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.


Gracie is a 6 year old female Tan and White Greyhound X and little Bandit is a 4 month old Black and White male Greyhound X puppy.

Both Gracie and Bandit are sweet natured, gentle and placid dogs, very typical of their breed.
They both have beautiful markings and will make lovely companions.
Following rescue Gracie has been receiving treatment for a cut to her leg and Bandit is slowly gaining weight but both are really looking forward to getting their forever homes where they would love a nice comfy couch to call their own.
Vaccination, worming, microchipping, kennel cough, flea treatment and neutering will be done as part of rehoming.
Gracie and Bandit will need some TLC, patience and understanding while learning new skills and settling into their new homes. They are not cat tested but get on well with other dogs.
They are doing very well on the lead and love having the backs of their ears massaged.
If you would like to adopt Gracie and/or Bandit please call us on 051-841432, email or pm. Homechecks apply as normal.


Gorgeous MILO is an adorable dog who is looking for a loving home to call his own and where he can be an active part of the family and receive alot of attention.

Milo is a Doberman X and is only a young boy at just over 2 years old.
Milo’s living situation prior to his arrival at the shelter consisted of him being left out in a back garden with little interaction from his owner.
It is not just food, water and shelter, a dog also needs their physiological and mental needs met – social interaction with people and his own kind and freedom to express his normal behaviour.
Milo is a big dog with an even bigger heart and will need a large 100% secure garden to play in. He loves to be on the lead out for his walks and he is extremely affectionate and loves people.
He has previously lived with cats.
Our main aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals and we would love to see things come full circle for Milo.

Milo is microchipped, vaccinated and neutered.
Please call our office on 051-841432 if you would like to adopt this sweet boy. A home check will apply.


Famous Four

We have 5 special little pets to introduce you to now….All have spent their lives together, but it is not essential that they are rehomed together, although if you want to take two, there’s no problem there.😊

First up we have a very special little lady – “Bella”. She is a 3 year old female Pug/Beagle X. Bella is small in size and is an absolute doll. Very gentle & sweet.

Our last girl of the group is “Lola”, a 14 month old Chihuahua X. Lola is a nervous little girl, and my god is she absolutely tiny, but she is such a sweetie.

The boys aren’t too shabby either….first up is “Tyson”, I’m sure you were expecting a huge monster of a dog, but Tyson likes to think he’s that big, even though he’s very small in size. He is a 3 year old Chihuahua. Again, a gentle little boy.

Finally, we have “Silver”, a 14 month old male Chihuahua X. Silver is Lola’s brother and is very small in size.

We are looking for indoor homes for these little guys as they deserve every bit of comfort they can get.
All will be vaccinated, neutered, wormed, flea treated and microchipped before they go to their new homes. They will need help with house training and lead training.

If you are interested in having one of the Famous 4 in your home, please contact the Waterford SPCA on 051-841432, email or pm to register for a homecheck.
(Office hours Mon-Thurs 10-2pm and Fri 10-1pm)
A 100 % secure garden is essential.


Thankyou PetMania

We had a very successful rehoming event in Petmania yesterday. Thanks to Kelley and all at PetMania for hosting the event and for their generous donation to our work. Congrats to Paul who won the hamper. Thanks to all who stopped by to meet our precious pooches and thanks to all who expressed interest in giving a second chance to our beloved rescue dogs. We will be in touch soon. Hope you enjoy the photos – look at how big Dara and Rory have got, happy to see Shadow make new friends and good to see Benito so relaxed with the Paparazzi!!!