16 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Carrickmacross Dog Shelter are happy to report that it has successfully rehomed fifteen puppies on Sunday morning through the social networking site Facebook.
The large litter of puppies, believed to be a labrador-collie cross, arrived to the county pound in Lisdoonan on Saturday after a good samaritan took them in.
The pups, which were approximately five-and-a-half weeks old, were found abandoned in a cardboard box in the Rockchapel area of Carrickmacross.
Helen Hewitt runs the Carrickmacross Dog Shelter and the adjoining Monaghan County Council Dog Pound with her husband Steven Hamilton.
She told The Northern Standard that getting the puppies rehomed was a matter of urgency as the local authority could legally order their destruction at any time after it resumed business on Monday morning, given that the animals were under four-months-old.
As time was off the essence, the shelter put a shout out on Facebook seeking expressions of interest in adopting the cute little canines.
The phones rang off the hook on Saturday, but it was felt that it would be unfair to take names and numbers from people, in case they didn’t show up which would mean that the puppies would remain in the pound.
Instead people were invited to come to the shelter on Sunday morning, when the puppies would be given to families on a first-come, first-served basis to families meeting dog adoption criteria.
When the shelter opened at 10am Helen stated that there were fifty or so families queuing in the car park.
One family who successfully adopted one of the adorable pups came from as far away as Tipperary.
All the puppies were rehomed by 11.45am thanks to Helen having enlisted the help of a team of shelter volunteers.
“There is a lot of negativity about social networking, but Facebook did a great job. Many families have posted photographs of the pups settling into their new homes already – It’s lovely.
“Photographs of the puppies have received over 450 likes. People must have re-tweeted pictures of the puppies when we originally posted them,” Helen commented.
They say that every doggy has its day, so it’s nice to see that the tale of these pups has a happy ending!

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