Wicklow Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Saving animals, serving our community.

For over a century, the Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPCA or the society) has promoted the responsible custody of animals, prevented their cruelty, and rehabilitated and rehomed 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.

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

Principally, the objectives of the WSPCA are to promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals, and to educate and foster knowledge of the psychology and care of animals amongst the public.

It 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 become a focal point for local social engagement, running many events throughout the year, such as open days, talent competitions, dog shows, markets, educational events, courses, teambuilding and corporate outings and accommodating special needs and rehabilitation-programme visitors.