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What to do if you find a stray dog

Post Lost & Found Dogs on the MADRA Lost and Found Facebook Page 

If you have found a dog in Galway city or county, MADRA suggests that you do the following to search for an owner:

1 Check for an I.D. Tag and call the owner, but please be careful when approaching the dog as he/she may be nervous around strange people

2 Bring the dog to a vet and have it checked for a micro-chip

3 Inform the Gardaí

4 Contact the dog warden/pound and ask them if anyone has been looking for a dog that fits the description

5 Place posters on notice boards in locals shops, schools, veterinary surgeries, community centres, churches etc.

6 Put a notice on Galway Bay FM and other local radio stations

7 Email dog rescue centres a picture of the dog and a contact telephone number asking them to place the details on their Facebook and website if they have the facility to do so

8 Place a picture and contact details on lost dog websites

If you do not find the owner you may also decide to keep the dog yourself. In this case you must send written notification to the Dog Warden or the local Gardaí. If the dog’s owner does not claim the dog within a year you may become the owner of the dog.

If you are not in a position to keep the dog and have tried every avenue to locate the dog's owner or find an alternative solution you can call the dog warden. If you do surrender a dog to the dog warden and think that you can find a home for it please make sure to keep in regular contact with the warden/pound keeper and ask to adopt him/her once it has completed the legally required five days.

Dog Warden - County Galway

Mr. Niall Mc Hugh 087 2227856 (West & North Co. Galway) 

Mr. P.J. Tierney – 087 6431883 (South & East Co. Galway)

For further information contact the Environment Section, Galway County Council 091 509510 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Dog Pound - Galway City

To contact the dog warden for Galway city call (091) 757094.

For further information contact the Environment Section, Galway City Council on 091 536400 or

Below is an album of dogs currently in the Galway City Dog Pound. Please contact the dog warden for more information on reclaiming or rehoming these dogs.


Mission Statement

MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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