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Family Guide To Pets In Hong Kong – Fish, Rabbits, Dogs

Dogs + Fish + Cats + More

Getting a pet is an exciting time for many families. And although it can be a truly rewarding experience, it is a life-long commitment and there are many factors to consider – such as your lifestyle, time, space, and the costs – before adding a sweet, furry friend to your family. For those seeking to grow their family, this guide to finding a family pet in Hong Kong will have you sorted. Make a beeline to these adoption centers and shelters for your family’s newest addition!

  • DOGS

    Dogs really are man’s best friend! But choosing the right breed is essential to a happy home. Some considerations when getting a dog include your outdoor space, whether your building allows dogs, your lifestyle, as well as the time and costs of training, grooming, and vet fees. It also beneficial to adopt, rather than shop for dogs. Centers in Hong Kong are effective at rehoming furry pals to the right families. Hong Kong Dog Rescue and SPCA are safe options, while LAP and Kirsten’s Zoo, among other rescue agencies, are also noble choices.

    Hong Kong Dog Rescue Ap Lei Chau, Shop A, G/F, 5 Wai Fung Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong,,
    www.hongkongdogrescue.comOpen Daily 10am-6pm

    Hong Kong Dog Rescue Tai Po, 6 Shek Lin Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong,,
    www.hongkongdogrescue.comOpen Daily 10am-6pm

    SPCA, Several locations throughout Hong Kong,

    Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP),
    Allway Gardens Block E,
    187 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong,

    Kirsten’s Zoo, +852 5595 1933,

  • CATS

    While cats may appear as relatively low-maintenance compared to dogs, they still require daily care and interaction. Providing a safe environment is key for your cats. Consider whether to adopt a kitten or an adult cat, depending on your time and patience, as adult cats tend to be more socialized and have stable temperaments. Families set on lovable, feline friends can adopt from SPCA, Kirsten’s Zoo and the Hong Kong Cats organization.

    SPCA, Several locations throughout Hong

    Hong Kong Cats, 
    Tan Cheung Village, Sai Kung Tuk, Hong Kong, +852 5131 3921,,

    Kirsten's Zoo, +852 5595 1933,

    Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP), 11 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 6691 7131,


    If you’re looking for a smaller pet, your family may consider the fun and active hamster. However, smaller children may be disappointed as these are nocturnal animals and when disturbed from their sleep, they may bite. It’s also important to know the type of hamster breed you are bringing home, as they have different habits such as a preference for being away from other hamsters. The SPCA is home to numerous abandoned hamsters and will guide you in setting up the perfect home for your furry, little guy.

    SPCA, Several locations throughout Hong


    Bringing color and musical chirps to your home, birds can make a wonderful pet. There are a wealth of bird species at the Yuen Po Bird Garden – and even if you’re not getting a pet bird, this area makes for a fun outing when the kids are in tow. Admire other bird enthusiasts bringing out their feathery friends for a stroll around the adjoining park. Make sure to do your homework and know which species of bird you will be bringing to your home, as each have different needs to stay happy and healthy.

    Yuen Po Bird Garden, Yuen Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong,

  • FISH

    Goldfish are ideal starter pets for kids looking to gain a little responsibility or who may have allergies to furry creatures. Easy to maintain – when following proper feeding techniques and aquarium care, goldfish can live up to 10 years or longer. The Goldfish Market in Mong Kok is a good place to start for everything you need to set up your own underwater paradise including tanks, food and all types of fish.

    Goldfish Market, 43-49 Bute Street, 175 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Open Daily 10am-9:45pm


    For exotic snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and tarantulas, consider adopting from the Hong Kong Reptile and Amphibian Society, a non-profit HK-based program committed to finding our slithering friends their best possible home. Aware of the difficulty in raising these animals, they also provide temporary care for your pets whenever needed. You can also adopt turtles and snakes from The Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation.

    Hong Kong Reptile and Amphibian

    Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation, Flat 14D, King Win Factory Building, 65-67 King Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2751 3533,


    Hermit crabs are tiny, low-maintenance little creatures who like to live together in warm, tropical climates – perfect for Hong Kong! The Goldfish Market in Mong Kok carries an assortment of these little buddies and some stores can offer in-depth knowledge on how to keep them happy and healthy in your home.

    Goldfish Market, 43-49 Bute Street, 175 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Open Daily 10am-9:45pm


    Hop on to it! Rabbits can be adorable and fun-loving pets – but do require your care, plenty of space to dig or burrow, and a commitment as they can live between 8-12 years. These playful creatures need social interaction, plenty of exercise, and enrichment activities to avoid boredom. Each has their own, unique personality – so it’s good to check which would pair well with your family. The Hong Kong Rabbit Society has a small shelter offering abandoned animals up for adoption and foster care.

    The Hong Kong Rabbit Society, Room 03, 3/F, Fuk Hong Industrial Building, 60-62 Tong Mei Road, Mong Kok (Mong Kok MTR Exit A2),+852 3580 0050,
    info@hkrabbit.orgwww.hkrabbit.orgVisiting Hours Mon-Sat 2pm-7:30pm, Sundays & PH 4-7pm

    SPCA, Several locations throughout Hong


    If you’re looking to bring your furry animals into Hong Kong from overseas or moving out, agencies such as PetMoversHK and International Pet Travel, a member of IPATA and specializing in pet import and export, can arrange for door-to-door relocation of your four-legged friends and all the necessary paperwork – all you and your family need to do is welcome it with love.

    PetMoversHK, Room 1703, Landmark North, Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong,  +852 3404 0061,

    International Pet Travel, Unit C, 6/F, Centre 600, 82 King Lam Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3428 2162,
    www.internationalpettravel.comOpen Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm, Sat 10am-1pm


    Looking for someone to take your best friend for a walk around town when you’re unavailable? Royal Pets Ltd provide services like dog-walking, cat-sitting or even pet photography to capture special moments. Dog walking services start at HK$140 for 30 minutes, and they offer a free initial meeting so that you can see if the services suit your furry pal. Or give Pawshake a try – a forum that links pet owners with freelance services for dog walkers, doggy day care, as well as house sitters for when a mini-getaway awaits.

    Royal Pets Ltd, 9B Amtel Building, 148 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6314 9887,,
    Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-1pm


    If you are not quite ready to commit to a family friend, there are numerous opportunities for fostering animals in need of care in Hong Kong.  Warning - we can't promise you won't fall in love with you little fur ball.  SPCA has foster programs for their kittens, puppies, birds, rabbits, lizards and more.  Experienced dog-owners can also find foster opportunities at the Hong Kong Dog Rescue.

    SPCA Foster

    Hong Kong Dog Rescue Foster Program,


    Whiskers N’ Paws along with the Hong Kong Dog Rescue hosts a Puppy Adoption Day on Sundays, however due to Co-Vid restrictions the event has been temporarily suspended. However, they still allow for adoptions through application. Similarly, the Hong Kong Paws Foundation and Saikung Stray Friends allow for adoptions through an application process and questionnaire to match owners with fitting pets.

    Whiskers N' Paws, Horizon Plaza, Unit 1013, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2552 6200,

    Hong Kong Paws Foundation, +852 9485 5188,

    Saikung Stray Friends, 151 Tai Lam Wu, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong,,
    www.saikungstrayfriends.netOpen Daily 10:30am-1pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Additional Info:​


Facebook Group For Pet Owners In Hong Kong

Fido-Friendly Guide To Hong Kong (Focus on kids + dogs)

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