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Pets in Tunisia

Hello everyone,

Many of us in Tunisia have four-legged friends. What about you? Do you have one or more pets? Share your experience with us!

What are the formalities to import pets in Tunisia? What about pet adoption procedures in the country? Did you bring your pet from your home country to your host country? If so, did everything turn out fine?

What do Tunisians think about pets? Are they comfortable with dogs, cats or unusual pets?

Share your advice!

Priscilla

Personally I would not bring pets in from another country.  We have so many animals who have no homes here.  I have adopted 2 dogs from the street.  They are loved very much and are so loyal.  I encourage everyone to adopt an animal from the street and love it and care about it.  Now we even have an organisation Against Animal Abuse Tunisa who have organised free vaccinations for dogs and cats.  They will come to your area with this service.  You should make sure your pets have the vaccination against rabies as this is quite prevalent in Tunisia.

Rescuing even one animal is the best thing you can do.

I brought my two big dogs from the US to Tunisia and I really regret it. Dogs are viewed as dirty, so my husband's family was very unhappy about them living in our house. My dogs were always spoiled--they slept in my bed for 8 years and always had a dogsitter when I was out of town. They were always well-groomed and everything. Here, they don't have those kinds of services. I got pregnant and could not keep up with their shedding, so my husband and his family moved them to our farm just before my baby was born. They say I cannot take care of a baby and dogs at the same time. Now my dogs are living in a warehouse on a cement floor. They get little attention and eat only bread and water. I am not able to go to them everyday, but my husband does to feed them. It's not the same as them having their mom with them to love and spoil them. It breaks my heart and I feel like I've failed them. I lost the fight. We have taken in two puppies as well, who are happy at the farm because that's the only life they've known, and they are free to run around since they won't run away or attack other animals like my dogs will if let loose. We've also rescued many kittens. There are many stray animals here, so if you can give them loving homes, that would be wonderful.

I am going to move to Tunisia permanently in January and will be bringing my 2 dogs with me. They are small house dogs. One is 12 and one is 6.
I have no reason to adopt any further dogs as I have had these 2 for years, and if I have to travel I have another American friend with 2 dogs of her own to babysit them.
While I am all in favor of animal rescue, it is not right to advise people not to bring their own pets or to adopt street pets. Not knowing what they have been through can be a recipe for disaster. I have witnessed the dogs being treated horribly and I would never bring an abused dog into my home. You can never be certain if the dog will come after you.
People can say what they wish. If they believe that dogs are dirty that is their right, they do not have to visit my home. My dogs are kept clean and groomed at all times.
If my dogs happen to die, which is going to come about given their ages, I will then go back to a breeder that I know and trust to purchase another dog of my choosing.

I am moving there in the next few months and taking my 2 dogs and a cat with me.   They are family just like my own children.  They are former show dogs and will not be staying outside.   I have taken my one dog with me everytime I go to visit my husband and he has no issue with my dog crashing on the sofa or at the foot of the bed.   He is a emotional support animal and if he couldn't go or live indoors I wouldn't go.

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