Monday 13 Mar 2023


Easter Appeal – How We Saved Sparkles

Sparkles is adorable. But her circumstances certainly weren’t. This lovely puppy was found alone, whimpering, and left for dead in an alley. Her face was bloody and swollen. She was unable to put any weight on her tiny paws. Things were looking bleak for Sparkles.

Only for a passer-by hearing her cries in that alley, Sparkles would have died. This kind stranger brought her to our clinic in Inchicore, to see if she could be saved.

Sparkles had puncture wounds on her chin, which was bloody and inflamed, and on her ears. Her paws were mangled. X-Rays revealed that the growth plates on her bones were damaged, which meant that her bones might not fuse together properly, as she was so young. Our vets estimated that she was just four weeks old. Not only was Sparkles in agony, there was a very real possibility that she might never be able to walk properly again.

Poor Sparkles was constantly whining and crying because of her pain and the trauma of her experiences. Our team of vets and nurses put her on a course of painkillers to ease her distress. They then went to work on treating her disfigured jaw and healing her damaged paws.

Sparkles’s injuries were so extensive, we kept her under observation for a week, and were able to nurture her back to full health. Thanks to the expertise and care of our vets and nurses, Sparkles made a full recovery.

Our vets and nurses gave the puppy all the aftercare and TLC she needed – including the occasional tickle to her tummy, causing her tail to wag with happiness.

Sparkles stole the hearts of everyone in the Irish Blue Cross, and we were overjoyed that she was well again. However, as she was abandoned, she still had no home.

We were able to find her a wonderful and caring owner, who gave the puppy the name ‘Sparkles’, as she lights up her home.

Continuing Sparkles’s rehabilitation, this new owner treats her with kindness, keeps her comfortable, and gives her the occasional treat.

“I can’t believe that anyone could simply abandon something so beautiful, fragile, delicate. Thank God that stranger found her, and the Irish Blue Cross was able to nurture her back to good health. Sparkles brings me joy every single day, and I cannot imagine my life without her.” – Sparkles’s owner.

Luckily for Sparkles, the Irish Blue Cross team were there to save her life. Today, she’s come through her ordeal, and is living her best life!

To support the life saving work that we do you can click here to make a donation now.

You can also download and read our wonderful Easter newsletter here.

Our Easter Raffle has taken place, and here are the lucky winning tickets;

Prize Ticket Number
1st 27155
2nd 34930
3rd 31438
4th 1147
5th 28310
6th 06889
7th 31572
8th 20332
9th 01691
10th 35776
11th 37693
12th 37748
13th 37482
14th 46495
15th 05183
Sellers Prize Ticket Number
1st 30395
2nd 39892
3rd 39401