Over 1,000 residents urge authorities to set up unique facility for their pets
A Dubai-based woman has launched an online petition to garner support for the opening of a public dog park in Dubai.
The petition posted on Care2.com has received over 1,000 signatures so far, said Aideen O’Mara, of the Urban Tails Pet Resort, who is moving Dubai Municipality to set up the park.
Pet owners in the UAE, especially those living in apartments, feel constrained when it comes to taking their animals out in public. “Pets are allowed into this country and they can live in most communities, but it is a bit contradictory not having a public place where you can bring them. For many people, their pet is a well-loved and valued member of the family and it is natural to want to enjoy the city, beaches and lovely weather with it,” O’Mara told XPRESS.
“Most pet owners are following the rules and regulations laid down by Dubai Municipality by keeping their dogs on a leash, picking up after the dogs, vaccinating them and registering them with the Municipality, so they have a social responsibility to all responsible dog owners in the UAE.”
She added: “Dogs, no matter how big or small, need space where they can socialise, burn off energy and calories. They are pack animals and enjoy each other’s company. They need to socialise with each other so they can develop good behaviour and good social skills. Walking dogs around the same roads and same areas day in day out provides little stimulation for them. They need a safe and secure place to run off leash and meet other social dogs.”
O’Mara said residents would see Dubai as more of a home if their pets were accepted here. “There are quite a few good facilities now for pets in the city like veterinary clinics, pet shops, grooming salons and boarding and daycare kennels. This makes the absence of a public dog park or dog beach even more apparent.
“These places are vital to the pets’/owners’ health and well-being. Dubai is developing as a cosmopolitan and international city and we have the best of everything here, but only for humans,” she said.
According to her, the Government should run the public dog park at which an entrance fee could be charged to cover cleaning, emptying of bins, waste and insecticide treatments.
“Pet owners would happily pay an entrance fee so the facility could be properly managed and overseen by experienced staff ensuring the safety of both owners and pets,” she said, adding that dog owners would have to meet certain conditions like keep the dogs under control, carry a leash, pick up and dispose of their waste, show proof of up-to-date vaccinations etc.