Have you a plan in place for your pets should anything happen to you? The DSPCA’s Pet Guardian Programme is a service available to loving pet owners across Ireland

Our pets are valued members of the family and it can be hard to think about what might happen them, should anything happen to you. The DSPCA’s Pet Guardian Programme provides pet owners with peace of mind that ensures a solid plan is in place for a family pet(s) in the event of a death or becoming incapacitated.

When you sign up to the Programme, you are entrusting the care of your beloved pet(s) to the DSPCA at the time of your passing or move into residential care.  We know it can be hard to think about, but it’s important to make plans for your pet(s) in the event of a serious illness or death. The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation, has re-launched their Pet Guardian Programme that is a free nationwide service for beloved pet owners.

Want to know more?

  • Simply contact the DSPCA on our dedicated Pet Guardian Programme number 0860451756 or email petguardian@dspca.ie to receive your information pack.

In the event of an individual’s passing:

  • The DSPCA will be notified and will immediately collect your pet(s) and bring them to the charity’s shelter in Rathfarnham Dublin.
  • Our veterinary team will carry out a full health check and if needed contact your vet for a full medical history. Most importantly, our care staff will provide them with lots of love and attention during their stay with us.
  • Our adoptions team will spend time getting to know your pet(s) and will ensure that they go to a loving home that will be suitable for them and their needs.

Suzanne McGovern, Corporate Relations Manager at the DSPCA, said: When someone becomes

unwell, you start to think about the people and things that are important and of value to us.  For so many of us, a pet is a loved and valued member of the family so it’s important that you make provisions for them and plan for their future. The DSPCA’s Pet Guardian Programme is a free service and open to people of all ages across Ireland.  Knowing that you have a plan in place for your pets is very re-assuring. 

The DSPCA, a registered charity, is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and the protection and rehabilitation of sick, abused or neglected animals. Located on a 32-acre site in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, the DSPCA campus offers shelter and care to a wide variety of animals. In fact, the organisation rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes over 2,500 animals each year – domestic and wildlife.

The DSPCA has a dedicated and trained force of Animal Welfare Inspectors to investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect, to provide guidance and education to animal owners, initiate prosecutions for offences and attend to sick and injured stray animals or those which have been abandoned.

The DSPCA Vet Team works seven days a week providing critical care, carrying out lifesaving surgeries and performing over 3,000 neuter/spay operations annually. They also provide ongoing care and veterinary support to over 300 animals in the DSPCA Foster Programme.

The DSPCA also works closely with the Irish Government to keep legislation updated and implemented to further improve the lives of all animals. Founded in 1840, the DSPCA is Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation.

To find out more about the Pet Guardian or to speak to a member of the DSPCA , simply check out www.dspca.ie or call 0860451756. Email petguardian@dspca.ie

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