Adopting a Pet in the Czech Republic

Who hasn’t felt a little bit lonely in the past coronavirus year with little to none social life and outdoor activities kept to a bare minimum? Multiple sources have stated that ever since the global pandemic, the rate of pet adoption has skyrocketed all over the world. How is it with pet adoption in the Czech Republic, the country where almost every second person is a dog owner?

Some may consider a pet as an additional member to the family, for others it may be an extension of oneself. Nevertheless, the circumstances, owning a pet comes with advantages yet some responsibilities too. Adopting from shelters helps the pet itself, the shelter and the country as well. 

Where can I adopt?

Only in the Czech Republic, there are more than 300 registered shelters. The majority of the shelter dogs and cats, but in some cases also rodents, reptiles and birds are being sheltered too. On the website of the State Veterinary Administration, you can find the full list of registered shelters and all other necessary information.

  • Shelters

    There are multiple websites where you can find information about the animals you would like to adopt. Our personal recommendation and with probably the largest selection of dogs and cats is Home4Pets. Their search engine allows you to filter amongst other criteria the sex, size, and age of the animal. Other reliable websites for sheltered dogs and cats are PesWeb and Dočasky.

    Some shelters also offer the option to adopt virtually. This means that either you can be a sponsor and support the shelter itself or you can help a specific animal without physically taking it home.

    In bigger cities, you will also find shelters under the municipal police. For instance, in 2017 the municipal police of Brno organized an open-air adoption event in Lužánky for their sheltered animals.

  • Social media

    Another source for finding a shelter is social media. Especially on Facebook, you can find multiple groups or organizations that help animals find a home. Often those groups or Facebook pages end with the sentence “…v nouzi” which translates to “… in distress” like for example “Chrti v nouzi”. One of the larger Facebook groups providing dog adoption is “Psi k adopci”. 

Owning a pet comes also with some responsibilities that do not concern the pet itself

  • Pet fees

    Not only do you have to register your pet in the city or municipality you live in, but you also have to pay an annual ownership fee. Depending on the area and accommodation type you live in, these fees may vary. For example, in Brno, the ownership fee for a dog ranges from 200 CZK to 1500 CZK. You will always find the necessary information on the respective websites of your municipality:
    Brno municipality
    Prague municipality
    Plzeň municipality
    Olomouc municipality
    Hradec Králové municipality

    Next to the ownership fee, you might face an extra fee when renting an apartment. The law states that landlords cannot really forbid you from owning a pet. However, they are entitled to express the wish of not wanting to have a pet in the rented apartment or they can raise the rental fee. Mostly this is based on possible damage to the apartment or the potential noise.

  • Adoption fees

    Also, the shelter will charge you for the adoption process itself. This is considered a good sign since it shows reliability and credibility, contrary to shelters or private people who don’t charge anything.

    Shelters have a list of adoption fees for their animals which is based on the kind of animal, its size, sex and age as well. Mostly, the cost for adopting a sheltered animal ranges from 300 CZK to 3000 CZK. However, there isn’t any law stating a given amount of money to pay for adopting a pet.

Taking shelter dogs for a walk

Do you, just like me, love dogs and would really want to own one, but cannot do so for multiple reasons? Then this alternative might be the right choice for you. Most of the shelters offer the opportunity to take a dog for a walk. You only have to reserve your date and time and can then spend a couple of hours with a thankful dog.

If you already own a pet and worry about what to do, when you need or want to leave for a trip, there are pet hotels and pet-sitting companies that will take care of yours. 

We can give you a helping hand

Do you want to adopt a pet, yet aren’t sure about the whole process or might have difficulties with the language? We will happily assist you!


Sources: State Veterinary Administration, Ouest France, Municipal Police Brno

Picture source: Pexels


Anna Muller

Hi there, my name is Anna and I am somewhat a foreigner in the Czech Republic too. Born and raised in Luxembourg yet having also the Czech nationality allows me to perceive the international flow from multiple perspectives.

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