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Pets and Animal Control

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment's Department of Animal Resources is in charge of animal control and veterinary supervision of animal diseases. The department issues import permits, and oversees the exportation, transfer and transit of pets across borders

Cats and Dogs

There is licensing system for cats and dogs in Qatar. 

Dog are generally not allowed in public places, including parks and the Corniche. Dogs are allowed on some beaches, provided that they are leashed at all times.

Pet owners are encouraged to ID their pets through the use of tags, tattoos and microchips. The Department of Animal Resources offers a free trap, neuter and return program for cats that are microchipped.

Both the police and Animal Resources are authorized to catch and handle stray dogs. 

Hamad General Hospital offers pet cremations for QR1,000. 

Import a Pet

To obtain an import license, visit one of the Department of Animal Resources' veterinary clinics on Al Matar Street, Al Rayyan or Al Shamal. Fill out an import request form and bring the following documents:

  • A copy of the owner's ID
  • A copy of the animal's current vaccination record (rabies certificate is required)

To be eligible, the pet must be more then four months old, and has been given its vaccinations at least 30 days before the date of travel. 

The import permit is valid for one month. Authorized pets may be imported as cargo or excess baggage. The Doha International Airport keeps incoming animals at a special facility before they clear customs. 

Banned Breeds

The following breeds of dogs are not allowed to enter Qatar:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boerboel
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Doberman
  • Great Dane
  • Japanese Akita
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Afghan Hound
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Animal Rescue

Qatar Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based animal rescue shelter based in Doha. It runs an adoption program and can help pet owners with their lost and found efforts.