Animal shelters

Animal shelters2019-01-01T18:46:12+00:00

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.

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.

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Tallinn

Paljassaare tee 85, 10313, Tallinn

Information: 51 41 431, tallinn@varjupaik.ee

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Harjumaa. Services are also provided partly for Rapla and Järva counties

Sinirebase 24, 11217, Tallinn

Information: 631 4747 (24h), 53 494 045 (10-17)

info@loomadehoiupaik.ee

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Tartu ja Tartumaa. Services are also provided partly for Põlva and Valga counties

Roosi 91K, Raadi linnaosa, 51009, Tartu

Information:  53 339 272tartu@loomadevarjupaik.eu

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Viljandi ja Viljandimaa

Tüma, Mustivere küla, 71067, Viljandi vald

Information: 52 38 626viljandi@varjupaik.ee

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Pärnu ja Pärnumaa

Raba 32, 80041, Pärnu
Information: 52 46 705parnu@varjupaik.ee

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Võru ja Võrumaa

Lühike 3, 65604, Võru
Information: 53 404 223voru@varjupaik.ee

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Valga ja Valgamaa

Laatsi 11a, 68205, Valga
Information: 52 99 880valga@varjupaik.ee

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Lääne-Virumaa

Kasarmu 3, 44317, Rakvere
Information: 53 090 510virumaa@varjupaik.ee

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Läänemaa

Viigardi, Vilkla küla, Ridala vald, 90422, Läänemaa

Information: 52 38 957, laanemaa@varjupaik.ee

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Ida-Virumaa 

Tehnika põik 3, Kohtla-Järve, 30331, Ida-Virumaa

Information: 58018486 ( eesti),  52815445023741 (vene)

greydogs2000@mail.ru

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Saaremaa

Information: 58 370 708, saareloomad@saareloomad.ee