“WIT dog Molly sets out on a path to a new life”
For over a year, Molly, a 2-year old brindle Alsatian-Lurcher x, had been living in the bushes on the grounds of the College Street Campus of WIT. No one knew where she came from but this was where she made her home.
Soon it became obvious,to students and staff alike, that she never left the grounds to venture out, feeling safe and secure in the home she had built alone. She was shy, unassuming and eventually became a very special part of people’s lives at the campus. It was then that they christened her ‘Molly’.
Every day the porters, staff and students at the college would feed her and provide water bowls for her. No one inside the grounds had ever got close enough to pet or touch her as she was timid and shy, perhaps as a consequence of her initial upbringing.
Despite this she had an immense impact on the staff and students of WIT. Molly’s nature was quiet but characterful. She would only come so far when approached by students and then retreat back to where she knew she was safe. She recognised people and we were sure she understood that they were there to help.
Early on Thursday 9th October 2014 our welfare officer, Alice, arrived at the campus along with Keith Murphy, Waterford’s Dog Warden. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get to a dog who was so nervous of people. Earlier in the year Keith and Ellen, another one of our fantastic veteran volunteers, had attempted to coax Molly out but no success.
And so Lady Luck appeared on this day when the two porters on the morning shift appeared at the front door and Molly knew that it was breakfast time. She was standing in the car park, ears alert, staring intently at them.
As Keith approached, she tried her best to make a quick escape and within seconds she had run back to her home in the bushes. It was another half hour before Molly appeared again and this time Keith managed to place a lead on her. Although scared and confused, Molly was comforted by the presence of both porters, her friends and source of sustainance for so long.
For them, it was the first time they had ever pet Molly and been close enough to recognise her most subtle of facial features.
For Molly, this was the first time she made an up-close connection with the people in her world.
Thankfully, Molly did not spend another cold winter outside.
Of course, she would not have survived were it not for the kind-hearted compassion of WIT’s staff and students. They were her lifeline, her immediate link to survival and now, a new home. So too was the great work of Keith in securing her safety that morning. We are absolutely blessed with him at our side.
Although we, at Waterford SPCA, deal with many cruelty cases on a daily basis, we are forever grateful to those who stand up for animals such as Molly.
Molly was now in good hands, slowly getting accustomed to being around people once more. She had a long way to go before gaining the confidence that so many well-cared for dogs have in abundance.
Molly has now found her forever home and we are sure she will turn her past difficulties into future joys!! We wish her many happy days…
Not possible only for the students and staff of WIT who through small acts of kindness made the world of difference to one life xxx