Animal funds

Limerick podcast goes to dogs for animal welfare

Darragh Bourke with his canine companions

THE BIG Bark, a canine podcast recorded and produced in Limerick, will be undertaking a Christmas charity initiative in support of two animal charities.

The initiative will see the group behind the podcast release a 2023 charity calendar, along with a number of adorable Christmas cards, just in time for the festive season.

Funds raised through the project will go to Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).

Big Bark founder Darragh Bourke said that with this year’s campaign, broadcasters have “strongly focused on highlighting the work being done by animal charities, with the overall theme of the hope and belief that one day there will be effective animal welfare laws that address cruelty to animals.” .

The schedule and cards will feature a selection of dogs in the custody of LAW and the DSCPA as well as some of the treasured pooches owned by fans and podcast listeners.

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“The idea is about uniqueness – every dog ​​is unique and special in their own way, we wanted to show that,” says Darragh.

“Last year’s calendar featured photos of over 80 dogs that were submitted to the team. As always, when looking at cute pictures, it’s so hard to choose.

“I decided there would be no choice as I wanted to make sure every dog ​​got their day. Like our 2022 calendar, every dog ​​that was submitted to us is featured in the calendar.”

Since its inception in 2019, the podcast’s annual festive campaign has raised nearly €10,000 for animal charities nationwide. This year, the group behind the initiative hopes to break that record with its 2022 “I Believe in Santa Paws” campaign.

The Big Bark will also release a special live episode of the podcast in the run up to the holidays, once again welcoming memorable guests and hosting a very special raffle.

Calendars and maps are available for pre-order on the Big Bark website. Darragh recommends placing orders by December 1 to ensure Christmas delivery.

Limerick dog owners also have the opportunity to submit photos of their pets for inclusion here