Cat and dog adoption is a great way to bring a fur baby into your life. From SPCA, Hong Kong Dog Rescue, LAP and more, we know where to adopt dogs, cats, and small animals. Here’s our guide to pet adoption in Hong Kong.
Have you been pawndering about getting a pet? The Sassy Mama team has adopted animals from different centres across Hong Kong so many of these recommendations are personal and heartfelt. After a thorough investigation (and staring at plenty of puppy and kitten pictures), we’ve compiled a list of where to adopt dogs and cats in Hong Kong. Think of all the new pet-friendly spots to explore, not to mention pet-friendly staycations. We hope you find the perfect addition to your family to pamper!
Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) – Dog adoption in Hong Kong
Founded in 2003, Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) offers assistance to dogs through sponsorships and training workshops. Having cared for and re-homed more than 9,500 dogs, it is known for its adoption services. If you’d like to adopt from here, don’t forget to complete its Adoption Questionnaire here. Apart from dog adoption services, it also accepts donations and welcomes volunteers!
Catherine’s Puppies – Dog and puppy adoption in Hong Kong
Located in Sai Kung, Catherine’s Puppies is here to offer the help and care our furry friends deserve. Since its rescue shelter opens every day from 11am to 4pm, you’ll have plenty of time to drop by and meet the dogs before making your decision. Though called Catherine’s Puppies, the shelter has a lot of surrendered old dogs as well.
LAP – Cat and dog adoption in Hong Kong
From hosting care-taking workshops to providing adoption handbooks, Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP) is perfect for first-time pet owners. If you’re unfamiliar with pet adoption, its experienced team will help you through the process. Also, it organises Adoption Days and claims that every day is Adoption Day at any of its centres!
Lifelong Animal Protection (Cat adoption centre), 11 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 6691 7131
SPCA – Cat, dog, and small animal adoption
Looking to adopt a pet chinchilla, a turtle, or a guinea pig? With a wide range of species to choose from, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare. The adoption process generally requires some paperwork, one or more visit(s) to the adoption centre (depending on the type of pet), and an adoption interview.
Sai Kung Stray Friends – Dog adoption
At any given time, Sai Kung Stray Friends looks after over a hundred dogs all awaiting their forever home. As well as looking after pups until they are adopted, the volunteers also deliver meals to many of the loosely-owned local village dogs as well as trapping and spaying stray dogs across the New Territories. Check out the adoption page for details of current residents.
Whiskers N Paws – Cat, dog, and small animal adoption
More than just a leading retailer of healthy and wholesome products for all sorts of pets, Whiskers N Paws partners with animal shelters to support the adoption of dogs, cats and small animals. Find out more about its pet adoption services here.
Kirsten’s Zoo – Cat, dog, and small animal adoption
Founded in 2008, Kirsten’s Zoo is committed to providing shelter to abandoned or abused animals. Its passionate volunteers will check that animals are spayed and have all the necessary medical care. These animals are fostered until they are adopted. If you are not considering fostering or adopting, you can also support the organisation through direct donations or volunteering.
Hong Kong Paws – Cat and dog adoption
Though Hong Kong Paws started work in 2005, it was formally established and registered as an animal welfare society in 2011. It works with local animal shelters to provide financial aid, animal care consultation and rehoming services. Sassy Mama team members have fostered many puppies from Hong Kong Paws before they went on to find their forever homes. Fill in the necessary forms if you would like to adopt or foster a dog or cat.
Some other animal organisations in Hong Kong that offer pet adoptions:
- HK Saving Cat and Dog Association – Provides food, medical treatment, sterilisation and adoption services for stray cats and dogs since 2007. www.hkscda.com
- Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation – Focuses on amphibians and reptiles and has adoption services and community outreach programs. www.hkherp.org.hk
- TAILS Lantau – Cat and dog adoption and foster care. www.tailslantau.org
- Home For Homeless Dogs – Focuses mainly on senior dogs who often get overlooked by potential owners. www.hfhd.org
- Hong Kong Cats Charity (HKCC) – Adoption shelter for cats and kittens with monthly adoption events. www.facebook.com/hongkongcats
Editor’s Note: “Where To Adopt Dogs, Cats & Small Pets: Animal Shelters & Organisations” was originally published by Lydia Ching and most recently updated in August 2023 by Fashila Kanakka.