What regulations apply to pets and their owners?

Man and woman petting dogs

Dogs, cats, budgerigars, fish, mice... - there are countless animals people like to keep as pets. A pet can bring much joy, but also requires care and responsibility. In this chapter, you can learn about the most important regulations and general issues concerning pets.

What do I need to know?

May I keep a pet in my apartment?

Which rules do I have to consider as a pet owner?

Where can I get a pet?

Do I need liability insurance ("Haftpflichtversicherung") for my pet?

How can I find my missing pet?

I cannot take care of my pet anymore. What can I do?

I found a stray pet. What can I do?

I found an injured animal. What can I do?

How can I bring my pet to Germany?

Where can I find a vet or veterinary clinic?


It is forbidden to abandon or mistreat an animal. The abandonment or maltreatment of an animal will be punished with a fine of up to 25,000 €.