I Found A Stray in Aruba... What Can I Do?


Have you found a homeless cat or dog, and want to help?

Thank you taking the first step in helping.  When you’ve seen a stray cat or dog and you’d like to help here is what you can do:

If you would like to help get medical attention for a homeless cat or dog you can do the following:

  • Contact an Aruba veterinarian (contact details below) to make an appointment and ask if they have space available to board an animal for the medical treatment process (if that is needed).
  • If there is space available at the vet, you need to try and catch the animal and bring them to the vet. If you cannot catch the animal yourself, Crijojo Trappers Aruba can assist (for a small fee).  We recommend they assist, they have volunteers that are experienced and will likely trap the cat or dog quicker than you can.
  • The costs involved with this will depend on the extent of the medical care the animal needs and how long they are kept at the vet. At a minimum, having the animal spayed/neutered can make a huge impact. Other possible costs could include blood tests, heartworm treatment and flea/tick/mange treatment, these all vary depending on the needs of the animal.
  • If you need help with any logistical details the rescue organizations in Aruba listed here might be able to help.

Interested in adopting the animal?  THANK YOU!  Those who have adopted from Aruba have never regretted their decision.

The process is the same as above, but after the initial medical treatment the animal will need to be boarded or fostered until they are ready for travel. A health certificate and transporter are also needed to get the animal to where you live.  Sometimes this can all happen during your stay in Aruba, but if it can’t here are a few things to know.

  • Transport is possible to the United States.
  • Puppies, kittens and cats can usually travel in the passenger compartment of your airline as long as the combined weight of the animal and carrier is less than 20 pounds. The carrier must be a standard pet carrier approved by the airlines. Approved carrier details can be found on each airlines website.
  • The flight fees for animals vary depending on the airline. American Airlines is currently the only airline allowing dogs as checked luggage to fly out of Aruba.  Many other airlines allow pets in cabin as carry on.  Southwest DOES NOT allow any pets on their flights from Aruba.

Heat restrictions during the Spring, Summer and Fall months can affect transport. These restrictions are determined by the airline on the day of travel and are completely at their discretion. 


Aruban Veterinarian Contact Information:

Veterinaire Kliniek Noord

Noord 50-B 

Tel: 297- 587-0911

Veterinaire Kliniek Wayaca

Wayaca 128

Tel: 297-582-1720

Veterinaire Kliniek San Nicolas

Pastor Hendrikstraat 53

Tel: 297-584-6855

Contreras Veterinary Services

Shaba 2

Tel: 297-587-0917

Contreras Veterinary Services

Savaneta 117, Lokaal 2, Savaneta 

Tel: 297-584-0918

Animal Care Clinic

Paradera 177- A 

Tel: 297-582-8382 

Tel: 297-592-8382 (emergency number)

Animal Health Veterinary Hospital 

Caya J.E.M Arends 20

Tel: 297-586-3592

Still have questions?  You can email us at ninelivesaruba@gmail.com or Phone/WhatsApp at 297-561-9187 or 297-732-3790.