Singapore is a pet-friendly society where a number of parks and beaches allow dogs, you’ll find cafés and hotels that welcome pets, there’s a good range of pet supply stores, plenty of grooming and pet care centres, and an extensive network of qualified vets who you can turn to if you need help.
If you’re bringing your pet from home into Singapore there are a number of procedures that need to be followed (see Pet Relocation), and there are some restrictions on dogs in HDB accommodation (no cats are permitted) and the number of dogs any one household is permitted to keep, but once your loved one is here, or if you decide to get a pet once you arrive in Singapore, you’ll find it a great place to bring up a furry friend. The only caveat to this is that if your pet is coming with you, you need to give due consideration to Singapore’s weather, and how this might affect them—for instance, a particularly thick-coated breed of dog may find the humidity oppressive and may need to be indoors more of the time, or you might need to alter your exercise regime so that you go for a walk in the evenings or the coolest part of the day.
However, these concerns aside the city has an abundance of facilities and amenities designed very much with the pet owner in mind and so you will find that having a pet share your home in Singapore is pleasurable and relatively straightforward. Most parks and beaches are pet-friendly (there are also parks with dog areas where they can be off leash, while Tanjong Beach on Sentosa positively welcomes them!) and there are a number of pet-friendly cafés in town (although you shouldn’t you shouldn’t take a dog into an eating and drinking establishment unless specified). It is also important to bear in mind that Singapore’s Muslim community refrains from touching dogs, so you should take care when out in busy public places or when you invite friends to your home. You also need to remember that all dogs must be on a leash when in a public place.
Licensing and Insurance
All dogs above three months of age in Singapore are required to be licensed by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). The cost is $14 (renewable each year) or $70 for a dog that isn’t neutered. You can register your dog online and there is also an additional one-off fee of $6.50 the first time you make an application.
It is also highly advisable to have your pet microchipped (this is compulsory if you are bringing a pet in from abroad, and forms part of the conditions of your import licence) and for all dogs and cats to wear collars with tags.
There are currently no companies offering insurance policies that are specifically designed to cover pets, although some insurers such as NTUC and Aviva have a clause that covers some types of pedigree domestic pets, or the loss of a pet, in their household contents policies.
Adopting a Pet
If you aren’t bringing a pet with you, but would rather adopt one once you arrive, Singapore has several animal welfare associations that offer a wide range of pets for adoption. You’ll find that all pets up for adoption will have had health checks and been sterilised, and will have been screened for good behaviour. The fees involved are usually quite small to cover serialisations costs and some other basic health services.
Facilities and Services
There are veterinary services throughout Singapore and there will be a choice of vets in every neighborhood on the island. The Singapore Veterinary Association is the professional body for vets in Singapore and there is a comprehensive list of veterinary surgeries and services available on their website.
If you require emergency, or after hours. veterinary care, the Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre has three locations in the city—north, east and central—that means most people are within relatively easy reach of emergency care should the need arise. The number for all three for out of hours care is 6250 8333.
Mount Pleasant @ Gelenggang
2 Jalan Gelenggang
Mount Pleasant @ Whitley
232 Whitley Road
Mount Pleasant @ Changi
969A Upper Changi Road North
Pet Movers (No. 4 Pasir Ris Farmway II, 6581 3688) also provides a 24/7 365 days a year pet transportation and ambulance service in air conditioned and insulated vehicles. They also operate boarding kennels.
Pet stores are likewise all over Singapore. The biggest, most visible chain is Pet Lovers Centre that has over 40 branches throughout the city. However, there are many smaller, specialist shops to be found, and most neighbourhoods will have a store where you can buy pet food, supplies and accessories.
Animal Welfare Organisations
There are a large number of organisations in Singapore that provide help, guidance ad services for pet owners.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
6287 5355 (24 hours)
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA)
Action for Singapore Dogs
Rescue and adoption of stray and abandoned dogs.
Animal Lovers League (ALL)
Provide shelter food and care for abandoned animals until permanent homes can be found.
Hope Dog Rescue
An organisation that helps animals who are abused, neglected or abandoned
A not-for-profit organisation that creates a safe haven for stray and abandoned dogs.
Mdm Wong’s Shelter
An organisation providing care, compassion and hope and giving all animals a chance for leading loved lives.
Cat Welfare Society
A charity that aims to create a society where cats are cared for responsibly as pets and treated with kindness.
Singapore Kennel Club
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road
#12-02 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
Feline Fanciers Society of Singapore
Locanto Pets Singapore
A site for buying all kinds of pets.
Singapore’s leading magazine for pet lovers.
Pet-friendly Places and Spaces
Although dogs are required to be on a leash on Sentosa Beach, it is nevertheless a popular spot for owners to bring their dogs to swim and play on the beach. You will doubtless encounter many like-minded souls here.
Bishan Park Dog Park
Two large enclosed fenced areas where dogs can run off leash (it is usually the case that big dogs are in one enclosure, small dogs in the other) while their owners wait outside. An extremely popular spot and you will almost certainly be guaranteed to be joined by other dog lovers too, so it’s a good place to socialise too.
1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
West Coast Dog Park
Dogs are free to run off leash here, and if you prefer a quitter atmosphere this is a good choice as it tends not to get overrun. Plastic bags are provided, and there are also taps so bring a bowl for your dog to have a drink and cool down.
West Coast Park
West Coast Road
Organise a cruise to one of the scenic islands around Singapore for you and your dog.
Pet Care and Grooming
121 Pet Stylist
All Breeds Pet Centre
44 Jalan Merah Saga
Amy Academy of Animal Arts
557 Bukit Timah Road
Crown Centre #01-02
Annie’s Pets Corner
85A Lorong 4
Toa Payoh HDB-Toa Payoh #01-308
Bark & Bubbles
37 Jalan Rumah Tinggi #01-411
128 Lorong 1
Toa Payoh Kuo Chuan View #01-831
1074 Serangoon Road
Dog Haven Grooming Salon
5 Jasmine Road
Adelphi Park Estate
108 Depot Road
Depot Heights Shopping Centre #01-06
330 Ang Mo Kio Avenue
1 Teck Ghee View #01-1833 Singapore 560330
324M Changi Road
418 Bedok North Avenue 2
Garden Hill #01-89
197 Upper Thomson Road
168 East Coast Road Singapore 428874
105 Clementi Street
12 Sunset Way Residence #01-08
371 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Yikai Court #01-02
352 Clementi Avenue 2 #01-105
92 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-276
Royal Pets Paradise
520 East Coast Road
Ocean Park #01-05 Singapore 458965
Royal Pets Paradise on Facebook
236 River Valley Road
The Grooming Table
57 Marine Terrace
Marine Terrace Haven #01-131
Food For Thought @ Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road #B1-00 Singapore Botanic Gardens
Sun-Thu 8am–9pm, Fri-Sat 8am–10pm
Paw Pet-radise Cafe
530 Balestier Road Monville Mansion #01-07 Singapore 329857
Mon 5-11pm, Wed-Thu 3-11pm, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm (closed On Tuesday)
Sun Ray Café
79 Brighton Crescents Serangoon Gardens S(559218)
Mon-Tue 6-11pm, Wed-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am- 12 midnight, Sat 10am-12 midnight, Sun 10am-11pm
Doggie Style Cafe
496 Changi Road, Singapore 419902
Mon-Thu 1-9pm, Fri-Sun and public holidays 11am-11pm
687A East Coast Road, Singapore 459055
Tue–Thu 12 noon-10pm, Fri–Sun 11am-11pm
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road Singapore 508529
90 Goodman Road, #01-56 Goodman Arts Centre Block N
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Happy Daze Cafe
9/11 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens
Sun-Thu 12pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-3am
110 Turf Club Road Singapore 288000
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun and public holidays 9am-7.30pm