Copyright Dublin SPCA 2023
Charity number CHY1047
Registered Charity Number 20001735
The DSPCA was established over 180 years ago in 1840. Over the years we have grown to be the leading animal welfare charity in Ireland. We exist uniquely to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome sick, injured and cruelly treated animals.
Initially the organisation was known as the “Dublin Auxiliary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals”, and it was founded the year the RSPCA received Royal Patronage The charity has had a number of names, and was known at different times as the “Dublin Home for Starving and Forsaken Cats” or the “Dublin Cats and Dogs Home”.
Between 1840 and 1990, the DSPCA was based at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin city centre. In 1990, it moved to Stocking Lane in the Dublin suburb of Rathfarnham. The land, known as the Potterton Rest fields had been bequeathed to the charity in 1936 as a place to graze retired working horses. In 2003, the charity moved to a new premises on Mount Venus Road in Rathfarnham.
The charity resides on a 32 acre site based at the foothills of the Dublin mountains on the Mount Venus Road in Rathfarnham. The areas on public view include the dog and cat rehoming centres, stables, small animal areas, perimeter walk and pet memorial garden. Our shop based in the main shelter reception sells a full range of pet supplies, pet food, pet accessories and DSPCA Merchandise.
The DSPCA has a Perimeter Walk which is open to the public between the hours of 12 – 5pm. It is a 1.5KM route around the grounds and perimeter of the shelter and our constructed wetlands. Our walk has stunning views over Dublin City, the Hellfire Club and Dublin Bay. There are picnic benches where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Our shelter is dog friendly and there is a coffee shop “Ruff Cafe” on site where you can bring your dog and enjoy a coffee and a tasty lunch.
Newly opened, the DSPCA memorial garden is a reflective, dedicated space for people who wish to honour the memory of a beloved pet who they have loved and lost. By supporting the garden, you are helping the DSPCA to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome sick, injured, and cruelly treated animals. Read More
Head Veterinary Surgeon
Corporate Fundraising & Sponsorship
Content & Social Media Manager
Dog Training Coordinator
Kennel Manager & Dog Trainer
Head of Education & Media
Farm Animals & Facilities
Reception & Shop
Volunteer & Fostering Manager
Rehabilitation & Animal Care
Volunteer & Fostering Coordinator
Head Dog Trainer
Head of Adoptions & Dog Trainer
Adoptions & Dog Trainer
Shop & Reception
Animal Care & Cat Adoptions
To promote and protect the welfare of all animals.
Is a country where all animals, domestic or wild, are treated with compassion and respect.
The DSPCA Pet Memorial Garden is a reflective, dedicated space for people who wish to honour the memory of a beloved pet who they have loved and lost.
By supporting the garden, you are helping the DSPCA to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome sick, injured, and cruelly treated animals.Read more
The DSPCA doggie daycare is the perfect place for your dog to hang out and play while you are at work.
By Choosing DSPCA Doggie Daycare you are also supporting the work of the main charity as 100% of the income goes directly to fund the work of the DSPCA Animal Shelter.Read More
At DSPCA Dog Training, we teach people how to better understand the ways dogs learn and perceive the world to improve you and your dog’s quality of life. It is our mission to support ANYBODY with a dog in Ireland by using positive reinforcement techniques.
By Choosing DSPCA Dog Training you are also supporting the work of the main charity as 100% of the income goes directly to fund the work of the DSPCA Animal ShelterRead More