Did you know that Ireland is a very pet-friendly country? Studies have shown that more than two thirds of all Irish households own either a dog or a cat. Over 90% of Irish consider their pets as full family members!
Working with animals in Ireland is fun and diverse! We enable volunteer work in animal shelters for dogs, horses, donkeys and ponies.
Animal shelters for dogs: Ireland is facing a major street dog problem. Even though the Irish government is committed to responsible pet ownership and the number of stray dogs has been reduced by 50% since 2004, thousands of homeless dogs still end up in Ireland's animal shelters every year. We work with several dog shelters that take care of abandoned, abused or neglected dogs, pep them up and try to find a new home for them.
Animal shelters for horses, donkeys and ponies: Ireland's horse industry is famous throughout the world and many first-class and internationally known racing and sport horses come from the Green Island. Once their tournament career has ended, there often is no longer any use for the horses. We work with various animal shelters and sanctuaries that specialize in horses, donkeys and ponies. The authorities confiscated some of them from neglect or maltreatment, or saved them from being euthanized. The facilities are usually non-profits run by local volunteers and are funded by donations and membership fees. As a volunteer, you can make an important contribution to keep up the irreplaceable work of the shelters.
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