The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed more than 2,500 animals last year.
It says the huge increase in people now working from home has led to a spike in numbers looking to get a family pet.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, staff at the Rathfarnham-based shelter are seeing up to 30 applications for each dog.
It urges people to #AdoptDontShop – and to steer clear of illegal puppy farms or other sources where there may be a doubt about the animal’s treatment.
Like other charities, the DSPCA saw donations and income plummet by 80% in 2020 and it has had to find new sources of income to keep its doors open.
A new partnership with online lottery company Lottoland will specifically look to support the DSPCA’s Mobile Veterinary Clinic which is a subsidised veterinary service to low-income communities and helps over 1,900 pet owners each year.
In 2021, the service aims to help more families and pet owners who are struggling financially to take care of their pets’ medical needs.
The service also provides subsidised spaying/neutering surgeries and along with the charity’s dedicated vet team, they will neuter over 3,000 animals next year.
“We’re thrilled to be in a position to partner with the DSPCA as part of our Win Win Charity Lotto launch planned for December,” said Graham Ross, Lottoland’s Irish Country Manager.
“The entire DSPCA team have done an amazing job keeping their vital services running during a challenging 2020 and with the demand for their services never having been higher, the need for new and innovative funding sources continues to grow.”
The Win Win Charity Lotto runs every Sunday with a minimum €5 million jackpot for a €1.50 line. The DSPCA will benefit from 10% of all sales.