Giving Dogs a Better Life

Dogs in Distress have been rescuing dogs for over 20 years.

Fostering Dogs

Could you help provide a loving home to a rescued dog, providing temporary shelter and care.

Adopting a Dog?

Once the dogs are ready for adoption, we accept applications for them by suitable owners.

Make a donation

Dogs in Distress is run by volunteers only – so every cent donated goes directly to the dogs’ welfare.

Dogs available for adoption

Here you can view all of the dogs waiting for their forever homes



18 month



Male 5 year ago



Male 2-year-old



Female 5



Male 2 years



Male 11 months


Dogs Homes

Yearly Rescues

Years In Operation
How it works?
Dogs in Distress have a very strict rescue to adoption process, where every step is carefully and final adoption process is rigorously vetted to ensure the best home for the dogs.
Dog is Rescued
Dogs are either surrendered or rescued from distressing situations.
Dog is Fostered
They are placed in foster care in a loving, peaceful environment (not kennels) in someone’s home.
Dog is Cared for
They are given a full check over, cared for medically and a loving temporary home found.
Put up for Adoption
Once we are happy that the dog is ready and has recovered, we look for a suitable permanent home.

What are people saying about us?

“We adopted little little Tommy (Brody) from dogs in distress and the whole process was just seamless. From Natashas House visit, to Marie’s communications and then foster Adrienne who was amazing, I couldn’t recommend them enough! Please please consider adopting from them if you are looking for a dog! There are so many beautiful dogs looking for their happy ending! Thank you guys so much”

Aisling Kelly

“A 5 star organization that really goes the extra mile when it comes to caring for, fostering and preparing these nearly forgotten dogs for their forever homes.”

Benjamin Davidson

“I’ve both fostered and adopted from Dogs in Distress – and I can’t recommend them highly enough.. I adopted Sadie recently and she’s another DID success story finding happiness in her forever home!”
Majella Hollywood
“I’ve been fostering and volunteering for Dogs in Distress for over 6 years and I couldn’t be prouder of the work everyone does. Everyone works tirelessly 7 days a week to ensure these rescue dogs go to 5 star homes.”
Amanda Lawlor
“We adopted our dog from Dogs in Distress nearly ten years ago now. Derry was the right dog for us, and DID were dedicated without being intrusive when vetting us and placing him.”
Jo Murphy