Pets

If you plan to have a pet in Abu Dhabi, keep in mind that most housing contracts state that pets are not allowed. You may, however, be able to chat to the landlord and find some leeway. Keep in mind that pets are banned from parks and beaches, so you’re limited to walking your dog on the streets of your neighbourhood. Dogs must always be on a lead (some breeds need to be muzzled) – however, you could always head into the desert and let Rover enjoy the wide, open spaces freely.

Walking your pet
Pets are banned from parks and beaches, so finding a place for a good long walk can be a challenge. When walking your dog, keep it on a short leash. Dogs are considered by many conservative Muslims as unclean and are traditionally only kept for guarding property, so be mindful of these attitudes when you are out in public.

Keeping your pet safe
Be sure to keep your pet indoors or within your garden to avoid contact with strays and to prevent any problems with frightened neighbours. In addition to having dogs kept on leads at all times when walking, certain dogs have to be muzzled in Abu Dhabi when walked in public. All cats and dogs must be registered, microchipped and vaccinated, or you could face fines and confiscation. While rare, there have been reports of dogs being stolen, either to be sold to unscrupulous pet shops or for dog fighting. Ensure your garden is secure and don’t let your dog roam around on the street.

Vaccinations
All cats and dogs must be registered, microchipped and vaccinated, or you could face fines and confiscation. While rare, there have been reports of dogs being stolen, either to be sold to unscrupulous pet shops or for dog fighting. Ensure your garden is secure and don’t let your dog roam around on the street. If you witness animal abuse contact Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter or the Center of Waste Management.

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