Dogs Trust in Ireland - Our History
Dogs Trust arrived in Ireland in 2005, and is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity.
We began our work by launching our nationwide Subsidised Neutering scheme, enabling people in receipt of means tested Social Welfare payments to have their dogs neutered and microchipped at a reduced cost. Since the start of the campaign, almost 100,000 dogs have been neutered through this scheme.
In 2006 we launched our hugely successful nationwide Education programme. We now employ an Education & Community Team of 6 who deliver free curriculum linked workshops based around responsible dog ownership throughout Primary Schools in Ireland. To date, the team have delivered over 100,000 workshops, reaching 300,000 children. Dogs Trust believe that by educating children, we are enabling the next generation of dog owners to make informed decisions on owning a dog in the future. The programme also offers free, curriculum linked teaching resources to all primary schools in Ireland through the website www.learnwithdogstrust.ie
Building work began on our state of the art rehoming centre in 2008 and we opened our doors in November 2009. We rescue dogs from a variety of sources; working closely with local authority pounds and like-minded animal welfare charities across the country. Our centre has to date rehomed over 8,000 dogs and puppies to their forever homes and we now employ upwards of 64 members of staff along with a fantastic team of volunteers.
In 2014, we opened our purpose built Puppy Wing, which was built as an extension to our existing centre. This new ‘maternity ward’ allows us to rescue an additional 500 puppies each year, along with their mothers.
The new wing also features three low-stress kennels for dogs who are overwhelmed in the kennelling environment.
We have hundreds of puppies and dogs of all shapes, sizes, colours and breeds in our care, looking for their special someone. All puppies and dogs in our rehoming centre are neutered, microchipped, fully vaccinated and have their temperament assessed before going to their forever home. Dogs Trust also offers a lifetime of training and behavioural support for all dogs and puppies rehomed from our centre.
Dogs Trust does not receive any Government funding towards our life saving work, so none of this would be possible without the continued commitment and generosity of our donors and supporters. We simply could not continue our efforts without them.
Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.