Life is better with furry friends in it and unfortunately there are thousands of animals that don’t know what it’s like to be loved or to wake up happy next to their human (while taking up all the space on the bed). If you’re looking to expand your family, there are some amazing shelters across the UAE you can visit to pick up your new BFF. We’re too busy weeping at our desk to go on, so check out our list of shelters below:
One of the oldest shelters in the UAE, they rescue and rehome abandoned dogs. They were evicted in 2007 but were given a shelter facility by The Dubai Government in 2009 (Hurrah!). More information here.
SNIFF – which stands for Strays Needing Interim or Furever Friends – rehomes dogs and cats and sets them up with foster families. More information here.
This organisation rehomes trained and socialised cats and dogs (and rabbits) and has a boarding facility as well as a pet shop and veterinary hospital. More information here.
Part of Emirates Animal Welfare Society, Animal Action runs entirely on the goodness of peoples’ hearts – they don’t have a kennel or shelter, so relies on foster families to take care of dogs and cats until they find their forever homes. More information here.
The foundation helps to control the population levels of dogs and cats in the UAE with TNR – Trap, Neuter, Release – though their kind volunteers also foster cats and dogs on their journey to their dream family. More information here.
An Emirati-run organisation, PARA rescues and relocates abandoned animals and educates the UAE about animal rights. They specialise in breeds with bad reputations that are misunderstood and labelled ‘bullies’. More information here.
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This community of animal-lovers rehomes stray animals and gives them a second chance at life. More information here.
If you can’t adopt or foster, you can take some time out of your day to join the other volunteers in walking the dogs, bathing and feeding them, and helping the stubborn ones take their medicine. More information here.
Bin Kitty Collective isn’t a shelter, but cat-lovers frequently post about cats that need to be rehomed or have been abandoned, so make sure to keep up with the community if you’re looking to save a life. More information here.
This Facebook group shares information about abandoned animals in Sharjah and those looking for a new home in the hopes of finding loving forever homes for furry friends in need. More information here.
This organisation rescues and cares for sick animals and provides them with shelter and love until they’re rehomed, while also providing support for pet owners and increasing awareness about animal rights. More information here.
If you can’t adopt but still want to help, the shelters accept donations (in the form of money, toys, food, equipment and anything that’ll help the furry friends have a comfortable stay until they find their forever family) and always need volunteers to foster or to help on-site, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Please remember: adopting an animal is a huge commitment. They can live for over fifteen years and deserve your love and affection – please don’t adopt on a whim, as a gift, or if you’re not prepared to care for a life-long best friend.
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