Adopt a dog from abroad: how to do it

Spanish Galgo dog

The beach vacation gets a bitter taste at the sight of the many neglected animals. Especially in Mediterranean regions, stray dogs and cats catch the eye. You have wanted a friend on four paws by your side for some time and would like to rescue one of the animals? This is noble, but there are some things to take into account.

Adopt a dog: Are you sure?

Before you decide on a dog from abroad, you should think carefully in advance whether you can really offer enough space and invest enough time for a four-legged friend. The decision to adopt a dog entails great responsibility. The decision to adopt should therefore not be a knee-jerk reaction on vacation. In addition, not every stray is also suitable as a pet.

Adopting dogs from Spain requires time, patience and empathy - Image: Shutterstock / Deviant

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Adopt Spanish dogs: This is what you need to consider

Adopting Spanish dogs is without question a good deed, but it should not be rushed.

Pre-check abroad: Have your dog examined by a veterinarian

If you decide to adopt after much consideration, you will find the best support at local animal welfare organizations. They help you find the right dog and make sure that your soon-to-be companion comes to Germany. All dogs must be examined by a veterinarian in advance. In addition, they are chipped, vaccinated and dewormed. Then a protection fee of 200 to 300 euros is due. From this the association pays the veterinary costs and the transport.

Important tip if you want to adopt a dog directly on the spot: Pay attention to the vaccination regulations. At least 30 days before departure the animals must be vaccinated against rabies. For each country, however, different regulations apply. Therefore, before adopting, inform yourself exactly about the respective regulations.

Transporting a dog on an airplane: Tips

Also, when transporting by plane, please note that each airline regulates the transport differently. Small dogs are usually allowed to fly in the cabin, all others in pet crates in the baggage compartment.

Tip: It is best to get an overview of the most important conditions before departure. A safe transfer is the first step to a better future for your new companion.

Adopt a dog: Bring patience

Note that the procedure, that is, the veterinary examinations, usually take more time than your vacation lasts. Only when the dog has an EU pet passport, it is allowed to travel to its new home. Stay in contact with local animal welfare organizations until the formalities are completed. Often flight adoptions are offered. Depending on the organization you have to calculate with costs of about 350 Euro for the transport.

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