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


A pet is for life, and not just for Christmas

By Paul O’ Sullivan, Public Relations Officer for the Roscommon SPCA

The Roscommon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has issued a warning to prospective pet owners to carefully consider the long term commitment involved when adopting a pet over the Christmas period.

A spokesperson for the animal rights group has said: “A pet is for life, and not just for Christmas. We see this pattern every year of pets being bought as Christmas presents only to be abandoned in January when the novelty wears off and the reality of animal ownership sets in”.

The group has said that a pet is simply not an appropriate gift at Christmas for a number of reasons, not least of which because of the lifelong commitment it requires.

“Christmas pets are abandoned in huge numbers in January when the realities of pet ownership become clearer. Animals require lots of love, care and attention and many people don’t fully appreciate the amount of time required to integrate them into the family and care for it throughout its life”.

The group has also encouraged those serious about pet ownership to wait until after the Christmas period, where many animals will be available for adoption. “Not only will there be, unfortunately, plenty of beautiful, abandoned animals looking for homes after Christmas, the holiday period simply isn’t a good time to bring a new animal into your home”.

“The holiday season is very busy, and between all the activity occuring within the household and all of the excitement, it can be an over-stimulating environment for a pup, for example, who may struggle to acclimatise to its new environment. This stress may hinder the pups development and lead to problems later with its behaviour.”

“Those who are serious about bringing a pet into the household are advised to wait until January, when things settle down. This will be better for the pet, and will also give the family more time to fully consider their long term responsibilities as pet owners”.



Wondering what to give as a Christmas present?, why not give a Roscommon SPCA Gift Card. All money raised from the sale of the gift cards goes towards our spaying & neutering programme and veterinary care for feral and homeless cats.
The Gift Card cost €20.00 each including postage, and will be available from this Friday. Just click the donate button on the page and send us your name and address.

Gift Card



Collection and use of personal information

Roscommon SPCA does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information which you volunteer, for example:

  • Filling in our on Line Volunteer application form.
  • Filling in our Animal Inquiry form.
  • Filling in our Dog Re-homing form.

Any information which you provide in this way is not made available to any third parties and is used by Roscommon SPCA only in line with the purpose for which you provided it.

Roscommon SPCA keeps information in order to contact volunteers for fundraising activities where possible.

After a period of 5 years without contact, Roscommon SPCA will automatically delete all of your personal information from its database.



Spotlight on Roscommon SPCA Bulletin October 2018


Roscommon SPCA would like to express their gratitude to Emmet and the staff at Keen Print,Golf Links Road, Roscommon for donating 500 stickers free for our Street collections. We are very grateful for your support.




Thank you to Padraig Healy Car & Mini Bus Hire for sponsoring our sign.


Roscommon SPCA would like to say thank you to XLNT Signs Racecourse Road, Roscommon, for sponsoring our new street signs. Your support is greatly appreciated.



Roscommon SPCA would like to say thank you to DAVAIR LIMITED, Racecourse Road, Roscommon, for sponsoring our new street signs. Your support is greatly appreciated.



Roscommon SPCA would like to say thank you to DIGITRONICS Racecourse Road, Roscommon for sponsoring our new street signs. Your support is greatly appreciated.



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


We would like to say a big thank you to Fergal Kelly for his help in checking a chimney out for a cat.

Roscommon SPCA https://www.facebook.com/fergal.kelly.589?hc_location=ufi


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

Animals for Rehoming,




Animal welfare.


Our School Liaison officer Marie with the Lecarrow Scouts on Wednesday 31st January 2018. Marie was giving a talk on animal welfare to the young Scouts of Lecarrow accompanied by her own rescue collie Millie. Thank you to Linda and the scouts for inviting in Roscommon SPCA to talk about animal welfare. We would also like to say how very grateful we are for the donations of cat & dog food. Thank you very much.


Roscommon SPCA PRO Paul Sullivan Interview

Niamh Loftus talks with Roscommon SPCA PRO, Paul O’ Sullivan about why pets are much more than presents at Christmas time and what can be done to help.

Roscommon SPCA are having their annual Christmas Street Collection in Roscommon Town on Friday, 8th of December and Saturday, 9th of December.

They are looking for volunteers, so if you can spare an hour or two, it will be greatly appreciated. All the money raised goes directly to animal welfare in Co. Roscommon.  5th December 2017.


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.






We have now set up TEXT TO DONATE

text RSPCA to 50300 to donate €4.

100% of your donation goes to Roscommon SPCA across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to Roscommon SPCA. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278


We love looking after the animals of Roscommon, but unfortunately it costs lots of money, and we don’t have lots of money!!  If you can spare a few euros and would like to be the reason that some animal in distress can be cared for, then please consider making a donation using one of the options below.

Make cheques and postal orders payable to “Roscommon SPCA” and post to: P.O. Box 10, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. If you wish to donate by Bank transfer, please contact us by email for our account details. Please label your transaction with your name and “donation”.

If you would like to Donate to Roscommon SPCA  via PayPal, just click the following button.


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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 organisation. 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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