The Irish Blue Cross, 
15A Goldenbridge Ind Est,
Tyrconnell Road,
Dublin 8.
Tel: 01 416 3030
Fax: 01 416 3035

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Microchipping provides best form of identification

Microchipping becomes a mandatory requirement for all dogs from April 2016.  It is on offer by appointment  at our Inchicore Clinic to pet owners in need of assistance for just €10.00 per dog.  It is permanent identification which simply involves the painless insertion (similar to vaccination) of a microchip beneath the pet’s skin. Once a pet is microchipped, the trauma and risk of loosing it is greatly reduced.  All veterinary practices and dog pounds scan lost pets to check for microchips. The unique code held on the microchip will link back to the owner’s details contained on a main database.  The microchipping certificate, which is proof of ownership, must always be kept up to date.  Microchipping greatly assists welfare groups and dog pounds to reunite pets with their owners and it reduces the likelihood of healthy dogs being destroyed for want of identification.

Low cost neutering scheme

The Irish Blue Cross services are restricted to those owners who find the cost of private veterinary care prohibitive.  We run a successful all-year-round low-cost neutering scheme at The Inchicore Clinic.  Hundreds of pets go through our scheme annually.  The popular welfare scheme greatly reduces the level of unwanted litters of kittens and puppies.  In addition, there are many vet in Dublin who have joined with the Charity to offer discounted neutering surgery for those owners who genuinely in need of assistacne (on Social Welfare). 

Referrals of sick pets for life-saving operations

Many mobile clinic referred cases are carried out at The Inchicore Clinic.  However, overall demand is still far greater than we can cope with and referrals are made to external veterinary practices that generously discount their fees by one-third for eligible clients.  The range of procedures carried out at our Inchicore Clinic includes neutering, life-saving surgeries, X-rays, blood tests, dentals, microchipping and other procedures.  

Significant charity funds are required each year for our referred cases work to ensure as many animals as possible receive the tests and surgery they so desperately require.  In so far as possible and working within a restricted budget, we will do what we possibly can to assist all pets.

Many animals are restored to full health under the Blue Cross referred cases scheme. It is of great benefit to owners on limited means who may have experienced a change in their personal circumstances or who simply can not manage vets bills due to lack of income.  Each year, the number of pets obtaining assistance and the level of cost to the charity is on the increase.


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