Adopting a pet in Indonesia


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 Indonesia.

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 Indonesia?

What are the costs associated with adopting a pet in Indonesia?

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback,


Indonesia has a lot of street cats or "kucing kampung" as we call them. There are some female cats in our street and also some male cats and one particular female cat is always giving birth so there are plenty of kittens around, although most of them don't survive the careless motorbikes and cars that drive a too fast.

Well my wife adopted one of those kittens when it was about 4 months old. She used to feed it all the time and one day asked me if we could bring it in which I agreed to. We took it to the vet, got it's teeth seen to, de-wormed and in December had her neutered. We also take her for grooming and claw clipping once or twice a month. Now she is a well fed healthy cat of about 10 months and having a very nice lifestyle compared to before. The kids love her too and she has full run of the house and is part of the family.

I used to be a dog lover, but too lazy to take them for walks each day and dogs stink when wet and only poop outdoors on the street or in the park, so although loyal and friendly, they are not as independent as cats and we are not prepared to take care of a dog. I've had dogs when I was young, my family's first dog was called Dougal which we named after the dog in the Magic Roundabout children's program in England.

We also have an indoor garden with a fish pond with about 30 or so fish and they are really easy to take care of. Also one Siamese fighting fish which we keep separate in a fish bowl.

It depends in which part of Indonesia you will stay, if you will stay around Jakarta and the near areas like Cibubur, it won't be that hard to have a fluffy companion, because there are few pet shops and salons around Jakarta and the near areas, about the price, it depends on the breed type whether your fluffy companion would need specific treatment and diet.  One thing for sure it will be more expensive than your own living allowance

Feel free to contact "The Bali Dog" on facebook or [at]thebalidog on instagram and they will be able to talk you through a lot of a the challenges and procedures. Wishing you all the best!

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