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Getting a pet
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Getting a pet

by Sarita Rao 4 min. 14.11.2020 From our online archive
Everything you need to know about bringing your pet to Luxembourg or getting one when you arrive
Dogs must be registered and have a microchip within one month of adoption Photo: Shutterstock
Dogs must be registered and have a microchip within one month of adoption Photo: Shutterstock

The number of requests to adopt a dog or cat sky-rocketed during lockdown. If you're thinking of getting a pet or if you already have one, here is the low down on looking after your pet, adopting a pet and all things related to our animal friends in Luxembourg.

The law

Dogs must be registered and have identification (usually a microchip). Cats don’t need to be registered but must be microchipped. Dogs must be registered and microchipped within one month of adoption. If you’re importing a dog, a registered vet can do this and vaccinate against rabies.

You can register your dog at the local commune. You’ll need a veterinary certificate stating the breed and proof of vaccination against rabies in addition to proof of liability insurance. You’ll find the forms and rules on guichet.lu here. If you move, you will need to re-register at your new commune within a month, and it’s your commune to whom you pay dog tax.

Dogs must be kept on a lead in built up areas, public car parks, sports grounds, children’s play parks, and on public transport. 

Cats and dogs should have a European pet passport. If you adopt from a rescue charity or shelter, you will get this on adoption and it will state the vaccinations your pet has had. You will need the passport when you visit a vet. 

Emergencies & vets

In an emergency call 112. On duty vets are published daily here. You can also contact SOSvet.lu.

For non-emergencies the Yellow Pages has a list of vets in Luxembourg.

There is only one company, Gras Savoye, that can provide pet insurance in Luxembourg. 

Adopting a pet

Photo: LT
Photo: LT

Before you adopt a pet, consider the conditions you live in, for example if you have children or you have a garden. 

You should regularly visit a pet at a shelter or foster family to build a relationship with it before adopting.

If you decide to go ahead, you’ll need proof of ID and address, and you may be required to pay a fee for microchipping, sterilization and vaccinations.

There are several shelters in Luxembourg, Belgium and France where you can apply to adopt a pet:

If you want a specific breed of animal or need an indoor cat due to your location or dwelling, you can find more information about pure-bred cats at Lux-Cat Club and a list of Luxembourg-based dog breeders here

If you want to bring your pet from overseas you can check the rules for Luxembourg here. The website also lists information on getting a pet passport in addition to import regulations.

Food and accessories 

Hausdeier.lu sells pet supplies online, including food, toys and treats for cats, dogs and birds, with free delivery. They also provide"petboxes" delivered monthly with contents tailored to your pet's needs. 

Within the Grand Duchy, Fressnapf sells pet food and accessories and has stores across Luxembourg. Further afield, Zooplus.de will deliver pet supplies to Luxembourg. 

Josy Welter in the Belle Etoile shopping centre also stocks pet supplies and you can buy rabbits, mice, gerbils and guinea pigs in-store, in addition to fish and tanks. 

For second-hand pet accessories such as transport boxes or dog coats you can try the Facebook group, Secondhand Deieren Artikelen

Dog training and play dates or adopting kittens

There are plenty of doggie play date, dog training and other places you can spend time with your dog in the company of other dog owners. For more information check out our article, Fun things to do with your dog. For a first-hand view of adopting kittens from an Asbl, read The L Word column Hello Kitties


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