Dogs In Distress – Dublin Dog Rescue

  • DID-Dublin

Rescue Centre Category: Dog Rescue Centres (All Breeds)

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  • Dogs In Distress DID (for short) was set up over 15 years ago after I (Marie Hannon) visited a pound in Dublin and saw the vast numbers of young healthy dogs that had no way out. There was no way for the public to see these lovely dogs and maybe give them the chance of a new home. The conditions were not favourable either.

    I bought a small digital camera and went back to take photos. I posted these photos on the internet giving each one a name and a small cv to try to get interest.

    Over a period of weeks I started to gather interest and offers of help started to come in.

    We have now helped thousands of abandoned, unwanted or unclaimed dogs. On average we help between 600 to 700 hundred dogs each year.

    We have had pregnant dogs, dogs with broken legs and very scared damaged dogs all of which need specialist care in order to move on.

    Not all these are in foster care, some we have moved on the other small rescues while we support them.

    All dogs in foster care get

    • Microchipped
    • Neutered
    • Wormed
    • Vaccinated

    Our adoption fee is a minimum donation of €150.

    This only goes part of the way to cover the costs that have been incurred whilst in foster. We therefore need to fundraise in order to keep things afloat.

    It’s difficult to find the time and locations to do this but without fundraising we cannot help the dogs.

    We have a strict rehoming policy with high standards to ensure the dogs’ happiness. In order to protect them for their lifetime, should anything go wrong, they must come back to DID.

    We are always available, even after dogs have been adopted, for any advice that is needed to help them to settle in. Many families have come back and adopted for a second or third time from us which is really fantastic.
    DID has a great international reputation too having homed dogs in USA, England, Isle of Man, Jersey, Sweden and Germany

    Dogs in Distress (DID) uses a network of fosterers who offer short-term homes to the dogs that we rescue. We rely on our fosterers to provide a safe and caring environment for our dogs. Foster based care is particularly important and beneficial as our fosterers can provide great insight into the dogs personality and the kind of home he will be best suited to. This means we do not have a premises where the dogs can be visited.

    You can view all of our dogs needing permanent homes in the dogs needing homes section of our website. If you are interested in adopting any of our dogs the following is the process involved:

    1. Please fill out an Adoption Form on our online adoption form HERE
    2. One of our volunteers will be in touch to discuss your application
    3. A homevisit will be arranged with you
    4. Meet the dog you are interested in
    5. Take 24hrs to make sure you are happy with your choice
    6. Donation and adoption agreement completed
    7. Take your dog home

    when collecting your dog you must

    If you have any questions regarding this process you can email

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