Dog Adoption & Fostering

in support of

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Thank you to everyone that attended our Adoption Day this past weekend at the Sustainable City Branch of the Star Vet Clinic, we had 8 beautiful pups, that found loving homes which to us is a huge success. Thank you to all the staff that were there on the day and to the wonderful staff at the Stray Dog Center Umm Al Quwain. Our next adoption day will take place on the 20th November and be outside at the Dog Park at Sustainable City with a few surprises so stay tuned for the updates, on whats to come. 

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About us

A registered, non-profit, an organisation on a mission to help abused, abandoned, neglected and forgotten stray animals in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) in the United Arab Emirates.

Stray Dogs Center UAQ, formerly known as SOS for Emirates Dogs, was formed out of an urgent need to address the stray animal population in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Founded in 2013, Stray Dogs Center UAQ is a non-profit organisation, completely funded by donations and fundraising. Primarily, the main aim of the center is to ensure a safe and healthy community by addressing the stray animal population in a humane way.

At the onset, rescuing and re-homing stray dogs and cats was the priority. However, the extent of the stray animal problem saw a feeding program established in September 2013 to support street, dumpsite, industrial and coastal stray animals including Donkeys, Camels and Cows. Four safe houses were set-up and foster sought whenever possible to manage the every increasing rescue efforts.

A bold move was made in March 2014, to open a "No-kill" private shelter. This move gave the Center the ability to rescue a larger number of animals than was possible beforehand. From 2013 to 2016 over 900 animals including, dogs, cats, birds and a donkey have been rescued and 783 animals have been re-homed.

Active lobbying of the Umm Al Quwain Government began in February 2014 and collaboration with the Police, Municipality and the Economic Department resulted in Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain granting land to build the Center for Stray Dogs, situated in Al Surrah, Umm Al Quwain, a licence to operate as a non-profit organisation and ongoing Police support in the rescue of animals.

Through Social Media, the Center has gained huge momentum. With no funding, public support plays a pivotal role in the success of the Stray Dogs Center, UAQ. This has enabled the Center to operate and save 100's of lives.

Food donations are also very much appreciated. 

Your support in time and services, fuel for our generators etc are also very welcome.

Meet our August Dogs of the month.


If you are interested in giving one of our dogs a loving new home or have the time to foster one of us for future adoption, please see the details of how to make this possible below. 


(Minimum duration 2 weeks)

1. Fill out an application at
2. Provide a copy of your Emirates ID or passport by email to
3. Application is screened.
4. Approved or declined
5. Choose your doggy
6. Take your doggy home

Please note: 
If your application is approved it is expected that during the fostering period you will be fully responsible for the care and treatment (not including vaccinations or neutering/castration) of your foster doggy. If you cannot commit to this then there is no need to apply.



1. Fill out an application at
2. Provide your rental contract that states: "Pets allowed" or an NOC from your landlord by email to
3. Provide a copy of your Emirates ID or passport by email to
4. Application is screened.
5. Approved or declined.
6. If approved choose your doggy.
7. Take your doggy home.
8. Pay adoption fee of 1500dhs to cover vaccines microchip and neuter and 1000 DHS for long term residents (2 or more years in the center).

Please note: 
- Home visit is required

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