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Dog Friendly Ireland

Dog Friendly Ireland Day

Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2019

We're so excited for Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2019! With the help of award-winning beauty entrepreneur, Marissa Carter and her dog Cherry, we launched our second national Dog Friendly Ireland Day. Following on from the success of 2018, where more than 500 individuals and organisations joined us in celebrating the day, we are asking establishments of all types across the country to allow dogs access with their owners for this one day. This year Dog Friendly Ireland Day will take place on Friday 21st June 2019 and we are asking dog owners to visit their local Dog Friendly establishment on the day, take photos and tell the world all about it!

We want to help make Ireland the best country in the world for dogs and their owners. The Dog Friendly Ireland campaign, now entering its third year, encourages simple but effective changes to many different aspects of public life, in an effort to make Ireland more accessible to dogs and their owners.

Speaking at the launch, Marissa Carter said: Every year myself and my family go on a holiday together and finding dog friendly accommodation is a top priority! Cherry is very much part of my family; she has been with us for nine wonderful years so leaving her behind is just not an option. She comes to work with me every day, and really is my best friend. I love bringing her places whenever I can, whether it’s a staycation or a light lunch, finding places that are pet-friendly is such a treat. I would love to see more establishments allowing me to bring Cherry so I’m asking business owners to take part in Dog Friendly Ireland Day on June 21st and see all the benefits that making your business dog friendly can bring.”

Recent research carried out on our behalf by Behaviours & Attitudes* showed that 40% of households in Ireland have at least one dog. This is much higher than our closest neighbours, the United Kingdom, where dog ownership stands at 26%**. Even still, the UK provide significantly more dog friendly services and venues, allowing people to include their dogs in their daily lives.

Year on year, the demand for more dog friendly services is increasing across Ireland, with 42% of those surveyed stating they would be happy to eat in a café, pub, restaurant or other venue which served food and allowed dogs on a lead. This is a 10% increase since the clarification of legislation*** in this area.

44% of dog owners indicated that they would be more likely to holiday in Ireland if there was increased dog friendly accommodation was available and almost half of all adults surveyed would be happy to stay in a hostel, hotel or holiday home if they allowed guests to bring their dogs, a 10% increase on the previous year.

Sarah Lynch, Campaigns Manager, Dogs Trust said:“We believe that certain restrictions in workplaces, food-serving establishments, hotels, social venues, public transport and the rental market do very little to encourage potential dog owners in welcoming a furry friend in to their life.

We want to show people how easy and beneficial it is for everyone to turn an everyday normal environment in to a fun and safe Dog Friendly space. We would love to see those food serving establishments who can allow dogs on site to do so, workplaces who allow dogs in to shout out all about it, public transport of all types to run a dog friendly service and for hotels and B&Bs across Ireland to allow for a doggy sleep over!”

If you would like to celebrate Dog Friendly Ireland Day and allow dogs on to your premises for the day download your poster and leaflet from our Participant's Page or just head out to your local Dog Friendly spots with your furry friend on June 21st! 

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