Keeping pets in the Netherlands

Keeping pets in the Netherlands

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Our guide to keeping a pet in the Netherlands, including pet registration, vets, emergency help clinics and what to do if your pet gets lost in the Netherlands.

If you plan to have a pet in the Netherlands, there are several Dutch regulations for animals you will need to adhere to, such as dog registration and tax. This guide also covers essentials, including vets, emergency help clinics and where to call should your pet get lost in the Netherlands.

Pet regulation in the Netherlands

Dogs must be registered at the local town hall (gemeente) and an annual tax paid to the tax office (Belastingdienst).

Dog taxes (hondenbelasting) vary from area to area and additional charges will be added for each additional dog. Here is a list of the places in the Netherlands where dog tax is highest www.cijfernieuws.nl.

For instance, The Hague ranks in third place with  the first dog cositng EUR 111.96 and the second EUR 287.40. Proof of registration comes in the form of a small metal tag added to the dog's collar.

Check with your local town or district hall to find out where your dog is free to walk without a leash and where it is allowed to relieve itself (uitlaatgebied), as doing so in an undesignated area brings a heavy fine.

The dog droppings must be cleaned up by you and put in marked containers in parks or in a closed sack in the appropriately marked bin located in most neighbourhoods.

Frequently these bins are green with the sign depot dog and an unmistakable picture!
Cats do not require registration or tax, nor do other pets. Lost/found animals are usually taken to the local pound (listed in the phone book under dierenasiel or dierenopvangcentrum).

If you plan on leaving your dog/cat at a kennel while you're away on vacation, you will need to update the pet passport with a vet (dierenarts) stating that all its immunisations are up-to-date.

A "doggie motel" in the Netherlands is called a dierenhotel or dierenpension. As in most countries, not all such facilities have a great reputation, so ask around, or speak to your veterinarian.

Pets in the Netherlands
Veterinary services in the Netherlands

The Dutch are great pet lovers and most suburban and urban areas have good veterinary services available. Look in your local phone book under veterinarian (dierenarts) or veterinarian practice (dierenartspraktijk).

If there is not an emergency veterinarian (Dieren Spoedkliniek) or a 24-hour service listed below, either call the Animal Ambulance (Dierenambulance, listed on page 2) in your area or your local veterinarian office. Both will list an emergency number for help outside of office hours.

Amsterdam
Spoedkliniek 
(night and weekend emergency clinic)(Not a drop in clinic, call first) 020 694 4766)
De Toevlucht Stichting Vogelhospitaal (Bird Hospital), Bijlmerweide 1, 1103 RR Amsterdam Zuidoost. Tel: 020 600 1144.

The Hague
Spoedkliniek (emergency clinic), Het Zicht 61-63, 2543AK 's Gravenhage. Tel: 070 366 0701

Rotterdam
Kralingseweg,
Kralingseweg 343, Rotterdam. Tel. 010 450 2916
Dierenziekenhuis (animal hospital), Pascalweg 4, 3076JP Rotterdam. Tel: 010 492 5151. 

Utrecht
Dierenartsen Dienstgroep Domstad, Zamenhofdreef 60, 3562JZ Utrecht, Tel. 0900 33377633
Dierenkliniek Hoograven, Detmoldstraat 10, 3523GD Utrecht, Tel. 030 288 6469, www.dierenkliniekhoograven.nl

There is a good network of vets and animal hospitals in the Netherlands.

Pet lost/found or adoption

DierenartsIf your pet has gone astray, call your local pound or one of the main numbers below. If the animal has an electronic chip you can also report the loss to the national chip database at http://www.chipdatabase.nl.

Amsterdam
Dierenkwijtlijn (Lost Pet Line), 020 470 5000 (recorded menu--choose 1 to report a pet missing)

Den Bosch
Bosch en Duin, Dierenkliniek, Tolhuislaan 2, 3735 KG Bosch en Duin. Tel: 030 228 3810

Eindhoven
Dierenkliniek Dikkertedap, Orpheusln 29, 5631 BR Eindhoven, 040 243 2455

Groningen
Diergeneeskundig Centrum Paterswoldseweg en Hoogkerk, Paterswoldseweg 306, 9727 BW Groningen. Tel: 050 525 2697

Haarlem
Dierenkliniek Meerwijk, Stresemaanlaan 19, 2037 TA Haarlem. Tel: 023 533 3363

The Hague
Haags Dierencentrum, 070 366 1806 (recorded menu choice — 1)www.haagsdierencentrum.nl

Maastricht
Dierenkliniek Oranjeplein 14, 6224 KD Maastricht, 043 363 1818

Rotterdam
Dierenopvangcentrum, 010 437 4211

Utrecht
Amivedi Dieren Opsporingsdienst (animal tracing service). Tel: 030 251 3372

Netherlands
Amivedi Nederland (animal tracing service). Central information line open 9am to 9pm 0900 2648334

Animal Ambulance Services (Dierenambulance)

Amsterdam 020 626 2121
The Hague  070 328 2828/ 070 366 0909
Hilversum 035 683 0300
Leiden 071 517 4141
Maastricht/Zuid-West Limburg 09004433224
Rotterdam Dar Dierenambulance 010 415 5666/Dierenambulance Reo 010 476 8750
Utrecht 030 273 1600 06 (or 0654772700)
Wassenaar 070 511 7772

 

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Merle posted:

    on 22nd January 2015, 13:44:17 - Reply

    I live on the bare minimum, I can afford to feed and buy cheap insurance for a dog and would willingly give one a loving forever home. However, the costs of liberating a dog from an asiel is ridiculously expensive.

    I.e. Blacky sits nervously in Vlaardingen's asiel, he has been returned twice for a minor behavioural quirk of toy posessiveness. They claim he is six, which means they want 200 euros for him!

    Despite the fact that in better times I donated to the organization, I cannot have this animal for a centje less than the exorbitant price.

    Is this caring? Prolonging an animals distress to hold out for top dollar for an animal who has been thrice rejected?

    Stitchtin Dieren Asiel is NOT a 'No kill' organisation, I fear for the future of this little financial hostage.
  • Richard Pickens posted:

    on 5th March 2014, 17:46:13 - Reply

    [Moderator's note: Please try our forums for local recommendations http://community.expatica.com/forums] Is there a good kennel in Amsterdam, preferably near the airport, where I could board my (small) dog for about three weeks this June? We will be visiting from Germany during that period.
  • milly posted:

    on 14th September 2010, 13:26:00 - Reply

    "Check with your local town or district hall to find out where your dog is free to walk without a leash and where it is allowed to relieve itself (uitlaatgebied), as doing so in an undesignated area brings a heavy fine. The dog droppings must be cleaned up by you and put in marked containers in parks or in a closed sack in the appropriately marked bin located in most neighbourhoods." Seriously? I have never seen this in all the years I have lived here. [Edited by moderator] They even allow them to poo right outside the school door, which is bad enough in itself but to leave it.......:S