Welcome to ISPCA Wicklow

(Formerly: The Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

For over a century, ISPCA Wicklow has promoted the responsible custody of animals, prevented their cruelty, and rehabilitated and re homed countless numbers to better lives.

Over this time, the society has also become an intrinsic part of the Wicklow community and a focal point for social good, through volunteering, education, employment, fundraising and the promotion of rural sustainability.

Sharpeshill Sanctuary

Our society runs the Sharpeshill Sanctuary, one of Ireland’s largest homes to unwanted animals, including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and goats. We are a not-for-profit charity, primarily financed by the enormous efforts and generosity of the people of Wicklow and beyond.

The sanctuary features our recently opened Pamela’s dog park, where visitors can safely let their pets roam free, and indulge in a coffee while browsing our shop for animal equipment, foods, toys and treats.


The primary purpose of ISPCA Wicklow

  • Animal welfare – to protect and care for all animals

  • Advise and educate – to pass on our knowledge

  • Community engagement – to include and involve all

ISPCA Wicklow achieves these objectives through animal welfare processes, such as sheltering, feeding and treating abandoned animals, and proactive animal management services, such as micro-chipping, spaying and neutering. The local community is an integral part of the care and rehabilitation of these animals, through volunteering, fostering and adoption programmes. The society has also become a focal point for local social engagement, offering employment, running events and accommodating special needs and rehabilitation-programme visitors.


Wicklow SPCA takes in hundreds of at-risk and unwanted animals every year and ensures they are healthy through proper housing, healthy feeding and access to veterinary treatment.

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed by veterinarians that render animals incapable of breeding by removing their reproductive organs. This procedure positively impacts the issue of pet overpopulation.

Every dog now needs to be microchipped and registered on a government approved database and owners must possess a certificate for each dog they own. Wicklow SPCA offer microchipping and regularly promote the practice through free or reduced cost events.

Adoption is the primary program through which the Wicklow SPCA finds new loving homes for animals in our care. We actively inform the public of animals that are available for adoption, and ensure that they are in full health and vaccinated before being rehomed. For potential new pet owners, adoption offers a less expensive ownership option and the chance to give a deserving animal a new lease on life. Our foster home program allows the shelter to increase the total amount of animals cared for, in addition to increasing the chances that animals can hope to find a forever home thereafter.

Whether it’s animal training, feeding, housing or health issues, we regularly advise, train and educate members of the public about these important aspects. Our advice is available through our website, by calling or visiting Sharpeshill Sanctuary, or through our schools, events and off-site programmes.

As a stakeholder in our community, Wicklow SPCA works closely with our neighbours and local organisations to offer training, internships and employment. We welcome and encourage those with particular needs, or challenging behaviors to experience animal assisted therapies and have seen considerable successes through these programmes.

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