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Moscow Animals Advice Center

Where to Adopt From?

Homeless dogs and cats are a big problem in Moscow and there aren't too many people who are willing to take care of them... 

Woman Selling Puppies

There are few Western-style societies (with the exception of VITA) that aim to protect the interests of animals in Russia, but there is a large (and growing) number of official and unofficial animal shelters in Moscow. Many of them are located in private apartments.

These shelters are run by kind individuals (often pensioneers) who love animals but simply do not have the necessary financial means to care for them properly. They usually do not have computers and often don't even have photo cameras and are thus unable to tell people about the animals they have and that are in need of new homes.

We know that it's very tempting, but please THINK TWICE before buying a puppy or kitten at Moscow's infamous Ptichy Rynok (Bird or Animal Market) - formerly located in the center of Moscow, this market was relocated to a site on the outskirts of town several years ago. Most of the people selling animals there have no license to do so, and often they do not even own the animals they sell. While we believe that these animals (particularly the non-pedigree ones) are also in need of new homes,  you should be aware of the sad fact that many of the animals that are sold at this market are very sick and often require extensive veterinary treatment. Some might not survive. Besides that, your "pedigree" puppy can turn into something completely different when it grows up... 

Therefore, if you would like to give a new home to a puppy or kitty, dog or cat, please read on - we might have the ideal solution for you!

If you're thinking about getting a pet, please think about adopting one from the many animal shelters in Moscow! All of these dogs and cats are in urgent need of new homes.

Moscow Animals supports a small number of private dog and cat shelters for homeless dogs and cats. The shelters are run by private individuals with a very kind heart and a passion for animals.

Some of the dogs and cats have been de-wormed and have undergone a veterinary check-up and some are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

For information on the shelters Moscow Animals supports, please visit the Dogs and Cats pages on our website!

For information on other animal shelters in Moscow that have animals that are in need of new homes and/or that are looking for volunteers and donations, have a look at:

Alma Dog Shelter:

BIM Shelters:

"Zov Predkov" ("Call of the Ancestors") Shelter:

"Pes i Kot" ("Dog and Cat" - Russian-Language Website with lots of Forums for Animal Shelters, Supporters & Volunteers: