Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Stray Dogs In Ireland – What You Should Do If You Find One 

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 4 ·
stray dogs in ireland

Have you ever seen a dog wandering around on its own before? Chances are, they have a home, and their family is looking frantically for the pup. So, you can do what you can to help reunite the dog with its family. Let’s talk about stray dogs in Ireland and what you should do if you find one.

Local Places To Bring The Stray Dog

Animals shelters in Ireland will do all they can to keep the dog healthy and safe. These places provide positive environments for the dogs as they wait for their owners to bring them home.

Or the dogs wait for a new forever family to bring them home. Alternatively, some animal shelters have a fostering system or a no-kill policy.

Regardless, the dogs are safe at these shelters. Some of these places you can bring stray dogs are as follows:

How Shelters Work In Ireland

One of the best things about Ireland’s animal shelters is that most have a strict no-kill policy. So when dogs are brought to them, they’re safe there until the pup finds a new home.

The dog’s age, breed, size, health, or temperature doesn’t matter. However, unless the dog gets too old or too sick to carry on, it might be euthanized before finding a home.

On the other hand, there are some cases where dogs may be put down. For instance, if there’s no room at the animal shelter or the owner doesn’t come to claim their dog within the allotted time frame, the shelter has the right to euthanize the dog.

If a dog is brought to the animal shelter, they are held for about five days. After that, the dog is held so that their owners can come and claim them.

For example, if the pup has a microchip or an ID tag on its collar, then the shelter can reach out to the dog’s family.

However, after five days, if the owners don’t come to get their dog, the dog may be put up for adoption or put into a foster home until someone wants to adopt them.

Ireland Laws About Stray Dogs

Ireland has a strict leash law. So if you happen to be out with your dog and they get away from you, or someone spots the dog without you, they are considered a stray.

So, the local authorities will bring the dog to the pound regardless. You’ll have to pay a fine to get your dog back there. 

On the other hand, if you find a dog that’s by itself, you must assume it’s a stray that’s lost from its family.

All dogs that their owners do not accompany must be reported to the local Dog Warden of that area.

In addition, you must file a “found dog” report on the ISPCA website. You’ll need to include the location of where you found the dog, its size, breed, age, and more.

However, you won’t be able to tell all of this exactly. If you can get the dog and bring them to the vet or an animal shelter, then they’ll be able to help you. Or, you can bring the dog back to your house (if it’s safe to do so) as long as you report the dog as found. Otherwise, that would be considered theft.

If you bring the pup to a shelter, they can scan the dog for a microchip. Hopefully, they have one, and you can help reunite the doggo with its family.

More General Advice

If you’re able to get near the dog, one of the first things you can do is check its collar for an ID tag. This will typically have the phone number of the dog’s owner. You can call them and meet you where you are to pick up their dog.

However, if they don’t have a collar, they may or may not have a home. Bring them to a local vet or shelter if the pup is friendly enough and allows you to capture them.

The vet will be able to scan the dog for a microchip. If they have one, they can locate the owner. Or, f the dog doesn’t have a microchip, the dog can safely go to the shelter.

Should that be the case, the shelter and yourself can take pictures of the dog and head to social media. Hopefully, after spreading the word a bit, the owners will see their pup at the shelter and return them home.

On the other hand, if you can’t get close enough to the dog to capture them, you can take pictures and post about the doggo on social media right away.

You don’t want to scare the dog further, and you certainly don’t want to hurt it if the dog happens to be aggressive.

Finally, call the local authorities or animal control. They can come by and pick up the dog safely and bring them to an animal shelter where the pup will be safe.

Always Help A Stray Dog If You Can

It’s your civic duty to help a stray dog in need. Whether they’re homeless or their family is searching for them, you should always report the lost dog. That way, they’ll be able to get all the help they need to find their way back home. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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