Dogs Trust


None of us want to think about passing away. But if it happens suddenly, it's important to know that your Best Friend will be looked after.

Dogs Trust are here to help!

Sign up for a Canine Care Card and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing if something happens to you, Dogs Trust will be there for your Best Friend.

Press play to find out why Máirín signed up to be a Canine Care Card Holder for her dogs Tico and Kimmie.

"I absolutely adore my dogs Tico & Kimmie. I would be heartbroken to imagine them left all alone if I was to pass away suddenly. I decided to register for a Dogs Trust free Canine Care Card to give me peace of mind, knowing my cheeky caps will be so well cared for in the future by Dogs Trust."

Máirín DeBurca, Canine Care Card holder.

Our Promise to You

  1. Dogs Trust will never destroy a healthy dog. You can rest assured your dog will be kept safe, warm, fed, looked after and loved.
  2. Your dog will receive a full veterinary and behavioural assessment as well as a whole lot of love and care in our Rehoming Centre until we find the perfect Forever Home that suits their individual needs.
  3. We are committed to finding the perfect Forever home for your dog, no matter how long that takes.
  4. Our Canine Care Card service is free of charge, and this is only possible thanks to support from generous people like you.

Bruno's Story - How a Canine Care Card Saved my Life

"I was heartbroken when my owner passed away. The person who I loved the most in the world was gone. But Dogs Trust were there to show me I wasn't alone. You see, my owner had a plan to make sure I was looked after when he was gone. He had a Canine Care Card, and I'm so grateful to him for that. Dogs Trust gave me a place to call home. It took time but the care, love and hugs I got from the Canine Carers helped my little heart begin to mend. I'm an older fella and I struggle with a few health and joint issues. But it's thanks to generous supporters like you that Dogs Trust can give dogs like me all the veterinary care they need to be happy and healthy. Dogs Trust never give up on old dogs like me who can still live a healthy life."



You can sign up for your Free Canine Care Card here. If you do, you might also consider leaving a gift to Dog Trust in your Will. Your gift will help to make sure we will always be there for the dogs like Bruno who need us.

You can apply online for a Canine Care Card by clicking here or request that we post you an application by clicking here.

Dogs Trust Simple Steps to Making the Gift of a Lifetime

Give yourself peace of mind today, it will only take a few minutes of your time. It's the best way to ensure your best friend will be loved and cared for if they ever need us.

It's as easy as one, two, three!

1. You can fill out the application online by clicking here or request an application by post by clicking here. Once we have processed your form, we'll send you your card, free of charge.

2. Once you receive your card, you'll need to complete it straight away. It's wallet size, so you can carry it on you always.

3. Leave clear instructions in your Will stating that you would like Dogs Trust to care for your dog(s). This is vital to ensuring your final wishes are honoured. Here's some suggested working you can use: "It is also my wish that Dogs Trust care for and rehome any dogs I may own at the time of my death."

Should you have any questions, please call us on 01 879 1000 (Option 3), or email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What would happen if your dog came to Dogs Trust?

If you pass away and have registered as a Canine Care Card holder, we will arrange to bring your dog or dogs to our Rehoming Centre. Once there, they will be examined by our vet and cared for by our dedicated, trained staff.

We will then try to find your dog or dogs new owners whose lifestyle and experience match their needs. Any new owners would be visited at their home and given a thorough briefing in caring for your dog.

How can a friend or family member join?

If you do not have a furry best friend or feel you are in need of our scheme but you know someone who may be, you can download a copy of the brochure to pass on to them. It may be difficult to speak with someone you love about passing away, but they’re important conversations to have. It will lead to peace of mind knowing that, if they were to pass unexpectedly, their dog will be cared for by people who love dogs just as much as they do. You can help them fill out the forms, or leave them to fill them out in their own time. Alternatively, have them call Gillian on 01 879 1000 (Option 3) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to have a chat about the Canine Care Card.

How do I join the Canine Care Card scheme?

1. You can fill out the application online or request an application by post.
Online - Complete your form online here.
Or request a brochure below in the form below, fill it out and return it by post at:
Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, D11 K003. Once we have processed your form, we’ll send you your card free of charge.

2. Once you receive your card you’ll need to complete it straight away. It’s wallet size so you can carry it on you always.

3. Leave clear instructions in your Will stating that you would like Dogs Trust to care for your dog(s). This is vital to ensuring your final wishes are honoured. Here’s some suggested wording you can use:

“It is also my wish that Dogs Trust care for and rehome any dogs I may own at the time of my death.”

Get in touch with a question or request a Canine Care Card Application be sent to you by post. Please provide your full name and address for an application by post.

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