CDPA are recruiting a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Officer to join our team. 

This an exciting opportunity for an animal lover who is passionate about cat welfare and wants to make a positive difference in the lives of Ireland’s feral cats. 

This is a paid position with an expected time commitment of 10-15+ hours per week across 4-5 days.


Click here to apply


Petitions for Change

Calling on the government of Ireland for a national TNR Programme.
Please consider signing this petition and saving cats from miserable futures 🙁


CDPA is offering a low-cost spay or neuter for families who may be struggling financially to neuter their cats.

The offered cost is €45 for a male cat and €60 for a female cat.
Please get in touch if you would like to apply or learn more by filling in this form.

Terms and Conditions: Cats can only be spayed or neutered at our charity vet, following written approval from CDPA.
This initiative covers the spay/neuter operation only. Any additional services required will be charged separately.
Our vets are located in Dublin, Meath and Kildare

Your email address will not be used for any other purpose outside of this initiative. We may contact you after the promotion with a follow-up survey asking about your experience.
You can request for your information to be deleted at any time by contacting

Current fundraisers

A colony of beautiful brown tabbies, 9 cats in total, were trapped for neutering in Tallaght

This situation was funded by CDPA, and so very important to prevent viruses and diseases among other cats, prevent fighting, and preventing more litters of sick kittens.
They all look so similar! 
If you have a couple of Euro (or the price of a coffee) and would like to donate to some of their neuters, please do. As hard as our volunteers work and give up their time to CDPA, we rely almost completely on donations to continue the work we do to Trap, Neuter, (treat) and Return cats and kittens!

Volunteer Ireland Awards

In 2022, we were very pleased to have picked up and award at Volunteer Ireland in the Environmental and Animal Care category.

The full list of winners and shortlist nominees are here!

Carmel Rooney has been volunteering with the Cat and Dog Protection Association of Ireland (CDPA) for five years. She currently volunteers as Chairperson and Rescue Team Lead.

“I feel we all have the power to make a change in the world,” says Carmel. “The local rescue has helped me change the destiny of cats and kittens for the rest of their lives.”

As Chairperson, Carmel manages the finances, administration and day-to-day running of CDPA. As Rescue Team lead, she is responsible for coordinating and facilitating CDPA’s trap-neuter-return (TNR) and rescue programmes.

“Carmel has made a direct and unimaginable positive impact on the lives of feral cats in Ireland,” say her CDPA colleagues. “Under her leadership, CDPA became a ‘no-kill’ animal rescue which means CDPA will never euthanise healthy or treatable animals. In addition, Carmel established CDPA’s trap-neuter-return programme, and rescue and rehoming programmes. The impact of her volunteering with CDPA is incredible. Roughly 1,000 cats per year are neutered under the TNR programme led by Carmel.

“She spends the majority of her free time volunteering with CDPA to help the most vulnerable and neglected animals. She is a single mother, works as a nurse and somehow always has time for everyone who asks her for help.

“Carmel is so dedicated to the charity and is involved in almost every aspect. She manages the CDPA helpline and is the first point of call for members of the public and often deals with very difficult situations related to animal neglect.

“She houses cats when they are first rescued in her own home before they are transferred to a foster home. Despite being the Chairperson, she is very hands-on and will be the first to roll up her sleeves and help a kitten in need.”