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Statement on rehoming of dogs and cats being rehomed following closure of research facilities

The ISPCA is pleased to confirm that following final authorisation from HPRA, the first group of dogs and cats has left the research facility in Co. Mayo which closed recently.

30 dogs and 12 cats begin the journey to their new lives on Tuesday 6th December 2016. 20 dogs were transported by Dogs Trust to their rehoming centre in Dublin, some of them then moving to the UK for rehoming from Dogs Trust Centres.  10 dogs and 12 cats were transported by the ISPCA to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre where the dogs will be rehomed within Ireland. Six cats will subsequently be transferred to Cats Protection in the UK for rehoming from Cats Protection centres.  The other dogs and cats remaining at the facility will leave in groups over the coming weeks and months.

A spokesperson for the ISPCA said:  ‘We will not need only loving and caring indoor homes for these animals but also experienced and patient owners.  Hence we will be seeing experienced dog and cat owners, ideally owners with previous experience in adopting a rescue puppy/dog or kitten/cat.  In cases of dog adoption we will prefer adopters with an existing confident house dog as the retired dogs have always been in the company of other dogs.  Adopters will have to be willing to invest time into providing their new pet with the best standards of care including correct training and socialising where necessary.  We want to make it clear that we may not be able to rehome these dogs or cats to families with young children or busy households.' 

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