The first ever national ‘Dog Friendly Ireland Day’ took place on 22nd June 2018!
Dogs Trust wants to help Ireland become the best country in the world for dogs and their owners. Wouldn’t life be greatly improved for dog owners if dogs were an accepted passenger on public transport, a welcome visitor in the workplace, a regular customer in food-serving establishments and a wanted tenant in rental accommodation? Not only would this make it so much easier for current pet owners to keep their best-friends in their lives, but also encourage so many more people to open their heart and home to a dog.
2017 saw the launch of our Dog Friendly Ireland campaign with our entry of the first ever Dog Friendly Garden into Bloom in the Park. Since then we have seen the demand for Dog Friendly services increase across the country, demonstrated by a hugely successful Bring your Dog to Work Day in 2017, changes to legislation making it easier for dogs to enter food serving establishments with their owners, and recently, numerous Dog Friendly cinema screenings in the Lighthouse cinema in Dublin selling out in seconds.
For Dog Friendly Ireland Day, we asked establishments of all types, from restaurants, hotels and workplaces to public transport companies, across the country to allow dogs access for this one day in a bid to help make Ireland more Dog Friendly! We also encouraged dog owners to visit their local Dog Friendly establishments on the day, take photos and tell the world all about it!
We were absolutely thrilled that 500 people signed up to join us in celebrating the first ever Dog Friendly Ireland Day with many more joining in on the day. We saw so many amazing photos of dogs in a variety of places; offices, gyms and shops to cafés, pubs, hotels and even an art gallery!
We were so delighted to see the positive reaction the day received from everyone who took part. We hope that many more organisations will now become Dog Friendly after seeing how positive and beneficial it can be for both dog and human to include our furry friends in our everyday lives.
The future looks bright for Dog Friendly Ireland and we’re excited about our new favourite day of the year already! Keep an eye on our website and social media for details of Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2019!