Animal shelter

Only happy pets!

It goes without saying that an animal is at his happiest when he has a warm home and an owner who both understands and respects him. And if this is not (or no longer) possible, then staying with us at the DOA (Amsterdam Animal Shelter) is easily the next-best thing. We offer the perfect mix of loving care with a heaps of experience and we take great pride in the fact that at the end of the day we find a nice new home for practically every animal – young, old, healthy or otherwise. Believe it or not, we have been taking care of homeless animals in the Amsterdam region since 1901. And we’ll continue to do so for as long as it takes, until there is only one type of pet here - a happy pet! If you’d like to know more about our mission...

Our mission

Looking for a new roommate?

Are you looking to extend your family with a new roommate, one of the four-legged variety? That’s great news, of course, but don’t forget it’ll have to be an animal that’s a good fit with you and your lifestyle. Here at “DOA matchmakers” we’ll be only too happy to help. Our professionals know our animals like the back of their hand and they’ll help you find the perfect match. After all, making contented pets and happy owners is what we are all about. So why don’t you go online and learn a little more about our animals and find out how our adoption process works? Dogs who are looking for new owners can be found here, our cats also have their own page, while our rabbits have all assembled in their own online clubhouse. So don’t delay; our animals can’t wait to meet you and the coffee is always ready!

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Animal lost or found?

If you come across a dog, cat or rabbit wandering along the street, you can always bring the little chap to us. That also goes for animals that are injured, or if it’s not clear who they belong to. We’ll take them in, care for them and give them medical care too, if they need it. And, of course, we’ll do our very best to find their owners.

If you’ve lost your pet, take a look at our “lost & found” page, where you’ll see an overview of all the animals that have been brought to us during the past month. There are also several tips that might help you find your pet again.

Lost and found animals

A second chance for your pet

If current circumstances make it impossible for you to continue taking care of your pet, we can step in by providing that care and then finding a new owner for him. Nobody is more aware than we are that parting company with your pet is not an easy choice to make, but that sometimes it’s the only choice.

The good news is that we can quickly find new owners for most animals; we even manage to find good homes for older animals and those that come with “baggage”. But fear not, until a good home is found for your pet, you can rely on us to give him all the care and attention he needs.

If you want to learn more about rehoming your pet, read on.

Saying goodbye to your pet

FAQ animal placement

Are there only animals with “baggage” in the shelter?


Absolutely not! There are plenty of animals in the shelter that have nothing wrong with them, which is why most of them will be rehomed within just a few weeks.

There are, of course, also animals that need that little bit more TLC, but even these guys are more than worth the effort! Whether an animal is a problem or not rather depends on your personal perception. What one person sees as a problem might be seen as perfectly acceptable to someone else. We affectionately refer to animals that need extra TLC as “misfits”. If you’re contemplating the adoption of one of our misfits, you certainly won’t be left out on a limb, because we’ll be glad to lend a helping hand with its care.

If I adopt one of your animals can I visit the DOA vet?

If you adopt one of our animals you can bring it to the DOA vet, free-of-charge, for the first three months. Afterwards, you’ll be expected to find your own vet. Only people who adopt one of our misfits are entitled to bring the animal to our vet for longer than three months. Sometimes this can even be for as long as the animal lives. We’re currently trying to make our vet’s practice more accessible to everyone who has adopted an animal at DOA, but we’ve still got some way to go.

Are all the animals on your website?

 We try to put all animals that are available for adoption on the website as quickly as possible. Our website is updated every day, but due to limited capacity it’s not always possible to show all the animals online immediately.

I’ve seen a really cute little fella; can I reserve it in advance?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to reserve an animal in advance. Given that we want you both to enjoy a long and happy time together, we can only reserve an animal for you after you have both gotten to know one another, and providing you are a good match of course! So if you see an animal that you’d like to adopt, we recommend that you make an appointment as soon as you can! These things can sometimes move quite quickly, which is why, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the animal you want will still be available when you arrive. However, the website is a good indication. If an animal is online, it means that he or she is still looking for an owner.

Animal X was on the site yesterday but today it’s gone. Why?

 The animal has probably been rehomed or reserved.

Will an animal be put to sleep if the rehoming process takes too long?

 No, the duration of an animal’s stay is never seen as justification for destroying it. If an animal remains in the shelter for a long time, we’ll pull out all the stops in our efforts to rehome it, such as promotion on Facebook or elsewhere. We’ll also check out whether another shelter in the region – one where there’s less competition, for example - might be able to take the animal over. In this way, all animals are eventually found new homes.

Why do I have to pay for an animal? Surely I'm doing you a favour by adopting a shelter animal?


Thanks to what you pay when you adopt an animal, we can partially recoup some of the costs we incur for taking them in, treating them, training them and keeping them occupied. If we were to give away all our animals, we’d be bankrupt in no time. It’s mainly thanks to your contribution that we can keep helping homeless animals in future.

Incidentally, some of our misfits can be adopted without having to pay an adoption fee. These are usually animals with a serious chronic condition or who are not expected to live very long. It’s because you are giving another chance to an animal in need of additional TLC that we help with the costs

How do I make an appointment to get to know an animal?

 You can create an account on our website, after which you can schedule an appointment.


How can I change or cancel an appointment?

 If you want to change or cancel an appointment, you can just call us or send us an email.

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What if I have questions after adopting an animal? Where should I address them?

You can always get in touch with us to ask questions. It’s best to send us an email with your question and we’ll then do our very best to respond within 24 hours. However, if it’s more urgent, if your animal is ill or if you have the type of problem that requires an immediate response please contact us by telephone. 

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How does microchip registration work?

If you adopt a DOA animal, we take care of microchip registration with the Stichting Chip (Microchip Foundation). They will then send you an email in which you can see what data is registered. You can keep your contact details up-to-date via the Stichting Chip website. Don’t forget to do so if you move house, for example!

Can I visit your animals without making a prior appointment?

Unfortunately, that’s not possible because we simply don’t have enough people to supervise it all properly. However, you will be more than welcome to participate in one of our guided tours every first and third Saturday of the month. The tour also includes a visit to the kennels. However, it’s not possible to select an animal for adoption during one of these tours. This is because we find it very important that there’s a good match between an animal and its new owner, and this can only be established by appointment.

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Can I take an animal home on a trial weekend, to see if there is a click between us?

Unfortunately not. If you’re not sure whether you have any affinity with a dog or cat you can drop by several times to get better acquainted with the animal. In some cases, we can suggest a trial placement for a misfit with “problematic behaviour”. However, a trial placement like this lasts between one and three months and is supervised by us.