The KWWSPCA is not legally allowed to take into its care stray dogs. By law, all stray dogs must go to the Kildare Dog Pound (or the Wicklow Dog Pound if found in Wicklow) where they have to stay for at least 5 working days to allow the owners a chance to reclaim them. If no owner comes forward in that time, the KWWSPCA or another Animal Rescue, is allowed to take them out of the Pound and legally rehome them. About a third of all the dogs rehomed by the KWWSPCA are from the Kildare Dog Pound, which in 2019 was over 100 dogs. The Kildare Dog Pound now only puts to sleep a very small percentage of the stray dogs that come into in its care and these are the dogs that have been killing or worrying livestock or are considered too dangerous to be rehomed.
Advice if you find a stray
If you find a dog or cat, check for a tag with the owner’s address and/or phone number. If the animal does not have a tag please take it to a vet and have it scanned for a microchip; this does not cost anything. If there is no microchip the best option to find the owner is to get the pet’s photo and information onto Facebook. Send us a photo, details of where you found the animal, and a contact phone number that we can post on our Facebook page. You should contact other Facebook pages such as Lors Lost Dogs as they are very successful at reuniting lost pets with their owners. The ISPCA also has a Lost & Found section on their website where you can report animals you have found. You should also inform the local Garda station, local vets (they may recognise the animal), local shops and you should also ask around the neighbourhood where the dog or cat was found to see if anyone recognises them.
Details of found animals can be sent as follows:
- Facebook private message on the KWWSPCA Facebook page
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text or Whatsapp our helpline 087-1279835
In the case of stray dogs you must also call the Dog Warden (for Kildare 05986 23388 and for Wicklow 0404 44873, 086 2771695/086 3846430) and they will either collect the dog from you or ask you to take the dog in or advise you what other action you should take. The Kildare Dog Pound is open between 10.00 & 12.45 on weekdays only and the Wicklow Dog Pound is open from 11.00 – 12.30 and 3.00 – 4.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00 – 12.00 on Saturdays.