Irish Foster-Based Dog Rescue

Dogs in Distress rescues unwanted dogs and puppies in Ireland. We believe that a temporary foster home is the best place for a dog to be cared for while waiting to be adopted. Our rescued dogs and pups are placed in foster care, in a secure home environment. Through our fosterers we really get to know our dogs and pups and  learn which type of home they will be best suited to. So we can help adopters to find the right dog for them.

Most of our dogs and pups are rescued from Meath public pound. We are active in Dublin city, Dublin county and surrounding counties of Meath, Wicklow and Kildare. However we have rescued and homed dogs and pups all over Leinster and the island of Ireland.

Dogs in Distress is run by volunteers; we are passionate about improving the lives of the dogs in our care. Please help us to help them; by adopting a dog from us, fostering one of our rescue dogs or pups or making a donation.

Adopt a Dog

Thanks to our home foster-based approach, we really get to know our dogs. If you would like to adopt a dog we can tell you about the type of home that each of our dogs will be suited to.

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Take Me Home

 *SPECIAL APPEAL* Trevor was mistreated in the past and is afraid of walking on the lead. He needs a country home where off-lead adventures will allow him to enjoy life to the full.

Foster a Dog

By becoming a fosterer for Dogs in Distress you can help dogs that are desperately in need, in the most practical way possible. We believe a home environment is the best place for a dog. Please help a dog or pup by opening your home and your heart to them. We will support you.

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Foster Me

*Urgent Appeal* We need foster homes for our rescue dogs and pups. If you can offer a short-term home please visit Foster a Dog

Donate & fundraising

Without funds Dogs in Distress would not exist and their would be no Happy Endings for the unwanted dogs and pups that we rescue. Please make a donation to us and help us to continue our work.

More about donating & fundraising

Tom was adopted by a family who already had a DID rescue dog named Ned, who needed a special friend. Tom came to the rescue. Read his story here.

Text a €4 Donation to Dogs in Distress

Text a donation to DID and help a dog now

There's no easier way to support our work than by donating by text. Text DID to 50300 to donate €4. 100% of text cost goes to Dogs in Distress across most network providers, so a minimum of €3.26 will go to Dogs in Distress. Service Provider LIKECHARITY 014433890.


Dogs in Distress would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.

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