Friday 12 Mar 2021


Easter Raffle Appeal – Help us help patients like Coco

This is Coco, a five-year-old Staffie, and a much-loved family pet. Coco came to see our team at the Inchicore Clinic. She had a large tumour on the left side of her body. The tumour kept getting bigger, causing Coco huge pain and discomfort.

The tumour grew out into the space behind her leg, which made it extremely painful for Coco to walk. It soon became ulcerated and infected, a heavy lump in her side.

Without treatment, the tumour would take away Coco’s ability to walk. She would have to be put to sleep. Coco needed emergency surgery. So, after treating her infection with antibiotics, our veterinary team took Coco into the operating room.

For over three hours, the surgeon worked to remove Coco’s life-threatening tumour. We soon discovered there were two more tumours hiding behind the first, giant growth.

Thanks to our vets’ expertise and care, the operation was a success.

Then, as her surgery was so extensive, we kept her under observation for a week.

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

Coco was a wonderful patient and although we were sad to see her leave, we were delighted to send her home having made such a wonderful recovery. We put her on a course of antibiotics and painkillers to help her heal after the operation. Her owners then took over, looking after Coco with kindness, keeping her comfortable, and yes, tickles.

“We can’t thank The Irish Blue Cross enough for saving Coco’s life. She’s been spoilt rotten since the operation. She is full of life and energy now, and is a totally different dog. We really appreciate all of the help and support we received from all the vets and nurses.” – Coco’s owner.

Rocco survived his trauma and has recovered well, thanks to the quick intervention of the Irish Blue Cross team.

Luckily for Coco and her family, the Irish Blue Cross team were there when they needed us. Today, she’s come through her ordeal, and is thriving.

To support the life saving work that we do, you can buy a book of tickets for our Easter raffle here, or you can click here to make a donation now.

You can also read our wonderful Easter Newsletter here.

This year, because of current restrictions, there’s a difference to our traditional raffle. Instead of selling tickets face to face, you can enter the raffle by buying tickets/ a book of tickets with our through our online shop. You will be given a unique order number, and we’ll put you in the draw. The draw will take place at 3pm on Friday the 9th of April.


We would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part – We raised and incredible €22,013.00! This will help thousands of pets like Coco. Thank you so much once again.

Congratulations to our winners, ticket numbers next to prizes below;

1st Prize: A two night Burren Break with breakfast and a dinner on one evening at Gregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare (Value €700). Ticket No. 29939

2nd Prize: One4All gift voucher – can be used online or in thousands of retail outlets (Value €250). Ticket No. 29672

3rd Prize: Irish Landmark Trust – €200 voucher to be used on one of their magnificent properties (Value €200). Ticket No. 27916

4th Prize: Lindt Chocolate Hamper (Value €170). Ticket No. 1549

5th Prize: Duggan’s Veterinary products hamper (Value €150). Ticket No. 24773

6th Prize: Newbridge Silverware Homeware gift set (Value (€140) Ticket No. 4130

7th Prize: OPW vouchers to visit an OPW heritage site (Value €90). Ticket No. 30501

8th Prize: A family pass to visit Dublin Zoo (Value €60). Ticket No. 4104

9th Prize: Voucher for Rascals Brewery & Restaurant (Value €50). Ticket No. 4014

10th Prize: Family Pass to EPIC Museum (Value €40). Ticket No. 4293

11th Prize: Stillgarden Distillery – Botanical Garden Tour & complimentary cocktail (Value €30). Ticket No. 1714