Our privacy policy

With Dogs Trust, the information you share is in safe paws. We are committed to protecting your personal information and take your privacy seriously.

This policy sets out how Dogs Trust uses your information to help further our work in protecting dog welfare. We want you to feel confident about your information and how we use it when you support our work and dogs in our care.

This policy covers all personal information collected by Dogs Trust. It applies to you if you interact with us, for example if:

  • You're a supporter of Dogs Trust (this includes donors, volunteers or if you rehome, foster or sponsor a dog)
  • You use any of our services
  • You visit any of our websites
  • You email, call or write to us.

Our privacy and cookie policy may change from time to time. To keep up to date, visit these pages occasionally.

If you have any questions relating to this policy or how we use your personal information, please contact our team:

Last updated February 2024

What do we do?

The mission of Dogs Trust is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. We commit to being accountable and transparent so that donors and prospective ...

Who do we process data about?

Dogs Trust processes personal data about people who help us fulfil our mission including:

  • Supporters and prospective supporters (which includes people who have demonstrated an interest in our cause by ...

Where did we get your data from?

We get data about you from you when: 

  • You contact or visit us (in person, via mail, email, social media e.g. facebook, X),
  • for purposes such as adopting, fostering a dog,
  • donating to Do...

What do we do with your data?

We process people’s data for several purposes including:

  • Dog adoptions: processing and managing applications to find new homes for our dogs, including home visits.
  • Dog Fostering: processing and mana...

What types of personal data do we process

For our various activities, we process a range of categories of personal data. The categories of data we process as an organisation are:

  • Contact information (such as name, email address, phone number, posta...

On What Basis do we process your data?

Dogs Trust will only process (use) your personal information if we have:

  • asked you and have a record of your specific and recent consent for us to do so;
  • a ‘Legitimate Interest’<...


Our websites Dogstrust.ie, Dogstrustshop.ie and Learnwithdogstrust.ie use cookies (small files that are written to your computer by websites and other online services). Some of these cookies are essential for the purp...


Dogs Trust use Facebook Pixel, Facebook Custom Audiences and Facebook Lookalike audiences to connect with you our supporters in more relevant ways, so you can help us fulfil our mission, to bring about the day when al...

Your consent

We will only email or phone you with information and updates on our work, products, services and how you can support us including fundraising activities and research if we have a record of your recent freely given con...

The Legitimate Interest of Dogs Trust

We respect your rights, which is why we carry out a balancing exercise of the rights of the charity with the rights of our supporters. 

To help you understand when and why Dogs Trust would use Legitimate In...

How long we keep your data

We will keep the personal data of supporters and customers for no longer than is deemed necessary, so this will depend on the purpose for which we process your data. Some of these time limits are listed above with the...

Where do we keep your data?

Dogs Trust uses servers hosted in Ireland and the UK. All transfers are fully encrypted and secure.

Data Sharing: Who do we share your data with?

To help us communicate the work we are doing and provide these services. Categories of trusted service providers we use include fundraising agencies, electronic data analysis and marketing agencies, direct marketing a...

What are your rights and who should you contact?

Individuals have rights over their personal data under EU law. These rights are not absolute, and some qualifications and restrictions do apply, particularly in relation to data that is required to be retained for aud...

Contact Details for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

Telephone: +353 57 8684800 / +353(0)761 104 800 / Lo Call No. 1800 252 231


Telephone: +353 57 8684800 / +353(0)761 104 800 / Lo Call No. 1800 252 231

Email: info@dataprotection.ie

Address: Data Protection Commissioner, Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.


All information given on this site is to the best of our ability.

Whist Dogs Trust is happy to supply any assistance and guidance regarding canine welfare to Dogs Trust members and members of the public, it mus...