K9 Friends

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Some of the milestones in the history of K9 Friends,

the first dog rescue in Dubai

1987A group of dog lovers first comes together; the outcome they envisage is a kennel club for pedigree dogs. The idea of a kennel club is quickly overtaken by the more urgent need for an organization to help protect and re-home dogs.

1988 K9 Friends is formed by Carol Mather and run by a handful of volunteers, first by a landline phone in Carol’s house and then via a mobile phone.

Foster-homes care for the dogs and K9 Friends also pays for some kenneling in commercial kennels. K9 Friends continues operating and re-homing in this way for another 11 years.


1999 The stray dog problem is too large to continue running with foster-homes and the limited commercial kenneling they have, so k9 friends begins the hunt for their own premises.


2000 An appropriate warehouse is found in Al Quoz.  k9 friends sign on the dotted line.  A trade license is secured and k9 friends  become a non-profit making business under the name of Jumeirah Star Animal Care.

The warehouse is converted into a shelter that can hold up to 52 dogs and around 12 puppies.

Fluke and Clara become the first dogs to be housed in the new facility.


2005 & 2006 K9 Friends receives eviction notices asking them to vacate the shelter. They offer more money, kindly donated by a sponsor, and manage to escape the eviction both times.


2007Eviction order number three, and this time the landlord will not negotiate!  k9 friends launches a massive advertising campaign and raises lots of money, but still can’t afford the astronomical rents in Dubai.

At this point the Dubai government steps in, and recognizing K9 Friends’ valuable contribution to Dubai, not only gifts land, but also builds a wonderful purpose-built dog-shelter; the first of its kind in the UAE.


2009 K9 Friends moves into the wonderful facility they have today; little Valentina is the first dog to arrive at the new shelter.

Every dog has an air-conditioned kennel with an option to go outside. We can now accommodate around 125 dogs and up to 30 puppies.

k9 acquires a new trade license and at last, after 21 years we are officially K9 Friends.


2011 K9 Friends receives a new image with fresh new colours, logo, and website.