Adopt a Pet

Dog Adoption Procedures, Fees & How to Contact Us

kop paw printSTEP 1: Visit the DSPCA

Visit our Rescue & Adoption Centre on Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, you do not need an appointment to view our dogs.

Click here to view our location on a map and how to get directions.

We are open to the public from 11am – 4.30pm Monday to Sunday.

kop paw printSTEP 2: Application Form

Complete our Dog Adoption Application Form and meet with an Adoption Consultant to discuss the type of dog that will best suit your family and lifestyle. Your application will be kept on file for 6 months. Please note if you are living in rented accommodation you must be able to provide written permission from your landlord or letting agent to have a dog on the premises.

kop paw printSTEP 3: Choosing your new Canine Companion

The Adoption Staff at the DSPCA will be on hand to offer advice and introduce you to dogs that are best suited to you.

kop paw printSTEP 4: Vet Reference

We will contact your Veterinarian (where applicable) for a reference.

kop paw printSTEP 5: Dog Meet

If you currently own a dog we will make arrangements for your dog to meet their potential new canine companion. It is important that they like each other too!

kop paw printSTEP 6: Home Check

When you have found your new forever companion we will make arrangements with you to conduct a Home Check.

kop paw printSTEP 7: Adoption

When all of the above is in order your Adoption Consultant will make an appointment with you on one of our Dog Adoption Days (Wednesday & Friday) to complete the official Adoption Paperwork and collect your new best friend.

Your new Canine Companion will be microchipped (read more on the importance of microchipping) and will have received their first vaccination (read more about the importance of vaccinations)

We will also neuter/spay your new dog unless he/she is under 6 months in which case we will make an appointment for your dog to return to us for this operation (read more about the importance of neuteringspaying your dog).

The DSPCA will provide you with information for before and after the adoption of your new dog, including a FREE New Adopters Seminar and FREE advice from our Training Team “King of Paws” for any issues you may have during the settling in period.

You will receive a FREE Health & Happiness Check Up with the DSPCA Veterinary Hospital two weeks after the adoption and 6 weeks FREE Pet Insurance provided by our partners Allianz

kop paw printSTEP 8: Adoption Fee

The DSPCA charges a Dog Adoption Fee of €135, this goes towards helping us pay for the treatment of your new dog while he/she was in our care.

kop paw printContact Us
For more information on adopting a dog or puppy, please please telephone (01-499 4700) or email one of our Adoption Consultants: 

* Dogs or puppies getting vaccinated for the first time require two sets of vaccinations over a period of 5 weeks so, depending on the length of time they are in the shelter, some may require the second vaccation after they are adopted, the adoption fee does not cover any vaccination costs once the animal is adopted.


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