What We Do

Frequently Asked Questions

We are a charity and we are only 2% government funded.  We are we a dog pound so we do not have a time limit on the length of stay an animal has with us.


What time is the animal rescue and rehoming centre open?

Please look at our Animal rescue and adoption centre Information for more details.

I’ve lost my pet. Can you help?

Please look at our Lost & Found Pets advice page for more information.  We also have all the found pets in our care on http://www.dspca.ie/FoundPets

I found an injured animal but your animal rescue and rehoming centre is closed. What can I do?

You can ring our Emergency Phone number or call local Gardai.

I have found a stray dog. What do I do?

The DSPCA can only accept stray dogs if they are sick or injured. All other enquiries about stray dogs should be directed to your local pound or dog warden.
Numbers for the dog warden services in Dublin are:

Ashtown Pound (serving the Dublin City council and Fingal area )
Phone: 01 838 3236 & 868 3038
Address: River Road, Dublin 15
Public Opening Hours: Open daily until 5pm and weekends 10am to 12.

Sth. Dublin Area & Dun Laoghaire Rathdrown Area Pound
Blackhall Boarding Kennels,
Summerhill Road, Blackhall, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
Tel: 01-8026676 or 087 6961116
Public Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 11.00am - 1.00pm
By Appointment: Monday to Friday 9am - 2pm & 4pm - 5pm Saturday 9am - 11am

If the Dog Pound is closed you can bring the dog to your local Garda station, they have the contact details for the Emergency Dog Warden who will collect the dog from them.

I can't my pet any more and I want you to find a new home for them.

Please do not bring your pet to the animal rescue and rehoming centre without talking to our staff on the telephone first. Read about our pet surrender procedure.

I want to have my pet microchipped. Can the DSPCA help?

Yes the DSPCA will microchip your pet (dogs, cats, rabbits) at its animal rescue and rehoming centre on Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnahm. Monday to Friday mornings between 10.30am to 3:30pm, you don't need an appointment, just call to our centre. Please look at our Microchipping Information for more details.

I want to have my pet seen by a vet but can’t really afford it.

The DSPCA operates a mobile subsidised clinic, you may qualify for our subsidised vet, neutering and vaccination program if you are receiving benefits. Click here for more details. 

Where is your animal rescue and rehoming centre located? 

Please look at our Animal rescue and rehoming centre Information for more details.

I’d like to donate some money to the DSPCA. What do I do?

There are a number of ways that you can donate to the DSPCA, view our How You Can Help section to find out all the ways you can help the DSPCA.
As a registered charity, the DSPCA is always very grateful of all donations to help continue our work helping the all animals. 

Why should I adopt a pet from the DSPCA?

All companion animals adopted from the DSPCA are fully vet checked, neutered, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and more.  We love to see our animals going to a good home.  View our Pets for Adoption.

I am worried about the welfare of an animal in my local area. What can I do?

Call the DSPCA inspectors on 01 4994700 or click here for more details.

My neighbour’s dog is constantly barking and disturbing me. What can I do?

 If you are concerned about barking, phone your local council with a noise complaint. Any person can make a complaint to the District Court under Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986 for nuisance caused by a barking dog.  You will have to keep a log of dates, times and duration of barking.



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