Adopting a pet in the United Arab Emirates


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 the United Arab Emirates.

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 the United Arab Emirates?

What are the costs associated with adopting a pet in the United Arab Emirates?

Are there different procedures depending on the animal?

Are pet-sitting options available?

Have you ever adopted a pet in the United Arab Emirates? Is he or she still with you today?

Thank you in advance for your feedback,



We have adopted two dogs here from RAK animal centre.

They are my babies and the sweetest dogs ever.
One is a Saluki cross and the other is a Pitbull cross.

They cost 1000aed each to adopt - this includes neutering and vaccinations - I think rak is slightly cheaper than Dubai where they charge 2000- however, you have to be crazy to argue any cost that goes towards keeping the shelters going that are none profit.

There isn’t reLly a lot for dogs here compared to other countries with dog friendly parks etc ... we are moving to Thailand in 5 weeks and they are going with us.

Costing around $2000 total for both of them to go there including all costs. Not so easy but better than leaving your dogs behind.

There are many dogs here and cats abandoned, not bad like Thailand but enough.

Hi there,

A few years ago, we decided to return to the UAE after living in the USA for several years.  During our time in the USA, not having foreseen our return to the UAE, we have "accumulated" not one or two dogs, but four little souls with wagging tails!  We refused to leave them behind in the US as pets are family, and no one should ever get left behind. 

We soon found out the UAE regulations are not too horrible when it comes to bringing your pet along — no quarantine is a plus as no one wants a pet to be left for weeks on end in a cage somewhere in a facility or warehouse. 

There was, however, the cost of getting all four dogs chipped again as they needed international chips.  And then there was the heftier costs of a variety of vaccinations.  (Flight costs not included).

Would it be cheaper to adopt? Yes, probably, but there would still be the cost when we decide to leave the UAE one day, as I would never do what some ex-pats do — leave a pet behind to fend for itself.

To understand particular rules and procedures, it's best and easiest to contact a local vet that deals with adoptions and, of course, transportation of pets abroad.

I have added two adopted cats to my four dog family.  No one will be left behind the day we decide to depart again.

But i am not adopting ,however i  am looking for cat women only 😂😂😂😂😂

Doubt any cat woman would be interested... If you think cats are smart, you haven't seen "cat women".  And really, cat women? A bit derogatory...  Sigh.

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