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Library: Paws for thought this summer in your local Library

Owning a dog can be a magicial experience. However, Dogs Trust Ireland are on a campaign to raise awareness about the joys and responsibilites of owning a dog.

Education  and Community Officer Paul Cleary will be holding free workshops for 7-12 year old children in Westmeath Libraries in August. Whether you own a dog or are thinking of getting a dog or even want to know more about how to approach a dog safely, come and meet Paul and his lurcher “Magic” and find out how you can be “Dog Smart”.


You can book for the workshops as follows:


Monday 14th August, 11.30 am- Athlone Library- contact 090 6442157

Monday 14th August. 2.30pm- Moate Library- contact 090 6481888

Tuesday 15th August 11.30am- Mullingar Library- contact 044 9332161

Tuesday 15th August 2.30pm- Kilbeggan Library- contact 057 9333148

Thursday 17th August 2pm- Castlepollard Library- contact 044 9332199


County Veterinary Officer Sean O’Laoide welcomed the awareness raising workshops saying “The decision to own a dog must be carefully considered. The first key decision for someone who aspires to be responsible dog owner is to select a dog that is suitable bearing in mind their own particular circumstances. For example large sporting breeds need a lot of exercise, therefore potential owners must have exercise facilities and  must be committed to daily exercise for themselves and their dog. Potential dogs owners must also familiarise themselves with the legal obligations of dog owners  and the particular needs of the dog they choose. They must also be aware of the financial commitment required which includes costs such as dog licences, micro-chipping, vaccination and veterinary and boarding fees.”


Westmeath Libraries are delighted to work with the Dogs Trust who believe that by educating young people about the responsibilities and commitment involved in dog ownership that the number of dogs that are mistreated and abandoned can be reduced A well cared for dog is a happy dog who can contribute to the joy of family life.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 10/08/2017