If you have found a stray dog you have a number of duties and obligations.
The first thing to do is check for any form of id:
- Check for an id tag or a number on the collar (may be on the inside).
- Bring the dog to your local Vet, Rescue Centre or Dog Pound to be scanned for a microchip.
- If no microchip is detected and, you cannot keep the dog in your own home;
- Enquire if a local Rescue Shelter or Pound can take in the dog.
If you decide to keep the dog in your own home until the owner is found:
- You are legally obliged to inform the local Dog Warden and the Gardai; giving a description of the animal, the address where it was found and the address where it is currently being kept. (Note: This is a legal requirement as you could potentially be accused of theft by failing to do so!)
- Advertise in the lost and found sections of newspapers and social media.
- Place a notice/poster in local Vets, Garda Station, Animal Shelters and around the area where the dog was found.
Once you have decided to hold on to a stray dog, you can keep it for 28 days without a license. (During this period you are not allowed to re-home the dog and it must remain in your care). After 28 days, the dog must be licensed and you may re-home it, under the condition that you keep a record of the person to whom it was re-homed.
The rightful owner has 1 year and 1 day to reclaim their dog. After this period the dog is no longer the legal property of that person.
List of Helpful Contacts
Louth County Council Dog Pound
Meath County Council Dog Warden
Address: Dog Pound,Greenpark Kennels, The Riggins, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.
Tel: 046 9097000
An Gardai Siochána – Drogheda
Tel: 041 9874240
An Gardai Siochana – Dundalk
Tel: 042 9388400
An Gardai Siochana – Navan
Tel: 046 9036300
Drogheda Animal Rescue
Mollies Animal Rescue
Address: c/o Newtown, Duleek, Co. Meath.
Tel: 086 3587640