Lost And Found Pets At The Dublin S.P.C.A.

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a registered charity, established in 1840 to prevent cruelty to animals and is now Ireland’s largest animal welfare organisation. At its centre in Rathfarnham, it cares for abused animals and also for animals that have been lost by their owners.

Click here to view lost and found pets  that are currently being looked after at the centre  


About The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Apart from fighting animal cruelty the society provides direct care for thousands of animals at their shelter in Rathfarnham for both domestic pets and wildlife and also through their mobile veterinary clinics.

The society covers all of Dublin city and county and cares for animals by:

  • Investigating suspected cruelty and where appropriate prosecuting people who inflict cruelty on animals.
  • They  have four Inspectors who cover Dublin city and county.
  • Providing animal ambulance service to rescue sick and injured animals.
  • Caring for animals at the shelter in Rathfarnham.
  • Finding new homes for the animals in their care.
  • Providing advice and information to the public on pet care and animal related queries.
  • Providing accessible veterinary treatment at their mobile clinics.
  • Providing educational information and an information service, colleges and youth groups.
  • Providing career guidance advice for those interested in working with animals.
  • Working on legislative changes to improve protection for animals.


The areas on public view include the stables, paddocks and grazing pastures, the dog kennels, cattery, small animal sections, pig play area, goat and fowl areas.  Behind the scene we have isolation facilities housing sick and injured dogs and cats, veterinary inspection units, pre and post operative veterinary wings, two state of the art operating theaters,     

Visitors are very welcome to the shelter.

Opening Times:

Mon to Friday: 11am to 4.30pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5pm