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Dog Friendly Ireland

Dog Friendly Ireland Day

Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2019

We celebrated our second annual Dog Friendly Ireland Day on Friday, June 21st and were absolutely blown away by the outpouring of enthusiasm from all who got involved. The feedback we’ve received from the day really shows the tremendous support there is for more dog friendly venues and services nationwide.

For Dog Friendly Ireland Day, we asked establishments of all types to open their doors to dogs and their owners and try out being dog friendly for the day. We also encouraged those who couldn’t take part as an organisation, to bring their dogs to their local dog friendly venue. We loved seeing all the photos shared on social media of dogs out having fun with their owners, whether it was at work or in their favourite dog friendly lunch-spot.

Within 4 weeks of our announcement date, more than 750 people had signed up to receive their Dog Friendly goodie bag, with many more joining in the celebrations on the day. The reaction we received from everyone was overwhelmingly positive! Lots of organisations have said they would now be more likely to allow dogs and their owners access on a more regular basis.

The most exciting part of the day was the launch of our Renting with Rover rental guidelines for landlords, letting agents and tenants. On a regular basis, we hear from dog owners who are desperate in their search for dog friendly accommodation. Sadly, they often end up living in unsuitable housing with their furry family member, or in some extreme cases, they must rehome their dog. To encourage landlords and letting agents to become more open to having dog owners as tenants, and to help tenants with the house-hunting process, we published our Renting with Rover guidelines. More information and a copy of the guidelines can be found on our Renting with Rover page.

We already can’t wait for Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2020, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Dog Friendly Ireland in the meantime! Keep an eye on our website and all our social media channels for more updates!

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