'It's a constant struggle': Cork dog rescue charity full to capacity 

'It's a constant struggle': Cork dog rescue charity full to capacity 
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On Friday, the local animal welfare organisation took to social media to state that they are currently full to capacity and "will not be taking in dogs for up to 10 days - except for emergency cases". 

The announcement follows what the charity has described as "an exceptionally busy January". 

Speaking to The Echo, Vicky Hurley of Cork DAWG said that it's a tough but necessary decision they have had to make. 

"We took in approximately 40 dogs in the last three to four weeks.

"Of course, we will always take in emergency high-risk cases, but other than that we are full to capacity," she said.

So overwhelmed is the charity organisation that it has had to pay for the services of four private boarding kennels to try and accommodate the number of abandoned and abused dogs in Cork. 

The relentless pressure of trying to assist as many animals as possible on a shoestring budget and limited resources has a profound effect on Cork DAWG volunteers as Vicky explained. 

"It's a constant struggle; every day feels like you're fighting a losing battle," she said.

"We are hoping now that by taking a short break from accepting additional dogs that we will be able to get on top of things once again," Vicky continued.

This has not been the first occasion in which Cork DAWG has had to temporarily close. 

In November 2018, amid increasing numbers of drop-offs, DAWG was forced to close its doors to new dogs as they were "completely overwhelmed".

Taking to social media at the time they expressed the harrowing reality of having to turn away dogs because they simply cannot cope with the numbers stating: "The pressure is relentless and the guilt is overwhelming."

You can help Cork DAWG by fostering a dog if you have a suitable schedule and will not be away from the animal for long periods of time; by creating a forever home for an animal if are ready to commit, or by donating to help them with significant veterinary, food and shelter costs.

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