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Here’s what you need to know be­fore you bring your pet home in com­pli­ance with Fed­eral Law No. 22 of 2016, which states: ‘Dog own­ers must ob­tain a li­cence and vac­ci­na­tions for their pets from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties… and keep them on a leash at all times when in pub­lic. Those who fail to do so will face a fine of at least Dh10,000, but not more than Dh100,000.’

Go to a vet. Each an­i­mal should be vac­ci­nated yearly against rabies, dis­tem­per, tar­tar, lep­tospiro­sis and in­fec­tious hep­ati­tis.

They are also mi­crochipped and neutered.

The only doc­u­ments you need to pro­vide are your Emi­rates ID and a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate from your land­lord or build­ing man­age­ment.

Vac­ci­na­tion cards are is­sued and cross-linked to mi­crochip num­bers, which are then linked to the owner’s Emi­rates ID and (in Dubai) their Makani ad­dress.

The Bri­tish Ve­teri­nary Hospi­tal charges Dh95 to up­load reg­is­tra­tions to the Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity site – charges vary from prac­tice to prac­tice. Reg­is­tra­tions on an av­er­age take from a day to 48 hours.

Mahin Bahrami of the Mid­dle East An­i­mal Foun­da­tion (MEAF) works with var­i­ous adop­tion agen­cies across the coun­try. She says an or­gan­i­sa­tion gets the reg­is­tra­tion and pa­per­work done for you, and can charge from Dh600 for a short-haired dog to Dh1,000 for a long-haired dog. Pa­per­work must al­ways be checked and ver­i­fied.

Some char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions can up­load de­tails, but es­sen­tially it’s the ve­teri­nary clin­ics that are ap­proved by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

When adop­tion agen­cies take in a dog, it must, by law, be reg­is­tered and mi­crochipped, whether there is an adopter ready to take them or not.

Upon adop­tion, the reg­is­tra­tion is trans­ferred to the new owner.

You can also regis­ter di­rectly by vis­it­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not com­ment on the charge for the ser­vice.

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