Virtual event to get everyone and their dog moving for MADRA!

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Ben the Collie

Dog rescue charity MADRA has organised a virtual event in a bid to get everyone and their dog moving after the annual Dogathon event at the Claddagh was cancelled due to the pandemic.

On Saturday, May 29 the MADRA team along with its army of volunteers and ambassadors will be lacing up their runners and clipping on their dog leads to run, skip, walk or dance 5 or 10 km.

The charity is encouraging everyone to get involved, regardless of their fitness ability or wherever they are in the world.

“Sadly this year, it’s not possible for us to hold our annual Dogathon event at the Claddagh in Galway,” said Gillian Hunter of MADRA.

“So, we’re doing things a little differently this year. We are so lucky to have so many incredible supporters in all corners of the world, and so, we are encouraging you all to join us from a distance, and help us raise vital funds for the rehabilitation of the most vulnerable and delicate dogs in our care.”

As was the case for many charities, COVID-19 has brought many challenges for MADRA. There has been a huge strain on resources while the demand for dogs at an all time high since last April, and MADRA’s kennels are still full of overwhelmed, under-socialised dogs and dogs with long-term medical issues.

A fantastic team of trainers work around the clock offering the highest level of care, patience and some intensive training to prepare the dogs for a new life.

The charity has said that all donations – no matter how big or small – make an incredible difference in helping to ensure the most gentle path to recovery for the dogs in their care.

Entry starts from €20 for individuals / €40 Family for entry and all participants will receive a bespoke #DoingItForTheDogs medal and a completion cert.

Registration is available at