With Dubai being such a transitory place for many, people sadly leave their pets in the UAE when they move on. Re-homing and adopting a pet can be one of the most rewarding things you do with your time in Dubai, and there are plenty of charities and welfare groups who can help you meet the right animal.
Adopt-me.ae is a database of animals that need adoption from charities and shelters across the UAE. You can search by your criteria, view images and contact the current animal’s owners.
Feline Friends is probably the largest cat rescue organisation in the emirates and is a non-profit organisation. Started in 1991, it’s re-homed thousands of cats and kittens through a network of volunteer foster parents. They also have a sterilization programme that rescues cats and neuters them to prevent unwanted kittens. Fill out a form online at felinefriendsdubai.com and they’ll get in touch to discuss your options. They charge a non-refundable donation of AED 500 to cover vet bills and their neuter and release program.
If you’re a dog lover, then K9 friends re-homes unwanted pooches. A volunteer run programme, they’ll help set you up with a canine after you’ve filled out a questionnaire and visited the shelter. A cross breed dog will cost AED 850, while a pedigree pooch with papers will cost AED 1,600.
You might also want to check out the Bin Kitty Collective, Friends of Animals, SNIFF and the Senior Dog Project who will all help you find your furry forever.