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(Tuesday, 30th August 2011) Aer Arann this week teamed up with the GalwaySPCA and Renvyle Cat and Dog Rescue to fly survivor collie dog “Wills” and his volunteer carers to Manchester where he was met by his new owner Barbara Sykes, a consultant in canine behaviour for Freedom of Spirit Trust in the UK.


Pictured (back row): Geraldine Kennedy-Hunt, GalwaySPCA, cabin crew member Hazel Cavanagh and Babs McGinn (front row) Captain Susan McGinnis & “Wills”

Brave collie “Wills” was found fighting for his life in May by local shopkeeper Joe Rogans in Renvyle Connemara.  Such were the severity of “Wills” injuries that he had to have one wounded eye surgically removed and learn how to eat again having starved almost to death.

With the help of the local Galway community including Babs and John McGinn and the Western Veterinary Clinic in Clifden, who nursed and cared for him, “Wills” started his long journey to recovery.

Before boarding Aer Arann’s flight to Manchester, Geraldine Kennedy-Hunt a volunteer with the GalwaySPCA said, “Wills survival is testament to the hard work and dedication of the animal welfare community in Galway who, in the face of cruelty to innocent animals, strive to ensure they are rescued, treated, rehabilitated and re-homed.”

“I would like to thank Aer Arann for their assistance in helping us transport “Wills” to his wonderful new home where he will be nourished and cared for by collie experts.”


ictured at Galway Airport were: Aer Arann Regional cabin crew member Hazel Cavanagh and brave collie “Wills”

Aer Arann Captain Susan McGinnis said, “Aer Arann is delighted to help the GalwaySPCA with this special case by ensuring “Wills” safely and conveniently reaches his new home in the UK.”

A popular “Wills Link of Love” online campaign, started by Babs McGinn, Madra Kennels & Rescue in Connemara, and the

GalwaySPCA was instrumental in successfully sourcing Wills’ new owner.

Local foster couple Lesley and John Douglas also contributed greatly to Wills recovery by socialising him with their 6 rescue dogs, which was invaluable for his integration back into society.

For further information on animal welfare in Galway please visit:; and

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