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The Cork ACS is a registered Animal Welfare Charity and has since its foundation in October 2000 followed a strict veterinary guided non-euthanasia policy.
We do not ask where an animal came from, what breed it is, or how ill or healthy it is. If we can, we will do all in our power to take it in, give all required treatment and try to find a permanent loving home. Since our foundation, well over ten thousand animals have been helped. The result of our non-euthanasia policy is that we are always full and struggling to cope financially, as some of our residents need frequent and ongoing vet treatment and require special diets. Examples of our work can be seen on our Facebook page. Our annual veterinary bills run in the tens of thousands of euro.
If no suitable home can be found the animal will live out its life with us in safety and comfort. That to us is what a sanctuary means: A place of Safety.
Since the day of its foundation, the Cork ACS has campaigned for better animal welfare legislation, and we believe that our efforts, amongst those of many other organisations, have led to the replacement of the 1911 "Protection" of Animals Act. This century old Act was hopelessly out of date and we are grateful that the new 2013 Act , which enshrines the "Duty of Care" principle, is much stronger and more up-to-date. However, more needs to be done, for example, mandatory neutering of companion animals. Until such time that these, and several other provisions are enshrined in new legislation, we will continue to campaign to the government.
Our education sessions at schools and colleges are always very well received and attended and in many cases we are asked to come back several times during the year for re-run of our lectures.