Expat VPN May 2017

Hong Kong is far from an ideal place for dogs, though you’ll have no problem with cats. People tend to live in apartments and it’s a densely populated city, with a limited amount of green space. Dogs are still regarded with some suspicion and even fear by older Hong Kong people, and there’s a limited number of pet-friendly spaces. The heat can also be hard going for longhaired dogs and cats.

The city’s long-time status as an international city means there are established vaccination and registration procedures and no big bureaucratic obstacles in the way of either importing or exporting pets. There’s no shortage of pet grooming facilities, places to get food or kennels, and plenty of good vets in case of illness – all well regulated by city authorities. You can also bring your pet out with you to brunch or for coffee; as long as they’re well behaved almost every establishment lets them sit in their outdoor seating area with you (usually not indoors though).

If you’re importing your pet, see Pet Relocation to find out about the procedures/paperwork involved. Think carefully about it, and base your decision on where you’ll be living. If you’ll be staying in a good-sized space with a garden and quiet streets, then your dog will be happy. If you’re in a small Mid-Levels apartment, you might want to consider having your dog stay back home with friends or family rather than put him through quarantine (unless you’re coming from certain countries) and keep him cooped up most of the day. One way around this is to have your domestic helper do the dog walking. She’s likely to be from elsewhere and probably more comfortable with animals than most local people, though you should discuss this with her in advance rather than assume.

Buying a pet is fine from registered pet shops, who treat their animals well and are regulated, but never buy pets from street vendors or dodgy little shops – they are rarely happy places for animals and the city is trying to educate people out of encouraging the trade.

You’ll need to keep your dog on a leash at all times in the city. Once you’re out of the urban environment dogs are allowed in country parks, but it’s much harder to find a place to let them run around in the city proper. North Point Pier has a dog park, and Bowen Road has a walking area where you’ll see people taking their dogs out for a walk. There’s also the Peak, of course, which has Victoria Park, and a park in Cyberport – though dogs must be leashed there. For real doggie heaven, go to Lamma Island or another of the outlying islands. A word of warning though: there have been cases of dog poisoning in Hong Kong in recent years, most infamously on Bowen Road, but also in other areas where dogs are taken to roam. Be careful about letting your dog drink from water buckets and the like.

Organisations

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Organization helping pets of all kinds that offers pets for adoption, as well as providing clinics and emergency help around the city.

2802 0501
www.spca.org.hk

Pet Shops and Markets

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden

Some 70 vendors of songbirds as well as locals taking their own birds out for a visit.

7am-8pm
Yuen Po St, Mongkok

Goldfish Market

Fish are popular in a city as dense as this, and you’ll be wowed by the range of fish, aquaria and more here.

10:30am-10pm
Tung Choi St, Mongkok

Best Pedigree Cattery

Pedigree cats as well as free adoption of strays; also offers grooming services.

12pm-11pm
G/F, 88 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay
2834 1957

Furry Creatures Pet Shop

Friendly shop with a range of well-treated dogs.

12pm-11pm
34A Cannon St, Causeway Bay
2893 3388

Oh! My Dog

Wide range of dogs as well as grooming services.

12pm-10pm
17 Cat Chick St, Kennedy Town
2816 6399

Kau Kee Kam Fook Bird Shop

Wide range of birds, cages and accessories.

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
60-62 Cleverly St, Sheung Wan
2543 3123

Reptile Paradise

Extraordinary range of snakes, spiders, scorpions and more. Worth a visit just for gawping.

1-9pm
140 Tung Choi St, Mongkok
2395 7457
www.reptileparadise.com

Parks, Pet Exercise Areas, Kennels

North Point Dog Park

Small park designed specifically for dogs on the North Point promenade.

Kam Hong St, North Point

Bowen Road Walking Trail

Dog-friendly city trail about 3 km long between Mid-Levels and Garden Road.

Bowen Road Park, Bowen Drive, Mid-Levels

Victoria Peak Garden

High, peaceful and scenic park – on weekends has plenty of other dogs to play with.

Mount Austin Rd, The Peak

Tai Tam Country Park

A wide range of hikes for owners and pets alike in a beautiful environment.

88 Tai Tam Reservoir Rd, Repulse Bay

Kennel Van Dego

Boarding for birds, cats and dogs with outdoor exercise areas.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
1-3 Shek Hang Village, Yan Yee Rd, Tai Mong Tsai, Sai Kung
2792 6889
www.kennelvandego.com

DB Dog Dayz

Personalised service where dogs actually live in the home of the facility owners.

Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm
Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park
9284 1491
www.dbdogdayz.com

Wish You Were Here

Pet babysitters – trained animal lovers come to your home for a few hours and take care of your pet while you’re out. Training also available.

9755 1060
www.wishyouwereherehk.com

Dogotel

Opened in 2003, Hong Kong’s first dog hotel has grooming and socialising services.

10am-7:30pm
124E Argyle St, Mongkok
2711 0019
www.dogotel.com

Ferndale Kennels

Kennels and a cattery, with dog walking and training services.

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
SX-2031 Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park
2792 4642
www.ferndalekennels.com

Vets, Emergency Services, Funerals

Mid-Levels Veterinary Centre

Friendly clinic specialising in small animals.

Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm
28 Mosque St, Mid-Levels
2140 6581

Happy Valley Veterinary Clinic & Hospital

High-tech services including CT scan facilities.

Mon-Sat 10am-1pm, 3-7pm; Sun 10am-12pm, 2-5pm
20 Ventris Rd, Happy Valley
2572 0977
www.hvvc.com.hk

Centaur Veterinary Hospital

Australian-trained vets offering medical and surgical services including ECG and ultra-sound.

Mon-Sat 9:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-7:30pm; Sun 2:30-6:30pm
30A Victoria Avenue, Mongkok
2713 8950

Dr Eric’s Animal Clinic

Personal service that also offers exotic pet expertise and acupuncture. Three other branches.

10:30am-2pm, 4-7:30pm
Portion B, Igloo Residence, 1A Shan Kwong Rd, Happy Valley
2893 2988

Creature Comforts

House call service (Hong Kong Island, with Kowloon and New Territories available on request) with specially equipped vehicle for check-ups and emergencies. Affiliated with hospitals for surgical needs.

9am-6pm
9773 0372
www.creaturecomforts.com.hk

Green Cross Veterinary Clinic

Friendly vet with online forums and community. Another branch in Shatin.

Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 9-11am, 2-6pm; Wed 9-11am; Sat 9-11am, 2-6pm; Sun 11am-12pm
31A Waterloo Rd, Mong Kok
2780 5338
www.greencross.com.hk

Hong Kong Vets

Popular practice with a total of four clinics in Hong Kong and the New Territories.

Mon-Sat 9am-12pm, 3:30-7pm; Sun 9am-1pm, 3:30-7pm
Wing Sing Mansion, 7 Cross Lane, Wanchai
2572 5422
www.hongkongvet.com

Pets Central

A 24-hour hospital with four other clinics in Kowloon, NT and Lantau.

Shun Ming Building, 484-488 Shanghai St, Mongkok
2264 0298
www.pets-central.com

The Ark Veterinary Hospital

Friendly clinic open for emergencies 24 hours.

Shop 1, 25-35A Water St, Sai Ying Pun
2549 2330
www.thearkvets.hk.com

The Cat Hospital

Cat specialists available 24 hours for emergencies.

37 Aberdeen St, Central
2975 8228
www.9lives.com.hk

Citivet Small Animal & Exotic Hospital

For people with more unusual pets, a clinic and 24-hour emergency service.

Tak Yan Building, 25 Tai Pa St, Tsuen Wan
2414 2525

Professional Pet Funeral Service

Collection, services, cremation and other undertaking services, sensitively handled.

9am-6pm
Lot 88, Ping Che, Fanling, New Territories
2621 6666
www.petsfuneral.com.hk

Grooming and Pet Care

Dogfather’s Mobile Groomer

Hygienic and aesthetic grooming, done in your own home.

9am-6pm
1A Fairview Mansion, 84 Robinson Rd, Mid-Levels
9460 0389

Friendship Pet Shop

The grooming room in this pet shop washes and grooms dogs and certain cats.

1-11pm
8 Cannon St, Causeway Bay
2234 0148

Honey Pet Shop

Washing, grooming and trimming services for dogs and cats.

11am-10pm
Shop G1, 341-343 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
2559 6529

Cutie Club II

Dog grooming and trendy shaving and cutting services, plus cat bathing. Cutie Club I is a kennel.

11am-9:30pm
173 Belcher’s St, Kennedy Town
2819 8038

Stores

Wise Pets

Online pet store with imports from the US including food, supplements and herbal treatments.

PO Box 1809, Tsuen Wan Post Office
2652 2337
www.wisepet.com

MegaPet

Popular and ubiquitous chain of pet stores with food, toys and accessories.

10am-10:30pm
G/F, 2 Peace Avenue, Mongkok
2626 0406
www.megapet.com.hk

The Doggeteer

Nifty shop with all kinds of snacks, toys and the like, as well as catering and party services.

Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
20 Mosque Junction, Mid-Levels
2973 6133
www.the-doggeteer.com

Three Dog Bakery

All sorts of baked goodies for dogs, as well as toys and accessories.

10am-8pm
Lower G/F, Shop 2 & 3, Yee Fung Building, 1A Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley
2836 6760
www.threedog.com.hk

Pawette

Pet boutique for the pampered pet with spa treatments and the latest fashions.

Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
3 Shin Hing St, Central
2537 9999

Puplicity

High-end Soho shop selling luxury beds, kennels, leashes and other accessories.

11am-7:30pm
4 Elgin St, Central
2803 0717
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Totoro Supplies

Interesting shop selling all kinds of small pets as well as accessories, food and other supplies.

Mon-Fri 1-9pm, Sat-Sun 12:30-9pm
Shop D, Hand Cheong Court, 22-28 Sai Wan Ho Street, Shau Kei Wan
2535 4777
www.totoro.com.hk

Wo Kee Pet Shop

A grocery since 1950, a pet shop more recently, with a range of dogs, cats and small pets, as well as accessories and food.

8am-10pm
Shop 13, 2A Luen Cheong St, Luen Wo Market, Fanling
2675 4825
www.wokeepet.com

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