Welcome to PAWS FAQ section. Here are some of our most asked questions.
If you have a question that is not covered here, please feel free to e-mail us at
Will PAWS take my pet when I leave or go on vacation?
I am leaving for vacation. Who will look after my pet?
No - PAWS does not have a sanctuary, boarding kennels, or other facilities that would allow us to take in abandoned pets. However, we can assist with advertising in order to re-home your pet. All inquiries are directed to you so that you can make the decision that is best for your pet.
The best thing to do is to find someone who can come to your home to look after your pet. This would be ideal as it is stressful for most pets to cope without their humans; a change of location simply adds insult to injury. If this is not an option for you some veterinary clinics offer boarding facilities or alternatively, you can contact Aileen or Duke.
I am leaving on final exit. How can I transport my pet?
It's often easier than you think.
For more information contact: Aileen or Duke
I want to re-home my pet. What should I do?
First, have you considered all the options regarding pet transport to your next home?
PAWS primary concern is with abandoned/injured animals in need. However, if you must re-home your family pet the responsibility is entirely that of you, the owner. PAWS will assist in advertising; however, any and all arrangements between the current owner and prospective adoptive family are to be done without PAWS intervention or policies in place.
Ensuring that your petís vaccinations are up to date and (if the pet is old enough) sterilized will assist in homing as people often want animals that have been taken care of by a responsible owner.
A typical ad will include a brief bio about the pet such as, name, age, and a little bit about their personality. Please include any special needs or interesting facts that a prospective adoptive family might like to know. Please see, fill out and return our Re-Homing Form along with a high quality digital photo of your pet.
For cats contact our Cat Homing Coordinator.
For dogs contact our Dog Homing Coordinator.
For all other animals contact our Misc. Animals Homing Coordinator.
Should I get a second cat to keep my cat company?
Contrary to general belief, cats are not solitary animals. Cats are actually social creatures. They may not fawn all over you, but they like someone to be near. When you arenít home, they get lonely.
Have a mature cat in the home? A second younger kitty can often give a "second wind" to your older cat. Also, when the time does come for your beloved pet to pass away, the transition can often be eased with the love of a second kitty. Introducing a second animal involves transition, but is most often rewarding for all involved.
I would like to adopt a pet from PAWS. What do I do?
Check out our Adoption Gallery. It has all the animals that are available for adoption with a picture and brief bio. It also has all the contact information you will need.
Our Adoption Information page has information on adoption and re-homing.
Our compound cats are a problem and/or our compound is eliminating cats. What can I do?
First find out the policies of your compound regarding animal control.
PAWS can assist in the sterilization and vaccination of compound cats - given that they are genuine strays - private pets will NOT be covered by PAWS.
Sterilized and vaccinated cat colonies do have their benefits as they keep outside cats at bay. Because the compound cats are sterilized, no new kittens can be born thus keeping the population under control. A controlled healthy small population is better than constantly culling or collecting and dumping animals. This is something that you as a resident will need to address with your compound manager.
PAWS cannot interfere with compound business although we can assist in certain areas. Al Zamil Village has had a sterilized controlled group since 2002. The result has been no kittens, no strays, and no outbreak of feline flu or FIV.
our Cat Homing Coordinator to find out more information on making this a reality for your compound.
My childís school is interested in PAWS. Do you have programs for the children?
Yes. The Aramco Coordinator has a wonderful program in action. Education is the key to having a healthy, happy pet, and in helping people to understand how to approach a stray dog or cat, what to do if you see an injured animal, find a kitten or just want to know about basic animal care.
For more information contact our PAWS (Aramco) Coordinator .
Does PAWS sell animals?
No - PAWS does not condone the sale of any animal. In selected areas of Saudi Arabia it is against the law to sell animals.
Does PAWS work with animal breeders?
No - PAWS does not encourage breeding of any animal. Often in Saudi Arabia pets are inbreed with the female giving birth each season. This is a practice that is taxing on the females often ending in severe medical problems.
If you are determined to buy an animal we recommend you see the parents and check the medical/familial history of the parents and make sure that the breeder is reputable!
Please remember the more animals that are bought, the more this encourages the breeders to continue their practice.
How can I take my pet with me to Australia?
Click here for more information on taking your pet with you to Australia.
How can I take my pet with me to Bahrain?
Click here for more information on taking your pet with you to Bahrain.
How can I take my pet with me to Canada?
Click here for more information on taking your pet with you to Canada.
How can I take my pet with me to New Zealand?
Click here for more information on taking your pet with you to New Zealand.
How can I take my pet with me to the U.A.E.?
For information on how to take your pet with you to the U.A.E. you can visit the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Environment and Water
To complete and submit an electronic Import Application click here. You will need to create an account before you will be allowed to proceed to the online Import Application.
For more detailed information the Dubai Kennels and Cattery has an excellent guide on bringing your pets into the U.A.E. (March 2011).
How can I take my pet with me to the United Kingdom?
Click here for more information on taking your pet with you to the United Kingdom.
How can I take my pet with me to the U.S.A.?
For basic information on how to take your pet with you to the U.S.A. you can visit our Pet Escort
You can also visit the USDA-APHIS
website which has several pages on importing your pet into the U.S.A., such as
Import - Pets and Animals
, FAQ and individual State regulations for importing an animal.
Jeddah Vet also has a pet export
page which lists the requirements to export a pet out of Saudi Arabia.