Vets and trainers

  • Safari does a great job on normal vet check-in stuff and can also kennel your dog for a week or two if you ever need to travel. He is available at 099 713 2911, 082 100 1649, 099 895 5678, 099 490 0386.
  • Aristote (082 100 1649 or 099 895 5678), Constantine (099 866 6817) and Amuli (089 415 8920, 099 866 6817) are vets, too.
  • Fanfan is a dog trainer in Goma. He’s at 0975 911 461.
  • Jode Garbe is an American vet living in Kigali. She is occasionally hopping over to Gisenyi. She is expensive, but she does a great job.

Dog lovers in Goma who can help

  • If you need advice or want to organize play dates, I suggest you reach out to ArnaudDominique, Laura, ManuAnna or Hagi.
  • If you need tips for keeping a dog in Gisenyi, Ryan can help you.

Food and pet supplies

  • Safari has a well stocked store in the city center.
  • You can get dog food at Safari’s vet store, Ok-Mart, Sandro (see below) and GoShop (it’s pretty expensive, around $40-75 a bag).

You can also get bones and meat for pretty cheap at butcheries in the city center.


  • Safari (099 713 2911, 099 490 0386) and Jode Garbe ( can handle your import/export of your pet in Congo and Rwanda respectively. Things you need include a blood sample tested for rabbis, chip, vet certificate, itinerary, transport permit for Rwanda and an approved cage.
  • Make sure you checked on the quarantine regulations in your country of destination.
  • If you import your dog from Rwanda to Congo, you need to submit a letter to the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). See sample below. If you are transporting your dog through the Kigali airport, call their vet at +250 783 583 794.