The ISPCA National Animal Centre was established in order to support the ISPCA Inspectorate with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of animals that have been cruelly treated, neglected and abused.
The Centre, which opened in 2002, is situated on 88 acres in an area of rural Longford.
The Centre is designed to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to animals that have been subjected to cruelty or neglect and return them to a state that enables them to be responsibly re-homed in a suitable environment. The National Animal Centre is truly a centre for all animals and is currently capable of holding up to fifty canines, fifty felines and in excess of fifteen equines.
As with all animal welfare groups, there is a constant demand for spaces. However, the ISPCA, in conjunction with the Gardai, deals with a larger amount of cruelty prosecution cases than other organisations. Many of our animals must be kept for long periods as a result of court proceedings. This obviously places an increased financial burden on the ISPCA, which can be further exacerbated by the fact that on conviction many offenders are not required by the courts to pay the costs we sustain.
It must be kept in mind that the centre is home to many of the most abused and neglected animals in the country and as such their rehabilitation prior to rehoming can be protracted. This is especially prevalent in our equine section where many months of care and expensive veterinary and farrier treatments are required prior to rehoming.
A visit to the ISPCA Memory Garden in the stunning surrounds of a garden nestled in the woodlands of the National Animal Centre also makes for a memorable visit.
The Centre is located on the main R392 half way between Ballymahon & Lanesborough, Co. Longford and signposted near the Bord-Na-Mona level crossing. (No need to to through Keenagh village).
The ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre was opened in June 2007 as a direct result of the urgent requirement for such a facility to accommodate cruelly treated and neglected equines in the south of the country. With an increased number of horses, old barren mares, broken down racehorses, laminitic ponies and, sadly, badly abused trotting /sulky horses.
A significant number of the seized equines are held on behalf of statutory bodies such as the Gardai and the ISPCAis required to hold these animals pending court proceedings. This often means that many animals have to be retained by the ISPCA for protracted periods of time.
The ISPCA 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 animals and species are welcome!