INISTIOGE -- Brenda Stone, the indefatigable soul behind the Inistioge Puppy Rescue, earns community nomination as one of the eight finalists in the Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards. Brenda started Inistioge Puppy Rescue in 1990. I met her in December 2002 when I donated EUR 20 and took playful Holly, the Samoyed-Spaniel wall climber. Brenda never puts down a dog and she has about 40 dogs in her rescue centre at any given time. She finds new homes for dogs through advertisements in the Kilkenny People and the radio. Veterinary costs, kennels and food come from donations.
We have to return Holly to Brenda because we cannot contain Holly in our 50 square foot garden. She clears our teo-metre high concrete block wall effortlessly and walks the neighbourhood estate every day. Being a social animal with remarkable mechanical skills, Holly opens doors to homes and walks inside for a look. She has returned to our home with shoes, hurling balls, soccer balls, slices of pizza, a loaf of bread, and a half-eaten apple--all foraged from unsuspecting neighbours behind unlocked doors.
We've now become supporters of Brenda's work and contributors to Irish Animals, another excellent community site staffed by volunteers.
Brenda Stone is pictured in The Kilkenny People, 31 Oct 03.
denise cox founded Irish Animals.