Dog Adoption Procedure

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      Visit the DSPCA

      Come and visit the Dog Re-homing Centre at the DSPCA on Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 and see all the dogs that are ready for adoption. They are open 7 days a week from 11am to 4.30pm.

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      Meet the Adoption Consultants

      Speak to one of the DSPCA adoption consultants about the dog that you are interested in adopting. The adoption consultant will advise you if the dog is suitable for you and your family. If it is not, then the adoption consultant will show you others dogs that are more suitable. You can meet the dog at this stage.

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      Dog Adoption Application

      When you and the adoption consultant are happy that the dog is best suited for you and your family, you will then fill in the ‘Dog Adoption Application’ form. A follow up call will be made to you within the next 24/48 hours to confirm that you are ready to proceed to the next adoption stage.

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      Home Check

      An adoption consultant will book in a ‘Home Check’ with the DSPCA Inspectors. An inspector will visit your home to ensure that it is suitable for the dog that you wish to adopt.

      Please note: The DSPCA Inspectors must prioritise all emergency calls. They will do their best to carry out your home check within 2/3 working days after the follow up call has been made. The inspector will give you as much notice as possible before he arrives.

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      Once your home check has been passed, an adoption consultant will call you and organise your adoption appointment. It is usually 1-2 days after your home check has been passed.

      Please note: ALL adoptions are carried out at 10am. This allows the Adoptions Team to be back in the rehoming centre at 11am when we are open to the public. The DSPCA do ‘group adoptions’ where several dogs are adopted at the same time on the same day.

      The adoption fee €135. This goes towards helping the DSPCA pay for the care of your new dog while he/she was in the centre. Your new dog will be microchipped and will have received the first of their primary vaccination. They will also neuter/spay your new dog unless he/she is under 6 months, in which case they will make an appointment for your dog to return for this operation. You will receive a FREE Health & Happiness Check Up with the DSPCA Veterinary Hospital three weeks after the adoption and 6 weeks FREE Pet Insurance provided by their partners Allianz.

For more information on adopting a dog or puppy, please telephone (01-499 4710) or email one of the Adoption Consultants on

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