The British are a nation of animal lovers and it’s clear that British mums are no exception to that. Most of us have been well accustomed to our little ones pleading for their own pets but where do you start looking? 

Dubai and all Emirates have quite a problem with stray animals, particularly at the times of year when expats typically leave the country so we always strongly encourage the adoption of animals in need, rather than purchasing from pet shops, where this can be avoided. There are so many places where you can adopt a fur baby across the Emirates, and some wonderful varieties at that – so we’ve put together a list of places you can start your search to adopt the pet that’s going to make the perfect addition to your family.

38Smiles started in 2011 to save stray animals in Dubai. Since then it has grown into a group of like-minded people determined to help as many stray animals as possible to find their forever homes. You can visit their website, that lists and shows picture of all the animals needing new homes and you can contact them via Facebook or email them at

Animal Action
Formed in 2010, Animal Action is made up of a group of volunteers dedicated to helping the animals in the UAE. If you are looking to adopt a pet, you can email them at Alternatively, you can contact them via their Facebook page.

SNIFF stands for Strays Needing Interim or 
Furever Friends. They are a voluntary group which aims to re-home the UAE’s stray and abandoned animals. Their rescues are mainly dogs, cats and the occasional bird too! You can email them at or visit their Facebook page. 

The Bin Kitty Collective
The Bin Kitty Collective was set up to help and rehome the stray cats in Dubai. They often collaborate with Dubai Garden Centre who host adoption days for them.  If you are looking to adopt a cat, you can contact them via their website, email them at or connect with them on Facebook.  

Friends of Animals Dubai
Friends of Animals Dubai place emphasis on animal awareness so individuals, like us, can get involved and help animals in need. They hope to educate people and encourage them to report any matters of animal abuse. For more information, you can visit their website or email them at or

Adopt Animals UAE
Adopt Animals UAE was founded by an expat family who has been living in Dubai for the past 15 years. They help people adopt pets, prepare families for adopting and detail what to expect when from your new pet when you adopt. To find a pet, you can visit their website and contact the owner of a listing directly. 

Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter
The Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter was established in 2010 to home stray cats and dogs. They also offer neutering of stray cats too.  You can contact them on 02 5755155 or email them at You can also visit their website or connect with them on Facebook 

Dogs in Dubai
Dogs in Dubai Facebook group is a great resource to look for rehoming dogs that are being temporarily fostered by individuals in Dubai. It’s also a great place to ask any questions you have about caring for your dogs. You can connect with them on Facebook here. 

Ras Al Kaimah Animal Welfare Centre
Ras Al Kaimah Animal Welfare Centre offers courses on behavioural training for your pets as well as a wide variety of pets for adoption. They welcome visitors who want to volunteer to walk their animals and you can visit their website or connect with them on Facebook here.

Posh Paws
Posh Paws situated in Ajman and Dubai Investment Park has a wide variety of pets to be adopted. Hamsters to rabbits, parrots to reptiles, cats and dogs are in good company here and you can even get behavioural training from them. Contact Posh Paws on Facebook or visit their website

Rescue Animals in Need UAE
Rescue Animals in Need UAE based in Um Al Quwain have lots of dogs and cats that require fostering and adoption and they regularly hold adoption days in JVT. Contact them on Facebook or their website

Little Angels Animal Rescue League UAE
This public group is also run by volunteers who work extremely hard to rehome a wide variety of animals. You can contact them on here.

Stray Dogs Center Umm Al Quwain
This adoption centre welcomes volunteers to walk and play with the dogs looking for new homes. They have regular adoption days held around Dubai in places like the Marina and you can contact them through their Facebook page of the same name here.

Helping Hands For Small Paws of the UAE
This helpful Facebook group specifically focusses on the smaller animals for forever homes such as hamsters, tortoises, reptiles or rabbits. Connect with them on Facebook here. 

There are countless more organisations offering animals – large and small, for rehoming across the UAE. These are each made up of the generous volunteers who give up their time to help the many animals in need here. We are sorry that we couldn’t feature more here, but we’d love you to comment below if you have any other organisations that you’d like to share that offer fostering or adoption of animals. 

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