The KWWSPCA is not legally allowed to take stray dogs into its care. 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.
In 2022, the KWWSPA took 142 dogs out of Dog Pounds and found them new homes; 55 from Kildare Dog Pound and 87 from other Dog Pounds.
The Kildare Dog Pound, and most other Pounds, now only put to sleep a very small percentage of the stray dogs that come into in their care and these are the dogs that have been killing or worrying livestock or are considered too dangerous or unsuitable to be rehomed.
Advice if you find a stray dog or cat
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 a photo to the KWWSPCA and any other local animal rescue, together with details of where you found the animal and a contact phone number that can be posted on a Facebook page. 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- 6887136
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.