In Estonia, the capture, keeping, ascertainment of the owner, but also the killing of stray animals is governed by a regulation (available in Estonian) which is applied by local authorities on their administrative territory. Pursuant to the procedure in force, a city or rural municipality official must be notified of a stray animal, applying for authorization to take the animal to a shelter. Prior arrangements are not required in the city of Tallinn and in the towns of Pärnu, Rakvere, Viljandi, and Võru.
- Contact persons for rural municipalities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with Tartu Homeless Animals’ Shelter
- Contact persons for rural municipalities that have concluded a cooperation agreement with the animal shelter MTÜ Loomade Hoiupaik
Pursuant to the procedure in force, during the first 14 days after an animal arrives at a shelter, the shelter must search for the animal’s owner. After expiry of said two weeks, the animal may be given to a new home or euthanized. The term starts as from publication of the animal’s picture or description and not as from arrival of the animal in the shelter!
In Estonia, the catching, keeping, owner identification but also killing of stray animals is regulated by the regulation which is applied by the local government on its administrative territory. According to the rules in place, in case of a stray animal, first the official of the city or rural municipality where the animal was found, must be notified and permission must be asked for taking the animal to the shelter. If necessary, the local government official will call the animal catcher. Prior agreement is not necessary in Tallinn, Pärnu, Rakvere, Viljandi and Võru City.
- Contacts of rural municipalities that have contracts with the Tallinna Loomade Hoiupaik shelter can be found here.
- Contacts of rural municipalities that have contracts with the Tartu Koduta Loomade Varjupaik shelter can be found here.
- Contacts of rural municipalities that have contracts with the NPO Animal Shelters in Estonia (Varjupaikade MTÜ) can be found here.
According to the rules in place, the shelter must look for the animal’s owner for the first 14 days after the animal arrives. After two weeks, the animal can be given to a new home or euthanized. It is important to know that the 14-day-count does not start with the animal arriving to the shelter but from the moment the animal’s picture or description is published.
Paljassaare tee 85, 10313, Tallinn
Information: 51 41 431, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harjumaa. Services are also provided partly for Rapla and Järva counties
Sinirebase 24, 11217, Tallinn
Information: 631 4747 (24h), 53 494 045 (10-17)
Tartu ja Tartumaa. Services are also provided partly for Põlva and Valga counties
Roosi 91K, Raadi linnaosa, 51009, Tartu
Information: 53 339 272, email@example.com
Tüma, Mustivere küla, 71067, Viljandi vald
Information: 52 38 626, firstname.lastname@example.org
Viigardi, Vilkla küla, Ridala vald, 90422, Läänemaa
Information: 52 38 957, email@example.com
Tehnika põik 3, Kohtla-Järve, 30331, Ida-Virumaa
Information: 58018486 ( eesti), 5281544, 5023741 (vene)
Information: 58 370 708, firstname.lastname@example.org