Adopting a pet in Qatar

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 Qatar.

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 Qatar?

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

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback,

Loïc

There are no rules or regulations in Qatar for having a pet, from the gold fish to the tiger. But for us usual humans, I recommend the normal, chipping and yearly vaccination. there are however rules about shipping your animal back, but these are the rules from the receiving country.

Cats and dogs can be adopted very easily from the various rescue shelters in Doha. QAWS, PAWS, 2nd chance rescue, and the various veterinary hospitals.

I don't have information about bringing an animal into Qatar, but I guess you can call the embassy in Paris and find out. Usually only a doctor certificate and proof of vaccination is required.

There are no real dog parks, but you can take your dog to the desert or various beach areas were he can run free. But public beaches and parks are usually "pet not allowed".

Also in summer it does get very hot so precautions must be taken to keep your pet safe.

Hope this helps.

Dear, I love all kind of animal but i'm here alone in Qatar and rent is so expensive here, I can't go for big house to make more room for animal to play. so, not good to have a pet here even fish because sometime I must leave Qatar for vacation.

you can check from this gov.web site for the info you may need.
http://www.qaws.org/newsite/


Regards,
K

Hi Loic,

I have adopted a cat last 2017. she was around a month aged at that time. Actually I found her in the street near my home.
Unfortunately, I lost her when I was changing my home last September 2019. When I came back to my previous place looking after a couple of days, I didn't find her until now.

For your questions regarding pet adoption in Qatar, there are many sites and even in social media like some Facebook pages specialized for this.

You may check for example below link which might be useful to answer your questions.

Regards,

Oussama

Hello Loic,

Thanks for asking.  However, I do not own one here in Qa as I have limited time and space. Although we have in the Philippines, as I prefer my pets to roam in our backyard and enjoy nature instead of jailing them inside my room whenever I'm at work.
Apart from this, I would like to know if you are currently living in Doha.

If you are, where do you live and to which kind of place? there are things to consider in adopting domestic pets in Qatar.

First, You need to consider your place. Is it a villa with enough space in your backyard? -  that would be great! Or are you in a shared room with a friend who is sensitive to animals? - I doubt you can have one. Are you living in a building apartment? -  just make sure you do not unleash them and mess around the hallway :)

Second - if you are keen for adoption, you can reach through [at]pawsrescueqatar . There are also people posting in different group pages announcing the adoption of their pets when they can't bring them back to the country they live in. Try joining Expats Living in Qatar or Qatar expats, you will find some indeed. :)

Loïc :

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 Qatar.

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 Qatar?

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

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

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

Thank you in advance for your feedback,

Loïc

Hello,

I would say that I'm both (that is, both a dog and cat person) and more.

We brought my cat over with us from Canada and it wasn't too difficult. We had to make sure all his vaccinations, especially the anti-rabies vaccine, were up-to-date, had him examined by a local vet and certified as healthy. We also had to get the all-clear from the chief veterinarian for Ontario.

We also had to have him microchipped and obtain a pet import permit from Qatar. Many local veterinary hospitals can help you with the Qatar side of things for a fee; they can get the import permit for you as well as do all the customs/clearing processes for you, once your cat gets here. It can be quite expensive though.



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

Like someone already said, you just usually have to pay for the vaccination, neutering/spaying or other procedures that the animal may have received/had done if you adopt from one from a veterinary clinic or other animal protection centers  like QAWS

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

As mentioned before, you usually have to pay for the vaccination and spaying/neutering if adopting from a third party as mentioned before. But there are no immediate costs if you want to adopt a stray cat you come across yourself.

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

I'm not sure, I only know about cats and dogs.


Are pet-sitting options available?

They are, but they are quite expensive; usually around QAR60/day


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

Yes, I have adopted two more cats since arriving in Qatar just over 3 years ago, and they are both still with me.

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