The new Dog Act requires dog owners to be responsible in specific ways. But there are more ways to be a responsible dog owner:

  • Provide your dog with quality balanced food, which will ensure your dog’s health.
  • Spay or neuter your dog at around 6 months of age. Did you know that a sterilized dog will guard your home and property better? A sterilized dog is also less likely to develop certain types of cancers.
  • Take your puppy to the vet to receive multiple vaccinations starting at 6 weeks old. Have your adult dog vaccinated every year.  Vaccinations protect your dog from distemper, parvovirus, and other types of diseases.
  • Protect your dog against heartworm with a heartworm medication, available at veterinary clinics on the island.


  • Protect your dog against tick disease with an anti-tick remedy, available at veterinary clinics and pet stores.
  • When you walk with you dog in public, pick up its waste and dispose of it properly.
  • Make sure your dog is identifiable in case it gets lost. You can do this 3 different ways:
    • Have your dog chipped at one of the veterinary clinics.
    • Have your dog tattooed by the vet.
    • Have a tag made for your dog. A tag can be ordered at any of the vets on the island, Just for Pets, Bestial Pet House, or the Aruba Animal Shelter. Cost is Afl. 15 for a name and telephone number.


  • Only own the number of dogs that you can afford to own responsibly.

Do you know how much it costs per month to own a dog responsibly?

Click here to download the cost chart.