We receive tons of e-mails every week from listeners about birds, mammals, amphibians, insects - pretty much every branch of the animal kingdom is covered in the communications we receive.
We are, it seems, a nation of animal lovers. And from time to time, it's worth paying tribute to those voluntary organisations who spend their lives looking after animals in distress.
So we have to thank Niamh Breslin, one of our listeners, for reminding us of the great work these organisations do. Earlier this week, Niamh sent us the following e-mail:
We live in the inner city in Dublin in a terraced house, much like Coronation Street. Seagulls have nested in my neighbour's chimney pot for the second year in a row, and although they are only seagulls, it gave great pleasure to the people here to watch the chicks pop in and out as their parents watched protectively.
Last Saturday, it was discovered that the cats had launched a raid, a chick was knocked down from the chimney stack, and all we could see were the chick's legs in the air in the roof gully. We didn’t know if it was alive and couldn’t reach it. He was like that all day, then later that evening, he fell down and luckily landed on rubbish bags.
We got him in a container to save him from the cats not knowing how injured he was. And amazingly, after all that, once inside, he stood up and started making noises!
As it was the weekend, we had to let him take over the bath, the only place to put him with a cat in the house. We celotaped 2 plastic spoons together and used the handles like a beak to feed him, to keep him going. And god, are they messy and noisey creatures?!
Anyway I rang the DSPCA first thing this morning and they came within a couple of hours despite being very busy after the weekend.
So 'nipper', as my daughter called him, is going to be cared for with another chick found in the same circumstances, until big enough to fly.
We had been worried he wouldn’t be taken as he's "only an oul' seagull".
So we would like to give a big thanks to the DSPCA for all the work they do, regardless of the type of creature to be helped, and remind people that’s what they do tirelessly, day in day out.
Especially in these times, it must be so difficult to raise money so if you can help out do!
If you'd like to find out more about the work of the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you can visit their website: www.dspca.ie.