any more treatment. One of the youngsters’ father had told her to put the cat back where she had found her as they didn’t want to keep her. I rang the ACS (Katie) and told her the kitten’s story. Katie asked me to bring the kitten to The Cat Hospital in Glanmire where Clare would assess her. I took the kitten from the youngsters and brought her into my home. She was super friendly, never once growled or showed any aggression, even though her leg was broken.

The beautiful Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

When I came back in the house, there was major excitement: our own 2 dogs, another doggie I was doggies-sitting and our 4 cats (including our new addition 4 week old feral kitten) were very interested to know what I had in the carrier. My daughter and son were so excited and, not wanting to frighten this new kitten, we decided to bring her into the sitting room shut the door to keep all our nosey fur babies in the other room.  Unfortunately, when my son closed the door he didn’t realise my daughter’s fingers were in there and we ended up with a screaming 6 year old who had 2 very squished fingertips.  She only calmed down when my hubby asked her to bring the kitten with her very sore broken leg to the vet with mammy.

Emily at The Cat Hospital

On arriving at The Cat Hospital, Clare helped the squished fingertips by giving my daughter a yummy bar of chocolate.  As everyone knows chocolate is a fantastic healer! Claire assessed the kitten and told me she had a compound fracture, the bone sticking out the back and blood that was stuck around the wound would suggest that the injury had not happened that day or the day before.  This alone will show what a sweetheart this kitten is; she must have been in absolute agony, yet allowed youngsters to carry her around for most of the day in their arms, then allowed me to carry her and never complained once!  When we were leaving Clare asked my daughter to think of a name for this adorable kitten. On the drive home she told me she had decided on a name: Emily – after herself!

Emily is all set to go to her fosterer's

We went to visit Emily after her operation and Clare told us that Emily kitty would need approximately 6 weeks of cage rest.  I offered to foster her for this time.  I was nervous as I had never fostered a cat that needed cage rest.  I wanted to ensure I would do the best for her to heal.  The last time I fostered a kitten was over 2 years ago and I failed at that; I adopted her!

Emily in the arms of her fosterer (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

Emily kitty is a very friendly kitten, which means she thinks every other cat/dog is the same.  Two of our cats gave her a shock when they hissed at her for trying to play with them through her cage when they went over to investigate. She loves everyone and plays with the feral kitten (Parmenion)  we have had now for about 9 weeks.  Parmenion will sit outside Emily’s cage and play with her through the bars.  Emily kitty had her stitches out three weeks ago and got her first vaccination.  She will have the implants in her leg removed next week, then she will be free from cage rest.  She can’t wait to come out of the cage to explore her surroundings.

If you are looking for a cat that will adore you, be very happy sitting on you lap being rubbed and enjoys playing, then Emily kitty is the cat for you. She would love a playmate as she really enjoys playing and company.  She’s very placid and really deserves a wonderful forever home.”

Emily (photo courtesy of Allan Meek)

We are delighted to say that Emily has a home waiting for her.  Magda, Lucasz and their cat, Blaszka, are getting ready to welcome Emily as soon as she has settled after the removal of her pins.

The ACS always tries to help as many animals as possible, but this can be difficult at times as we do not always have the resources.  Despite, the best efforts from the vets we work with, who offer fantastic discounts, such operations remain expensive.  The cost of Emily’s and Millie’s operations and treatment is over €1000; this is why we’re asking you for your help.  By donating a euro for each of these girls, you can help us to continue our work.  Do you think you could donate €2 towards their vet bills?  If so, please visit their special appeal page here.  Thanks!

Lieutenant Dan: To Be or not to Be?

Lt Dan, a feral kitten, who has been through far too much already

“Back in September, a feral kitten was brought to The Cat Hospital after a road traffic accident.  Clare Meade rang the ACS to ask if we could help.  The kitten, who was later named Lieutenant Dan, needed an operation to have his leg amputated.  At the time, Little Red was also waiting for the big operation that would save his life.  Our funds were low and we knew that Little Red’s operation would be very expensive, but the public was helping for it through our special appeal, so we decided to give that other kitten a chance to live and used the remainder of our Clyde Fund (dedicated to RTAs) for his operation.

Lieutenant Dan before his amputation in The Cat Hospital last September

The operation went well and Lt Dan recovered quickly thanks to the loving foster home Maggie and Jim offered to him.  Soon, Lt Dan was running around the place, apart from the odd tripping from his foster sister.

However, worries were not over for Lt Dan who had to be brought back in emergency to The Cat Hospital because an enormous abscess had appeared on his head.  It was emptied and Lt Dan was put on antibiotics.  However, two weeks later it reappeared, and again two weeks later.  It became evident that it could be something serious.  We also feared that the infection would get to the bone and infect the marrow, resulting in poisoning the blood.

Lt Dan falling asleep on Maggie after having had his head cleaned, something that has become a ritual for the two of them.

Clare explained that an operation would be needed to properly clean the abscess, but also take a culture to be sent for analysis so that he would receive the appropriate treatment.  Estimated cost?  €500.  What were we supposed to do?  What would you have done?

On the same day Lt Dan went to The Cat Hospital, Maggie and Jim had to bring another kitten with him.  Billy Bunter had been rescued during a TNR job and suffered from megacolon; a result of being a small kitten in a colony of hungry feral cats.  The chances for him to recover from his condition were slim and it might have also meant a lot more suffering.  We could not inflict that to this poor kitten and Billy Bunter had to be put to sleep.  You may thus understand why we did not hesitate to go ahead with Lt Dan’s operation.  Or you may not if you are cold-hearted.

This post is called “to be or not to be” because too often animal welfare people are left to decide of the destiny of the animals they rescue.  It is a difficult choice and should not be so.  Animals should be loved and treated with respect and compassion by what we call “humanity”, but this is not so, they are left to suffer because too many members of our society believe that their own little comfort is more important.  The ACS believes that if there is a chance to offer an animal a better life, we should take it, so we did and Lt Dan was given the chance to be.

Lt Dan's head after his operation

Today, we are asking you if you could help us with the cost of Lt Dan’s operation.  As you may know, our funds are very low (how can they be otherwise when we have decided to spend whatever we have to improve the lives of animals) and we rely entirely on the public’s generosity.  We have set up a special appeal for you to help Lt Dan.

Again, I am asking you, what would you have done?  It is your choice now and your decision might result in the next kitten who meets our path to be or not to be.”

Necrotic (gangrenous) skin

We have so far raised €115 for Lt Dan’s operations and numerous visits to the vet, not near enough to cover the cost.  If you would like to help, you can donate here.  The donation is set at €2.50, the price of a cup of coffee to offer a cat a better life.

Following this call for help on Facebook last December, we received a different kind of offer: Emma Robertson (Veterinary Physiotherapist) offered to do laser treatment on Lt Dan’s head.  As Lt Dan’s abscesses keep coming back and that we have no idea why, Maggie and Jim decided to go ahead with the treatment.  Lt Dan went for his first session yesterday and here is Maggie and Jim’s report:

“On Sunday, 16/01/12, Lt Dan underwent his first laser treatment. At this stage things with Lt Dan have got desperate: countless trips to vets, numerous examinations, several operations from which tissue was taken and sent for cultures to be grown, and no result. Lt Dan’s recurring abscesses have proven to be a complete veterinary mystery. There is no detectable infectious agent present. There is nothing that can be eradicated through the use of antibiotics. But still the abscesses pop up, and out, on poor old Dan’s head regularly. The only treatment that could be offered to Dan was the nightly removal of the scab and bathing the abscess with salt water in order to keep a channel clear so any puss could exit the wound areas. This was far from an ideal method of dealing with Dan, who had already suffered a great deal in his short life. It was also becoming obvious that all this ‘pulling and tearing’ at Dan was having an adverse effect on the cat’s wellbeing and he was starting to exhibit signs of stress.

Wound before treatment with the scab removed

During the course of our last Facebook appeal a lady called Emma Robertson contacted the ACS and offered to treat Dan with laser therapy. Emma, who is a chartered veterinary physiotherapist, also specialises in a range of holistic therapies and very kindly offered to take the problem of Dan’s abscesses on. So Lt Dan was marched (unwillingly) into the car and over to Tower to see Emma. The actual treatment took a matter of minutes and involved no intrusive or painful procedures that would stress Dan out even more. Emma has a portable laser generator and she merely took out a handset – it looks like a small torch with a right angled head – and held it over the abscess on Dan’s head. The laser light is red in colour and within a few minutes of beginning it was all over and Dan was back in his cage glaring at everybody.

Today (Monday) the early results look promising with no significant discharge from Dan’s head wound; the first time this has been the case in quite a while. The wound itself looks a lot drier and more healthy than it has been. Dan is due to return to Emma for further treatments, spread over the next few weeks. We are very grateful to Emma for her kind offer to help Dan as both ourselves and Clare Meade are baffled by Dan’s refusal to get better. Emma does work for the Donkey Sanctuary and is no stranger herself to animal welfare. She can be contacted from her Facebook profile.”

 

January 2012 Photo Competition

We are very late announcing this month competition!  It must be all the food eaten at Christmas making us work slowly!  To begin the year, we have a lovely prize to offer: a Sterling Silver chain and horse pendant donated by one of our supporter.  To enter, it’s simple, just follow the explanations below.

What are you waiting for?  Grab your camera and send us a photo!  We look forward to seeing them…  And remember that for each photo you submit you are helping an animal in need.

Many thanks to Jill Roberts for her much appreciated support.

Every month we offer a different prize to the winner.  Moreover, the winning photo will be displayed on our website, blog and Facebook page, as well as become the cover for the following issue of our booklet of creative writing, Furry Tales and Meowsings (note that we will ask you to sign a very simple form authorising us to do that).

To enter the competition, it’s simple.  You first need to go to our website and buy a photo competition entry here.  You can buy more than one entry (and use them either to submit more than one photo or keep them for following months) as we will keep track of how many you buy and use.  Make sure that you write down the reference number that is given to you (it should also appear in the confirmation email).  The entry costs €3.50 and the money will exclusively be used for the welfare of animals.

Next, send your photo (it must be related to animals) along with your reference number and your details (name, address, email and phone number) to photos@animalcaresociety.ie.  You can send more than one photo, but make sure you have bought the necessary amount of entries as submissions without a valid reference number will be refused.

You can send your photos as soon as we announce the competition and until the 25th of the month.  Photos will then be displayed in an album on Facebook, where people can vote for them by clicking “like”.  On the last day of the month, the five photos with the most votes will go to a judging panel who will select the winning photo and announce it in the next few days.

December 2011 Photo Competition: Shortlist

What a treat this competition is!  We receive so many great photos from our supporters and we would like to thank you all for sending them to us.

The voting on Facebook is now over.  The photos with the most votes will now go to our jury and the winner of this month competition will be announced in the next few days.

Here are the five photos that received the most votes and were shortlisted (you can see the whole set here).

Christmas Is a Howl for Sally and Ella by Valerie Healy

Twinkle by Orla Twomey

Lucky by Raquel Carvalho

Let's Stick Together by Maria O'Flynn

Bundle of Fluff by Maria O'Flynn

Well done to all who entered the competition!  We received some great and very touching photos.  By participating, each of you has been helping the animals and this is what counts the most.  Thank you!

We are very grateful to Mary Perry at Jane’s House of Furniture for sponsoring this month’s competition.

Christmas Appeal Raffle: the winners

As every year, the ACS organised a monster raffle for Christmas to raise much needed funds to help the animals who will need veterinary attention during the cold months.

The draw took place at our Christmas party on the 18th of this month.

Here is the list of the winners:

  • Mary O’Flynn from the Glasheen Road won the 1st prize: “Gourmet Package” (€300 worth of restaurant vouchers), sponsored by Raymond’s in Midleton, Sage in Midleton, Barnabrow House in Cloyne, Rossini’s in Cork, The Commodore hotel in Cobh, the Clarion hotel in Cork, The Quay Co-op in Cork.
  • Jeanie O’Mahony from Douglas won the 2nd prize: “Feel Good Package” (worth €200), sponsored by Lush in Cork, The Acupuncture Clinic – Cork and Kerry and Wax Boutique in Cork.
  • Marion Delaney from Schull won the 3rd prize: “Wine Lover Package” (worth €150), sponsored by The Wine Buff in Cork and some of our supporters.
  • Helena O’Shea from Clonakilty won the 4th prize: “Deco Set” (worth €120), sponsored by supporters and The House of Jane in Cobh.
  • Marie O’Sullivan won the 5th prize: Photo shoot with Diane Cusack at Strike a Paws (worth €100).
  • Paddy O’Callaghan from Mayfield won the 6th prize: a watch and earring set offered by one of our supporters.
  • Mary Corcoran from Ballyphehane won the 7th prize: a DVD player offered by Harvey Norman.
  • Gillian Daly from Midleton won the 8th prize: a €25 voucher offered by Shandon Flowers.
  • Barry Galvin won the 9th prize: Kitchen set offerd by our supporters.
  • Ber Mc Carthy from Bandon won the 10th prize: a Disney’s Brother Bear Teddy offered by one of our supporters.
  • Lucy Brady of Carrigaline won the 11th prize:a bird feeder offered by O’Connell’s pet shop in Cobh.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everybody who supported this appeal by buying tickets and offering spot prize!