Nora is looking for her forever home

***Private Rehoming***

This lovely, friendly female cat is looking for her forever as her owner has to move house and can’t take them with her. We would love for her to be rehomed with her siblings Polly & Tabby if at all possible. Please call us on 056 7771635 if you can give Nora a home.


Polly is looking for her forever home

***Private Rehoming***

This lovely, friendly female cat is looking for her forever as her owner has to move house and can’t take them with her. We would love for her to be rehomed with her siblings Tabby & Nora if at all possible. Please call us on 056 7771635 if you can give Polly a home.


Tabby is looking for his forever home

***Private Rehoming***

Surprise – not a tabby! 😉

This lovely, friendly male cat is looking for his forever as his owner has to move house and can’t take them with her. We would love for him to be rehomed with his siblings Polly & Nora if at all possible. Please call us on 056 7771635 if you can give Tabby a home.


Darno is missing

Missing since the 27th of June from Castle road in Kilkenny. Completely black tom cat. Please call us on 056 7771635 with any sightings.

Cat missing from the Loughboy area

Ginger is missing from the Loughboy area of Kilkenny. Please phone us in 056 7771635 with any info. Thanks! ????

Help find Ginger

Ginger has gone wondering on Tuesday around noon from the  Moneenaun area between Freshford and Clontubrid  and has not been back. He is a very friendly cat about 9 months old, microchipped and neutered Brendan: 0868377715, Maelle 0863849135

Reward offered for missing cat

Has anyone seen this little guy. He may have climbed into the engine of a car and travelled elsewhere.  He’s deeply missed. Please share. We need to get him home. ????????
Please call 0872321937

Update – Fuzzball has now been found

Fuzzball the housecat is missing from the William st area of kilkenny since 20th june. Very shy cat – please contact us on 056 7771635 with any info. Thanks!


Toby is missing

Missing from the TULLAROAN Rd in kilkenny since sat at 2Pm contact 0876821924 with any info. Thanks!

Table quiz!

Come and join us for a night of fun, all in aid of some great causes and with thanks to the animal care students of Ormonde College of Further Education – Friday 22nd April at 8pm in the Abbey Bar, Irishtown, Kilkenny – see you there!

The Ideal Mother’s Day Gift – Mike Denver auction in aid of Kilkenny SPCA

Treat your Mammy for Mothers’s Day!

We’ve got 2 tickets to auction for Mike Denver & guests Ray Lynam & Philomena Begley this Mother’s Day 6th March in the Lyrath Hotel Kilkenny!

Tickets go to the highest bidder – all proceeds go toward Kilkenny SPCA – taking care of animals in Kilkenny city & county.

Details of the concerts as follows:

Sunday 6th March IN CONCERT

Two Tickets for Mike Denver Concert – The Ideal Mother’s Day Gift

Lyrath Hotel Kilkenny Ph: 056 7760088

Mike Denver With Special Guests

Ray Lynam , Philomena Begley

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm

Email bids to or phone 056 7771635

Taking part in the VHI Womens Mini Marathon? Raise funds for Kilkenny SPCA…

We’re looking for Kilkenny ladies who are taking part in this year’s 2016 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon (and who may have a soft spot for animals) to help us to raise funds to support vital animal welfare work in Kilkenny City & County!

Please don’t delay and join Team Kilkenny SPCA today for the VHI Womens Mini Marathon on 6th June 2016 at 2.00pm. Together we will walk, jog and run to make a difference to help the animals that need us!

How to join Team Kilkenny SPCA for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon:

Step 1 Register with the official marathon organisers to participate in the women’s mini marathon which can be completed on-line from February 17th 2016 until they reach the maximum number of entries.

Step 2 Contact Ciara at
Phone 056 – 7771635
Mob – 089 – 8172167

Remember any amount no matter how small will help animals in our care and those that need our help.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter for regular marathon updates.

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June 2016 at 2.00pm

Registration for the VHI Womens Mini Marathon will open on 17th February 2016. You can find more information on the VHI Womens Mini Marathon website.

We really need your help ladies! Please Sign up to help animals now.

Set up your fundraising page for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon with Just Giving and share your fundraising page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Help us to raise money and support the animals we work with suffering from cruelty and neglect in Kilkenny city & county.

Our aim is to improve the welfare of all animals, domestic and wild. Just some of the work we carry out includes:
– Inspection of reported cases of cruelty and advising local Gardai
– Providing shelter for animals in distress, including wild animals and birds
– Attending accidents involving animals and providing relief as necessary
– Helping to rehome animals
– Helping owners to find lost animals
– Providing a subsidised neutering scheme (between 1/3rd of the cost off)
– Promoting education on animal welfare.

Set up to promote the welfare of all animals – both domestic and wild – it was originally founded in 1882 by the Marchioness of Ormonde. The first meeting took place in Kilkenny Castle on the 25th of April 1882. It became a registered charity in 1937. It is staffed by volunteers and relies on the support and assistance of volunteer, sponsorship and donations, fundraising and membership contributions in order to survive.

Fundraising ideas!
So you have decided on your charity and now you want to raise money! As if the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon isn’t enough here are some additional ways to help raise some EXTRA cash!

  • Get your friends and family involved
  • Bonus sponsorship for hitting different milestone times e.g. finish under x time
  • Sponsor per mile or per minute
  • Wearing fancy dress
  • Follow your journey via social media
  • Offer to walk neighbours/friends dog for a fee while training!!
  • Organise lunch time walks – pay as you go!
  • Video training for the event and post to social media
  • Raise money by organising a training group with friends
  • Host a Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon PRE event BBQ
  • Ask for a donation instead of presents
  • Hold an event at your workplace to highlight what you are doing!
  • Organise fun events with family and friends before the event e.g. egg and spoon race, mini mini marathon around the estate/local area etc.
  • Ask for sponsorship from local business for your charity
  • Talks and demonstrations – e.g. book readings, cookery demonstrations
  • Sell unwanted gifts or clutter
  • Host a Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon POST event celebration party

Spread the Word
Social media is a powerful tool to help you raise even more money for your charity by letting people know what you are doing. Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest to raise the profile of what you are doing and encourage people to donate money to your cause. Some things you can do to help spread the word

Share the news when you have entered online

Share posts from the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon Facebook and Twitter
When training share an update on your social media
Post pictures following your training
Post videos of your training journey
Set up a fundraising page using online tools
Remind people regularly that you are raising money

Click here to visit the Womens Mini Marathon Website

TABLE QUIZ in aid of the Kilkenny SPCA – 28th Jan

Join us in Tynan’s Bridge House Bar at 9pm on thursday the 28th of January for some table quiz fun in aid of the Kilkenny SPCA.

We’ll have spot prizes and a raffle and entry is just €20 per table

Tickets available on the night. See you there!

Keep your pets safe during cold weather


With a cold snap forecasted please ensure pets are kept warm & safe during cold weather spells.

Female Yorkshire Terrier found

Little female Yorkie found just before christmas and being cared for by a lovely member of the public since. Wary of strangers but quite clever. Please phone us on 056 7771635 if you own this dog or think you know the owner.

Rescued dog has now been reunited with owner

This dog was rescued from the river in kilkenny, with the help of kilkenny sub aqua club. If this is your dog or you know who the owner is please call 0567771635.

Missing Pup – updated – has been returned to owner

On Christmas Day this pup followed the owners other dog up the fields at the back of us in Anamult Road Bennettsbridge and is missing since. He is about 5 months old and a minature jrt wearing a blue collar white with tan markings.
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2016 Calendars now on sale!

Our 2016 Calendars are now on sale at the following outlets and make great Christmas stocking fillers – Just €8!

Price Buster, Ciillin Hill, Kilkenny
ElectroCity, Dublin Rd, Kilkenny
Abbeyside Vets, Kilkenny
Village Vets, Kells Rd, Kilkenny
Archersfields Vets, Kilkenny
Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny
Credit Union, Castlecomer Co. Kilkenny
Mullinahone Co-op, Mullinahone, Co Tipperary

All proceeds go towards the Kilkenny SPCA, supporting animal welfare in Kilkenny City & County. The Calendar features beautiful images courtesy of the Kilkenny Photographic Society.



You and your dog

Here are a few suggestions to ensure you develop the right kind of relationship with your dog and get things off to a good start.

A dog is a pack animal and regards everyone in the home as part of the pack, animals and humans alike, so it is important that your new pet learns his place in the pecking order.  If he (or she) does not, then he will become confused and strain the start of a lifelong friendship.

The best place for your dog in his new pack is at the bottom of the pecking order, ie all humans are the boss or the “top dog” in your pet’s eyes.

This state of affairs is quite easy to achieve as long as you follow these golden rules:

  1. Ground rules need to be implemented straight away otherwise the dog will only obey instructions when it wants to and ignore them if it does not like the ideas. Worse still, a dominant dog can respond with aggression when forced to do something it does not want to do.  Always ensure your dog sleeps on the floor or in its own bed, never on the furniture or the bed you sleep in.  Ideally place the bed in an area where the dog can rest undisturbed.
  1. When feeding a dog, always ensure it is fed after everyone else. In the dog’s eyes, whoever eats first is the top dog, so if it always has to wait until you have eaten, it will always look to you as the boss.  Following this rule will make the dog less inclined to beg at the table as well.  Feeding time is also a good time for basic training; making them sit before getting the food, leading on to making them wait until told when to eat, is all good obedience training.  In a household with young children, it is often helpful to let the children feed the dog as this will increase their social standing in the dog’s eyes making the dog behave better with the children.
  1. A dog will play games for fun, but it will also learn from games who is the strongest. To a dog, whoever wins is the dominant or top dog.  The most important game to win is any tug of war with an object – direct trial of strength.  Any toy used in games must be back in the owner’s hand at the end of the play.  If not, the dog will read the score as a canine victory, and behave accordingly.  Avoid at all times wrestling with your dog, as they will invariably beat you, and it tends to make them aggressive.
  1. Many dogs will become very excitable when introduced into a new home, while some will be quite scared at the sudden change. To help your pet adjust to its new surrounding, encourage your pet to be calm and relaxed; do not force a frightened dog to do something against its will, gently coax it instead.  If the dog is too excitable, speak calmly, and if that does not help, give it no attention for a while, this will have the calming effect desired.
  1. Never leave your dog – even if it appears to be of sound temperament – unsupervised with small children. Keep your dog on the lead for at least the first week, and especially keep him under control in public.  When you let him off the lead for the first time, do so in an enclosed space so that if he will not return, you can catch him.
  1. No doubt our new four footed friend will occasionally be responsible for various misdemeanours that are unacceptable to us.  The best punishment is to deny the dog attention for a period of time, from 10 minutes to half an hour.  Physical punishment is often detrimental, as it may become frightened and confused.  Distraction is also a good method for curtailing antisocial activity, by taking its mind off potential problems, but be careful not to “reward” bad behaviour.
  2. When leaving your dog unattended at home, it is often best to put the dog in a fairly indestructible environment in case of separation anxiety.  Do not make a big fuss before leaving, as it will only excite the dog; it is better to ignore the dog for a couple of minutes before departure.  On return, be a little aloof with the dog for a few seconds before fussing over him or her.  This will teach our canine friend that attention is only given when you decide, and not when you  return home.  It will help to calm the dog as the time for your return approaches.

    If you follow these rules, your dog will be a joy to own, and it will be happier, as it has a clear message from you as to who is the boss


The importance of worming your dog regularly

As a responsible dog owner, it is important for you to worm your dog regularly.  Here are some of the things for you to consider:


*       All dogs at some point during their life have worms.  Most commonly during puppyhood.

*       Dogs with worms may not show signs of illness, except when the worms are present in large volumes.

*       Puppies are most at risk from worm infections. Worms are passed from the mother before and after birth through the milk.  Infestation may cause with loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, or a swollen abdomen.  Puppies should be wormed from two-three weeks of age at two weekly intervals until they are 12 weeks of age, then every month until they are six months of age.  Worming should continue at least twice a year with a recommended veterinary preparation for the rest of the dog’s life.

*       Pregnant bitches should be wormed at the time of mating and again when the puppies are one week old.

*       The two main types of worms are Tapeworms (Dipylidium species) and Roundworms (Toxocara Canis).

*       Most worms will live in the intestine and feed on the partly digested food.

*       Tapeworms can appear like white grains of rice, which are joined together to form a tape.  These are most commonly found in adult dogs.

*       Roundworms are spread through direct contact (dog to dog).

*       Tapeworms are spread through an intermediate host (most commonly the flea).


Life-cycle of the Roundworm (Toxocara canis)

*       The eggs (which are not visible) are passed in the faeces.

*       The dog then eats the eggs during licking and cleaning.

*       These hatch into larvae in the intestine and then travel through the liver to the bloodstream and then enter the lungs.

*       They pass through the lungs where they are coughed up and then swallowed.  At this stage, the larvae develop into adults which produce eggs and the cycle starts again.

*       The larvae often remain in “cyst” form in the muscle of the dog.  This is harmless to the dog, although during pregnancy, the larvae cysts can become active again, infecting the puppies through the bloodstream.

*       Some public parks can become heavily contaminated with worm eggs, which can case a potential risk to young children in the form of Toxocariasis.  In extreme cases this can cause severe illness and even affect eyesight.  The incidence of this is rare, although it has received much publicity.

Life-cycle of the Tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum)

*       The tapeworm attaches itself to the wall of the intestine and the segments, which contain the eggs, are passed out through the rectum, often in faeces.

*       The eggs (which are not visible) are shed once the segments split on hitting the ground.

*       These eggs may be picked up by the larvae of the flea (the intermediate host).

*       The tapeworm egg then develops to become infective inside the adult stage of the flea.

*       The dog then eats the flea during licking and cleaning and becomes infected with tapeworm.

(The intermediate host is necessary to form part of the life-cycle, more development stages take place in the intermediate host).


*       Both worms are easy to eliminate and suitable preparations are available through your veterinary surgeon.

*       Remember puppies and pregnant bitches require regular repeated worming.  Ask your vet for advice.

*       Adult dogs should be wormed at least twice a year.

*       Remember, if your dog has tapeworm you must also treat him for fleas.

*       As a responsible pet owner, you should discourage your dog from fouling in public places, parks and children’s play areas.  Always carry a poop-scoop or plastic beg with you to clean up after your dog.  Regular worming will help to minimise the amount of egg contamination tin the environment.