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Rescues in Ireland

If you would like to support a rescue that is not listed, please let us know at or nomimate them here and we be happy to include them.


We are dedicated to look after the dogs in our care and find them permanent, loving homes. Ultimately, we want to help create a word where MADRA, and rescues like us, are no longer needed and so we make it our mission to educate, influence, advocated and support.



Rehabilitating and rehoming 500 - 600 dogs nationwide per year. Run by Marie, Dogs in Distress is based in Dunshaughlin, County Meath. Marie knows her pet food.



A large network of volunteers whose mission is to rescue Cork's abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and using foster homes to re-home every dog that they rescue.

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The Galway SPCA is a charity based in Galway city and Killimor, Co Galway with the aim to help, rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all animals to forever homes.



West Cork Animal Welfare Group have been rescuing unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in West Cork since 1999 and have rescued and re-homed over 6,000 animals in this time.


Founded by Fiona Gammell in 2006, Wicklow Animal Welfare rescue and rehome dogs and also help to educate Travellers on the health and welfare and of the animals in their care.

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Cavan, Meath, Westmeath

Royal Dog Rescue is a charity that aims to rescue, foster, rehabilitate and rehome dogs in danger of being put to sleep. The main focus of RDR is to take dogs from pounds in the local area, namely Cavan, Meath and Westmeath pounds.

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Rehoming Cork Pets was set up in Co. Cork with the aim of giving animals a second chance. We provide rescue homes and other facilities for the care and treatment of abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless animals.


West Cork

Homeless Animal Rescue Team is a voluntary group in operation since 2012. Our team is located in West Cork and the animals we foster are held by volunteers all over Cork County and City. We rescue, rehabilitate and re home abandoned pets and animals.

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We Adore Greyhounds Ireland was founded in May 2014. We are a small rescue dedicated to rescuing and rehoming greyhounds and other sighthounds.

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Deel Animal Action Group is a recently established, non profit organisation, run solely by volunteers. Our aim is to help abandoned and stray animals in our community get to a place of safety and find their forever home.


Protecting Pound Dogs, Kilkenny

Our mission is to save and rehome as many unwanted Dogs as we can and get them into great homes where they are cherished and wanted.

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Kildare and West Wicklow

Founded in 1940, we deal with reported cases of animal cruelty in Kildare & West Wicklow. We also take dogs from Kildare Pound and other pounds for rehoming.

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KLAWS was founded in 2006 by a group of animal loving volunteers in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. KLAWS is staffed entirely by volunteers, and every cent raised goes to support the care and welfare of companion animals.



Mastiffs for Adoption in Ireland is dedicated to help Mastiffs and Mastiff X's find new loving homes. Please support if you can.

Cavan & Monaghan

With a special love and interest in Staffordshire Terriers, Claddagh rescue operates nationwide. Run by the wonderful Rima, no dog is turned down.

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Drogheda, Louth

Drogheda Animal Rescue provides shelter and care to abandoned, strayed, neglected, abused, and injured dogs and cats. We promote responsible pet ownership and awareness of animal welfare in Ireland.


Clondalkin, Dublin

We take in dogs & cats found straying and try to find their owner or find them a new home. We help dogs that are surrendered by owners and ones that come from horrific circumstances.



Located at Vaughan's Veterinary Hospital our small centre relies on a team of dedicated volunteers who look after the dogs & cats surrendered to us

North West SPCA


"Rescue does not mean damaged, it means they have been let down". Based in Ballina Co. Mayo, the NWSPA rescue and rehome approx 1000 pets per year

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Animal Haven Ireland is a registered charity based in Athlone looking out for the welfare of all animals in the area. Any support is greatly appreciated.

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West Limerick Animal Aid registered charity. We are a small group of volunteers based in West Limerick who help animals in need. Any donations are greatly appreciated.



L.A.W have been rescuing abandoned & neglected animals since 1997. We are very proud to have established one of the very first 'no kill' shelters in the country. Your generous support keeps our doors open.


We aim to promote humane treatment of all animals, and a more compassionate society. We believe in educating young people about responsible pet ownership.

United Kingdom Rescues

If you would like to support a rescue that is not listed, please let us know at or nomimate them here and we be happy to include them.


Canine Rescue Scotland

We are committed to the welfare of all dogs that come into our care. Our mission is to ensure that all dogs are given the positive support they need to live happy, healthy lives - no matter what their circumstances.

Sophie's Dog Rescue, Belfast, N.Ireland

Sophie’s Dog Rescue Foster is a network of volunteers in Northern & Southern Ireland committed to finding dogs foster homes while waiting for adoption.


8 Below Husky Rescue

8 Below Husky Rescue is a registered charity in England and Wales who specialise in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming northern breed dogs and their crosses.

Moorlands Dog Rescue

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Relieving the suffering of dogs within the Staffordshire Moorlands and surrounding area via foster homes and other facilities prior to adoption homes being found.


Boxer Welfare Scotland

Since 2005 we have rescued and rehomed 1000s of boxers across Scotland. We homecheck and assess every potential adopter to make sure we match the right boxer to their new family based on individual needs.

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Minimutts Dog Rescue has closed

We have removed this rescue from the Patron Project. We would like to thank Janie for all her hard work with rescue dogs and wish her well.


Halfway Home Rescue, Collingham, UK

Halfway Home Dog Rescue is committed to and believes that we are morally responsible to assist in and/or rescue homeless, abused, neglected and abandoned animals, to be a voice for the voiceless.

Down, Northern Ireland

Established 2012 in response to the ever-increasing number of unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused Staffordshire Bull Terriers in need of help and re-homing.

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Annie's Trust, Suffolk, UK

Annie's Trust is a registered animal welfare charity set up to help ease the suffering of dogs that are living in captivity in some of the poorest Romanian dog shelters.

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Greyhound Trust, Surrey, UK

The Greyhound Trust was founded in 1975, since then we are proud to have found over 100,000 loving homes for greyhounds.

Raystede, Sussex, UK

At Raystede we believe in working together to give animals a better life. We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary to more than 2000 animals each year.

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GAGAH, Aberdeenshire Scotland

Give A Greyhound A Home (GAGAH) was established in 1999 with the aim of raising awareness about ex-racing greyhounds and ex-working lurchers, and to rehome as many of these wonderful hounds as we can.


All Creatures Great & Small, Cwmbran, South Wales

All Creatures Great and Small Animal Sanctuary, specialises in caring for abandoned and/or abused animals. In 2017 we took in over 300 animals, the majority of which were placed in loving homes. We also have over 100 animals permanently living in our sanctuary.

Phoenix Rehoming Charity

We rescue and rehome all types of dogs from all types of places. Please help us help dogs.

Blind Dog Rescue

Our aim is to rescue, promote and rehome blind dogs in need, and offer support for owners of blind dogs. We are not worried about geographical location, and regularly bring blind dogs over from Europe to find loving homes in the UK.

Woodfield Dog Rescue, Harrogate

Working in partnership with volunteers at the Boldesti Public Shelter in Romania, WDR rescue dogs and look after them in small and friendly kennels just on the outskirts of Harrogate.

Lost Paws Rescue & Rehoming

Lost Paws is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs who find themselves in a Municipality Pound in Cyprus. We rehome our dogs in the UK and Cyprus

Tibetan Mastiff Rescue

Tibetal Mastiff Rescue UK is dedicated to the rescue, rehoming, rehabilitation & welfare of this wonderful loyal ancient breed. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers.

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