Bring your pet to the movies to raise vital welfare funds<

Popcorn and pets — it’s set to be a Halloween movie date with a difference.

Sophie and Alex Redmond, Watergrasshill, at Movie Junction, Carrigtwohill. Picture: Darragh Kane

Ireland’s only drive-in cinema has encouraged film fans to bring their pets to the movies next week as part of a special animal welfare initiative.

Movie Junction, based in Carrigtwohill in East Cork, will host two days of special screenings with the proceeds going to help the Glansillagh Animal Rescue in Glanmire and the Community Cats Network in Midleton.

The initiative also hopes to raise awareness about animal safety over the Halloween period.

Animal rescues see a surge in demand around Halloween, with terrified pets fleeing their homes in fright over fireworks, and in some cases, dogs and cats suffering from firework-inflicted burns being presented.

Movie Junction owner Ellie Redmond said they wanted to do something special to mark their fourth anniversary.

“Animal rescues are under extra strain at this time of year so we hope to raise awareness of their outstanding work while also highlighting the extra need to keep pets indoors and away from fireworks and bonfires this Halloween,” she said.

“Our aim is to raise as much as possible for the centres while creating extra fun for kids with cat face painting. We are also encourage the kids to dress up with their pets and teddies in Halloween costumes throughout the mid-term and come along to enjoy our unique movie experience.”

Barbara Bowles of Glansillagh Animal Rescue said they relied on donations from the public to help meet their annual €40,000 running costs.

“At the moment, we have more than 30 healthy horses, dogs, puppies and cats looking for new homes and we hope this initiative will help to educate children about animal welfare.”

Emilie Peneau of the Community Cats Network said they have processed over 2,000 feral cats through their trap, neuter, and return programme since 2012. “The more money we can raise through fundraising the more cats we can neuter, look after and return.”

Tickets for the screen-ings are available online for €25, with €15 going to the animal welfare charities. A donation of €4 per car will be made for those who buy regular tickets for screenings of Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on October 30, and for Alexander and new release The Book of Life on November 1.

-You can also donate at www.moviejunction.ie/fundraising.html 

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