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A Dogs Life

About A Dogs Life

Dunboyne Pound takes in more than 1,000 dogs per year. We rescue dogs to give them a second chance. These dogs have been either: 1) surrendered by their owners and if not homed from the pound can be put to sleep within 24 hours; 2) picked up as strays by dog wardens and if not homed/reclaimed in 5 days can be put to sleep. Thanks to the work of volunteers the dogs put to sleep rate has decreased from 62% in 2004 to 7% in 2008.

What's Involved

A good foster home is extremely important so we can prepare our dogs coming from the pound for their new lives. All veterinary care is covered by A Dog’s Life and we will provide a crate, food, collar, lead, kongs etc as necessary. We provide a comprehensive foster pack with guidance on what you can do to help your foster dog to settle in, crate training etc and our behaviourist is there to support fosterers with any difficulties. We are always looking for fosterers for dogs of all ages and sizes. We particularly need fosters that fit into any of the following categories: adult foster homes; people who are home most of the time; foster homes with no other dogs; foster homes with no other pets; people available to foster over Christmas in any category!

What's required for this position

Desired skills include patience; being prepared to follow guidance in our foster pack to help settle dog in; an interest in dog training and welfare (some experience is good but not necessary); communication skills - keeping in touch with us about our dogs, taking pics etc...kindness :)

  • Computer/ Web/ ICT
  • Drivers
  • Phone Support/ Information Giver

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 1 month

Hours required: 10hrs Three times per week

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:

Other location details:
but generally Greater Dublin area so Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow

Also available in these counties
Carlow, Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County, Kilkenny, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Insurance cover

Age restrictions:
Over 23

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Make a positive contribution to the lives of dogs and animal welfare in Ireland. Learn about dog training and behaviour. Learn about dog care and animal welfare in Ireland.

Getting there

We have no premises as fosterers foster dogs in their own homes but we can help with transport if needs be

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Kildare
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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