Free Safe and Hound Dog Bite Prevention Program

Athlone Animal Welfare is offering primary schools the opportunity to avail of the Safe and Hound Dog Bite Prevention Program.

The program is innovative and interactive and best of all will be delivered FREE of CHARGE.

Statistics show that up to half of all children are bitten by a dog by the time they are 12 years old. Dog bites are considered to be a serious problem.

Most bites are by the family dog or other dog known to the child and can be prevented through education.

Through the program children learn to read dog body language and how to act safely around dogs. Unique is its use of several different teaching strategies, its focus on physical activity and its emphasis on positive messages.

Should your school be interested please get in contact as soon as possible as opportunities to avail of the program are limited.

Register your schools interest by emailing

Carry An Animal Assistance Card

Your pet depends on you for constant care and protection. The thought of leaving them alone if you become ill, get in any kind of trouble or unable to tend to them for any unforeseeable reason is not only distressing for you, but it can put the entire future of your pet in jeopardy. It is wise to have a steady arrangement should any inevitable emergency comes in your way.

Athlone Animal Welfare has come up with a solution to prepare for this upsetting scenario. We are developing an Animal Assistance card that you can keep in your wallet, purse or somewhere visible in the house such as on the fridge door.  They will be available for free at your local vet’s clinic and pet shops in Athlone.

This wallet size card will contain your basic details, your pet’s name and type and details of two persons you nominate to take care of your pet. The purpose of this card is pretty basic; in the case you get in any kind of critical situation, keeping this card in your wallet at all times will make it easier for anyone who finds it to contact your trusted nominees and ensure your pet is in safe hands and being taken care of until you’re unable to.

We also suggest every dog owner register for Canine Care Cards at Dogs Trust. In case of any life threatening circumstances, these cards will prove to be a great assistance in ensuring safety of your dog and your peace of mind.

Big Hen Rescue; Give Hen A Better Den

Athlone Animal Welfare, is helping to spread awareness about the Big Hen Rescue 2016, a cause initiated by Littlehill Animal Rescue, a sanctuary based in Kildare, Ireland. These hens are only 16 months old, rescued from being slaughtered and in dire need of rehabilitation. Having spent most of their lives in confined and cramped cages; the state these hens have to endure is unfortunate and unacceptable. Some of them can’t even walk properly, while some are not even used to the daylight.

The use of battery cages on laying hens was declared illegal in EU since January 2012. However, an alternate to them was introduced by the name “enriched cages” which supposedly provides more space and comfort to hens. Although enriched cages offer some improvements, they still provide laying hens with very limited space and restrict their movement and ability to carry out their natural behaviors. There isn’t enough sunshine provided and only nominal material to nest, leading to aggressive behavior amongst hens. The stress and frustration they suffer, looking for a secluded corner in the cramped cage to lay eggs, is not only heart-rending but asks for a better resolve of the issue.

Pauline McLynn, the patron of Littlehill, has brilliantly brought the seriousness of this issue to the attention of the public and she is putting her upmost efforts in promoting this cause all over Ireland. Athlone Animal Welfare urges everyone to play his or her part in the Hen Rescue 2016, taking place on February 28th, 29th and March 4th, 5th and 6th.

If you can offer some of these poor girls, who are less than 18 months old, and will lay for years, a loving home, please add your name to the lists on the Littlehill Animal Rescue Facebook page. If unable to rehome one of these lovely ladies, the least one can do is to spread the awareness of the rescue and to commit to only using eggs from birds that are cage free. Littlehill will provide you with guidelines for what is involved in keeping hens. Two or three hens can live quite happily in suburban back gardens.