More Wonderful Work by Our Inspector Alice

Well done to Inspector Alice Lacey for all the hard work she put in to achieve a successful prosecution in this horrendous Waterford City case and to get justice for these Wheaten Terriers.
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Milos Magical Ending

Milo, the mastiff cross was rehomed through the Waterford SPCA in January.

We could not be happier with the outcome. He has found his fairytale ending.

His new owners have embraced Milo and he is now one of the family.

We couldnt have found a more perfect home

The Waterford SPCA would like to say a big thank you to all of those who have taken one of our animals into their families and given them the home they deserve.

Good Homes Needed

We have beautiful rescue dogs in our kennels all waiting patiently for good homes. If you think you can help please call Karen in the office at 051-850649 or email or message us on Facebook.








Grateful Gracie

Before you read this, I’m sure you’ve glanced at the photos, and I’m hoping you see something special. When I looked at Gracie on the first day, her eyes were really what got to me. They had that kind of deep look about them, and then I thought to myself, I bet this dog has seen it all, and although I couldn’t ask her to tell me, I could see physically what she had been through. When Gracie arrived at the shelter back in February, she had a large open wound to her hind leg. She had fallen out of a window, and cut herself badly. Unfortunately, she was not seen to by a vet at that time by her owners, so Gracie was obviously cleaning the wound herself by licking it, as by the time she came to the shelter, there was no infection. Gracie’s wound has improved considerably, albeit very, very slowly, over the last couple of months, but it is still not 100% healed. When we come to writing these stories for our dogs, sometimes we find it hard to write down what we really want to say. Trying to express in words what a dog is like, how beautifully natured they are, etc…and sometimes we feel like we’re writing the same things over and over again, trying our best to personalise our stories for each and every dog. But it is important, because anyone reading this post, along with looking at Gracie’s photos, will at least get a glimpse of what she is like, and may just want to meet her in person. We’re trying to change things for her, but we can only do that with your help. Gracie has been with us for two months. When she arrived along with her buddy Bandit, a young Lurcher, at the shelter, she was scared and nervous. Although wary of her surroundings, she soon fit in. She mothered Bandit like he was her own, and she, in the most simple of ways, just got used to it. The shelter environment is always one we like to see as short-term. For Gracie, it’s the half-way house between the life she knew before coming into the care of the ISPCA (Waterford SPCA), and the life that is waiting for her out there. Gracie is about 7 years old, and she hasn’t had the easiest 7. The purpose of my writing this spiel is to make an appeal for Gracie and a home for her. As they say, there’s no time like the present, and when a mature, beautiful lady is waiting patiently out in the shelter for a home of her own, time is of the essence. Gracie would love if people would look at her photos here, and maybe someone will see something special in her. She doesn’t have the hyper nature of a pup, she doesn’t need the exercise of some other breeds, and she won’t want for much. A place to rest her head, and somewhere to call home. If you can’t offer her a home, please share her story, and if you would like to meet her, please get in contact and we will be more than happy to give you any info you need J

Home check applies, etc…

Calling all mother hens

This is Shikeen who was found on the roadside today. She’s no more than a day or two old and we are looking for somebody to foster her that has a hen with young chicks  or somebody with day old or very young chicks. Thanks to James who found her and brought her to the office. If you can help please contact us at 051-841432 or email or message us at the Waterford SPCA FB page.

Good homes wanted

These beauties found abandoned at a day old are almost ready for their new homes – thanks to the tender loving care of their wonderful foster mother. Home checks will apply. If you are interested please email us at or call the office at 051-841432 or message us on Waterford SPCA Facebook.

Our Good Work Paying Off

Cashel woman convicted of cruelty to five dogs

On 23rd March 2017 in Cashel District Court, a woman from Kilbraugh, Thurles, Co Tipperary was convicted on five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. She was fined €2500 and ordered to pay €1,108 in vet costs and €1000 legal costs.

The case related to a visit made by ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey to the defendant’s property on 7th December 2015 to investigate allegations that a number of dogs at the property were in poor condition.

Inspector Lacey discovered five dogs, a Pomeranian, three black Labrador crosses and a Saluki, living in horrendous conditions confined to a filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter.  The dogs were all underweight for their breed and size and two of the younger puppies had a heavy worm burden.  All five dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA and immediately removed for a veterinary examination.

The Pomeranian, named Hector by rescuers, had an extremely badly matted coat and was covered in faeces. His condition was so bad that Inspector Lacey was initially unable to distinguish his breed and he had to be completely shaved under sedation. A veterinary examination also revealed that he had lost all of his teeth except for two. This little dog required an extensive period of rehabilitation.

ISPCA Inspector Lacey said, “The living conditions these dogs were kept in were horrendous and animal neglect will not be tolerated. Pet owners have a legal responsibility to provide appropriate care for their animals. If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our Inspectors will provide advice or give instruction however, in certain circumstances animals will be seized and we will instigate legal proceedings in serious cases.

All of the dogs have since been responsibly rehomed following their rescue and rehabilitation.

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online in confidence here.

The ISPCA believes that the right balance of enforcement and education will result in long term changes in attitudes towards animal welfare in Ireland.  We would like to see animal welfare taught as part of the national school curriculum so that one day we can end cruelty to all animals.

The ISPCA has as a total of eight authorised Inspectors (one Chief, two Senior and five Inspectors) covering 17 counties and working with 19 affiliated member societies nationwide.

Last year, 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations, 995 animals were seized or surrendered, 32 prosecutions initiated resulting in 15 finalised in court, compared to nine in 2015. The Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) came into force three years ago on 6th March 2014.  Since then the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline has received over 53,000 calls. ISPCA Inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals were seized or surrendered. A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date. Full report here

90% of ISPCA funding is received from public donations, legacies and through fundraising activities. If you can make a donation to support our work, please visit our donation page here.  Thank you.

Ruby & Domino

Ruby and Domino are beautiful female Terrier Xs who have recently arrived in our shelter.

Ruby is 2.5 yrs old and Tan coloured and her daughter Domino (or Dommy for short) is 1 yr old and Tricoloured (black/tan/white). They are big in size for Terriers.
Both girls are extremely affectionate dogs and will make fantastic companions😊
Ruby has an overbite which makes her look a little like Chewbacca from Star Wars but it really makes her all the more endearing😊😊😊

Ruby and Domino will be vaccinated, kennel coughed, wormed, flea treated, neutered and microchipped prior to rehoming. They are used to older children and have been around cats in their previous home.
They are doing well lead training at the moment and will need some TLC, patience and understanding while housetraining and learning other new skills.
If you would like to adopt Ruby and/ or Domino please call us on 051-841432, email or pm.
Homechecks apply as normal and a 100 % secure garden is essential.