MADRA aiming for a thoursand paws on the Prom at annual Dogathon

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The annual MADRA dogathon is taking place on Sunday to raise money for the animal welfare charity with a target of a thousand paws on the prom.

Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue & Adoption (MADRA) holds a colossal walk from the Claddagh to Blackrock every year with mutts of every shape and size.

This parade of good boys and girls draws dog lovers from all over to help support MADRA’s efforts to find new homes for unwanted, neglected and abandoned dogs.

“We have a very exciting day planned so we hope all the doggos out there are picking out their finest collars to wear to impress everyone,” the dog welfare group said on social media.

“Your dog can raise sponsorship too to help the many, many dogs who come through our gates month after month.”

Actress Pauline McLynn will be presented with the first MADRA Best Friend award for her animal welfare advocacy work.

Best known for playing Mrs Doyle in Fr. Ted, McLynn has worked with many voluntary organisations against the greyhound industry.

Other special guests will be present at the, with cakes, a raffle and more to encourage all to come along.

People who want to show their support for MADRA can register online here for €10 per adult, €5 per child, or €25 for a family of two adults and two kids.

On Sunday registration opens at Claddagh Hall at 11am with the Dogathon kicking off at 1pm.