Dogs Trust

Dog Friendly Ireland

About Dog Friendly Ireland

Our Aim

A 2022 survey carried out on our behalf, discovered 49% of households in Ireland have a dog*. This is much higher than our closest neighbours in the UK, where dog ownership only stands at 34%**. But despite this, the UK - along with many more countries across Europe - provide significantly more Dog Friendly services and venues, allowing people to include their furry four-legged friends in their daily lives. We wants this to change. We want to help make Ireland the best country in the world for dogs and the people who love them, and that is why we are running our Dog Friendly Ireland campaign. This campaign highlights the small but effective changes that can be made in many different aspects of public life, in an effort to make Ireland more accessible to dogs. 

In 2022, we re-homed 664 dogs. We firmly believe this figure could significantly increase if Ireland were to become more Dog Friendly, as responsible dog owners would be in a position to involve them more in their daily routines. At the moment, restrictions in workplaces, hotels, social venues, rental accommodation and on public transport do very little to encourage potential adopters to welcome a furry friend into their life.

Dogs Trust looks forward to the day when dogs are an accepted passenger on public transport, a welcome visitor in the workplace, a wanted tenant in rental accommodation and a regular customer in most food-serving establishments across the country.


Source List

* Amárach Research 2022

** Dog Population 2022 – UK Pet Food Research 2022

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