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You’ve spotted a homeless dog or cat and want to help!

Thank you so much for caring enough to look into your options for ways to help. When you’ve seen a street animal you’d like to help, start by getting a few pictures of the animal.  Some of the animals who appear homeless are actually known to be owned, but are let to roam the streets.  There are other volunteer driven rescue organizations in addition to ARF where you can share your pictures to see if anyone recognizes the animal.  Here are a few places to start:

You would like to help get medical attention for a homeless animal?

  1. Contact an Aruba veterinarian (contact details below) to make an appointment and ask if they have space available to board an animal for the medical treatment process.
  2. If there is space available at the vet, now catch the animal and bring them in. If you cannot catch the animal yourself, Crijojo Trappers can assist for a fee.
  3. The costs involved with this will depend on the extent of the medical care the animal needs and how long they are kept in boarding. At a minimum, sterilizations help eliminate the problem for future generations. Other possible costs could include blood tests, heartworm treatment and flea/tick/mange treatment, these all vary depending on the needs of the animal.
  4. If you need help with any logistical details the volunteer driven organizations on Aruba listed here might be able to help.

Interested in adopting the animal?  Great!

The process is the same as above, but after the initial medical treatment the animal will need to be boarded or fostered until they are ready for travel. A health certificate and transporter are also needed to get the animal to where you live.  Sometimes this can all happen during your stay in Aruba, but if it can’t here are a few things to know.

  1. Transport is possible to the United States, Canada (the owner must transport the pet), Holland and Sweden.
  2. Puppies, kittens and cats can usually travel in the passenger compartment of your airline as long as the combined weight of the animal and carrier is less than 20 pounds. The carrier must be a standard pet carrier approved by the airlines. Approved carrier details can be found on each airlines website.
  3. The flight fees for animals vary depending on the airline. American Airlines is currently the only airline allowing dogs as checked luggage to fly out of Aruba.  Many other airlines allow pets in cabin as carry on.  SOUTHWEST WILL NOT FLY ANY ANIMALS OUT OF ARUBA.

Please note that weather restrictions during the summer months can affect transport.  

These restrictions are determined by the airline on the day of travel.

Aruban Veterinarian Contact Information

Veterinaire Kliniek,Wayaca 128 Tel: 582-1720

Veterinaire Kliniek, Noord 50-B  Tel: 587-0911

Contreras Veterinary Services, Shaba 2  Tel: 587-0917

Contreras Veterinary Services, Savaneta 112 Lokaal 2  Tel: 584-0918

Animal Care Clinic, Paradera 177- A Tel: 582-8382

Animal Health Veterinary Hospital, Caya J.E.M. Arends 20   Tel: 586-3592

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