About Us



Roscommon SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) CHY 18790, Registered Charity No 20072735 is a non-profit organization run by people who volunteer their time. And is affiliated to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA). We look out for the care and protection of animals in County Roscommon, Ireland. We believe that animals should have:

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

  TEL: 087 0505 594

TEXT your inquiry to: 087 050 5594 

          Post: P.O. 10, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Email: spca@roscommonspca.ie | www.facebook.com/roscommonspca



Roscommon Dog Shelter Email:  roscommondogshelter@eircom.net

Roscommon Dog Shelter – Tel: 090 666 2992 | Dog Warden: 090 666 2992

Opening Times Mon – Sat 11am – 2pm


Roscommon SPCA is very grateful to the Department of Agriculture for its annual funding.

Animal welfare.

Micro chipping will be a legal requirement for all dogs by 31st March

From 31st of March 2016, it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be micro chipped and it is already a legal requirement for puppies born after the 1st of June 2016. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000 so don’t wait – get your dog micro chipped before 31st March 2016.

Please  note that the new “MICROCHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS 2015″ comes into operation on the 1st June 2015. Click on the PDF link below.



Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, which was amended in 1992, all dog owners are required to have a dog license.

What type of license do you need?
• Individual dog license – covers one dog for a period of 12 months
• General dog licence – for owners of kennels for a period of 12 months
• Lifetime of the dog licence – for the lifetime of the dog for which the licence is issued
Most people will need the individual licence. You have to be over 16 years of age to hold a dog licence.

Dogs which do not require a licence
• Guide dogs for the blind do not require licensing
• Dogs which are in the country for less than 30 days do not require licensing.
Some breeds have specific regulations
The breed of dog is not considered important, but some breeds have specific regulations about leashing, muzzling, etc., in public places.


Restricted Dog Breed Information

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998) impose additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds) of dog in Ireland, read full information here.




Under the provisions of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, the Local Authority is responsible for the control of dogs in the County of Roscommon.

Roscommon SPCA has no responsibility directly or indirectly in the management or administration of the Dog Shelter/Pound in Co. Roscommon.

  • Roscommon Dog Shelter (Pound)  Opening Times: 11-2. Mon-Sat – 090 6662992
  • Phone – 0906662992
  • Email – roscommondogshelter@eircom.net

Finding of Stray Dogs
13.—(1) Any person, other than a dog warden or a member of the Garda Síochána, who finds and takes possession of a stray dog shall, forthwith—

(a) Return the dog to its owner, or
(b) Deliver the dog to a dog warden, or
(c) detain the dog and give notice in writing containing a description of the dog, the address of the place where it was found, and the address of the place where it is detained to the member in charge at the nearest Garda Station to the place where the dog was found, or to a dog warden.

Stray dogs that are reported or picked up out of hours by Roscommon SPCA are handed over to the pound at the earliest opportunity. All stray dogs picked up by Roscommon are reported to the Dog warden immediately.


Import into Ireland of dogs, cats and ferrets

The EU Pet Passport system is designed to protect citizens from the threat of rabies and certain other diseases. EU rules apply to the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into EU Member States. Pets entering Ireland from the EU require:

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland from the EU require:

  • Passport/certificate showing identification
  • Subsequent rabies vaccination with first vaccination at least 21 days before entry
  • Specific tapeworm treatment of all pet dogs

(For full details click here)

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from other qualifying (lower risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above.

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from non-qualifying (higher risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination the pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  The pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.


How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland

Every Irish pet that is brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or re-enters Ireland must have an EU Pet Passport. In Ireland this is issued by private Vets directly to pet owners.

If you wish to have your pet’s photograph on its passport (this is optional), you should bring a photograph with you to your vet. The photograph should be no bigger than 6 cm wide and 4 cm long, should feature the pet only and show its colour and markings clearly.

On receipt of the Pet Passport from your vet check all entries are legible and correct, as any errors could lead to your pet being detained.

Further information can be found on the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WEBSITE


Department of Agriculture


PRA Building, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. This office deals with the following issues: Veterinary, Livestock, AES. |  Tel: 090 6630100

SpayAware aims to spread the message about the benefits of spaying and neutering pet dogs and cats to help stem the destruction of unwanted animals in Ireland.





Animals for Rehoming,

Our lovely rescued animals looking for their forever homes.



This is Dots, she’s a 2/3 year old greyhound, rescued from Roscommon dog pound, she has a very gentle nature, loves her hugs but she’s full of energy! She’s great with kids, but not good with small dogs, she get on well with dogs her own size and bigger. If you would like to offer Dots a home, please fill in the inquiry form by clicking INQUIRY FORM.


Bingo is a 9 year old Pomeranian, he is good with children and dogs . He’s full of character, and you’d never guess he was 9 years old! He acts more like a puppy! He is micro chipped, neutered and vaccinated. If you can offer Bingo a home, please fill in the inquiry form.




This is Handsome, he is a chihuahua,  2 years old, and adores children. He’s ok with other dogs, but needs to be the boss. Neutered, chipped and vaccinated and ready for his new home. If you can offer Handsome a forever home, please fill in the inquiry form by clicking INQUIRY FORM.





Our fundraising is on going and we welcome volunteers on our bag packing days and church gate collection days.  All money received goes towards the care of abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals in the County Roscommon area.  Any offers of help is greatly appreciated.


Would you like to help raise money for animal welfare, but jumping from a plane no way, running the marathon, not challenging enough, you want a bigger goal. So, why not do a sponsored climb of Croagh Patrick for Roscommon SPCA.

All monies raised goes directly to animal welfare in Co. Roscommon. You can set up your own fundraising page at https://www.idonate.ie/user-registration.html or download sponsorship form here.Sponsorship Form Roscommon SPCA Portrait

Either way you will be helping animals in our care.


25/26 February 2017 Slatta/Kilglass/Rooskey/Dangan Church Gate Collections. €385.00.

4/5 March 2017 Drum & Curraghroe Church Gate Collections. €71.71

Fri 31 Mar & Sat 1 April. – Strokestown Street Collection €282.46

Saturday 8 April 2017, Ballaghaderreen Community Market €130.50

Ballinameen & Tulsk – 15/16 April – Church Gate Collection €170.47

21st April    Credit Union, Boyle   10.30 – 2.30- Cake & Coffee Day €227.83

Ballintubber & Ballinaheglish – 22/23 April – Church Gate Collection €267.20

6 May  Maxi Zoo, Longford Town   12noon – 4.00pm – Cake & Coffee Day €103.02

Saturday 13 May 2017, Ballaghaderreen Community Market €152.75

20/21 May – Elphin, Creeve & Ballinagare Church Gate Collections €460.60

Tesco Store, Roscommon Town, Fri 26 May & Sat 27 May – Bag Pack €436.25

Fri 26 May & Sat 27 May. – Ballaghaderreen Street Collection €472.67

27/28 May 2017  Loughglynn Church Gate collection. €123.59

3/4 June 2017 Mantua Church Gate Collections €123.97

10 June 2017 Ballaghaderreen Community Market €98.15

17/18 June – Boyle Church Gate Collection. €544.80

30 June 2017 Furever Pets, Roscommon Town,  10.30 – 2.30 – Cake & Coffee Day €130.90

8 July 2017 Ballaghaderreen Community Market €229.60

8/9 July 2017 Church gate collections Castlerea, Cloonbonnife & Trien €599.09.

15/16 July 2017 Church Gate Collections Derrinacartha & Brusna, Clooneycolgan & Cloverhill . €180.75

22/23 July 2017 – Church Gate Collections Lisacul.

22/23 July 2017 Church Gate Collections Fairymount.

22/23 July 2017 – Church Gate Collection Tibohine.

29/30 July 2017 Church Gate Collections Kilteevan.

5/6 August 2017 Church Gate Collections Taughmaconnell.

19/20 August 2017 Church Gate Collection Whitehall.

2/3 September 2017 Church Gate Collections Ballinlough, Granlahan & Gortaganny .

9/10 September 2017 Church Gate Collections Knockcroghery/Lecarrow/Rahara/Kiltoom/Curraghboy

9/10 September 2017 Church Gate Collections Corrigeenroe & Scramoge.

22/23 September 2017 Street Collection Boyle.

7/8 October 2017 Church Gate Collections Athleague/Fuerty/Kilbegnet/Cootehall

20/21 October 2017 Street Collection Castlerea.

30/31 October 2017 Church Gate Collection Frenchpark.

11/12 November 2017 Church Gate Collections Fourmilehouse/Derrane/Croghan/ Ballaghaderreen

9/10 December 2017 Church Gate Collections Ballyforan.

23/24 December 2017 Church Gate Collections Four Roads.


Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

Roscommon SPCA is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

The Statement exists to:

  • Improve fundraising practice
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organizations fundraising from the public
  • Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organizations they support

 Roscommon SPCA has read the statement and believe we meet all the standards set out.

Check out our Roscommon SPCA Complaints Procedure

and Donor Charter

You may also read  R2. Guiding Principles of Fundraising – Feb 2008

Code of Practice Animal Welfare (Department of Agriculture)

Public Compliance Statement

Our Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

Public Compliance Statement

Roscommon SPCA is committed to complying with the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising and has formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a meeting of the Committee members. PUBLIC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT

Roscommon SPCA is registered with Charities Regulatory Authority.

Click to see our details with CHARITY REGULATORY AUTHORITY.



Cash & Non Cash Handling:

Cash handling procedures are important to protect the organisation from fraud, theft or embezzlement,to protect staff or volunteers from accusations of dishonesty and to assure donors that their donations and gifts are used for the purpose for which they were given.



Fundraisers can easily create fundraising pages through the iDonate website, which allows family and friends donate to their chosen charities. iDonate also provides promotional tools to help fundraisers promote their fundraising pages.


If you need to contact us, please use the email form below, or phone us or contact us through our Facebook page. Click Here

 TEL: 087 0505 594

TEXT your inquiry to: 087 050 5594 

          Post: P.O. 10, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Please Note: We try to answer all calls and emails promptly but sometimes we are not always able to do so as Roscommon SPCA is run by volunteers who offer their limited free time to help run the organization. Please bear with us if your query is not answered immediately, we will always try to get back to you as quickly as we can. We thank you for your understanding.


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