About Us

Who are the Animal Trust Fund?

The Animal Trust Fund (ATF) registered charity no. 6323, Co Dublin, helps animals across Ireland in as far as possible. It was originally started to help rescue horses after World War II and in 1978 the first “Deed of Trust” was drawn up with the objectives of rescuing horses and other animals in need.  The Trust has worked tirelessly since then to help as many animals as possible.

Department of Agriculture Welfare Grant

The ATF acknowledges with sincere thanks the Department of Agriculture Welfare Grant of €15,200 in December 2023.
The Trustees of the ATF express their gratitude to Minister McConalogue and his department for this recognition of our work in promoting animal welfare, and of the ongoing challenges that we face in fundraising in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. The grant will enable us to continue our work of helping animals in need.

There are many large organisations  working to alleviate animal suffering, and to educate the public.  There are also small groups, and individuals working alone who sometimes become overwhelmed.  We endeavour to help in these cases.  This may be with access to veterinary care or fostering or rehoming of animals, or even trap, neuter and return (TNR). Read about some of our animals…


The Animal Hospital Tallaght

ATF are proud to have a long running connection with the Animal Hospital in Tallaght, whose help has been invaluable to us.  They go above and beyond to help us and the animals in our care.  We also work with other veterinary clinics throughout the country.  To find out more about the Animal Hospital, click the link  Animal Hospital in Tallaght.


See some more useful links to other Irish animal welfare groups here.


If you would like to find out what the laws are regarding animals in Ireland, be sure to study them here :Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013

The Animal Trust Fund makes an annual award to a dedicated animal rescuer and carer for animals.  Due to the pandemic, this hasn’t happened in the last few years.  We intend to start again and if you know of someone who you would like to see honoured in this way, please contact us contact

One recipient of the award was Mrs Maureen Scanlon of Gurteen, Co. Sligo. The event took place at Markree Castle and two of the Trustees, Robert Nicholson and Olive McKinley, made the presentation to Maureen. Read more