News / Blog

How to adopt a pet in Ireland

Adopting a pet in ireland

Living in another country is challenging. For most people, loneliness and distance from friends and family are the main obstacles. One way to try to lessen this feeling is by adopting a pet.

To help you make the best decision, let’s look at the advantages of getting a pet and how to do it in Ireland.

Advantages of adopting a pet

Adopting an animal in a foreign country can bring many benefits to the mental and physical health of both the adopter and the animal. Some of these benefits are:

  • Relief of symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Increased self-esteem and security
  • Encouraging the practice of physical exercises
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Promotion of love, fidelity and gratitude

Care when adopting an animal in another country.

However, adopting an animal in another country requires some care. First of all, you need to know the health laws and requirements.

Also, find out about the operation of pet shops and veterinarians in Ireland. Also probe the costs, so that you can afford the animal without jeopardizing your income.

How to Adopt a Pet in Ireland

To adopt an animal in Ireland, you can visit an NGO that shelters animals. One of them is theDublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA). To adopt a dog at the DSPCA, for example, you need to visit the NGO and fill out a form.After that, you can choose the dog you want to adopt..

The entity will want to know if you already have another animal at home. If so, they meet to see if the two animals get along. After that, one of the institution’s employees goes to your house to check if the environment is able to shelter the animal.

In the case of adopting a dog,If everything goes well, you will have to pay a fee of €135 to pick up the animal.

The procedure for adopting a cat is very similar to the procedure for adopting a dog.There is a difference in the amount of the fee applied which corresponds to €80.

Other NGOs you can look for a pet areDOG Trust It isISPCA.


To have a dog in Ireland you need to apply for a permit. It is mandatory and whoever is caught without the document can be fined. The application can be made at one of the post offices and the value of the license valid for 1 year is € 20, which must be renewed every 12 months.

To have a cat at home there is no need for a special license. However, annual expenses are around the same amount as for keeping a dog.

How much does it cost to keep a pet in Ireland

According to the NGO Dogs Trust, keeping a dog in Ireland can cost around €1500 a year. In addition to food expenses, this estimate includes veterinary and vaccination expenses.

Make your choice

Now that you know how to adopt an animal in Ireland and how much it costs to keep a pet in this country, you can make a decision on this matter.

Certainly, the company of a pet brings many benefits to human beings, especially when we feel isolated. However, in addition to the advantages, weigh the costs and obstacles to decide whether it is worth adopting a pet, according to your lifestyle and your purposes for the coming years.

Author: Thiago

I moved to Ireland 2012. I work as a business administrator and travel a lot to Europe with my work. I enjoy writing and athletics during my vacation and try to visit friends and family every year in Brazil.
or connect on social media below: