Frequently asked questions about animals - Tourist Information Centre VVV Ameland.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my dog run free on Ameland?

Ameland offers wonderful opportunities to walk with your four-legged friend: dogs are therefore very welcome on Ameland.

Since we wish to protect our Ameland nature, a few rules apply.

With the exception of the "groene strand" near Ballum and the bathing beaches at the beach crossings, well-trained dogs may run free on the beaches.

In addition, 3 further run-free zones for dogs have been designated on the island;

  • at the "kwekerijbos" in Nes
  • adjacent to Roosdunen in Ballum
  • next to Koudenburg in Hollum

In all other areas on the island, such as in the forests, dunes, grazing areas, villages, and along the Wad, please keep your dog on a lead.

Please click here for the information leaflet about walking with dogs in nature areas on Ameland.

Is there a dog pension on Ameland?

There is no dog pension or pound on Ameland where you can temporarily bring your pet.



Is there a veterinarian on Ameland?

There is a veterinarian in the village Nes.
See here for more information.

Am I allowed on the beach with my dog?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the beach. At the monitored sections next to the beach crossings and the "groene strand" (the so-called "green beach") near Ballum dogs need to be on a lead. On the remaining sections of the beach dogs do not need to be leashed, but are expected to be under command.

What (not) to do when you find a seal

Have you found a seal lying on the beach? Please do not approach it, but keep your distance. A seal on the beach is often merely resting. If humans come too close to the seal, it will create a lot of stress for the animal. It should also be noted that seals are predators. They have sharp teeth and can make unexpected moves.

Should you see a seal pup on the beach, please keep good distance. A pup alone on the beach may look sad, but this is not so. 

If you suspect that a seal is injured, please call the animal police, telephone number 144 or Seal centre Pieterburen 0031595-526526, and report the location of the seal (i.e. village beach crossing, number of the nearest beach pole). In such a case, please also refrain from approaching because this causes the sick animal extra stress.

From time to time a dead seal is found on the beach. Should this be the case, please contact the Town of Ameland, telephone number +31 519-555555. They will remove the animal from the beach.

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