Looking for a new furry friend to add to the family? Then head to one of the many adoption days put on by the multiple rescue organisations around the UAE. With so many animals looking for their forever homes in the UAE, adopting or fostering from these organisations really helps.
“Apart from aiming to find a happy home for these cats and kittens, we hope the adoption days will help create awareness among those who don’t know how many pets desperately need a home,” said Carol Geldenhuys, founder of Kittysnip.
In May this year, a pet shop in Sharjah was fined Dh3,000 after complaints over the conditions the animals were kept in. A couple filmed a long-haired cat laying on its side, heat-stricken and heavily panting, prompting many on social media to lodge a complaint with the Sharjah Municipality.
Last year, another shop in Dubai had its animal licence suspended and eventually closed because it sold sick puppies that were ill with parvo virus because they were never vaccinated. Some of the dogs died, while other pet owners had to pay thousands of dirhams in vet bills for treatment.
Meanwhile, at the adoption days, all pets that are old enough will be microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and spayed/neutered ensuring that they are healthy. For younger kittens and puppies, they will also undergo the same process, with the money being used from the adoption fees.
"Adopt don’t shop," says Daniela Rauso, of Posh Paws in Dubai. "You cannot buy unconditional love."
Healthy cats and dogs have an average life span from 7 to 15 years, which is why people need to be sure they are ready for such a commitment. “We not only want to inform people about the multiple benefits of adoption but also the commitment involved when taking on an abandoned or neglected cat or kitten,” Geldenhuys says.
Your guide to adoption days
Here’s a running list of adoption days (that we will continue to update)...
For a lot of welfare groups, TNR (trap, neuter and return) is a top priority because it stops adding to the overpopulation of animals on the streets already.
“It’s no secret that there are more cats in Dubai than we know what to do with. An average female cat will have between two and three litters a year, of four to six kittens per litter,” she adds. “In a bid to reduce the street cat population, we are continuously working to trap stray cats, have them neutered/spayed, treated for wounds and either adopted or released."
A list of the animal rescue organisations in the UAE
Looking for a new family pet? Here are the links to visit...