Buying a Pet
In Moscow it is not necessary to have your pet registered. However, if you plan to travel internationally with your furry friend it will be necessary to have a pet passport which is available from a certified vet (See Veterinaries).
The pet market is a great destination for all kinds of common and exotic pets, from dogs and cats to snakes. The market is located at the 14th km of MKAD.
Ul. Verkhnie Polya 30
+7 (495) 355-1800
- Arbat Pet Shop
The pet shop on Arbat, right in the city center, is well-known for its selection and service.
Arbat Ul. 30/1
Closest metro: Smolenskaya
+7 (499) 241 71 82
Pet Boarding and Care Assistance
There are several organizations and many private individuals in Moscow who can provide temporary pet boarding or pet care assistance, such as taking your dog for a walk while you’re at work, feeding your cat while you’re away for the weekend, or giving obedience lessons to your new puppy.
- Julia’s Dog Hotel
Temporary pet boarding and pet training, located 60 km outside of Moscow.
http://www.alvas.ru/ps.htm (scroll down for English)
+7 (916) 880 26 09
- Olga Shilova
English-speaking professional dog trainer.
+7 (495) 463 45 05
- Moscow Animals
This society is dedicated to helping homeless animals, but provides many great resources for pet owners as well, in English. Of particular use is a list of private persons, obtained through referrals, who provide pet boarding and assistance services. For each individual, the site provides contact information, location details, information on what services they can provide, and a note if they speak English.
Pet Food and Other Supplies
You can purchase essential canned and dried food and cat litter at almost every local supermarket (limited selection and rather expensive). For better prices, larger selections, and pet supplies beyond basic food, including more delectable treats, visit one of Moscow’s numerous well-stocked pet food and supply stores.
Most pet stores carry a full range of pet food and supplies, including special diet foods (such as Hill’s Science Diet), veterinary medications, cat litter, toys, scratching posts, cat and dog kennels, leashes, etc. Pet stores are typically open seven days a week, usually from 9 am or 10 am to at least 7 pm or 8 pm.
The following is a selection of some of the biggest pet stores in Moscow:
- Beethoven Pet Supermarket
Moscow’s leading pet supermarket. This well-stocked store has everything for dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish, etc. Selection includes imported and locally produced canned and dry pet food, specialty foods such as Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canine, and a large variety of other pet supplies and accessories. It also has a large veterinary pharmacy.
Leninsky Prospekt 49 (check web site for other locations)
Closest metro: Leninsky Prospekt
Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 9:00-21:00; Sundays 9:00-19:00
+7 (499) 135 44 01; 41 13; 40 69
Convenient location for those living in Pokrovsky Hills or Rosinka. Carries a full assortment of pet food and accessories and has a large veterinary pharmacy.
Leningradsky Prospekt 66 (check web site for other locations)
Closest metro: Aeroport
Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 20:00; Sundays 9:30 – 18:00
+7 (495) 151 08 84
Full selection of food and accessories for cats, dogs, and fish. Nine locations in Moscow.
+7 (495) 739 06 09
Grooming, pet haircuts, trimming. House calls available.
Taganskaya Ul 40/2
Closest metro: Taganskaya
+7 (495) 518 1950
Pet haircuts and grooming. House calls available.
Zoologicheskaya Ul 1
Closest metro: Krasnopresenskaya
+7 (495) 411-3565
Walking Your Dog
Many areas of Moscow have fenced-in designated dog parks. They are usually very small and poorly maintained. There are no leash laws in Moscow, though, so you can walk a well-behaved dog in your neighborhood or any area park off-leash. Make sure to watch carefully for traffic and strays, and do clean up after your dog.