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ISPCA - Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


National Animal Centre Derryglogher Keenagh Co Longford, Lanesboro, Longford - N39X257

ISPCA - Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

About Us

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Ireland's largest national animal welfare charity, and represents 17 affiliated member societies.  Together the ISPCA and our members help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species.

The Society Cares for all Animal


Our role is to is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.  The Society supports the aims of similarly minded animal welfare bodies throughout the world.  The ISPCA believes that animals have the right to live their lives free from needless suffering and we aim to rescue, rehabilitate and responsibly rehome animals that are subjected to cruelty or neglect.  We also believe that all animals have an intrinsic value entirely independent of their value or use to man and should be respected and protected accordingly.

In short, we:

Promote animal welfare

Prevent cruelty to animals

Relieve animal suffering

Mission Statement

We believe the following freedoms should be afforded to all animals:

from hunger, thirst and malnutrition.
from discomfort.
from disease and injury.
to behave normally.
from distress and fear.

where your money goes

Inspectorate Service

The ISPCA Inspectors are at the forefront of animal welfare, they respond to allegations of cruelty, neglect and abuse and also to aid sick and injured animals.  In the vast majority of cases our officers find a solution to most problems by working with the owners of the animal(s) involved.  Unfortunately however, this is not always the case and on occasion instances of cruelty, neglect or abuse are uncovered.  The ISPCA Inspectorate directly interacts with thousands of animals throughout the year, and where necessary competently follow prosecutions.

ISPCA Animal Rescue Centres                

The ISPCA's three rescue and rehabilitation centres were developed in order to support the ISPCA Inspectorate and member societies with the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible re-homing of cruelly treated and neglected animals.

The ISPCA National Animal Centre based in Keenagh, Co. Longford opened in 2002 and is accessible to our Inspectors from across Ireland.  The centre is designed to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to all animals subjected to cruelty or neglect and to return them to a state which enables them to be responsibly re-homed. The National Animal Centre can house over a 100 animals in need at any one time.

The ISPCA  Equine Rescue Centre is located in Mallow, Co Cork.  Following the huge increase in cruelty calls involving horses and ponies, the decision was taken to develop a centre for the rescue and rehabilitation of all equines.  Staff at the centre in Cork, care for many equines from the south of the country, and also collaborate closely with the equine unit in Longford.

The ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) opened in June 2018 thanks to the hard work of our affiliated member organisation Donegal SPCA.  The state-of-the-art facilities include an animal treatment room, rooms for small animals, large animals, and aquatic wildlife such as seals, as well as stables, kennels and a cattery.

All three rescue centres aid the Inspectorate and support the ISPCA's 17 Member Societies and other animal welfare organisations throughout Ireland.


Education is paramount to furthering the Society's objectives in preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals.  The ISPCA believes that raising people's awareness is the best insurance against cruelty to animals in the future.  The ISPCA aims to prevent cruelty, neglect and abuse to all animals and to promote compassion for the animals that cannot speak for themselves.

The Society is the umbrella organisation for 17 affiliated local animal welfare organisations and as such provides training and support to a dedicated and committed core of volunteers.

School visits to the ISPCA National Animal Centre are an integral part of our education programme, children are the key to the future of animal welfare in Ireland.

ISPCA work experience programmes have provided many opportunities for students in different areas such as office work and animal care.

ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline                                                                                                            

A National Animal Cruelty Helpline operated by the ISPCA, deals with many thousands of calls regarding animal welfare.  The public have become more aware of animal welfare and intolerant of what they perceive to be cruelty or neglect.  Consequently the volume of calls to the ISPCA has increased in recent years and continues to rise stretching our services beyond measure. If you believe an animal is in need please call 0818 515515 Monday to Friday 9-5pm in the strictest of confidence, or you may fill in a confidential online complaint form.

Services for Animals and People                                                                                           

The ISPCA actively supports and provides a limited service for Outreach programmes for people that have intellectual difficulties. The ISPCA supports physical and therapeutic programmes for the elderly and liaises with social workers and family in helping to facilitate the care of pets.


Throughout Irish history our foundling members have campaigned and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of animals that are suffering across Ireland and have had many successes.  The ISPCA continues to actively campaign Nationally and internationally against live export of horses for slaughter, the plight of Circus Animals, Exotic Animal legislation, Stray and unwanted dog situation within Ireland, Irish Greyhound Industry, Whaling, Bullfighting, Wild birds for pet trade, Seal Hunting, Against live cattle exports to Middle East, Intensive Dog Breeding Establishment Bill, Animal Health and Welfare Bill, Dangerous Wild Animals, Stray and Feral cat situation within Ireland to name a few.