When we were founded in Dublin in 1946 we were known as The Feline Club. When we were affiliated to the ISPCA, we broadened our work to include the care of unwanted dogs. We are a registered charity, and a limited company governed by an Executive Committee which meets monthly. We have an office in Carmichael Centre. We do not have our own shelter and all rescued animals are placed either in foster homes or in private boarding kennels until suitable homes can be found for them. Home checks are made before placing animals in new homes. All adult animals are neutered before placement.
Our principal work is for the welfare of cats, both feral and domestic. Feral cats are descended from domestic cats which have not been neutered and have been abandoned by their owners. While feral cats live closely with humans and depend on them for food, most have never been handled and hide when a human approaches. Un-neutered and left to fend for themselves, they breed indiscriminately. The female can have up to three litters each year. Their numbers run to thousands in every county in Ireland. They live short and often miserable lives. Our work with feral cats involves trapping and neutering healthy adults, thus preventing more kittens being born, and, where feasible, returning them to their colony.
Please contact us if you need advice or help with feral or stray cats in your area.
CDPA’s Mission Statement:
The main objects for which the CDPA is established (“Main Objects”) are:
- Our mission is to promote, provide for and improve the welfare of cats and dogs through education, intervention, and rehabilitation
- To prevent cruelty to all animals
- To reduce the number of stray and unwanted cats, kittens, and other animals by advocating and encouraging spaying and neutering of healthy adult animals to prevent unwanted young being born
- To provide education regarding, and to improve people’s understanding of cats and proper care of cats and other animals amongst the public in general, and the young in particular
In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing Main Objects the Company shall have the following subsidiary objects:
- To arrange for the treatment of sick or injured cats, kittens, and other animals by veterinary surgeons where these are the property of persons who cannot afford professional fees, or where their owner is unknown
- To provide food and shelter for unwanted or stray cats, kittens, and other animals, to find suitable homes for them and to re-home animals wherever possible
- As a humane solution for cats, to engage in the trap, neuter, and release programme
Our contact details are below:
Address: Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, North Brunswick Street, Dublin D07 RHA8
Telephone: +353 1 888 0828
Registered Charity No: CHY 7948
Limited Company No: 151311