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Last updated: 3/9/2023, 4:18 AM

Do you have questions about your pet or is there an animal in need? These are the guidelines and rules in the Netherlands regarding pets (from abroad) and the organisations that can offer assistance.

What to do with a pet on arrival in the Netherlands

It is important that you take your pet to the veterinary clinic as soon as possible after arrival. This visit is free at many (but not all) veterinary practices and the animal will receive a general examination, necessary vaccinations, microchipping and registration if necessary. Before visiting the veterinarian, make sure the animal has as little contact as possible with other people and animals. The veterinarian will register the pet at the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Call 088-8113333 or email for more information about a free veterinary clinic visit.

Please note: that in most cases you have to pay a dog tax in the Netherlands. It depends on the municipality in which you live. In some municipalities you do not have to pay this tax. The amount of the tax varies per municipality and is approximately € 60 - 150 per year. This amount is also dependent on the number of dogs. The tax is higher if you have more dogs.

Your pet may always be taken to a shelter

Do you want to take your pet to a shelter or refuge? Help for animals from Ukraineundefined helps you and your pet to find a suitable place. This can be done at shelters or free shelters where you and your pet can stay. You are not supposed to bring your pet to a random shelter. Register on the website first. On the website of Help for Animals from Ukraine under the heading undefinedshelterundefined you will find several application forms. You need to fill in one form per pet.

Help for pets from Ukraine
You can get pet insurance