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Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare – March 2017 Update

By Jaimie Kavanagh (class 1.3) and Carla Killelea (1.3)

In the past few weeks the Animal Welfare Committee have been working hard to create an inviting space in the library for people to come and learning more about Irish wildlife.

Through this process they have created a colourful new sign, seasonal animal borders and a stand of wildlife magazines and books. This has brought new life to the old Animal Welfare stand which was in need of repair and decoration.

Alice Baltazar (1.4), Jaimie Kavanagh (1.3), Sophie Rae (1.2) and Alice Long (1.4) worked very hard on their amazing animal borders which frame the Animal Welfare stand.  Eva Baudson (1.4) and Grace McGlinchey (1.4) both produced a spectacular ‘Animal Welfare’ sign for the stand also.  Carla Killalea (1.3), Sadie Moran (1.1), Molly Carthy (1.3), Anna O’Connor (1.3), Catelynn Walker (1.3) and Allie Power (1.4) worked incredibly hard in putting the stand together.  We would also like to thank Ms. Holohan and Ms. M. Murray for without their help this would never have been possible. 

Before the February mid-term we held a competition for all first years to write an interesting entry on an animal hero.  Among all the amazing entries we managed to pick out our winner.  Congratulations to Lorraine Morana (1.4) for being our lucky winner with her great story about the Mum’s dog saving her from a snake! Lorraine won a necklace with an adorable little hedgehog pendant.  Read the story under the ‘Animal Heroes Competition’ tab.

Animal Welfare

Bella Visit

On Thursday 3rd March, the Animal Welfare/Environment committee paid a very special visit to the Dominican convent to present a hamper to their new arrival Bella.

Bella, the black Labrador was a rescue dog who was lucky enough to be rehomed by the Dominican sisters. The sisters have shown great companionship and compassion towards Bella since they first adopted her a few weeks ago.

We then had the privilege of presenting a special doggy hamper on behalf of Dominican College to the sisters over a chat and biscuits.

It was clear that Bella had settled in nicely and it was obvious from her wagging tail how happy she was there with her new owners.

With her arrival, Bella has brought great energy and fun to the convent.

We had the opportunity to watch her in action as Sr. Marie demonstrated her fetching skills with a tennis ball and racket. It was lovely to see such a well looked after dog living in our school grounds.

We wish Bella all the best in her new home and we would like to thank all of the Sisters for their warm welcome and hospitality on the occasion!

Bella 1 Copy Bella 2 Copy 

Keeping our Hedgehogs Happy


Bonfires – Don't make them until just before they are lit (hogs love snuggling into piles of wood, leaves etc...and they won't be seen amidst the piles of material) – and they are illegal anyway!!!

Netting – Football, garden.... Pick up any netting that is at ground level as it can be lethal for little hogs who get themselves tangled up in it and can either starve or cause themselves serious injury.

Ponds – Ponds are super for your garden but make sure that there is a gently sloping edge for hogs to scramble back out if they fall in when having a drink. A few rocks or stones piled up against the side is perfect.

Drains – Many a poor little hog has come a cropper of drains. They see the water, have a drink, fall in.... and drown. Please keep drains covered enough so that hogs can't get access to them.

Slug Pellets – Most garden slug pellets are poisonous, but not just to slugs, to anything that eats the dead slugs also. Maybe encourage hogs into the garden instead and then they can eat the slugs for you! (Also, animal friendly ways of getting rid of slugs can be used – e.g. 'beer traps' - a shallow dish of beer set into the ground, covered so that only slugs can gain access to it).

Litter – Hogs are curious creatures and will taste lots of things! Plastic can kill, particularly plastic rings from can tops as they can get caught around the body of a baby hog and squeeze tighter and tighter as the hogs grow older.

Sheds – Hogs are nosey too! They can pop into an open shed door without anyone noticing. If a shed has been left open for any length of time always check it out to make sure you have no 'visitors' before you close the door!


  • Leave piles of leaves in your garden, cosy bedding for your visiting hogs
  • Create a 'hedgehog' home (a broken big flower pot turned upside down in a sheltered place would be a lovely b&b!)
  • Put out some dog or cat food, dried or tinned is fine (but not fish flavoured!)
  • If possible, talk to your neighbours about leaving a small gap in the fence between the gardens – creating a little 'hedgehog highway' from garden to garden!
  • Animal Welfare (Sept 2014) – In school and out! by Alannah Kearney, 4.3.

I absolutely adore animals; what's not to love about them! I am a part of the Animal Welfare Committee in the school - we work towards helping all animals, whether big (like dogs), or small (like hedgehogs). A part of the Animal Welfare Committee is not only going to meetings and organising events in school, but also practising it outside of school.

This week myself and my family were fortunate enough to find a dog that had wandered from its owner's garden. I say fortunate because the dog, which we eventually found out was named Jasmine, was about to walk out onto the road into traffic when we found her. She was extremely friendly, and very placid. She looked very thin and also had extremely poor eyesight; we knew almost immediately that she was an elderly dog. She was grey/black, and appeared to be a bichon frisé/poodle cross. We decided that the best thing to do was to bring her around Santry Woods, where we found her, and see if anybody knew her, or if the owner was in a state looking for her!

Unluckily for us, the owner was nowhere to be seen. We were almost half-afraid at this stage to find out if she had been abandoned due to her poor health, or if she was a stray dog completely. Because of the fact there was nobody around to claim her, we
figured we would bring her back to our house. Unfortunately Jasmine had no collar, and we had no idea whether or not she was carrying any disease, and could be a risk to our dog, Gizmo. We were in a bit of a tizzy trying to find someone to take her until we found her owner, but Jasmine was comfortable in our back garden with access to a warm blanket in the shed, food and water. While we were in a tizzy, we decided to contact Ms. Holohan for advice on what to do, and ask if Ms. Holohan would have a look at her. Ms. Holohan agreed and came over to see Jasmine; luckily she had no obvious signs of disease but just looked very old and a little bit stressed because she was lost. Just as Ms. Holohan was leaving, we were contacted by a person who knew the owner (we had Jasmine's picture all over Facebook trying to find the owner). We were delighted!

After contacting the owner through a lost dog's organisation, the owner was absolutely ecstatic to know we had Jasmine. She was so thankful. She thought that something had happened to Jasmine because she very poor eyesight, and wouldn't be able to find her way around on her own easily. When her owner came to collect Jasmine from our house Jasmine went absolutely ballistic! She was so happy to see her owner – she was literally squealing with happiness! Jasmine's owner told us that she was doing some gardening when Jasmine got out; it shows how easily a dog can escape! It was a beautiful moment to witness, and I don't think I'll see anything like that again!

If you ever are in the situation like my family and I were in where you find a lost dog, always try to slowly introduce yourself to the dog; the dog may be very nervous and afraid because of the fact that it's lost – I think any human would be in the same situation! Always bring the dog to a safe place where you can keep it until you find the owner – too many people leave lost dogs behind where they found them, which may lead to tragic results. Always contact a vet, or an organisation, where you can (if the dog has one) scan for information from a microchip, or bring a dog to a shelter, like Dogs Trust (not a pound). And also spread it on a social networking site, like Facebook – the only way we could have and did find the owner was through Facebook! Social networking sites do come in handy sometimes when used responsibly.

Witnessing Jasmine being reunited with her owner, and seeing the owner so happy to find Jasmine and so grateful that we had found her, really shows how important it is to take in a dog that looks lost, or is stray if you see one. Jasmine could have been seriously injured by the cars. In these situations, you have to remember how it would feel to lose something so precious to you – most people feel that their dog is like another member of the family, and in my case, that the dog is like a child to them!

Note from Ms. Holohan:

Well done to Alannah and her family for looking after Jasmine on Sunday! She is a lucky dog to have been found by such kind and compassionate people. It's great news that Jasmine is now happily back at home where she belongs with her family.

Mini Marathon - June 3rd, 2013

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Pictured above are our 25 students who completed the mini marathon yesterday in aid of North County Dublin SPCA

Animal Welfare 2013 – BiteSize Info


Mini Marathon:

That time of year has come around again!  On Monday 02nd June 25 students along with Ms. Holohan, Ms. Savage and Ms. Corry will take part in the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon. This will be our fourth year in a row to participate as a fundraising activity and we would like to extend a huge thank you to the students involved who have raised a fantastic 605 euro for the North County Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Jack Beatty Animal Welfare Essay Competition:

This annual competition is always greeted with a great response from our students.  It is kindly sponsored by Marie O'Byrne of the NDSPCA.  Thank you to all students who entered and we would like congratulate this year's winners:
1st prize – Aoife Keogh (2nd year) and 2nd prize – Eleanor McGuane (5th year).
Both students' names will be engraved on a plaque in our school library, joining those who have won in previous years. Congratulations girls!

Cake Sale:

On Tuesday 30th April, classes 4.4, 1.1 & 1.4 ran our annual animal welfare cake sale.  This year's event was run in conjunction with the 'Dominican College Cup Cake Bake Off'. Lots of delicious cakes, brownies, buns and biscuits were baked by our students and over 400 euro was raised in aid of the Kildare Animal Foundation and their Wildlife Unit.  Thank you to Ms. Concannon, Ms. Holohan and all the classed involved who helped make the day an enormous success.