Love animals but don’t have the space or lifestyle to keep one in a way that would be fair? For real dog-lovers, there’s brilliant a way to spend a day cuddling a precious pooch, and allow them to have the time of their lives too.
A shelter for abandoned and stray dogs in the UAE, K9 Friends has been working tirelessly since 1989 to rehome the hundreds of dogs that pass through its care.
In 2009, the Dubai Government gifted the organisation as facility to use as a shelter, but with space limited, the need for the support of volunteers and fosterers is as great as ever, with many of the animals having been sheltered on site for months, and some even several years.
Short-term fosterers are always welcome, but for those whose homes are simply too small (or too shared) to take on a dog for a couple of weeks, dog-walking is the perfect way to lend the organisation a hand and enjoy a full day of animal therapy (studies have shown that petting a dog can not only reduce blood pressure, but also increase your levels of the happy hormone, oxytocin).
The location of the shelter is strictly unpublicised, to avoid encouraging the unannounced dumping or handing over of unwanted pets, but those who want to get involved in any way need just email or call up and speak to one of K9’s operators.
If you’re fully committed to giving a dog a loving, forever home, you can of course adopt from K9 Friends too – the only time of year at which the organisation doesn’t allow adoptions is Christmas.
So, ready to lend a helping paw?
(If you are, here are some top dog-friendly places in Dubai to stop for lunch.).