Pets are being saved in a country where the population is at record highs and where the country’s population is on the rise.
Pet rescue organisations are seeing an influx of new arrivals and the government is taking steps to make sure their care is safe and secure.
The Irish Pet Rescue Association has been at the forefront of the national effort to save thousands of pets from overpopulation and euthanasia in Ireland.
The association has welcomed the government’s plans to boost its financial support for the Pet Rescue Council, which it said has been a major contributor to the success of its campaigns.
“Our organisation is seeing a surge in numbers over the last three years, which is an amazing sign for the future,” said Clare O’Hara, chief executive of the Pet Save Ireland charity.
“We are seeing people coming from all over the country to come and have their pets spayed and neutered.
It’s really important that we do all we can to keep the population under control.”
The Irish Pet Save Association has rescued more than 13,000 animals in the past five years.
“There are a lot of people coming in from abroad and bringing their pets into Ireland.
They’re very enthusiastic about the idea of having a pet, and many are looking for a place to raise them,” Ms O’Shea said.
The country has recorded more than 1.4 million pet deaths in the last five years, the highest figure in Europe.
“People are looking to adopt their pets as they can, they can afford it,” Ms Gaffney said.
“People want to have a home, they want a pet.
They want to keep a pet with them.
We are seeing a significant increase in adoptions of our animals.”
The Government announced in the Budget that it will provide €250 million to help save up to 30,000 Irish pets from euthanasia.
Ms Giffney said the money will be used to boost the Pet Saving Council and other rescue organisations to raise money for spay/neuter surgeries and spay-neuter services.
The Government is also looking at ways to support pet owners who are reluctant to take their pets to the vet, particularly in rural areas.
“The Government has already invested in the Pet Recovery Program to give people a way to have their animals spayed/neutered in rural Ireland,” Ms Ahern said.