Santa at the DSPCA!

Get your family, friends and doggos together and come visit Santa at the DSPCA!

Dates: Saturday & Sunday the 9th & 10th of December.

Get your friends, pets and family together.

Put on your favourite Christmas jumpers.

Enjoy our Christmas festive walk around the DSPCA shelter.

Visit Santa’s Grotto after for a photo & goodie bag!

It will be the perfect way to get you into the festive spirit. There’ll be lots of fun for the children including a ‘spot-the-animal’ treasure hunt along our Christmas festive walk around the shelter and after visit Santa’s Grotto and have your photo taken with the man himself! Oh and there’ll be a Goodie Bag for everyone too.

Book your tickets HERE

Foster/Volunteer Department Assistant


The DSPCA is Ireland’s leading animal welfare organisation, established over 180 years ago in 1840. Over the years we have grown to be the leading and largest animal welfare charity in Ireland. We exist uniquely to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome sick, injured and cruelly treated animals. It is an exciting time to join the DSPCA as we focus on transformative growth and our long term strategy.

An opportunity has arisen for a Foster & Volunteer Department Assistant to join our Foster & Volunteer Department.

This position requires a dedicated individual who is passionate about animal welfare and thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. You must work effectively as part of a team and have strong communication skills.

Responsibilities and Duties (include but not exclusive to)

Animal Care:

Responsible for the care of animals while onsite and in the care of the foster department, incoming from other agencies, from the ambulance/inspectors.

These animals will be kept in the foster room, foster office or Isolation Building this will also include any new areas that may be delegated to the foster department.

Responsibilities with these animals will be carried out with strict Barrier Nursing Protocols- training will be provided and signed off by the Vet Department.

Administer medication if needed and as directed by the Vet Department.

Tasks will include but not limited to the following:

– Preparing and setting up kennels

– Ensuring animals are fed and cleaned at appropriate intervals throughout the day until suitable foster homes are available

– FULL DEEP CLEANS this must be done immediately after the animals have left the premises. This means all areas, kennels, foster room including floors and crates and such, must be deep cleaned using the protocols given to you by the Vet Department – training will be provided

Patience and Preparation it is very important to be set up for any emergencies that can come in at any time, have baby bottles, heat pads, and hot water bottles sterilised, newspapers, blankets and appropriate size crates/ kennels at the ready.

Foster Supply Room:

Each morning the successful candidate will be asked to attend to the Foster Room

– Washing and dying of all pet bedding throughout the day

– Food containers need to be topped up and stock of specialty food taken

– Foster Room must be kept clean and organised at all times.

All supplies must be kept clean, when foster animals return the supplies must be collected from reception and sorted into the correct bins for cleaning

Every evening packs for the following day must be completed and labelled for what animal they belong too

Responsible for the inventory of all food & ordering of all food stock.

Duties & Repsonsibilities

Foster Placement and Coordination:

– Facilitate the foster application and approval process, ensuring potential foster caregivers meet the shelter’s requirements.
– Match animals with suitable foster homes based on the animals’ needs, behaviour, and medical requirements, as well as the capabilities and preferences of foster caregivers.
– Coordinate with the veterinary staff to ensure animals are up-to-date on vaccinations and receive necessary medical care before going into foster homes.
– Meeting and greeting foster families, suppling food when called to reception or sending by An Post as requested.

Foster Caregiver Support:

– Provide ongoing support to foster caregivers, including guidance on animal care, behaviour management, and answering any questions or concerns they may have.
– Regularly check in with foster caregivers to assess the well-being of the animals and offer assistance as needed.

Volunteer Placement and Coordination:

– Application & Recruitment Process
– Co-ordinating volunteer induction & training
– Support of Garda Vetting process
– Assist with volunteer systems and databases

Animal Health and Welfare:

– Work closely with the veterinary team to monitor the health and medical needs of animals in foster care. Ensure that foster caregivers are equipped with necessary medications, food, and supplies for the animals in their care.
– Coordinate veterinary appointments and medical treatments for animals in foster care, as required.
– Triage and address queries from foster carers and liaise directly with the Veterinary department as required.

Qualifications & Person Qualities

– Previous experience in an animal shelter, rescue organisation, is a plus.

– Strong passion for animal welfare and a genuine interest in promoting the well-being of shelter animals.
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with foster caregivers, staff, and volunteers.
-Strong phone skills.
– Detail-oriented with strong organisational skills to manage animal records, foster placements, and appointments effectively.
– Ability to handle and prioritise multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
– Basic knowledge of animal behaviour and common health issues in dogs, cats, and other animals.
– Compassion, patience, and empathy when dealing with animals and their caregivers.
– Strong ability to build relationships.

Salary, Hours & How To Apply

Full-time salaried position with baseline work week of 35 hours per week and 22 days holiday per year.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm

Position is subject to Garda Vetting and reference check.


Xena’s Story

Xena came to the DSPCA from the Dublin County Dog Shelter after her owner sadly passed away. She was very confused and sad as to what was happening to her. The moment we met her we knew she was a very special girl and like every dog in our care we were determined to find her a wonderful home. This recent message from her new family just made our hearts explode.

“23 days since we were blessed with Xena coming into our lives and 19 days since she came home with us. She is the happiest little girl and has already brought so much love and happiness into our lives. She is the best cuddle partner, walking buddy, nap accomplice, and has not lost her madness when it comes to a tennis ball being thrown in the park. We went up to the DSPCA looking to adopt a kitten but turns out fate had brought us there for this gorgeous girl and we are so grateful to the team at the shelter who kept her spirits high until we could welcome her into our home. Queen Xena has found her forever home”

Lil Frank’s Story

Back in early July, Lil Frank and his mother arrived into the shelter. Lil Frank was very sick with 2 very sore eyes and unfortunately one of his eyes had to be removed. It has been a long road to recovery for Lil Frank and tomorrow he is seeing an eye specialist to see how his other is doing and we’re all hoping for good news. We know that he has some vision and he loves playing and chasing anything that moves.

We did a special appeal to find a special person to adopt him. He received lots of lovely messages and thankfully his story reached far and wide and because of this he found an amazing home!

Delphi’s Story

Delphi came to the DSPCA from another rescue to find a loving home. He was just the sweetest boy who adored being around people and fancied himself as a bit of a lapdog. Delphi is deaf and this did make it a little more difficult for him to find a home but we knew his perfect humans were out there somewhere. He waited 159 days to find them… but boy was his wait worth it!

Being deaf didn’t stop Delphi from being and happy playful and loving dog. People who met him were worried about him being more difficult but he has settled right into his home and he is the perfect dog!

There is a dog out there for everyone, you just need to be opened minded and when you visit the DSPCA please talk to our Adoptions team and they will find the perfect dog for you

Renee’s Story

13 year old Renee was a loyal and loving family pet for many years. She lived along side her life canine companion who sadly passed away a few months. We all know to lose a family member or someone close to us can effect us in many ways. Renee suffered from this, we suspect of a broken heart. She required extra love and attention from her family to help her heel but sadly their decision, after trying to help her, was to surrender her.

We did a big appeal for poor Renee on social media and we blown away with the amount of love and support that she received from everyone. We are very happy say to we found Renee the most wonderful home. She is happy again and she is loved. When considering adopting don’t forget the senior pets that are in shelters – they deserve so much and a shelter is really no place for an old soul.

Bebe’s Story

Bebe waited 187 days in our shelter to find that someone special who would love him as much as we did. He originally came from Dublin County Dog Shelter with a skin condition and feeling very low. This boy completely stole the hearts of the Adoptions team, and they worked very hard to get him ready for adoption so that he could find the perfect home.

Bebe needed a home as the only dog and an owner who would be will ing to continue with his training. That perfect family came along and Bebe is now living an amazing life with the best family that he could have asked for

Every dog in our shelter is difference and our team work very hard to make sure they find the right home for each of them. We are proud of what we do and and seeing them go home makes every second worthwhile.