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.
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.
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.
Yuen Po St, Mongkok
Fish are popular in a city as dense as this, and you’ll be wowed by the range of fish, aquaria and more here.
Tung Choi St, Mongkok
Best Pedigree Cattery
Pedigree cats as well as free adoption of strays; also offers grooming services.
G/F, 88 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay
Furry Creatures Pet Shop
Friendly shop with a range of well-treated dogs.
34A Cannon St, Causeway Bay
Oh! My Dog
Wide range of dogs as well as grooming services.
17 Cat Chick St, Kennedy Town
Kau Kee Kam Fook Bird Shop
Wide range of birds, cages and accessories.
60-62 Cleverly St, Sheung Wan
Extraordinary range of snakes, spiders, scorpions and more. Worth a visit just for gawping.
140 Tung Choi St, Mongkok
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
DB Dog Dayz
Personalised service where dogs actually live in the home of the facility owners.
Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park
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.
Opened in 2003, Hong Kong’s first dog hotel has grooming and socialising services.
124E Argyle St, Mongkok
Kennels and a cattery, with dog walking and training services.
SX-2031 Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park
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
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
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
Dr Eric’s Animal Clinic
Personal service that also offers exotic pet expertise and acupuncture. Three other branches.
Portion B, Igloo Residence, 1A Shan Kwong Rd, Happy Valley
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.
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
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
A 24-hour hospital with four other clinics in Kowloon, NT and Lantau.
Shun Ming Building, 484-488 Shanghai St, Mongkok
The Ark Veterinary Hospital
Friendly clinic open for emergencies 24 hours.
Shop 1, 25-35A Water St, Sai Ying Pun
The Cat Hospital
Cat specialists available 24 hours for emergencies.
37 Aberdeen St, Central
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
Professional Pet Funeral Service
Collection, services, cremation and other undertaking services, sensitively handled.
Lot 88, Ping Che, Fanling, New Territories
Grooming and Pet Care
Dogfather’s Mobile Groomer
Hygienic and aesthetic grooming, done in your own home.
1A Fairview Mansion, 84 Robinson Rd, Mid-Levels
Friendship Pet Shop
The grooming room in this pet shop washes and grooms dogs and certain cats.
8 Cannon St, Causeway Bay
Honey Pet Shop
Washing, grooming and trimming services for dogs and cats.
Shop G1, 341-343 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Cutie Club II
Dog grooming and trendy shaving and cutting services, plus cat bathing. Cutie Club I is a kennel.
173 Belcher’s St, Kennedy Town
Online pet store with imports from the US including food, supplements and herbal treatments.
PO Box 1809, Tsuen Wan Post Office
Popular and ubiquitous chain of pet stores with food, toys and accessories.
G/F, 2 Peace Avenue, Mongkok
Nifty shop with all kinds of snacks, toys and the like, as well as catering and party services.
20 Mosque Junction, Mid-Levels
Three Dog Bakery
All sorts of baked goodies for dogs, as well as toys and accessories.
Lower G/F, Shop 2 & 3, Yee Fung Building, 1A Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley
Pet boutique for the pampered pet with spa treatments and the latest fashions.
3 Shin Hing St, Central
High-end Soho shop selling luxury beds, kennels, leashes and other accessories.
4 Elgin St, Central
Publicity on Facebook
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
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.
Shop 13, 2A Luen Cheong St, Luen Wo Market, Fanling