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Posted On: 8 September 2020 08:27 pm
Updated On: 6 May 2021 01:23 pm

Animal shelters and rescue groups in Qatar

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Sadly, there are countless stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Qatar needing a new home. You can help them find a new home by adopting or in many other ways. If you're not sure where to start but willing to help, we rounded up the list of animal rescue groups and shelters in Qatar where you can adopt or help.

Note: Due to COVID-19, these groups and organizations might not be accepting any volunteers at the moment. Please check with the respective group on how best you can help during this pandemic.

1. Qatar Animal Welfare Society

QAWS is now a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of animals in the State of Qatar. The organization which aims to help stray and abandoned animals was founded in 2004 and run by volunteers.

How you can help? You can donate money or in kind, sponsor through Virtual Pet Adoption or Kennel / Cat Condo Sponsorship, be a volunteer, or be a foster carer. QAWS is always looking for new volunteers to help with dog walking, cat cuddling, bathing, brushing, cleaning, feeding & general maintenance.

2. Paws Rescue Qatar

PAWS is a non-profit animal shelter dedicated to providing a safe haven for homeless animals until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes. The animal charity saves abandoned, injured, and abused animals in Qatar. It also relies on donations and volunteers.

How you can help? Aside from adopting, fostering, and volunteering, you can also help by donating. Click here to help Paws Rescue Qatar help more animals.

3. 2nd Chance Rescue

2nd Chance Rescue started out as a solo rescue mission by Abdulla Al-Naemi in 2009 to help abandoned puppies. It has since turned into an animal shelter working to rehabilitate and finding new homes for animals as well as providing medical, physical and emotional care for them until they get adopted. 2nd Chance Rescue is also a non-profit organization relying on contributions and volunteer efforts of the animal-loving community in Qatar.

4. BarkinQ

BarkinQ is a foster-based group (not a shelter) run by a dog-loving couple which started in 2016. Aside from helping stray dogs to find homes, they also seek foster families in Doha and flight buddies to the USA.


5. CAT Lovers Qatar (CLQ)

CAT Lovers Qatar(CLQ) is a group of volunteers who rescue abused, dumped and neglected cats around Doha with the aim to re-home them. The group also manage a number of cared for colonies of community cats across Qatar. CLQ ensure that the cats within their managed colonies receive one meal per day and also fresh water. They also neuter/spay the cats and make sure any health issues are treated. You can help CLQ through their GoFundMe: HelpCatLoversQatar

Some veterinary clinics in Qatar also have cats and dogs for adoption. Click here to see the list of Veterinary Clinics in Qatar.

Other Facebook pages and groups where you can find cats and dogs needing a forever home


Abuse and cruelty towards animals are considered illegal in Qatar. If anyone does see any form of animal abuse or cruelty you can report it on this number +974 234 0888.

Do you know of more animal shelters and rescue groups in Qatar? Let us know in the comments!