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Dogs come into KLAWS’ care from a variety of sources. It can be a litter of unwanted puppies, a failed working dog, or a dog whose owner has either passed away or gone into residential care. What all our dogs have in common is that they are looking for a loving forever home. Some of those dogs would be better suited for a single-person household, others would thrive as members of a big family. But they all need a warm bed, love, attention and security in their forever homes. If you would like to adopt a dog, please click here


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Rescue cats and kittens may be found on roadsides, abandoned in derelict buildings, left motherless or starving after a fallout from yet another 'accidental pregnancy', etc. But luckily, good people have not disappeared from this world and give us hope and encouragement to continue on our mission to keep rescuing and rehoming stray, abandoned or semi-feral cats. If you are looking to add a fluffy new member to your family, look no further - chances are, we probably have one ready to be rehomed who is just perfect for you! To adopt a cat, please click here

Our Charity Shop in Kenmare

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KLAWS Shop is located in the Supervalu Shopping centre in Kenmare town

Opening Hours

Mon - Sat ~ 11am - 5pm (incl. Bank Holidays)

Buy Our Merchandise


Fancy a cuppa? We have just the right mug for it and it’s available in our online shop right here!

Volunteer with Us

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Volunteering is a very rewarding way of giving back to the community to live in. If you have recently moved or gotten too used to isolating yourself in recent years, volunteering is an easy way to get to know like-minded people and participate in the synergy that happens when individuals come together working on a shared goal. Often volunteering seems daunting in our already busy lives, but every little helps and makes a difference. Most of us know animals as companions staying by our side through thick and thin. Always greeting us happily after a long day at work, making sure we stay active and fit. And animals are particularily thankful when we help them out of often dire situations they find themselves in for no fault of their own. So many say: we think we rescue them, but really they rescue us... To find out how you can contribute or to meet our volunteers, please click the button here.

Your Donation Matters!

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As a volunteer-based charity, we are wholly dependent on the kindness of good people, our donors and a DAFM grant. In order to fund our mission, we have a charity shop in Kenmare, we organize different events at various locations, we sell our merchandise online and through third parties. And we are always grateful for any support offered. Your donations will go 100% towards helping animals; for example vet bills, food, special dietary needs, kenneling and transport. If you would like to donate to our charity in order to help us to help animals in need, please click here.


Tick Season Has Started
Deer in the Woods

Ticks are bloodsucking parasites that feed on humans, pets, livestock and wild animals. They are also disease-carrying insects, to animals as well as humans. The so-called hard ticks that are most common in Ireland can often be found in areas of rough grasslands and moist woodlands abundant in vertebrate hosts, such as deer, cattle, sheep, birds, etc. So, unfortunately, our beloved Kerry is a real tick magnet. This can only mean one thing — we need to be extra careful when out and about with our pets. The seasonal risk period for exposure in Ireland is from April to October, owing to the mild temperatures and relatively high humidity, which ticks prefer for their activity. Please keep checking your pets (and yourselves) for ticks daily — early detection and prompt removal are keys to avoiding the transferal of diseases. Consider investing in reusable plastic tick removal tools — they are cheap, available in most pharmacies, and very useful to have when you live in a rural area. It is also recommended that we use insect repellent when we're enjoying the great outdoors during tick season. To prevent infestations, veterinarians recommend treating all your pets for parasites all year round, which is the only way of breaking the life cycle of ticks. Consult your vet regarding the right treatment for your pets. Stay safe!


To report animal cruelty, please contact one of the following organisations:

Kerry SPCA phone 066-712 8588, website

ISPCA phone 0818-515 515, website

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