Qatar Animal Welfare Society committee member Kelly Allen fills us in on everything you should consider before adding a furry friend to your family.
Qatar has an abundance of rescued animals looking for new homes, and the number only increases over summer. Adopting a pet is often a great idea, but there are a lot of important things to consider before committing to take on your own furry friend:
Adopt, don’t shop!
Adopting a pet from a rescue group is very rewarding and helps an animal in need. Volunteers will be able to tell you all about the individual animal’s personality, likes and dislikes, and be able to help you choose exactly the right pet for you. They’ll also organise vaccinations, micro-chipping and neutering before adoption, too!
Consider all aspects of your life before rushing in to get a pet. Do you work long hours? Do you travel a lot? Do you have a studio apartment or a large villa? What experience do you have with keeping pets? There is a lot involved in choosing the right kind of animal to match your family and lifestyle.
Who will look after your pets when you travel? There are several boarding facilities in Qatar available for pet owners, but these do fill up quickly, and don’t always come cheap. Book ahead for the peak travel seasons and be prepared for the cost involved.
Expats especially need to consider the costs and processes involved in order to take your pet with you when you leave Qatar. Preparation can take up to six months before travel, so being prepared is vital, as a pet will be a part of your family for life.
Before committing to an animal, we always encourage adopters in rented accommodation to find out from their landlord if there are any restrictions on keeping pets in the house.
To find out more about adopting a pet, and other ways to help Qatar Animal Welfare Society, visit www.qaws.org (5539 6074).