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17, 477 dogs entered pounds in Ireland in 2012. 4, 904 of these dogs were Put to Sleep (PTS).

A dog that is found as a stray or lost is given 5 days for the owner to reclaim. After these 5 days the dogs can either be PTS, made available for rehoming, collected by an animal rescue.

dog pound irelandTo Reclaim:
You will need to bring a dog license for your dog and pay any outstanding fees. Fees will vary in different pounds.

To Rehome:
You will need to buy a dog license and usually pay a small additional fee.

To Surrender
Most pounds charge a fee for surrendering a dog. Dogs and puppies that are surrendered can be PTS (Put to Sleep) within 24 hours as no owner is looking for them

How you can prevent your dog ending up in the pound

  • Always have a collar on your dog with a tag with a valid phone number .
  • Always Microchip your dog, your dog will be scanned as soon as they enter the dog pound and you will be contacted.
  • Always register your dogs microchip details. Many dogs enter pounds with microchips but the owner has not registered their name or contact details to the dog.
  • Don’t let your dog wander outside your house.

What to do if you think your dog may be in the pound

  • Check the dog pound list to see which pounds are in your local area. Remember your dog may have wandered outside this area or purposely brought to another county.
  • Ring and visit the pound regularly
  • Check the pounds Facebook page or website every day (if available). These details are available on the dog pound list