A charity says they're looking for more foster homes for dogs during the coronavirus crisis.
Dogs Trust says it has already received over 400 requests from people who want to foster a dog.
Corina Fitzsimons from Dogs Trust says they are also looking for more foster homes as they current have more than 180 dogs in their care.
She told Newstalk Breakfast: "We do have a number of dogs on their way in.
"We're looking for more foster homes in the Connacht and Munster regions."
She said the fewer dogs they have to care for, the more they'll be able to maintain social distancing in their own facilities.
However, Corina said they're urging people to also not rush out and get a dog on impulse.
She explained that fostering a dog from a charity or local animal rescue could be the best option while people do have extra time on their hands.
She noted: "It's so important to keep in mind that when things go back to normal and people have their usual schedule, they might not be able to give a dog everything they need.
"If people have been considering getting a dog, we're asking them to consider adopting rather than buying - there are so many dogs waiting in pounds and rescues around the country."
She also called for people to continue supporting the charity however they can, as "the stark reality is we may see an influx in dogs when things go back to normal".
Dogs Trust is also offering dog owners advice on keeping their pets occupied during self isolation or quarantine.
It says there are many activities involving their favourite treats and toys, as well as building doggy dens or organising treasure hunts so they don't have to leave the house.