Adopt a Pet

Pet Adoptions v's Free Pets

Why pay a pet adoption fee?

It may be tempting to look for a free pet in your local classifieds rather than pay a pet adoption fee. But the reality is, no pet is free: You'll be responsible for their vet care, food and supplies for the rest of their life. 

Where does my adoption fee go?

Pet adoption fees cover the basic veterinary care you would have to pay for with your free pet + all the extra's you won't get with a free pet.

All of our dogs, rabbits & cats are Vaccinated, Neutered or Spayed, given parasite (worms, fleas) prevention medication, Microchipped, registered on PetTrace, get a free id tag, one months free Alliance pet insurance, get a behaviour assesment and a health assesment is done by our qualified vets before they are rehomed.

In the case of puppies and kittens younger than 6 months, we will make an appointment for you to bring your puppy or kitten back to us for neutering as part of their adoption fee.  

Did you know that the DSPCA doesn't put time limits on animals in our care? They stay with us, either in our centre or in a foster home, as long as it takes to find them a new home.  Our Adoption fees only cover a fraction of the cost the DSPCA has spent on the care and well-being of each animal and fees are necessary if we are to continue helping the sick, injured and cruelly treated animals in need. 

It costs us nearly €2 million each year to run the DSPCA so we always welcome additional donations to help us with our work!



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