Dog Pound Information

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16,043 dogs entered pounds in Ireland in 2013. 3,943 of these dogs were Put to Sleep (PTS). If you have lost or found a dog in Ireland you may have come across Dog Pounds in Ireland. What does this mean? By law in Ireland any dog that is deemed to be found straying must be reported to the local Dog Warden. If you have lost your dog in Ireland you must report it to the dog warden immediately.

Stray or lost dogs are kept for 5 days to allow the owner to reclaim. After these 5 days the dogs can either be PTS, made available for rehoming to the general public or released to an animal rescue. Dogs that are surrendered by their owners are given 24 hours. After that the dog can be PTS.

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

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

How you can prevent your dog ending up in the pound

  • Collar and Tag – Always have a collar on your dog with a tag and with a valid contact number. If your dog is in the habit of losing their tags regularly buy a collar with a metal plate so the contact no can be engraved on to it.
  • Microchip – Always microchip your dog, your dog will be scanned as soon as they enter the dog pound and you will be contacted.
  • Register your microchip –  Many dogs enter pounds with microchips but the owner has not registered their contact details on the chip. A microchip without contact details is the same as having no microchip.
  • Wandering – Don’t let your dog wander outside your home.

To Reclaim your dog

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

Rehoming a dog from the pound

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

Surrendering your dog

Dogs and puppies that are surrendered to a dog pound by their owner can be PTS (Put to Sleep) within 24 hours as they do not have an owner searching for them. If the dog pound is full to capacity and needs to free up space they may have to take the decision to euthanise your dog. Your dog may be lucky and be rehomed by a member of the public or taken out by a local rescue. Please note that if your dog is on the restricted breeds list most dog pounds will not rehome to a member of the public and the dog will only be released to it’s owner or an animal rescue group. If your dog is deemed vicious (even the gentlest dogs can become fearful and change character in hostile environments) they may also be PTS as they are not considered suitable to be rehomed to the general public. Most pounds charge a fee for surrendering a dog. 

Dog Pound Statistics 2013

  • 16, 043 dogs (including greyhounds) entered Ireland’s dog pounds in 2013.
  • 3,943 of these dogs were Put to Sleep (PTS).
  • 44 dogs per day (on average) entering Irish dog pounds.
  • 6,125 dogs transferred to Dog Welfare groups