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Dog Control


This section provides information on:


Dog Warden Service

Give a Dog a New Home

Dog License

Dog Breeding Establishments


Dog Warden Service


In co-operation with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), Donegal County Council employs two dog wardens who are active throughout the county checking dog licences and dealing with complaints about stray and dangerous dogs.


Complaint about a stray or dangerous dog

If you have a complaint about a stray or dangerous dog, please contact the Dog Warden Service either through the Veterinary Service office or through the Dog Shelter.


Unwanted and Stray Dogs

You can contact the Dog Shelter for advice on stray or unwanted dogs.  The dog shelter at Glencar Scotch, Letterkenny, is open Monday to Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m


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Give a Dog a New Home


A dog can bring great pleasure and enjoyment to its owner. If you are looking for a new dog, why not contact the dog shelter and see if you can give one of our dogs a new home? Before rehoming a dog, please consider the following:


  • Are you and your family prepared for the commitment of dog ownership?
  • Will you have time to look after a dog properly?
  • Can you afford the ongoing expenses of dog ownership?


A fee of €40.00 is charged for each dog rehomed from the Dog Shelter: €20.00 of this fee covers the dog licence fee for the first year and €20.00, which is refundable if the dog is neutered within 6 months of being rehomed.


We regularly share posts of dogs available for rehoming from the dog shelter on our Facebook Page.


For further information contact the Dog Shelter.


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Dog License


  • By clicking on the link for the required licence type, you will be brought to and asked to sign in or register for an account to continue
  • If you don’t already have an account select Register and complete the short registration form and click the Register button
  • You will receive an Account Activation email. Click on the Activate button in this email. You will be brought directly to the application form you selected
  • Complete the form. Please note all compulsory fields, marked with a red asterisk, must be completed before you can pay for and submit your application
  • When you submit the form and pay you will receive a confirmation email notification
  • Your licence should issue to you by post within 10 working days
  • A copy of your application is available to view by clicking My Applications
  • Contact the Veterinary Service for further details.


Annual Dog License  (English)

Ceadúnas madra bliantúil   (Irish)


Lifetime Dog License (English)

Ceadúnas madra saoil (Irish)


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Dog Breeding Establishments


Anyone with six or more female dogs that are capable of breeding and are over 6 months of age must register their premises as a dog breeding establishment. 


Check out the Register of Dog Breeding Establishments in Donegal. 


Further information on Dog Control is available here or contact the Veterinary Service or the Dog Shelter.


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