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Pet Import and Export Service

Many people write asking about how we got the Qatteri cat into Kuwait, and I have to tell them that the woman who helped us is no longer here. Recently a friend passed along a card to me – there is a new woman providing the import/export help, and for those of you with people coming to work with your companies who have pets, this woman helps get the paperwork for either bringing a pet into the country or getting your pet out. She knows the bureaucracy and she knows how to get the job done.

She is also well connected with all services involved with animals; as well as import/export, she can arrange grooming and boarding, and will meet you at the airport with the papers necessary for bringing your animal into Kuwait – assuming you have arranged this with her in advance.

Here is her e-mail address – please share it with your HR departments for their resources:

March 15, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Pets


  1. I’m thinking of getting a Great Dane to Kuwait(hope it survives the climate). Maybe PAWS can also help! 😀

    Comment by Joel | March 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. Joel, if anyone can, these people can! They have the expertise!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hello, I found your post about bringing pets into Kuwait. I have a shepherd mix, 45 pounds, approx 7 years old. I am interested in teaching in Salmiya and would be living in an apartment there. I was told that people do bring dogs, but didn’t get much information beyond that. Maybe you can answer a few questions for me:
    1. are there apartment restrictions for pets? Her weight is listed above.
    2. Do you have a current recommendation? I see these posts are from early 08.
    3. What other things are important to know?

    Thanks so much for your help. It will be really helpful when I make decisions about where to teach abroad.

    Comment by Maggie | January 16, 2010 | Reply

  4. Yes, Maggie, there are apartment restrictions on pets, and some have severe prejudices against dogs particularly. Somehow, dog lovers find places to live where they can have their dogs.

    I strongly recommend I’ve worked with her, she is wonderful. The best. I left Kuwait in June; she helped me get all the paperwork and was my back up if the Qatteri Cat didn’t make the plane.

    Many Arabs don’t like dogs. You need to know that. Sometimes there are problems walking the dog, many times young boys are cruel to dogs. There have been isolated instances of people walking dogs who have been attacked. And, having said that, I have many friends with multiple dogs who live happily in Kuwait. 🙂

    Other things important to know . . . do a lot of checking out the school to which you are applying. Talk to teachers there now. Talk to former teachers who taught there. Find out if the teachers get paid. Find out if they get paid on time. Find out what the accomodations are like. Kuwait is an odd environment for teaching, and it greatly depends on the school and the administration.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2010 | Reply

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