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    Sadly a number of animals taken in by ASH may never be re-homed to a loving family.  This may be due to the fact that they may be too old, have settled with us and some have been abused in the past and find it hard to trust humans again.  Of course our pigs, foxes, our hens, or Nikki our horse are not re-homable for their own reasons.   Each of our animals for sponsorship have their very own story to tell and we’ve tried our best to do this on their behalf.

    With regard to our dogs in many cases they can be visited and walked. Without question most (but not all) of the dogs would absolutely love a visit and to spend a little time in the company of their very own sponsor.   They are great listeners, great company and all they want is a little “me” time in the company of a friend, get a few hugs, perhaps a little treat or two.  They don’t look for much to be honest.  It’s very obvious though (and hugely pleasing) seeing that so many dogs do remember their sponsors when they return.

    Sponsorship costs €50 for one year and for this you will receive a sponsorship pack containing:-

    Sponsorship for one of our cats costs €30 euro each for the year.   Our pigs can be sponsored as a group for €50 euro as can all of our foxes Hazel, Diesel, Foxy and Freddie.

    All of our “long term”/permanent residents incur ongoing costs including food, shelter, veterinary bills etc and sponsoring one of these animals helps us defray these costs.

    Sponsorship payments can be made by either:-

    Please then email our sponsorship volunteer Caroline at and let us know the name(s) of the animal(s) you have chosen to sponsor, the name to put on the certificate and who and where we should send your sponsor pack.


    Please remember to include the name(s) of the animal(s) you have chosen to sponsor, the name to put on the certificate and who and where we should send your sponsor pack.

    (If you are giving the gift of sponsorship please be sure to let us know if it’s for a special occasion or “just because …”)

    Without further ado we invite you to read the stories of the animals who are available for sponsorship.  Thank you so much for thinking of them!

    Cheeky has had such a very sad and traumatic past.   She came to us in 2005 from a house [of horrors].   Their elderly owner was very abusive to their 24 (yes 24) dogs!!  When he died only 4 dogs came out of the house alive. They were completely traumatised and scarred for life as you can imagine.

    Cheeky came to us with Shakey and Shy who we think are related.  After many years of living in ASH Shakey was rehomed and has turned his life around in the home of one of our volunteers where he now lives happily with quite a few other dogs who are always looking out for him.   Shy (we think she was Shakeys mum) who also came from that awful house sadly passed in January 2013.

    Cheeky has had such a horrendous past that it would be so lovely to know that someone out there would like to be her sponsor and would be thinking of her too.  Cheeky isn’t really up for visits from her sponsor and can’t be taken for a walk.  Cheeky makes her own progress inch by inch day by day and every single act that might seem so small to anyone else is huge to us and makes us feel so very proud of our Cheeky.

    Dante lives in the living room in the cottage and like all of our permanent residents he’s very much part of our ASH family.  Dante is a wee bit of a flirt to be honest and absolutely loves a cuddle from anyone and everyone.  He’s probably the smallest dog in ASH and weighs just over … 0 kg .  This teeny little cutie loves nothing more than being allowed up onto a friendly lap for a cuddle or a snooze if you so much as visit the living room.  He may reside in our cottage with a a few dogs who are at least 8 times his size but Dante is definitely one of our biggest characters for sure.  He’s a great little ambassador for ASH and for rescue animals as a whole and has joined Helena on educational school visits and also a few fundraising events!  If you ever wanted to visit Dante he’d love to meet you and go for a stroll (even a little carry n’ cuddle en route) and stroll again!


    Lydia came to ASH as a stray about 7-8 years ago.  She was a mature dog even then and we were lucky enough to find a lovely home for her then with an elderly lady.  Sadly for her owner and for Lydia too her owner was taken into care in July 2011.  Lydia came back to ASH then.  Lydia (aka Lids) is at least 14 years old at this stage.  Her chances of another home were limited back when she came back to ASH so we introduced her to our gang in the living room and she fit in no bother.  (Her pic is the lady herself on one of our recent sponsored walks strutting her stuff).  Lydia does love a short walk but it would be pretty short as she’s getting on in years now and not one for long distance!  However should her sponsor be in the area and choose to come walk Lids a few of her living room pals might well pop their head above the table saying “pick me – pick me” and would love a walk with Lydia too … just sayin’!!  Our Lids hasn’t actually had a sponsor yet – but she and everyone in ASH would love to know she has someone out there thinking of her too!  She does think she has a sponsor though ’cause we told a little white one after she overheard us tell another dog he got one! Ah bless her!

    Lucy is a gorgeous cuddly Newfoundland girl who will greet you on arrival in our cottage.  Usually this greeting is with her pal and fellow Newfie Willis (but possibly Cheeky too).  Lucy was surrendered to ASH over a year ago.  We can’t quite explain just how much joy she has brought to ASH and in particular to our Willis (who lost his best pal Holly not that long before Lucy came to ASH – Holly was an older St Bernard and Willis and herself were inseperable).  Willis has become a new man altogether since she arrived!  Lucy is much younger than Willis and has so much more energy than him but wowzers has she put an extra little pep in his step or what?  Can’t say we blame him – Lucy has lovely long locks, is full of energy and is a bit of a babe in Newfoundland dogs life we reckon.  Yes Willis may have a few years on Lucy but she’s really brought out his youth and energy again.  Lucy is an adorable big girl and like Willis also loves her hugs.  She still has a way to go to banish a few of her own personal fears from life before ASH but we know she’ll get there in time and with a little help from her friends and this is already happening.   This pair are a great match, best buds and looking out for each other all the time!   Lucy can be walked but only with adults (accompanied) ’cause she’s a pretty big gal after all.  Willis is also up for sponsorship and his story can be read below!

    Lola has been in ASH for a couple of years now.  Our Lola lives in the cottage and she picks and chooses who to meet n’ greet or hide from.  She can be a little nervous with strangers (kids – mostly the excited kind) she’ll hide if she is concerned but still likes to keep an eye on things (safely from under the table or behind the chair).  She’s getting braver every single day though and we love to see that and she has come on leaps and bounds with the help of a few special individual volunteers.   Thanks to them!!  Lola lives in the living room with a few of her canine pals (and Toby our 23 year old cat when he feels like dropping in that is).  Lola can be a bit of a dribbler yes that’s true – but she’s just so adorable her spit n’ dribble goes unnoticed to everyone in ASH (until someone tells us in the bank that we have something on our shoulder eh hem!)!   She loves going for a walk and loves hugs n’ cuddles from people who she knows (and gets to know).  She’d need an adult to accompany any junior sponsors as she’s a big girl despite all her improvements on the lead.

    If you ever visit ASH she’ll watch as you arrive from the comfort of the living room and from there probably already decides whether to greet or hide if you come into the living room.  Expect a hug sooner or later though!!   It will come!  She is a divine all round super cuddly big dog (with a few of issues which we are always working on).   For sure, she’d love to meet you and we’d love to introduce you too!

    Max has been in ASH for over 6 years now and he’s such a lovely fella.  He is very much loved by everyone in ASH.  Max is an ex-farm dog where he was just simply no longer wanted or needed!!  Poor awl Max has a deformity on his skull which looks as though he may have been hit with something … we’re just not sure and to be quite honest we don’t want to know.  All we need to know and make sure of now is that Max is safe here in ASH with all his friends and ASH family who all love him to bits.  Despite everything in his past Max is a such a great natured boy, he loves nothing more than going out for a walk and he gets great fun out of playing ball with a few of his volunteer friends.  He’s great with other dogs and he’s so laid back with all the cats and just “lets them rule” by completely ignoring them.  He never really “says” much but it’s pretty obvious to anyone who meets Max just how much he loves to be out and about with people and how much he enjoys getting a little escape from all the rescue goings on.

    He’d love a visit from his sponsor and could think of nothing better than spending a little time with his sponsor on a walk if you were ever in the area.  Max has always been overlooked on the homing front sadly but since we put him up for sponsorship he has managed to gain the love from a few sponsors and special friends.  Go Max!!!  Max rarely forgets a face!  He’s a great boy and such a great dog for all ages to come visit and walk if his sponsor was in the area.

    What a lovely little character our Pugs is.  He runs around behind Sadie, Springbok, Steve, Dante and Tyson trying to keep up with all the goings on in our living room.  His little short legs mean an awful lot of movement but not so much pace!  He’s the cutest little fellow and loves peoples company and a little stroll.  He has been in ASH for a couple of years now and loves being such an important part of the antics in the house.  We’re hoping he can find a few friends and sponsors who might want to come and visit him especially.   He’d love to go for a little walk, a chat and some “me” time with his sponsor.  If you’d like to sponsor Pugley please see below how to go about this.  If you have any questions please contact Caroline, our sponsorship volunteer at

    Shakespeare is a Shar-Pei and is about 6 years old now.   The reason he is up for sponsorship is that we believe it may well be that he will be with us for the rest of his life because he isn’t a dog for a novice and would require someone who has dealt with boisterous, slightly dominant male dogs.  This sort of owner is extremely hard to come by and sadly few are willing or able to take on such demands.  Shakespeare is always alert and ready for action yet at the same time we’ve spotted him snoozing for hours on end when nothing much is going on around him.  Unfortunately, given that he can be boisterous and can be a  bit of a handful at times, to be on the safe side we’d ask that his sponsor didn’t come to visit.  We would however absolutely love to know that someone out there thinks enough of Shakespeare to sponsor him.  That means a lot to all of us and it meant so much that he got a few sponsors towards the end of 2014.  You can be sure we told him that too!!!

    Sophie has been in ASH for quite a few years now and she deserves a little recognition from people other than ourselves and our volunteers.  Sophie is loved and adored by everyone in ASH.  We’ve thought it would take a very special home with people who are experienced with large breeds with no other dogs or cats who could ever have rehomed our lovely Sophie. Throughout the years sadly this has never happened.  You can see clearly from the pics how much she’s enjoying being out with one of our volunteers (is that a selfie or what)?   Sophie loves visits, a chat and even a brush and nice words and a little “me time” away from it all.  Sophie has very much slowed down in her older years and would love to go for a walk with her sponsor.  She isn’t too fond of a lot of hustle & bustle or when there are too many dogs around when she gets out but avoiding all that she’s such a great and relaxed girl when she’s out on her walks.   Any sponsors who’d like to take her out for a walk should just let us know you are coming so we can have someone available to introduce you to our lovely lady.

    Springbok almost never made it to ASH.  Many years ago after having been attacked by a pack of dogs Springbok managed to jump into a car while a lady was putting in her shopping.  On seeing how hurt he was, instead of taking him out of the car she brought him to the vets and, well, then he came to us.   He lives in the living room with his best pals.   Although whenever he gets a chance he can be found on the couch cuddled up to Remi … ahh bless (they are best mates!)  Like all the other dogs for sponsorship Springbok has really become a part of ASH and it would be hard to imagine him elsewhere.  He would absolutely love a visit and a walk from his sponsor if you were ever in the area, even though he’s slowing down a little bit these days.  If he brings over his [massive] teddy (still in his mouth mind you) when you’re in the living room thats usually a good sign that he wants to be friends!

    In August 2009 poor Steve was knocked down by a car in Carlow. Remi took him to BrayVets for an operation at the time where Steve had to undergo surgery on two fractured legs.  After his surgery we took him back to care for him and prepare for his rehabilitation.   We desperately tried to find his owner and even took him with us to make an appeal on Ireland AM.   No-one came forward.

    Not long after we put out a special appeal to help us help Steve we were thrilled to hear that he was lucky enough to be offered a home.   Unfortunately, during his time in his new home more issues arose with his leg and Steves new owners couldn’t afford to pay his ongoing vet fees.  So Steve came back to us and we were not only faced with the costs of caring for Steve but our worst fears came true when recently the vet told us we faced the decision to amputate his leg!!  This is not something we entered into lightly but Steve was in too much pain and last week we agreed to amputate.

    We hope Steve will somehow forgive us.  It broke our heart into a thousand little pieces to be the ones to have done this to Steve but we know and have been advised and assured that it was the only course of action for Steve to make him feel better.   Steve has since become very much part of our ASH family and lives in the living room with his mates.    He loves to go for a walk, loves a cuddle and loves  little company and “me” time so if his sponsor was ever in the area please do come and visit him.  He’d love that!

    Sadie is a lovely little Cocker Spaniel.  She initially came to us over 5 years ago.  Her owner had bought her as a companion to her elderly Cocker Spaniel.   Sadly her dog didn’t warm to Sadie at all and just wanted her gone.  We took Sadie to TV3 with us once and pretty soon we found her a new home.  Sadly this didn’t work again out for little Sadie because of an allergy.   So we tried again and it didn’t work out because unfortunately Sadie snapped at her owner.  We really prayed she might be fine in the right home but this proved not to be the case when snapped again in her final home.   We love Sadie very very much in ASH and she is really very happy here.  She’s the sweetest dog you can imagine most of the time but just not always.  She’s great friends with Springbok and Tyson.

    Sadie could be walked by her sponsor if they wanted to come up to visit.  She absolutely loves walk time, the company and everything to do with a wee escape and adventure in the countryside.  She’s a real charmer up here.  We love her to bits.

    Little Tyson is a Shih-tzu and is one of our older dogs.  He is about 11 years old now and is old age is starting to creep in.  Tyson was handed in to a vet to be put down many years ago as he was allegedly so disobedient.  It’s hard to imagine he deserved such a punishment!   Now, whilst we definitely won’t deny there is a certain degree of mini disobedience going on with our little Tyson, he’s just so lovely in other ways that we don’t mind at all.  Tyson enjoys having a go at the big dogs which is amusing especially when Toby the cat passes by and then there’s not a peep out of him!  Mind you lately little Tyson has slowed down in this regard and just enjoys to keep a back seat on the proceedings in the living room.  The poor boy is becoming quite blind now and gets a little special treatment here and there especially when it comes to eating … he gets hand fed his dinner!!  Tyson stands on the arm of the sofa as Remi feeds him morsel by morsel.  Ah bless … he’s an old boy now and with so many dogs in the living room who might sneak a bite of his dinner … this has become a necessary job.  Tyson snoozes quite a lot despite everything that might be going on around him.  He does still enjoy a like a little walk if his sponsor fancied coming up to take him and a pal out?  If you have any questions please contact Caroline, our sponsorship volunteer at

    Willis is a gorgeous big Newfoundland boy.  He was surrendered to us about 8 years ago after he was given as a Christmas present and pretty soon later his owners didn’t want him … they didn’t think he’d get that big!?!  This is so hard for us to imagine but sadly this type of thing still happens!!  Willis is such a huge presence in ASH (literally) and loves meeting and greeting anyone who comes into the cottage. He’s such a big charmer/flirt, loves a hug and dribbles like we can’t possibly tell you bless him … he also has a thing about sitting on your feet as you’re talking to people – but hey that’s allowed right?  We all absolutely adore our Willis in ASH – if you ever visit he’ll be one of the first dogs you’ll ever meet and we’re pretty sure it will be love at first sight!  Willis would absolutely love to get a visit from his sponsor – its 50/50 whether he’d go for a walk though – its sheer “not botheredness” other than anything else if he doesn’t but he is so adorable it’s probably worth a try if you were in the area and were “passing by”. There is one “lady” that might put a wee pep in his step and thats our Lucy …

    Toby is one of our oldest residents … he’s about 22-23 years of age and doesn’t look a day over 12!!   Aside from the fact that he’s lost all his teeth, bar a few at the very back (touchy subject) he’s in great shape.   Yes, having no teeth certainly doesn’t curb his appetite – he loves his food.   There’s no doubt that Toby is the King of this Castle here in ASH … no doubt at all!  He loves to strut his stuff past Tyson who gave it a shot at trying to be boss but has eventually resigned and learned that Toby is indeed King of ASH.  He loves to hop up on visitors looking for a little cuddle if he’s around on visits.  He’s a lovely cat – we think he’s the greatest anyway and to be fair at his age he must be heading for some sort of record surely?

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