Adopting a pet in Poland


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 Poland.

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 Poland?

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

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback,


I adopted a dog in 2013 and a cat just last year. Each time the procedure was fairly simple and free. I used the VIVA charity and highly recommend them but there are plenty of shelters and other charities where you can adopt pets.
I signed an adoption contract committing to look after the pet for as long as it lived or to return it to the charity if something went wrong.
The charity occasionally checks back to see how the pets are doing and to request photos for their website.
They also offer support if you are struggling with getting your pet to adapt to its new environment.
There are plenty of pet sitting services especially in the main cities, travelling with a pet in the EU is also pretty simple, our dog has its own passport and all that's needed is up to date vaccinations.
I recommend adoption over purchasing an animal, as I oppose both the "puppy farm" industry and the inbreeding of show dogs for looks, so buying "second hand" is the best way to go.
Also get your pets spayed/neutered to stop further generations of pets from ending up in shelters.

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