dogs and cats are a big problem in Moscow and
there aren't too many people who are willing to take
care of them...
are few western-style societies that aim to protect the interests of animals
in Russia, but there is a large (and growing) number
of official and unofficial animal shelters in Moscow.
Many of them are located in private apartments or areas outside town.
shelters are run by kind individuals (often pensioneers)
who love animals but simply do not have the necessary
financial means to care for them properly. They usually
do not have computers and often don't even have photo
cameras and are thus unable to tell people about the
animals they have and that are in need of new homes.
know that it's very tempting, but please THINK TWICE
before buying a puppy or kitten at Moscow's infamous
Ptichy Rynok (Bird or Animal Market) - formerly
located in the center of Moscow, this market was relocated
to a site on the outskirts of town several years ago.
Most of the people selling animals there have no license
to do so, and often they do not even own the animals
they sell. While we believe that these animals (particularly
the non-pedigree ones) are also in need of new homes, you
should be aware of the sad fact that many of the animals
that are sold at this market are very sick and often
require extensive veterinary treatment. Some might
not survive. Besides that, your "pedigree"
puppy can turn into something completely different
when it grows up...
you're thinking about getting a pet, please DON'T SHOP - ADOPT! Consider adopting a rescued animal from one of the many animal shelters in
Moscow - all of these dogs and cats are in urgent need
of new homes!
Animals supports a small number of private dog and
cat shelters for homeless dogs and cats. The shelters
are run by private individuals with a very kind heart
and a passion for animals. Most
of the dogs and cats at the shelters we support (note: we cannot speak for other shelters!) have been wormed, vaccinated and microchipped (vaccinations are done on a yearly basis) and have pet passports/travel documents. For
information on the shelters Moscow Animals supports,
please visit the Dogs and Cats pages on our website!
information on other animal shelters in Moscow that
have animals that are in need of new homes and/or
that are looking for volunteers and donations, have a look at:
GAV Dog Shelter:
Predkov" ("Call of the Ancestors")
i Kot" ("Dog and Cat" - Russian-Language Website with lots of Forums for
Animal Shelters, Supporters & Volunteers: