Created on: January 2, 2024
Modified on: February 8, 2024

Since the 9th of November 2022, the Irish Government has communicated that it will not be able to provide accommodation for newly arriving/newly acquired pets in State funded accommodation.

Under the Temporary Protection Directive the Irish State provides emergency accommodation to people fleeing the war in Ukraine who seek it. At present, the provision of State funded accommodation is extremely challenging and there will be times when accommodation is not immediately available.

Sourcing accommodation which caters for pets in this context is very difficult. Furthermore placing pets in state funded accommodation creates risks to fellow residents, service providers and the animals themselves.

If you wish to avail of state funded accommodation, you will need to make your own arrangements for your pet at your own cost.

For people with pets already in accommodation, the Government will shortly be asking you to care for your pets at your own expense. Arrangements to care for your pet are your personal responsibility. The Department is not responsible for veterinary bills or other similar costs associated with the care of pets. The Department bears no liability for any damage, injury or other incidents involving pets on Department property or in Department sourced accommodation.

Answers to frequently asked questions about policy on Pets in Accommodation supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Integration, Disability and Youth (DCEDIY) can be found here.