At Open Paws Jeddah (OPJ), our mission is simple and revolves around four main activities: Adoptions, Fostering, Rescuing, and Rehoming. We make sure that every dog that comes into our organization is given the proper care, training, and support they need until we are able to find the most suitable, forever home for them, Our care and support for the dogs continues even after they have been adopted, because once an OPJ dog, always an OPJ dog.
Open Paws Jeddah is a team of dog-lovers who volunteer their time to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing abandoned dogs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The dogs that are rescued are given medical attention, are sheltered and cared for until the best homes are found for them either locally or abroad.
In 2012, realizing there were no animal shelters in Jeddah and that the majority of pages and groups were mostly dedicated to rescuing and helping cats, a group of expats came together and started Open Paws Jeddah to focus specifically on helping abandoned dogs.
They sheltered them in their homes, sponsored them financially and appealed to their network of friends and family to find good homes for them.
Since then, OPJ has grown with volunteers from more than 15 nationalities who help with coordinating rescue missions, facilitating adoptions, insuring medical care, and providing the daily upkeep of the dogs in our care.
We cannot continue any of the work we do without the continued help from the community, which includes individual dog-lovers,
supportive vet clinics and business whose consideration enables us to save more lives
One of the most crucial things we do is rescuing dogs that have been abandoned, injured, and are unable to survive without intervention. We ensure that all our rescues immediately receive the medical attention and care that they nee before finding them a forever home.
We truly believe in our slogan which is that Every Dog Deserves a Home, and we take this seriously by diligently searching for the perfect home for each and every dog that is in our care. Our adoption process is rigorous, and includes a questionnaire, site visits, and a two-week trial to ensure that we find the perfect fit for both the dog, and the potential adopter.
Through our extensive network of foster homes and families, we are able to temporarily house rescues in foster care. This helps to ensure dogs are being loved and cared for until a suitable permanent home is found for them. Finding someone to foster a dog, means we are able to take in more dogs . This is why its said that fosters save lives.
When we cannot find a suitable home for a dog locally, we will reach out to overseas rescues to help re-home the dog (this applies mostly to special needs dogs and those dogs that are better suited for colder climates). We are happy to say that we have successfully re-located countless dogs to the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada
Through our prominent social media presence in the dog community here in Jeddah, we have become the leading organization in the reuniting of lost dogs with their owners. Whether a lost dog has been found, or a family has lost their pet, we use our vast network to spread the word, and help reunite owners with their precious dogs.
We at OPJ are always adamant about having a positive impact on the community and raising awareness about animal welfare, through providing advice, guidance, and tips on anything dog related. Whether it be travel, local laws and regulations, or where to find the best dog collars, OPJ will always try to guide you in the right direction, by providing you with the most accurate and tried-and-true facts and information.
If you would like to become more involved in helping the animal community here in KSA, and are looking for ways to help the countless dogs that are in need, clink on the link below to find out how you can help!