What’s Happening: June 26, 2013


  • Who would have thought I would be saying good night with a photo of Passion look…
    Who would have thought I would be saying good night with a photo of Passion looking so well after just 17 days of care.
    I am the luckiest girl in the world to have found her to share My Dream of AHAR.
    AHAR is not just my childhood dream anymore and I think like Passion its galloping home…
    Good night, more stories tomorrow xx

  • Update on Samson from May Crawford.
    Once I was a stray puppy that nobody loved….

    Update on Samson from May Crawford.
    Once I was a stray puppy that nobody loved. AHAR kindly took me in.
    Now look at me… I don't know where to begin.
    But it just goes to show…
    You should never give up, but wait a little while till the perfect home just turns up xx

  • Prince found himself a great home with Stuart and Jemima. So glad for this big p…
    Prince found himself a great home with Stuart and Jemima. So glad for this big powerful boy. Glad he now has his own family xx

  • Well this kitty landed on his paws tonight, being adopted by Honor Heffernan. Yo…
    Well this kitty landed on his paws tonight, being adopted by Honor Heffernan. Your first AHAR animal Honor lol. See you Monday cant wait to meet you at last xx

  • Thanks to little Liam who was a great help the last few days. Also to his Mum Ti…
    Thanks to little Liam who was a great help the last few days. Also to his Mum Tina who spends four days a week helping at AHAR.
    We are so grateful Tina, esp all the help with Passion. xx

  • Thanks to Danielle who fostered one of our Cavan pound dogs today. He's so frigh…
    Thanks to Danielle who fostered one of our Cavan pound dogs today. He's so frightened and now with one to one care he will come on leaps and bounds.
    Danielle just text me to say he's had a bath and is all groomed and being cuddled as we speak. Ahhh….. xx

  • Sheeba has just gone out the gate on a weeks trial with our neighbour Helen. Mor…
    Sheeba has just gone out the gate on a weeks trial with our neighbour Helen. More great news today for another AHAR dog.

  • Urgent.
    Anyone has space to foster a 6 week old kitten? Hes so small and on meds…

    Urgent.
    Anyone has space to foster a 6 week old kitten? Hes so small and on meds for the flu but doing well. Can you please pm if you can help.

  • FUND-RAISING UPDATE

    Tom here – unfortunately for personal reasons I am unable…

    FUND-RAISING UPDATE

    Tom here – unfortunately for personal reasons I am unable to continue my work with AHAR so this fund-raising update will be my last post.

    At the start of June we set ourselves the following targets for the month….

    1. To reach 13,500 “likes” – we are currently over 14,200 (when you consider that in March we had just over 8,000 “likes” we have come a long way).

    2. To reach 190 Friends of AHAR Patrons – we are currently at 210

    3. To bring the fund-raising total to €62,500 (at 31st May we were at €50,710) – right now we are at €62,445 and will for sure reach our target in the next few hours if not minutes.

    Thank you for your fantastic support and generosity. It has been a mad, frenetic 6 months for me and – considering the fund-raising campaign for the new Rescue Centre only started on March 1st – to reach €62,500 in just 4 months is incredible and gives me immense satisfaction. I hope you feel that I have made a positive contribution to AHAR in relation to the journey to the new Rescue Centre. It saddens me to step aside but life often throws a spanner in the works and new challenges lie ahead for me.

    Thank you for your fantastic support along the way, cheers and God Bless all.

    Now over to my good friend Jason….

    Jason here – Tom is leaving behind huge shoes to fill and I know that it will be impossible for me to match his incredible efforts. Your contribution has been immense Tom and I thank you most sincerely – it has been a pleasure working with you on the capital appeal. And hopefully we can now kick on and build on the huge amount already raised – to achieve the dream of a new AHAR Rescue Centre.

  • You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,…

    You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    ? William W. Purkey
    Thanks to all our friends of AHAR for your support over the last two weeks for Passion. I think we all loved living her fairytale.
    Today she turned another corner. She knows she's home to stay xx

  • SPONSOR A STABLE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE

    Many of you will be aware of the initiall…

    SPONSOR A STABLE FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE

    Many of you will be aware of the initially sad, but ultimately hugely uplifting story of Bonnie (the cat) & Clyde (the dog).

    They were found straying and this photo shows them when they were being rescued. They had both experienced unbelievable cruelty with boiling water having been deliberately poured over them, causing third degree burns. Clyde would constantly lick the horrible scar burn on Bonnie's back – it was just amazing to watch.

    And what soon became apparent was the incredible bond between them. When Ark vets were treating them for their horrific wounds, they refused to be separated at all, howling and screeching in protest. The poor vets didn't stand a chance! They had to put both on the treatment table together and keep them in the same cage together – they were literally inseparable then and they are still to this day in a wonderful forever home with Ruth Collings. We'll post more pictures of their wonderful story later but the full tale is recounted here – http://ahar.ie/bonnie-clyde/

    So, we are now launching a 'Bonnie and Clyde Stable Syndicate' – following demands from many of their fans that they should be recognised at AHAR's new premises in the same way as Passion and Romeo and Juliet. Many thanks to all who have proposed them and especially Tracie Powell who became the founder member of their syndicate with a generous initial donation. This will mean that the story of Bonnie & Clyde will always be commemorated at AHAR as testimony to the wonderful bond that can exist between the most unusual of animal bedfellows (in their case quite literally!)

    As many of you are aware, we are currently fund-raising to buy a permanent future home for AHAR. Our new Rescue Centre is a former Equestrian Centre with 30 acres of land including a Stable Block, arena and outbuildings. As part of our fund-raising drive we have made the 28 existing stables available for sponsorship (life-time sponsorship with a plaque on the door for a once-off donation of €1,000). 16 of the stables have already been sponsored and 12 are still available.

    So now we are asking all those who were touched by Bonnie and Clyde's amazing love and support for each other to help save the lives of many more dogs and cats in the future by becoming a member of the new ‘Bonnie and Clyde Stable Syndicate’.

    50 “Stable Shares” at a minimum donation of €20 each are now available in the ‘Bonnie and Clyde Stable Syndicate’ – just log on to http://on.ahar.ie/bonniecyldesyn to be part of the Syndicate. You can take one "share" or multiple “shares”, it’s entirely up to you. We will keep you up to date and list all donors when the Syndicate is full.

  • I just walked Passion for twenty mins for the first time on my own. We had a wal…
    I just walked Passion for twenty mins for the first time on my own. We had a walk out the road. She met some of the horses and a few of the dogs came too.
    I don't think I have the words to describe how I feel right now.
    But my heart is bursting and its been a few hours of pure magic.

  • Have a nice day….cos mine just got one hell of a lot better xx
    Have a nice day….cos mine just got one hell of a lot better xx

  • This photo should cheer up your day. Her first time standing and eating from her…
    This photo should cheer up your day. Her first time standing and eating from her feed bowl. (Before you had to hold the bucket under head)

  • Cathern fell in love with Honky lol. Wait till I give Cathern a bucket of dog nu…
    Cathern fell in love with Honky lol. Wait till I give Cathern a bucket of dog nuts and Honky runs after her.. more photos of Cathern and her adventure at AHAR later….;0)

  • Passion got more presents in the post. Two stunning fancy rugs from Angela McEvo…
    Passion got more presents in the post. Two stunning fancy rugs from Angela McEvoy. She will be showing them off later as she takes a walk down her daily cat walk.
    Thank you Anna xx

  • Cathern adopted one of the little terrier/collies from Cavan pound yesterday. We…
    Cathern adopted one of the little terrier/collies from Cavan pound yesterday. We had her washed groomed and ready for road. Thank you so much Cathern for adopting one of the most frightened little dogs ive met. Thanks for making a difference in a lost souls life xx

  • Huge thanks to Amanda Gleeson and family who fostered two of our oldest dogs yes…
    Huge thanks to Amanda Gleeson and family who fostered two of our oldest dogs yesterday. I got a lovely text from her last night saying they were having great fun running around her garden. Thanks Amanda xx

  • Have you seen Passion's video yet? Dedicated to Passion our little warhorse who…
    Have you seen Passion's video yet? Dedicated to Passion our little warhorse who beat all the odds


    AHAR – A Passion for Life
    This video is dedicated to Passion our little warhorse who beat all the odds….. to live and a nation fell in love with her. Passion was left to die. Emacia…

  • I had a super surprise today. Catherine O'Leary came all the way from London to…
    I had a super surprise today. Catherine O'Leary came all the way from London to help for a week. Yipeeeee xx

  • Ian now spends four days a week helping at AHAR. He's only 21 yrs old but in the…
    Ian now spends four days a week helping at AHAR. He's only 21 yrs old but in the last few months proved invaluable to us. Not only is he a hard worker but he has the whole lot of us in stitches 24/7.
    Thank you Ian for making a difference to the animals and friends of AHAR.

  • I love this photo. During the day so many of the dogs go in and spend time with…
    I love this photo. During the day so many of the dogs go in and spend time with her.

  • She dragged Ian and Liam up and down the lane today. It took all their strength…
    She dragged Ian and Liam up and down the lane today. It took all their strength to hold her, she even started trotting lol. I was screaming hold onto her don't let go. I thought I would have a heart attack in case she would fall. I have explored every emotion possible in the two weeks of my life with Passion.
    Tonight I can now say I saw a huge difference in her.
    The little war horse has faced death and galloped by. She knows where she's going and has no intention of giving up till she gets there.

  • Today was the first day Passion could stand in her stable for a few hours on her…
    Today was the first day Passion could stand in her stable for a few hours on her own. She picked haylage up off the floor, ate her feed from the bucket and walked around even looked out her door.
    She is well on the mend.

  • As some of you know 3.G crashed today so I have not been able to connect to the…
    As some of you know 3.G crashed today so I have not been able to connect to the internet. Thanks to Anny and Liam who invited me to their house to use the net. (Poor souls will be up all night lol)
    To marc Jones thank you so much for all the time and love you put into making her video. You had me in tears too.
    Thanks for all your lovely encouraging comments. Passion is the real star of the show. She never ceases to amaze me every hour of every day.
    She has fixed my broken heart.
    But to all the volunteers who did and still are taking turns to help me you are heros.
    I will be posting todays updates now. Sorry they are so late xx


A Passion for Life What’s Happening: June 27, 2013
A Passion for Life
What’s Happening: June 27, 2013