Adopting a pet in Dominican Republic

Hello,

Are you a dog or a cat person? A pet can add life to a home and make an ideal travel companion during your expatriation in Dominican Republic.

However, formalities or regulations might put you off traveling with your pet making adoption a better option.

Are there any particular rules or procedures for the adoption of an animal in Dominican Republic?

What are the costs associated with adopting a pet in Dominican Republic?

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

Have you ever adopted a pet in Dominican Republic? Is he or she still with you today?

Thank you in advance for your feedback,

Lo´c

Adopting dogs and cats here is simple. There are dozens of rescue groups spread all over the country.  Each has their own "rules"

There are thousands and thousands of animals needing homes.  If you want a pet just look on Facebook for rescue groups, talk to a neighbor who will know someone who has puppies etc. 

Be aware that many animals are not vaccinated or cared for properly.  Vets are mostly inexpensive here. 

Spay and neuter clinics are run by rescue groups all the time.  Get your pets fixed. Sponsor street animals for the clinics.  Help fix the problem. You must also medicate routinely for fleas and tics! And we don't have Lyme disease tics here.

Also understand if you are looking for a pure bred pet - this country is fairly small. In breeding is rampant and is destroying the health of many animals. Be careful who you buy from.

Adopt a street animal.  They are referred to as " vira latas"   they are often smart survivors of the streets andake great pets!

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Also understand if you are looking for a pure bred pet - this country is fairly small. In breeding is rampant and is destroying the health of many animals. Be careful who you buy from.

Adopt a street animal.  They are referred to as " vira latas"   they are often smart survivors of the streets andake great pets!

Absolutely.  ViraLatas make the best pets ever. They are very loving and attentive and fiercely protective of the family who adopted them.

Best of all, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for them.

We had a couple viralata's "over for dinner" on our last visit. A mom and pup followed us home from the beach...and we are suckers for a sweet face!  The pup stayed the night and enjoyed our patio couch.  Lots of sweet dogs on the street, and some you need to be cautious with.

And thank you for the new word!  :)

Yes, thanks for the new word - viralata - a coupleof the nicest dogs I have seen are local street dogs - forever having pups, but the pups are quickly adopted/gone. The small dog my wife got while on my last trip to Alberta was ncie. I found the vet services here are pretty good and a fraction of the cost in Canada. Had all the shots on our little critter. Unfortunately, my wife decided she didn't really like him and found relative that took him and with him went the Vet record book so I don't have the costs of all the shots available.

We adopted our dog from an adoption agency in Bavaro almost 4 years ago.  She has been an excellent pet so far.  Having had some great dogs in the past, german shepards, labs, I can tell you that this dog is very intelligent, kind, loving and gentle.  She gets away from the property every once in awhile (bored) but always finds her way back in an hour or so.

Sadly there are ALWAYS way too many puppies being born.  That is why many of the rescues focus on spay and neuter!

I am currently looking for a new viralata!    He or she needs to be small - because of shoulder issues under 10 pounds when full grown.   I like the little fur balls best and DO NOT like Chihuahuas.  AND does not need to be a puppy,  can be an older dog, just small.

If you see any, let me know......

Diakimyi  The animal shelter in San Cristobal I support always has a few.  They depend strictly on donations to do what they do.
They are also play a large role in San Cristobal streets having very few strays.

https://www.facebook.com/diakimyiprotec … cristobal/

Thanks,  I  just checked out their page and will contact them as well.

I intend to bring 2 cats with me I have had for 13 and 14 years . I have started to research what vaccines they need and what examinations they need. To make the trip less stressful I will be driven from Tampa to Miami where I can then get a direct flight to then RD .  Any feed back on brining pets to the RD and your experience is greatly appreciated

Welcome to the forums David! 

There is a whole process for bringing your pets.  It's been covered on here, do a search and you should find it,!

I've been bringing my pets to the DR from Canada for the past four years.  It's not difficult but timing is important.  You will need to have your local vet fill out an international travel document, which you can get on line.  This has to be done more than six months prior to travel.   Your pets vaccines, particularly rabies, must be done no less than thirty days prior to travel.  Once that document is completed you must have your local federal animal and food inspection agency review and stamp that dodument not more than ten days prior to travel.  Then you are good to go.   Once you arrive in the DR.  You must take that document to the animal inspection office which is located in the airport.  They charge a fee of approximately  $20 USD per pet to enter the country. 
When you leave the DR you must follow the same procedure. 
Be extra mindful of flea and tick prevention.  My Shitzu died last year from erichliosis even though I was using bravecto.  I was devastated.
When I'm done grieving I will most definitely adopt a DR dog.

Correction to my post...travel docs have to be done NO more than 6 months prior to travel.

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