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Where to Adopt, Foster and Volunteer in the UAE

Where to Adopt, Foster and Volunteer in the UAE

If you're looking to add a furry family member to your home, where do you start looking? Dubai and other Emirates in the UAE have one thing in common, an overwhelming and increasing amount of abandoned household pets and stray dogs and cats. (Blog update on 8th of June, 2021)

Rather than purchasing animals from a pet shop, reach out to the rescue organizations below. From pure breeds to loveable mutts, toy to giant breeds, puppies to seniors, your ideal fur-ever pet may be a few clicks away. If you ask us, rescues are Furchild's favourite breed! #rescuepetsareourfavoritebreeds

Not ready to adopt? No problem.

Fostering and volunteering with animal rescue groups within your community is equally important. Supporting these groups plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of animals, and ensures that they can continue helping other animals in desperate need.

Here is a list of rescue groups and organizations (in alphabetical order) that are spread across the UAE: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, RAK, and UAQ. Go out and get involved!

Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter

Get involved: adopt or foster dogs and cats

The Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter for stray cats and dogs was set up by the Abu Dhabi government’s Executive Council 2010. Their mission is to enhance animal welfare for feral cats and stray dogs as well as abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs by finding suitable loving homes.

Animals and Us Fujairah

Get involved: adopt, volunteer, donate and foster dogs and cats

Animals and Us is a non-profit, registered, animal welfare charity operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), founded in 2006, with the goal of reducing pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans.
The organisation was licensed, by the government, on 1st September 2017, in Fujairah, and solely relies on donations from the public to fund the charity to care for mainly cats and dogs. Those that have been rescued and those still living in the desert and on the streets.

Amanda's Animal Rescue

Ramsay, 1.5 years old is up for adoption. He's great with everyone, kids and other dogs. He is very loyal loving and would make a great family pet. Get involved: adopt or foster dogs

Amanda's Animal Rescue started with one determined individual and has grown to six dedicated people and the support of a larger community. Visit the links below to browse through and see if any of the dogs steal your heart! "Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever."

ASCOD - Arabian Saluki Center of Dubai

Get involved: adopt and foster Saluki and Hound dog breeds

ASCOD is a community of volunteers dedicated to the rescue of Salukis in the UAE. They do not have a shelter and rely on foster homes for their rescues. They are based in Dubai but cover the entire UAE. Their rescues are sent all over Europe, Russia, and North America and they have a network of volunteers there to support and assist them.

ASCOD is dependent on fosters as fostering is the best way to help their rescues become a pet and ready for their forever home. So please do volunteer your homes to their Salukis. If you see or find a Saluki in need, please contact ASOCD by sending a private message on their Facebook page.

Animals and Us Fujairah

Get involved: adopt, foster and donate dogs.

Is registered non-profit animal welfare founded in 2006 and licensed by the government in September 2017.

Their goal is to reduce the pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. We rescue abandoned and stray animals, we seek veterinary assistance and help them find forever homes. We also try to educate the public about the responsibility of animal ownership.

Animals and Us work closely with other organizations to promote animal welfare across the UAE.

The founder, Michelle Francis, moved from Kolkata to Fujairah in 2003 to pursue her teaching career; while in Fujairah she faced several cases of animal abuse and neglect, she couldn’t turn a blind eye or walk away. Michelle has dedicated her life to this cause.

Helping Hands For Small Paws of the UAE

Get involved: adopt and foster small animals. No dogs or cats.

This group advocates for and supports the care of small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas in Dubai, and the greater UAE.

K9 Friends

Get involved: Adopt, foster, volunteer with kennels and dog walks, pet transport and sponsorships for dogs

K9 Friends is a very well-known animal shelter in Dubai. Their operation is to rescue and rehome stray and abandoned dogs. They reunite lost dogs with their owners, or care for them until new homes can be found while giving them shelter and high standards of kenneling and veterinary care. They offer extra training and socialisation to those dogs who need it and detailed help and advice to new pet owners. K9 Friends also endeavours to educate the public and to encourage a responsible dog-owning population in the UAE.

Special Events and Offerings:

  • Annual fundraiser ball, The Puppy Ball” is a formal dinner and dance event which is open to all their supporters and friends. 'Pawty' for a cause... it's a blast!
  • Educational Talks and Tours: K9 Friends offers regular educational talks and tours for schools and other organised groups in our purpose-built education centre. The talks are given by experienced K9 Friends volunteers.

Contact K9 Friends

Little Angels - Animal Rescue League

Get involved: adopt, foster, donate food and pet supplies for dogs and cats

Little Angels is run by a group of Emiratis. They rescue dogs and cats all over the United Arab Emirates. Their aim is to make the UAE a better place for the animals in need. They feel that "Dubai is a beautiful place, so let the animals feel it too".

Any way of helping their rescued furbabies is highly appreciated. Donations of dog and cat food are always needed. As well, donations such as blankets, beds, toys, leashes, collars, anything that a rescued animal could use would also be appreciated.

RAK AWC - The Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Center

Get involved: adopt, volunteer and foster dogs and cats

The Ras al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre (RAK AWC) is an animal sanctuary funded by the Government of Ras al Khaimah, with the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah.

The shelter was the idea of one concerned individual and has progressed ever since. The shelter was opened in January 2010 and with the help of a few employees and many volunteers, it has grown into a centre of excellence where the animals of Ras Al Khaimah receive the necessary care. Their mission is to improve the welfare of all the animals in Ras al Khaimah.

Red Paw Foundation / Middle East Animal Foundation

Get involved: adopt, volunteer and foster dogs and cats

Red Paw Foundation is on a mission to build a bridge between public animal welfare and UAE Government agencies that provide legal support by fundraising for other animal welfare groups. Their group is the "voice for the voiceless".

Stray Dogs Center - Umm Al Quwain

Get involved: adopt, volunteer, participate in fun fundraising events for dogs

Stray Dogs Center UAQ formerly known as SOS for Emirates Dogs, was formed out of an urgent need to address the stray animal population in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Founded in 2013, Stray Dogs Center UAQ is a non-profit organisation, completely funded by donations and fundraising. Primarily, the main aim of the center is to ensure a safe and healthy community by addressing the stray animal population in a humane way.

Through social media, the Center has gained huge momentum. With no funding, public support plays a pivotal role in the success of the Stray Dogs Center, UAQ. This has enabled the Center to operate and save many lives.

Special Offerings

  • Friday and Saturday Doggie Volunteer Weekend where you can walk, run and play with the dogs in UAQ in a social group atmosphere. There are different meeting points in Dubai and everyone drives together to UAQ. Adventure the UAE; do a good deed; and meet like-minded people, it's a win-win!
  • Quiz Nights, Dinners, and More... this rescue group knows how to have a good time for a good cause.

Contact Stray Dogs Center


Get involved: adopt and foster dogs and cats

Wags & Purrs is a volunteer-based no-kill rescue group, located in Abu Dhabi. They are dedicated to caring for homeless pets in our community through adoptions, community awareness, fostering and caring for companion animals until loving homes can be found. They strive to rescue adoptable strays, abandoned, or surrendered animals; to supply needed care and medical attention including being spayed/neutered; to provide them with re-socialization in foster homes; and to place them in permanent adoptive homes where they will be loved and properly cared for. Wags & Purrs believe that with some temporary assistance and education, many animals can remain in their current homes instead of being admitted to animal shelters or abandoned on the streets.

They have established their own TNR program across the Emirate and are committed to feeding the stray colonies that have been established and are regularly fed and cared for. "
Adopt, you will not only be saving a life but you will also be giving yourself the greatest gift of all, a pair of eyes that look at you with all the gratitude in the world and they silently say, thank you."

Anything you can do to help these groups in turn helps animals in need. Your support would be greatly appreciated! If we have missed a rescue group, please send us an email and we'll happily update the information.

For all pets rescued and rehomed it is a top priority to make them comfortable in their new setting, as well as educate their new parents on proper pet care. The foundation of a dog and a cat's health is what they eat.

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Oct 2017

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