Pádraig O’Halloran, from Clonmel, having recently turned 9, decided to donate all of the money he received for his birthday to Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, raising a total of €350.
Dogs Trust Education Officer Deirdre UíDhubhda along with her dogs Sadhbh and Cónán recently visited Pádraig’s school -Rathkeevin National School in Clonmel, to give a workshop on responsible dog ownership.
Pádraig’s Mum Michelle said “Padraig decided he wanted to ask his friends and family who came to his birthday party to put €10 in their card instead of gifts and that all the money he received would go to Dogs Trust.
“He feels very passionately about the work that they do after they visited his school”.
She continued to say ‘We were so delighted when he managed to raise €350!’
Kathrina Bentley, Head of Marketing and Campaigns, Dogs Trust said ‘We couldn’t believe it when we heard the news.
“What an incredible act of kindness from a young boy and his friends to donate such a phenomenal sum to Dogs Trust, we are absolutely thrilled.
“Every penny will help save the lives of many puppies and dogs’
Pádraig and his friends were invited to a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Dogs Trust centre in Finglas with Education Officer Deirdre who showed them exactly how their money would be put to great use.
Pádraig told his Mom after the tour that “It was better than Lego land!”
Following a visit by Dogs Trust to Rathkeevin School, pupils from third class decided at the instigation of Pádraig and his friends to donate the value of their birthday presents to animal welfare.
On a previous occasion the same pupils collected 650 euro towards the medical costs of a sick child.
Dogs Trust receives no government funding and relies solely on the donations of the public to run the rehoming centre in Finglas, Dublin 11.
Currently there are 164 dogs looking for a home.