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The Irish Blue Cross is a registered animal welfare charity which provides charitable veterinary services to pet owners whose financial circumstances prohibit access to private veterinary care, as defined by a list of means tested benefits.  The Charity operates from a small animal clinic in Inchicore and from mobile clinics in communities across the greater Dublin area each week-day evening.  The Charity operates these mobile veterinary clinics in Cabra, Tallaght, Blanchardstown, Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Ballybrack, Smithfield, Walkinstown, Finglas and Donnycarney.

A practical and caring approach is at the heart of The Irish Blue Cross work and the veterinary team also provide information and support to clients, encouraging responsible pet ownership.  There is a particular focus on preventative health measures such as regular health-checks, vaccinations and microchipping.  

The Irish Blue Cross animal welfare charity was founded in 1945 by a group of like-minded people determined to prevent the live exportation of Irish horses to the continent for slaughter. It wasn’t long before the group realised that the plight of Dublin’s sick dogs and cats desperately needed to be addressed. The solution came when the first Irish Blue Cross mobile clinic hit Dublin’s streets in 1953, prioritising it’s presence in areas where there was highest demand for charitable veterinary services.

In 2009, the Charity’s small animal clinic was established with state of the art facilities at its’ base in Inchicore, Dublin 8.  The opening of that clinic, complemented by the mobile clinics, has made an immeasurable difference to so many communities across Dublin and without the support of the Charity, many families would struggle with providing necessary care and assistance for their pets.  Since the Charity’s foundation, over half a million family pets have been treated and demand for affordable veterinary care continues to grow every year. 

Today, the mobile clinic services have expanded to ten locations across Dublin each week day evening, locations such as Cabra, Tallaght, Blanchardstown, Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Ballybrack, Smithfield, Walkinstown, Finglas and Donnycarney.  Where pets require more comprehensive clinical examinations and treatments, they are referred to the ever busy Inchicore clinic. 

The Irish Blue Cross has limited resources to meet the high demand from those seeking it's services and the Charity relies heavily on donations from the public and the goodwill of supporters to continue their work.  The Charity host an action-packed calendar of fundraising events each year, including the Bark in the Park™ sponsored dog walks, flag days, collections and appeals.  All money raised through these fundraising events and through events hosted by generous supporters and volunteers, goes towards funding the on-going cost in the provision of the charitable veterinary services.


Contact Details

15A Goldenbridge Industrial Estate Tyrconnell Road , Inchicore, Dublin 8, Dublin, 97

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 5386

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20007959

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