Adopt, don’t shop is the motto here. There are hundreds of cats and dogs in Dubai looking for a fur-ever home, the hard part is choosing which cuddly critter is joining your gang. Here's our guide of where to find your new pet.
If you’re looking to rehome a cat, 38 Smiles is one of the top places in Dubai to look. The organisation was set up in 2011 to help stray animals in Dubai. It’s a not for profit animal rescue group and has events throughout the year to help raise money. Can you provide a cat with a loving family?
K9 Friends is a caring operation in Dubai that focuses on rescuing and rehoming stray and abandoned dogs, while providing quality kennels and veterinary care. If you’re looking to adopt a dog, this is a great place to start. The centre has dogs of all ages, colours and breeds, all with completely different temperaments, and each animal is matched with its ideal owner. Rehoming fees start at Dhs1,050 and cover microchipping, vaccines, flea and worming treatments and neutering. All members of your fami-ly need to meet the dog before it can be adopted, so gather the gang and make a date to meet your new pet.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-1pm. Appointments only. www.k9friends.com/dogs/dog-walking (04 887 8739).
Cat-lover? This registered Dubai-based
non-profit animal welfare group, has abandoned and neglected cats ready for rehoming. It frequently hosts adoption days around the city too, so you can meet your future pet. There are hundreds looking for a permanent home. Last year it rescued nearly 100 vulnerable felines.
Little Angels Animal Rescue League
This non-profit rescue group set up by a group of Emiratis, rescues strays and abandoned pets. Their aim is to find them loving homes, and the group rescues all over the UAE. If you don’t have space in your house, you can also sponsor pets to stay at the boarding facility.
The Animal Project
The Animal Project, with a mission to promote animal awareness and alleviate suffering from animals, has set up a fostering programme for those looking for a friendly feline pal, and all you have to do is sign up. While the cats are looking for a permanent home, people can take them in for a few weeks to take care of them and test the waters of what owning a cat is actually like. If everything bodes well, you may have just found yourself a new pet. Sign up for fostering online.
www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (050 918 7632).