There are quite a few ex-pats with pets in Luanda – and although there are difficulties, they can be overcome. We’ve added our thoughts below on the amount of space available for dogs, on vets and also on pet food.
Space for dogs
Sadly, Luanda is not a very friendly city for dogs. There are no dog parks or restaurants that permit dogs, and walking on the streets here is difficult and can be unsafe. As a result, it is important to choose a home to suit your dog, e.g. if you have a big dog you need to try to live on a large compound so you will have space to exercise them. If you live in the city it is possible to walk your dog on the Marginal and the Ilha, but again you would need to take safety into consideration before doing this. During the week, I have heard of people taking dogs over to Mussulo Island. You would need to go in a group, and find a boat man who is not afraid of dogs. In all areas, stray dogs can be a problem.
Veterinary care here can be limited, but has improved greatly over the past few years. Casa dos Animais in Talatona has several English speaking vets, who are hardworking, but only available during working hours Monday to Saturday. At the moment they offer no after-hours emergency service. It is located near the new KFC on the corner of Av 21 de Janeiro and Estr. da Samba.
A new veterinary practice has just opened in Gamek, and it seems they will offer a 24 hour service. It is called Vet Colibri and the contact numbers are 933117867 / 916 079 537/ 941 558 376.
(Member, Vicki, says – Recently took my dog to Vetcolibri and would highly recommend it. It’s a little further than Casa dos Animais if you’re coming from Talatona area, but worth the drive. It’s very clean and when I went there at 10:30 on a Thursday, I was the only person. The vets speak English. It was about double the price of the other vet but for diagnosis, shot and medication, it was only 8,000Kwanza.)
Pet food is becoming more widely available, but as with human food, if you find what you need, buy plenty of it! Many pet shops now stock Eukanuba, and Kero often get deliveries of Pedigree. Cat food can be a little more difficult to find, and cat litter near impossible, (although it has been seen at Vetcolibri). There are many pet shops on Rua Kikagil, which runs between Maxi Morro Bento and Academia BAI. In town, there is usually a good supply at Pet Shop Bairro Azul. It is located on the corner of R dos Herois as you turn to go onto Agustino Neto.
You and your pets
We would love to hear what you do to entertain your furry friend here, and if you have found a good spot to exercise them/ a good pet shop/ groomer etc, to help us build up our directory! Please leave us a comment below if you have any suggestions!