ISPCA: The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ISPCA stands for the same goals as all other animal rescue organizations around the world. In Ireland, there is an SPCA chapter in every county. This organization does not only rescue dogs and cats but other tame and/or wild animals that need help for any number of reasons.

The web site of the ISPCA has many helpful articles and 'how-to' suggestions for animal care, such as both summer and winter animal care.

The ISPCA website offers many ways in which the public can help. It is a non-profit organization which relies on generous private donations and they are usually holding some sort of fundraising event; or you can go directly to the site and donate there. They have a newsletter to subscribe to and an online store, which is a great way to purchase a gift while donating. Another gift idea is donating money in lieu of a wedding or birthday gift to an animal lover.

They are also a great help to those whose animals are missing or those who have found a stray pet. They try to find homes for abandoned animals, which they call "rehoming". One popular program is rehoming a horse. They also advocate spaying and neutering since there are already so many homeless animals in the world.

The ISPCA encourages people to report animal abuse as well as suspected abuse. They have some rescue stories that may be too gruesome for some people. If you look at those, please be prepared.

If you don't know how to contact your local county ISPCA, the National Cruelty Helpline is 1890-515-515. They will connect you with the right people. This might be a good time to go to the ISPCA site and make a donation. Thank you.

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