Dog Adoption Process

STEP 1: Visit the shelter

Visit the shelter and see all of the dogs available for adoption. They are also on our website which is updated on a regular basis. We are open 7 days a week from 11am – 4.30pm and no appointment is necessary. Click here for our location map and address.


STEP 2: Talk to an adoption consultant

If you think that there is a suitable dog for you and your family, please speak to one of the adoption consultants and we can introduce you to your potential new family pet. 


STEP 3: Filling in your application form

After you speak to an adoption consultant and have met your potential new family pet, you will then be asked to complete a Dog Adoption Application Form.  


*It is a requirement that every member of the family meets the dog, ie. all children and adults living in the home.


STEP 4: Arranging a dog meet

If you have an existing dog, the adoption consultants will make arrangements for a dog compatibility meet here in the shelter. It is important that they like each other too! 


STEP 5: Home Check

When all of the above is in order, your home check will be booked in and carried out by a DSPCA representative. Homes checks are carried out on Monday and Wednesday evenings only.


STEP 6: Adoption

Once your home check has been completed, we will make an appointment with you to adopt.  Adoption Seminars take place on TUESDAY & THURSDAY only at 3.00pm. We cannot accommodate adoptions outside of these times because we are busy finding homes for the other wonderful animals in our care! 



Adoption & Microchipping Registration Fee


The DSPCA charges a Dog Adoption fee of €150 which covers your pets first and second vaccinations, implanting the microchip, flea and worming treatment, 6 weeks pet insurance (for dogs under 5 years old), it will also cover the cost of neutering your pet which will be carried out when your pet is 6 months old. 


A €15 once off Microchip registration fee will also apply and be paid at the adoption. This is as per the new Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015. Your details will be registered with FIDO and a Dog Microchipping Certificate will be issued to you directly from FIDO after the change of ownership is completed at your adoption.