Department of Municipalities and Transport Launches Awareness Campaign to Manage Stray Dogs and Promote Public Safety


The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has launched an awareness campaign about safe practices for handling and managing the increasing number of stray dogs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

The initiative aims to address the issue of stray dogs and promote responsible pet ownership in the emirate. It seeks to preserve public health, safety, and enhance the quality of life while ensuring the highest standards of care for stray animal population in the Emirate.

The campaign is being carried out through DMT’s various social media platforms. This effort underscores the department’s commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and addressing the negative consequences of pet abandonment, which lead to the unchecked explosion of stray dogs in residential neighborhoods. 

The campaign includes a simple and effective explanation of the proper control of stray and lost dogs, with the objective of preventing property damage and ensuring public health and safety. It also emphasizes the application of humane principles in managing stray dogs.

The DMT highlighted that owners of farms, ranches, and individuals play a pivotal role in safeguarding the community and its well-being. It urges them to keep their dogs within their premises and ensure that no food waste is left around the area to avoid attracting a congregation of animals. Additionally, sterilizing their dogs is encouraged as an effective measure for dealing with and managing the increasing number of stray dogs.

Management Program for Stray and Lost Animals:

The municipalities affiliated with the Department of Municipalities and Transport will undertake the responsibility of managing the increasing number of stray and lost animals at the beginning of the coming year. The services will include the reservation and sterilization of stray animals, providing guidance on handling them, and conducting educational and awareness campaigns for the community.

About the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT):

The Department of Municipalities and Transport was established by Law No. 30 of 2019, and its main priorities are to realize the vision of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, which draws on the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to embrace progress by placing great value on the importance of pursuing development in line with both the needs of present and future generations and the community in general.

The authority embodies the values of good governance, driven by the needs of the community it serves and working with a passion to accomplish its aims. The Department focuses on finding the most effective means of providing essential, modern, responsive and comprehensive municipal services across three regional municipalities, and supports Abu Dhabi’s global position as a leader in innovation-led urban planning and transportation, as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards to the benefit of all citizens and residents of the emirate.  

The DMT is responsible for continually investing in the development of better infrastructure, facilities and transportation sectors within the emirate, guiding, regulating and monitoring urban development to enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a world-class destination to live, work and visit. 

The DMT also ensures the highest standards of safety, security, sustainability and technological development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s land, air and maritime transport networks, in accordance with the highest international standards and the UAE’s legislation with the objective of being the region’s connection to the world.

The Department’s aspirations are driven by the simple proposition of innovating and building sustainable smart cities, fostering a capacity to change and adapt in order to maintain excellence in services and sustaining prosperity for future generations, allowing the entire Abu Dhabi community to reach their full potential.