Wicklow County Council urge residents to consider lifestyle before bringing a dog into the family

Unfortunately, many puppies will have been given as gifts at Christmas, only to be surrendered (or worse) in the new year. Which is why it is so very important to consider your home and lifestyle before bringing any furry friends into the family.

While we all know that the right dog can bring so much joy and love into a household, there isn’t very much conversation relating to whether or not the household is right for the dog. Sometimes prospective pet owners get in over their heads by adopting or buying puppies that they simply don’t have the capacity to care for, and this, very unfortunately, leads to those same puppies being surrendered as the months roll by.

This problem persists in 2024, with Wicklow County Council urging residents to consider their own home and lifestyle before bringing a dog into the family.

The Department of Rural and Community Development published a report last year stating that 7,352 dogs had been left stray or unwanted in 2022, an increase of 4,165 in 2021. And while numbers for 2023 have yet to be published, the upward trend is worrying.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Rural and Community Development, and Local Authorities have compiled this guide to responsible dog ownership, which you can view in full here.

There are a number of legal responsibilities for dog-owners that you must be aware of before adding to your family, which include:

  • Providing appropriate care for your dog.
  • Ensuring your dog is microchipped, registered on an approved database, has a valid Certificate of Registration, and that both owner and dog details are on the database.
  • Ensuring you have an annual or lifetime dog licence.
  • Your dog must have a collar or harness with contact details attached.
  • Your dog must be kept under effectual control.
  • Dog waste must be picked up and disposed of when in public places (this rule does not apply to guide dogs)

If you suspect animal cruelty, please contact DSPCA: cruelty@dspca.ie or contact number 01 4994700, ISPCA: helpline@ispca.ie or contact number: 0818 515515, or Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine National Animal Welfare Helpline: animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie or contact number: 01 607 2379.

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