Information for Ukrainian refugees with animals

Hundehalter an der ukrainischen Grenze

In the European Union (EU), animal health provisions are in place to protect against rabies and apply to dogs, cats and ferrets brought into the EU from third countries (Ukraine). Refugees bringing animals of the above-mentioned species with them are required to register with the relevant veterinary authorities. In Berlin, these are the veterinary and food inspection departments of the city districts (VetLeb). You can reach the Berlin veterinary offices via the Berlin Service Portal.

Please fill out the form declaring the entry of pet animals pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 (PDF) and send it by post or scanned/photographed by email to the veterinary office in the district in which your accommodation is located.

You can find more information about bringing pet animals from Ukraine into Germany on the website of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

Enquiries can also be sent by e-mail to the Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action.

Free support for pet owners from Ukraine

Veterinary care at Tierheim Berlin

Tierheim Berlin (Berlin animal shelter) is providing support in the form of basic pet equipment such as a leash, blanket, dog/cat bed, petfood and bowls. Free veterinary care is also available at the shelter’s veterinary practice (including vaccination, microchip, etc.). If necessary, they will help find accommodation.

Service: Veterinary care
When: daily from to 1 pm – 4 pm by prior appointment.
Where: Tierheim Berlin, Hausvaterweg 39, 13057 Berlin

Veterinary care at the Berliner Tiertafel

People who have brought their pets with them to Berlin when fleeing Ukraine will receive free pet food, accessories (leashes, dishes, small beds etc) from the Berliner Tiertafel. Their pets can also receive a veterinary examination and basic care (vaccination, microchip etc). The owners can apply by email to the Tiertafel organisation for assistance in covering the costs of the vet (

Service: Veterinary care
When: every 14 days on Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm
Dates: 02.04., 30.04., 14.05., 28.05., 11.06., 25.06.
Where: Wustrower Str. 18, 13051 Berlin

Please bring your ID card/passport and, if available, your pet passport. There will be a translator on site.

Accommodation for pets and refugees with pets

The animal welfare organisation Tasso e.V. has set up the platform to help refugees with animals find suitable accommodation. The platform offers temporary accommodation for refugees and their pets or temporary accommodation for pets only. Accommodation is located mainly in Germany.

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