Westmeath SPCA founder, Elizabeth Baker

Founded near Mullingar in 1952, the Westmeath SPCA has looked out for the welfare of the animals of Westmeath with care and respect. Westmeath SPCA is entirely volunteer run and is a registered charity. CHY11491.

We rely on the public to report cases of animal cruelty or hardship. (contact us)

In April 2016 we welcomed our new inspector to work on the frontline with animal welfare. In cases of emergency or animal cruelty please phone 086 6383730.

We are always looking for volunteers to help at our rescue and donations are always gratefully accepted.

Should you need veterinary assistance or

Should you want to contact the Garda

Westmeath SPCA & the ISPCA

The ISPCA is the umbrella organisation for 17 affiliated local animal welfare organisations and as such provides support to a dedicated and committed core of hard working volunteers. ‘ISPCA Member Societies carry out valiant work in many areas of animal welfare on a voluntary basis. Collectively the ISPCA affiliated societies rescue, rehome, and treat thousands of animals across Ireland.

To report cruelty or hardship please call 086  6383730.


It is estimated that the Westmeath SPCA give out 500 vouchers annually to those on low incomes.

The Hard Questions

Each year the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine grant funding to organisations involved in safeguarding animal welfare throughout the country.

2018 update : We’re delighted to see that Minister Creed has Announced Funding of €2,751,000 to Animal Welfare Organisations. We here are very grateful for this funding and yet again Westmeath SPCA, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath receives €10,000. (read more)

2017 update: In December 2016 Minister Creed announced funding of €2460500 to Animal Welfare Organisations of which Westmeath SPCA received €10,000. Donations make up the rest of the income.

During 2016 the Westmeath SPCA van needed replacing and that came at a cost of €10,500. The next biggest expenditure in 2016 was vet bills which came to €9,376.14.

Fuel, insurance and inspector’s wages make up for the majority of the rest of the annual expenditure.

Westmeath SPCA are forever grateful for your ongoing support and earnestly ask for your continuing support and donations. Westmeath SPCA is on the road responding to calls regarding animal hardship and cruelty and has been for the last 65 years.

In 2015 Westmeath SPCA received €14,500, this had increased from €12,000 the previous year, 2014.
Interestingly, in 2004 and 2005 the grant was also €12,000 showing a small increase over ten years.
To put this in perspective, the vet bill for the years 2015 and 2014 was €12,210.
The vet bill ten years earlier, for the years 2005 and 2004 was €7,928.
The increase over the ten years was €4,282 whereas the increase in Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine grant was only €2,500 in the same period.
Other costs incurred by the Westmeath SPCA include the Inspector’s wages and transport costs, cattery costs and insurance.
Fundraising makes up the difference.