About Us



Roscommon SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Charity Registration No: 20072735  &  CHY 18790 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 vigour.
  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 behaviour 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


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Roscommon SPCA is very grateful to the Department of Agriculture for its annual funding of €22K for 2021. This enables us to carry on with our Community Spaying &  Neutering Programme.
Name of Grant Making Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Name of Grant Programme: Ex Gratia Funding to Animal Welfare Organisations
Purpose of Grant: Animal Welfare Activities

Amount: €22,000 Term of Grant: 12 Months.

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




We will be commencing our 2021 Community Spaying & Neutering programme from the 4th of January 2021. This is supported by our donations and the Department of Agriculture animal welfare grant for 2021.
Cats €20.00 per cat
Microchip & Register €10.00
Flea/Worm €10.00
This covers the above only, any extra will be the owner responsibility.
Available to Residents of County Roscommon only, you will need to provide Eircode and proof of address may be required. On the microchipping, you will need proof of ID and proof of address for the vets. To avail of this offer contact us on 087 050 5594.




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 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 say thank you to DAVAIR LIMITED, 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



From 1st February 2020, anyone who sells or supplies pet animals must comply with a number of new requirements, under the Animal Health and Welfare (Sale or Supply of Pet Regulations) 2019.

************************************************************************************************Our 2020 Animal Welfare Stats.

Last year was one of the busiest in the history of Roscommon SPCA. Despite the COVID -19 restrictions and movement we still managed to help a huge number of animals in the County and outside. Our Annual Veterinary Care Bills came to over (€60K) Sixty Thousand euro. It was also the year that our external fundraising ceased, and we had to turn to our social media platforms. Thanks to the ongoing support of our supporters and followers we can report our stats with a hint of pride I must say. But, without the commitment of all our volunteers and your donations we could not achieve this. Thanks to the commitment of our Foster Carers, we saved so many small lives.


Dogs Spayed/Neutered                 240

Cats Spayed/Neutered                  835

TNR CATS (Trap, Neuter, Return) 348

Rabbits spayed                                 5

Injured Dogs                                      11

Injured Cats/Kittens                       149

Injured Wildlife                                 17

Cat/Kittens with sore eyes           258

Feline Aids Tests                               71

Microchip/Registration  97

Vaccinations       102

Flea/Worm Treatments                 302

Amputations                                      3

PTS                                                         11 (cats that had received horrific road injuries, also injured deer)


Dogs/Pups Rehomed                     35

Cats/Kittens Rehomed                  174

Animals for Rehoming,




Animal Welfare

ISPCA welcomes the Department of Agriculture’s new Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025

2nd February 2021

The ISPCA welcomes the new Animal Welfare Strategy 2021 – 2025 “Working Together for Animal Welfare” published yesterday (1st February) by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and fully supports the One Health / One Welfare approach which recognises that the welfare of animals and people are inextricably linked and that all animals should have a life worth living. Animal welfare is an important societal issue and citizens in Ireland expect animal welfare to be at the forefront of government policy.

ISPCA welcomes the Department of Agriculture’s new Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025ISPCA



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.


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

Microchipping 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 microchipped 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 microchipped 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 an 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 a 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 another 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 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.




Payments & Donations

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”.

To make a payment or donation, please click on the Paypal button below. 


We have now set up TEXT TO DONATE

text RSPCA to 50300 to donate €4.

Text cost €4. Roscommon SPCA will receive a minimum of €3.60.

Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278

Donate via iDonate

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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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