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Pets and Animals in Singapore


Different aspects of owning a pet are covered below, including information on controlled breeds, how to travel with your pet, lost and found animals, how to report abused or injured animals and the rules surrounding dog droppings.

Controlled breeds

Some breeds of dog are controlled under The Schedule in the Rules and must be muzzled. These are:

  • All breeds of Pit Bull
  • Akita
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Tosa
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd Dog (and related breeds)
  • Rottweiler
  • Perro de Presa Canario

Travelling with an animal

Pets are not permitted on any public transport. Some taxis will take pets providing this has been requested at the time of booking.

Animals lost and found

The AVA will usually only capture an animal if there has been a call from the public about a stray or a nuisance. The animal will be taken to the AVA premises where it can be reclaimed by owners for a fee. Dogs will be checked for licenses and if they are not licensed the owner will have to pay the license fee in addition to the impound fee.

  • See the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control webpage: Click here

  • For more information on this contact AVA
    Tel: 1800 476 1600

Reporting Abused or Injured Animals

Animal cruelty is an offence under Singapore law; call the neighbourhood police station to report any cruelty.

The SPCA has a 24-hour emergency hotline for reporting injured, very sick or very young animals in need and animal cruelty.

  • Hotline: 6287-5355 ext 9

Dog droppings

Dog owners are required by law to pick up their animal's droppings. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

Further Information

  • The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) provides extensive information on all matters to do with keeping pets in Singapore, including licensing, choosing and looking after a pet and legal and licensing requirements.
    email for general enquiries
  • Find reputable companies relating to Dogs, Cats, Pets,& Animals through our local business listings
  • The Centre for Animal Welfare and Control of the AVA, 75 Pasir Panjang Road
    Singapore 118507 runs a number of telephone helplines:
    Tel: 6325 7625 (General Enquiries)
    Tel: 6471 9987 (Dog Licences)
    Tel: 1800-476 1600 (Toll-free Hotline for stray animals)
    Tel: 6471 9987 / 6471 9996 (Animal Welfare/Cruelty)
    Tel: 6471 9992 / 6471 9995 (Veterinary Advice)
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