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How to Find Like-Minded Pet Parents in Spain

Published on: January 26, 2018  |  Author: Starwood Pet Travel

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Once you find yourself in Spain, having just relocated with your beloved pet, the burning question arises: where can you connect with fellow pet enthusiasts and like-minded individuals in your new home?

The answer is simple: anywhere and everywhere!

Spaniards have an immense love for their furry companions. With approximately half of all households in the country owning a pet, and these numbers continually rising, you are bound to find a thriving community of pet parents. Dogs take the lead in popularity, currently reaching a staggering 5.4 million in number. However, cats are not too far behind, with approximately 3.8 million feline friends residing in Spain.

If your move to Spain was part of a corporate relocation, look no further than your in-situ co-workers for guidance. They have already paved the way and are likely to be pet parents themselves, making them the perfect companions to point you in the right direction.

Another option is to explore the Pets in Spain Facebook page and join their vibrant community. As a registered non-profit organization located on the Costa Blanca, this group offers a wealth of conversation, as well as heartwarming photos of dogs and cats that are sure to brighten your day.

Fun Activities

Now, let's delve into some exciting activities that will help you meet new people and their pets:

  • Embrace the sandy shores and take your pooch for a stroll along the beach. The Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are popular destinations for expats, providing the perfect backdrop for introductions and potential playdates.
  • Join a hiking group and explore the picturesque landscapes of Spain with fellow pet owners by your side. Not only will you enjoy the scenic views, but you will also have the opportunity to forge new friendships.
  • Seek out dog parks in your vicinity. These designated areas are ideal for socializing your furry friend and meeting other pet parents who share your love for animals.
  • Enroll in a dog obedience class with your pup. Not only will you both learn valuable commands, but it is also an excellent opportunity to practice your Spanish language skills and connect with fellow pet lovers.


As you settle into your new Spanish lifestyle, don't forget to engage in some retail therapy for your furry companion:

  • Explore pet supply stores and boutiques, where you will find an array of practical and whimsical products for your pets. Whether your four-legged friend adores fashion, toys, treats, or all three, these stores are a haven for like-minded pet parents. Strike up a conversation and share stories with fellow shoppers.
  • If you have a well-behaved dog, take a leisurely stroll along your favorite shopping avenues. This not only allows you to enjoy some retail therapy but also provides an opportunity to encounter other pet owners with whom you can exchange anecdotes and recommendations.

Expat Communities

To expand your social circle, tap into the expat community in Spain:

  • Connect with like-minded individuals through platforms such as InterNations, which welcomes expats from all walks of life, including pet owners. Language barriers need not be a concern, as InterNations offers specific resources to help you connect with Americans living in Spain.
  • Expatica allows you to find expat groups, clubs, and networks in Spain. These groups offer a platform to interact with fellow expats and potentially meet pet parents who share your enthusiasm.
  • Utilize Meetup, a platform that hosts a wide range of groups and topics, including gatherings specifically designed for expats in Spain. These events offer an excellent opportunity to forge new connections and bond over your shared experiences.

Pet Cafes

Lastly, take a well-deserved break and soak in the unique ambiance of pet cafes:

  • While Spain may not be at the forefront of the pet cafe trend, there are still opportunities to enjoy this experience. Utilize review sites like Yelp to discover pet cafes in your vicinity. Although dog-friendly restaurants are abundant, you may stumble upon a rare gem where you can interact with resident pets while savoring a cup of coffee.
  • Madrid, in particular, boasts several popular cat cafes, such as La Gatoteca, located at 28 Calle de Argumosa. This charming establishment houses a variety of rescued cats, and you can witness their playful antics as you indulge in a cup of coffee. If you feel a special connection, you may even have the chance to adopt one or two feline companions. Just remember, feeding the cats is not allowed, as the owners prioritize their well-being and health.
  • Additionally, you can visit ESPAI DE GATS Cat Cafe in Barcelona where you can enjoy both pet interaction and delightful culinary experiences.

While exploring these avenues to meet fellow pet parents, it is crucial to remember the importance of good pet-etiquette. Just as you would at home, practice responsible pet ownership by cleaning up after your pet.

**Photo by Enes on Unsplash

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