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UAE Animal Welfare

Here's a round up of some of the support groups, shelters and rescue groups looking after our furry friends in the UAE.

Posted on

13 January 2014

Last updated on 28 June 2017
UAE Animal Welfare

These groups always, always have animals for adoption, they always need your time and they always need supplies for the rescued animals they are taking care of.

Dubai and the UAE has a large stray cat population coupled with many, many pets being abandoned by owners who have left the country or just don't want their pets anymore! Anything you can do to help would be appreciated!

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Mahatma Gandhi

Click on a link here for the Emirate you are looking for or simply scroll down the page to find out about them all.

Middle East Animal Foundation

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Founded in 2013, the Middle East Animal Foundation (MEAF) is the first formally registered non-profit animal welfare organization in Dubai, UAE. MEAF was set up to improve public awareness towards the importance of animal welfare and help prevent animal cruelty and abuse. Our work also includes rescuing rehabilitating and rehoming domestic animals as well as finding suitable sanctuaries for rescued wildlife. We support & guide authorities to prevent illegal trade of rare and domestic animals and urge them to initiate and enforce wildlife protection laws. 


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38 Smiles

38 smiles

38smiles has grown into a group of likeminded people determined to help as many stray animal as we can to become beloved pets. We do however still believe in keeping things ‘’small’’ and personal for us its not about the volume of animals we rescue but about the quality of care we provide for them. 38smiles only works with STRAY animals (we don’t rehome people’s pets); 38smiles has no kill policy. No cost is too high for us when it comes to giving an animal a second chance.

38smiles is a non profit animal rescue group; we take part in Safa park flea market; we have book sales together with Greenheart Organic Farms; we charge adoption fees when animal is rehomed; we have bake sales thanks to No milk for me.

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DAWS- Dubai Animal Welfare Society

dubai animal welfare society

We do not have a facility, we operate out of foster homes. All the animals in our care live with families and sometimes other pets, the advantage of which is that they don't become institutionalized. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please go through the photo albums of our dogs and cats looking for homes.

We're always happy to receive support. This could be in the form of pet food and other pet items, blankets, towels, but also items which we can resell like books and household items.


SNIFF: Strays Needing Interim or Furever Friends

SNIFF animam rescue centre

SNIFF Animal rescue organisation based in the UAE. Dedicated to helping all animals. Set up by a group of friends all with full time jobs but a love for animals, SNIFF is an animal rescue group which aims to re-home the UAE’s stray and abandoned animals.

All with rescue pets themselves, the founders of SNIFF aim to educate people on the importance of adopting rescue pets instead of buying from pet stores. The tragic situations animals were being found in prompted them to take action.

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K9 Friends- can you lend a Paw?

k9 friends dubai

K9 Friends are always looking for more volunteers. This would enable us to work more effectively for the benefit of more dogs. We are encouraged that the awareness and eagerness of school children to help has increased.

We also need more mature volunteers who are willing to help K9 Friends by taking even more responsibility for dogs in need.


The Animal Project Dubai

the animal project

"We are NOT a shelter", nor, do we believe in sheltering animals.We work directly with the community facilitating information, providing discounted veterinary clinics rates, advertising and finding suitable permanent homes for their fostered rescued/unwanted pets and we encourage and help the community to do their own "Community Social Responsibility" stray cats TNR (Trap, neutering and release).

We insist in maintaining an excellent relation and support all the Animal Welfare Groups listed in the region: We have the same interest, Animal rights and improvements. "WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE"


The Bin Kitty Collective

bin kitty collective

JOIN UP AND JOIN IN. So, you have a stray cat or kitten that you want to help? The bin kitty collective can help you help. That is what we do. If you have a stray cat or kitten, the bin kitty collective can help you in the following ways TRAP, NEUTER and RELEASE “TNR”:

We can offer discounted rates to TNR street cats. This ensures a healthy stray population in your area which helps keep rodents under control and no suffering kittens begging for food! FOSTERING: You can choose to foster the cat or kitten you are trying to help and enjoy our support in the form of good advice on rehoming and possible access to adoption days.
ADOPTION: So, you want to adopt from the Bin Kitty collective?

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Arabian Saluki Centre Of Dubai (ASCOD)

ascod centre dubai

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to help rescue salukis in the United Arab Emirates.We are a non-profit organization.

Salukis are an amazing breed that really need ours and your help- we rescue and need people to help us foster out these amazing dogs.

We are located in Dubai, but cover the entire UAE. If you see or find a saluki in need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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The UAE Dolphin Project

The UAE Dolphin Project- can you help?

The UAE Dolphin Project aims to investigate the dolphin population along the UAE coastline, to provide scientific baseline information and raise public awareness. This is done through the implementation of a research program as well as running a media campaign and educational programs involving the public and private organisations. The ultimate goal is to promote the conservation of dolphin species and the local marine environment. As the first project monitoring coastal dolphins in the whole Arabian Gulf, it is a pioneering undertaking. It entails the collaboration of national and international, private and public institutions and organizations. The project is a non-profit based initiative.They need you to help report any sightings in the UAE.

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Animal Action Abu Dhabi

animal action abu dhabi

A group of volunteers dedicated entirely to helping the animals in our region! Our mission is to Save All Creatures Great And Small!!

With our Facebook page we hope to educate, bring pet lovers up-to-date, hold discussions on the latest news concerning animals, give suggestions on where to leave your pet for the summer months for those living in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the list goes on!! We hope to create a friendly and more informed community!!

If you are looking to adopt or foster please email us at [email protected] requesting a form. Please note we have no shelter or kennels.


AlRahma Animal Welfare Society

alrahma animal welfare society

AlRahma Animal Welfare Society is a UAE based No kill movement that rescue and cares for the animal rights and free cruelty, life is the first right for all creatures on earth,as human we should be the care taker of the weak and voiceless. The right to life is the most fundamental right.

What sets us apart from many organizations in Animal Welfare of our times is that we do recognize this right for the animal kind. We do not kill animals because we don’t have the space to take care of them, or because they don’t look good enough to be adopted. We do however euthanize animals only if they are irremediably ill or suffering.

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Animal Welfare Al Ain

animal welfare al ain

Animal Welfare Al Ain is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Al Ain. We rely on volunteers and the generosity of the community to carry out our work. We are a member society of WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) and we are also a member of MENAW (Middle East Network for Animal Welfare).

In addition, we work in cooperation with other animal welfare groups in the region. If it is not possible for you to adopt an animal then you could foster a cat or dog for a short period of time until the animal is permanently homed.



Sharjah Cat & Dog Shelter

sharjah cat and dog shelter

The Sharjah Cat & Dog Shelter (Formerly Muezza's Feline Friends) is a non-profit organization located in Sharjah (there is a map on their Facebook page).

They have over 100 cats and 100 dogs at the shelter all looking for good homes. All of their animals are vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. They have a trap, neuter, and release program to help control the cat populations in Sharjah.

They are open every Sunday to Friday from 8 am till 2 pm. Their contact number is: 050 9175 481, they answer only during work hours, but there is almost always someone checking emails and social media pages if they need to be contacted at any other time. They are located in the heart of new Sharjah, near the airport in the Ruhmania district.



SOS Animal Rescue UAQ (formerly SOS for Emirates Dogs)

sos animal rescue uaq

SOS Animal Rescue UAQ (formerly SOS for Emirates Dogs), was formed out of an urgent need to address the stray animal population in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain.

At the onset, SOS began rescuing and rehoming stray dogs and cats. However, the extent of the stray animal problem saw a feeding programme established in September 2013 to support street, dumpsite, industrial and costal stray animals including Donkeys, Camels and Cows. Four safe houses were set-up and fosters sought whenever possible to manage the every increasing rescue efforts.

A bold move was made in March 2014, to open a "No kill" private shelter. This move gave SOS the ability to rescue a larger number of animals than was possible beforehand. From 2013 to 2014 over 300 animals including, dogs, cats, birds and a donkey have been rescued and 170 animals have been rehomed.

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The Ras al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre

RAK animal welfare

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 Melissa Davis and has progressed continuously ever since. The shelter was opened in January 2010 and with the help of a few employees and many volunteers it is growing 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.


RAK Feline Rescues

rak feline rescues

Our mission is to rescue unwanted & lost animals, provide temporary shelter & care, find secure & loving homes, provide advice, support & guidance for pet owners & increase the public's awareness of their responsibility towards animal welfare.

TNR (trap, neuter & release) is also a huge daily responsibility for all welfare groups/shelters, we must strive to sterilise as many animals & release them back into their own territory, to reduce more strays being born to the cruel & harsh streets of the UAE.


If you would like your animal support group added to this list- please get in touch with us with your logo and details and we'll get you added.
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