ONE of Europe’s most popular group of male strippers will bare all in aid of an Ennis based animal shelter. The internationally known ‘Chain Gang’ will perform a ladies-only show at the West County Hotel on February 15. Funds raised from the event will be donated towards Paw Pourri Animal Rescue and Shelter.

Paw Pourri rescues and re-homes abandoned dogs and cats. All animals remain with the centre until new homes can be found. Together with fosterers, volunteers ensure the animals in their care are well taken care of until a “forever home” is found for them.

According to volunteer Catriona Lowry, the shelter staff are seeing a worrying increase in the amount of animals being abandoned or dumped in Clare. Catriona said, “On a daily basis around the country, animal rescuers are exporting beautiful dogs to the UK and the continent. Here these animals are much appreciated and are cherished.”

She added, “The increase in animal cruelty is a worrying factor also for society as a whole. Intentional cruelty towards an animal should never be tolerated or accepted. It is difficult to comprehend the mind of a person who throws a puppy out of a moving car or beats a dog. It is equally heartbreaking to see the abuse some animals endure at the hands of certain people – animals that are so loyal and loving.”

The Chain Gang show involves a professionally choreographed act with plenty of music and audience interaction. According to Catriona, the night is the ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, to have a girls night out and to support a very worthy cause in Clare.

Tickets for the show are available on, from the Paw Pourri Charity Shop or by calling 085 7467162.

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A native of Ennis, Ronan Judge completed his Journalism and Communications Diploma course at Griffith College. The Clare People is his first newspaper appointment. Contact Ronan on [email protected]

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