Dogs Trust

Ice Bath Challenge for Dogs Trust

Thank you for your interest in taking part in the Dogs Trust Ireland Ice Bath Challenge!

The Ice Bath Challenge will see dog lovers who sign up, take a brave leap towards helping abandoned and neglected dogs and pups all over Ireland by dunking themselves in an ice bath on June 19th. Everyone who signs up will be sent a t-shirt and a leaflet, with a few tips for the day. We ask for those taking part to set up a Facebook Fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge and to also post updates on their preparation and an update on the big day.

Everyone taking part can join the Ice Bath Challenge for Dogs Trust Facebook group to share photos and updates of their progress.

The first step to signing up is to join the Facebook Group. Then see the top pinned post from Katie O'Neill with the steps to get registered. If you are not on Facebook - please email [email protected]

See our FAQs below to learn more :)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dogs Trust Ireland Ice Bath Challenge?

The Ice Bath Challenge will see dog lovers who sign up, take a brave leap towards helping abandoned and neglected dogs and pups all over Ireland by dunking themselves in an ice bath on June 19th. Everyone who signs up will be sent a t-shirt that says “I’m doing the Dogs Trust Ice Bath Challenge”. We ask for dog lovers who are taking part to set up a Facebook fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge. Everyone taking part can join the Facebook group to share photos and videos of their challenge.

How long do I need to stay in the water?

The challenge is just to get in - even if it is just for a second. You can stay in the water for as long as you can manage, but we recommend you don’t stay in any longer than 5 minutes.

How do I take an ice bath?
  1. Fill a bathtub or paddling pool so that it covers your legs and waist.
  2. Dump a couple of bags of ice into the tub.
  3. Get in the water for as long as you can manage!
Can I get my dog involved?

Your dog should not take part in the challenge but can provide moral support! Only humans should be freezing their tails off.

How do I do the challenge safely?
  • If you have any underlying health conditions, check with your doctor before taking part in the challenge.
  • We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt under your Ice Bath Challenge t-shirt to help keep the top half of your body warm. You could also wear socks or sea booties.
  • Avoid taking a shower right after the ice bath. It is better to let the body warm up on its own instead of shocking it with hot water
  • If after about 20 minutes you cannot seem to get warm on your own, take a warm shower to raise your internal body temperature.
  • Get out of the bath early if you feel too uncomfortable or feel like your heart is racing. Don’t push your body further than it’s ready to go.
I don’t have a bath, can I still take part?

Yes, you don’t need to have a bathtub to take part in the challenge. You can use anything big enough to submerge the lower half of your body in, such as a paddling pool. You could even take a dip in the sea! Just remember to stay safe.

Do I have to prepare for the Ice Bath Challenge?

We recommend you get your body used to cold water by taking a few short cold showers in preparation for the challenge.

Do I have to record myself doing the challenge or post pictures?

We would love to see you show your bravery on social media and encourage others to take part! We recommend you take a video of yourself doing your dip for dogs to share with your friends, family and on your Facebook fundraiser. You could do a livestream as the challenge is taking place, or else post pictures of videos on your social media and in your fundraiser afterwards.

How do I warm myself up after my ice bath?
  1. Get out of the tub and immediately dry yourself off with a dry towel.
  2. Once your skin is dry, put on thick clothing such a tracksuit or thick bathrobe to help raise your body temperature.
  3. Increase your body temperature by sipping on a hot drink such as tea or coffee. Take small sips so you don’t shock your body.
When will I get my sponsorship pack?

These will be sent out in advance of the big day.

What is in the sponsorship pack?

A Dogs Trust Ice Bath challenge t-shirt, a sponsorship card if you asked for one, and a guide with FAQs.

How do I set up a Facebook fundraiser?

Visit: and wait for the pop-up to set up a page. Be sure to add Ice Bucket Challenge for Dogs Trust to your Fundraising page title and set the end date to June 30th. Sometimes this link doesn't work when outside of Facebook. If it doesn't, please pop back into the Facebook group and click the link in the pinned post to set a fundraiser up.

How do I find my Facebook fundraiser?

It is usually visible on your Facebook page. If you are on your mobile, open the Facebook app, click the bottom right hand corner and then 'fundraisers'. Or simply visit:

How do I edit the end date of my fundraising page?

This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 14 days! You need to manually change the date to June 30th. Here’s how to do that: To edit your end date click: Click on your fundraiser. Click 'edit'. Click 'end date' and select June 30th. Then make sure to click 'save' on the top right hand corner.

My fundraiser ended before I finished the challenge. Can you re-start it?

This is a quirk of Facebook Fundraising pages. They are automatically set to run for just 14 days! Unless you edit the end date, it will automatically end. Unfortunately, the only way around this is to set up a new fundraising page so make sure to edit your end date as above.

I need help fundraising! How can I raise the maximum funds?

If you are fundraising via Facebook fundraising page, please see our Facebook fundraising guide here. Thank you for your support!

How will the money I have raised help dogs and pups?

Taking part in events such as the Ice Bath Challenge, raises vital funds which help stray and abandoned dogs across Ireland.

By dunking yourself into an ice bath and getting the support of your friends and family, you will be ensuring the next dogs and pups in need get vital care. Every single donation raised will provide each of them with nutritious food, veterinary treatment, exercise, fun toys to play with and most importantly, love and cuddles while they wait for their Forever Home.

My friend doesn’t have Facebook and wants to take part in the challenge?

If you or if you have a friend or family member who wants to take part but is not on Facebook that is no problem at all. Fill out this registration form HERE.   

They can request a sponsorship card on the form above, make a donation or set up an online fundraiser on Just Giving. 

A friend accidentally donated to my Facebook fundraiser. Can you issue them a refund?

Unfortunately, Dogs Trust can’t issue refunds, Facebook must do this. People can request a refund themselves from Facebook by following the below steps:

Send them this link: 

Select - I donated to a fundraiser on Facebook.

Select - I want a refund for my donation(s).

Select - I made a donation by accident. Find their donation in the dropdown and request the refund.

My friend isn’t on Facebook – can they donate to my fundraiser?

Unfortunately, only people with a Facebook profile can make a donation on Facebook.

They can give you the cash or transfer you the funds (via Revolut, PayPalMe, Online Banking etc) and you can add the donation to your fundraiser yourself.

They can donate directly to Dogs Trust HERE. 

Got a question about the Ice Bath Challenege or need help? Pop us a message below and we will reply as soon as possible

How to return Sponsorship Card funds

If you have set up a Facebook fundraiser then you don’t need to do anything.  Your donations will automatically be sent to Dogs Trust.

If you have raised money via a sponsorship card then you can:

1. Donate raised funds online here  
2. Add them to your Facebook Fundraiser!
3. Phone in your donation by calling 01-879 1000 (option 3) and use your credit or debit card. 
4. Post in a bank draft, cheque or postal order to Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, D11 K003
5. Lodge the funds directly to our bank account. See details below:
Reference:  Ice Bath challenge  & Your Name      
Bank Name:  AIB, Main Street, Finglas          
Account Name: Dogs Trust Limited                    
Account Number: 271 202 65                                 
Sort Code:  93-21-32                                     
IBAN: IE90 AIBK 9321 3227 120265    

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