About Us

About us. 

Galway SPCA has been an active force in Animal Welfare in Co Galway for over 20 years.  We are a registered Charity and a Not for Profit organisation.

Why we do what we do

Our fundamental aim is to reach as many animals that find themselves in need, through neglect, abandonment, abuse or simply at risk due to a change of circumstances, as our resources allow us.

Alongside our main aim is a strong ethic of Education – education to encourage responsible  ownership, to inspire a compassionate and caring society that recognises all animals as sentient beings and to give them the respect they deserve.

We strive to create an environment in which we do not need to exist!

Whilst our main focus is on companion animals,  we support recognised agencies working in animal welfare areas that we do not have the facilities or resources for.  

Galway SPCA is proud of its tradition of using its voice to speak out in cases of animal injustice and will continue to support recognised campaigns to raise standards

What we can’t do

As an animal welfare organisation,  we do NOT have the right to enter people’s property,  or enter onto private land. We, just as any member of the public have to ask for assistance from authorities with that power.   We do have a good understanding of Animal Welfare legislation of course, and a good network of officers but we are not authorised ‘Inspectors’.    

 If you have a strong concern for the well being of an animal or animals, please by all means contact us and we will advise on what course of action is available,  suggest contacts who may be able to help, or where we can (resources and law allowing) will intervene.

It is also important to note that our priority at all times lies with the animals already in our care,  and the well being of those charged with looking after them. It is not responsible to bring into our care more animals than we can properly house or care for.

The above is why we feel prevention,  through education is the key element for the future.

Where are we ?

At our main base, is our sanctuary between Killimor and Portumna, where we care for dogs.

Our cattery is in Athenry.

We have a charity shop on Augustine Street Galway and on Barrack Street, Athenry.

This capacity is supplemented by dedicated fosters.

We have a small core of dedicated employees supported by a wonderful  group of Volunteers.

How are we funded?

We rely on charitable donations  to fund our work.  Monetary donations were supplemented by a DAFM Government Grant Award for 2019.

We also take donations of items that help reduce our costs like cat litter, animal bedding, tins and pouches of pet food, kennel disinfectant, and other cleaning and hygiene supplies.

Without your kind donations we simply could not operate.

In 2019 we were awarded as ‘Charity of the Year’ by Burn’s Pet Nutrition!  https://burnspet.co.uk

Burn’s make quality dry pet food and are supplying us with all the dry pet food we needed during 2019!  As well as that they gave an adoption pack to every cat or dog adopted from us which includes Burn’s pet food, nutrition and veterinary advice literature, and a very cool reusable jute bag.

You can also help us raise funds by shopping and donating quality items in one of our shops on Barrack Street in Athenry and 2 Augustine Street, Galway City.

Charity Number: CHY 12478

Website developed & maintained by Peter Breen.