Adopting a pet in Mauritius


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 Mauritius.

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 Mauritius?

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

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback,


Hi Loic,

We have 3 dogs - 2 of whom we found and the third is our 10 year old we brought with us.  Importing a dog obviously has rules and regulations but it was straightforward and we had to register him at a place in Rose Hill (I can't remember the name).  We found our second dog dumped outside Espace Maison.  She had a broken foot and had been there a couple of days.  Despite her pain she was so friendly so we took her to the vet for treatment and she has been with us ever since (her foot is as good as new).  The vet made her pet passport and did the vaccinations - she is the most amazingly sweet dog and how anyone could have dumped her I don't know.  The third was a very young puppy my husband brought home after he nearly got squashed by a bus.  Locals said he had been on his own for 3 days.  Again we took him to the pets for his passport and vaccinations.  He is clearly a street dog, (always after food!) and a bit mad, but very loving!!

I believe there are rescue organisations who will have dogs available for adoption - maybe someone will know where to go. There seem to be so many unwanted dogs in Mauritius. Very sad.  Please adopt don't buy.

Kennels are expensive, particularly with 3 dogs.  We have used kennels but now when we travel, we pay our maid extra to come in to feed the dogs, play with them and walk them.  Vet bills are ok-ish.

I don't know your situation but a big consideration is the cost of moving pets internationally if you are temporarily in Mauritius.  We brought our dog from the Middle East as excess baggage which wasn't too bad, but if you are going to a country that only accepts dogs as cargo the bill will be huge!!

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