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Is there a prohibition to take care of dogs in the rule in Islam, because I just to know it is haram if exposed to saliva alone?

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If the dog is yours, the dog's purpose may be important here. Pet? Hunting? Guard? If the dog is simply in your care (say, as a veterinarian) it may be different. It might be useful to add more context. –  Marc Gravell Oct 19 '12 at 9:58
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According to Shia, it is not forbidden but only discouraged as a pet, it is unclean and put you in trouble when you need to be clean, for example for praying and etc., also your dishes may become unclean and ... –  owari Oct 19 '12 at 21:24

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It is only Haram to have a dog if it is for being a pet, other than that the dog is ok.

مَنِ اتَّخَذَ كَلْبًا إِلاَّ كَلْبَ مَاشِيَةٍ أَوْ صَيْدٍ أَوْ زَرْعٍ انْتَقَصَ مِنْ أَجْرِهِ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ قِيرَاطٌ

That the Messenger of Allah () said: "Whoever acquires a dog - with the exception of a dog to guard livestock, a hunting dog, or a farm dog - each day a Qirat is deducted from his reward.

Abi Dawood

But it is also good to take care of animals, and dogs are animals and there is a reward for taking care of animals.

Yahya related to me from Malik from Sumayy, the mawla of Abu Bakr from Abu Salih as-Samman from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A man was walking on a road when he became very thirsty. He found a well and went into it and drank and came out. There was a dog panting and eating earth out of thirst. The man said, 'This dog has become as thirsty as I was.' He went down into the well and filled his shoe and then held it in his mouth until he climbed out and gave the dog water to drink. Allah thanked him for it and forgave him." They said, "Messenger of Allah, do we have a reward for taking care of beasts?" He said, "There is a reward for every one with a moist liver."

Muwatta' Malik

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"Each day a Qirat is deducted from his reward", what is Qirat? –  user2350 Apr 6 '13 at 17:09
    
@mezhang it is a measure, how much in regards to this only Allah knows, but it basically means that Thawab of doing an action is subtracted. Just to give an example for the word, you may look at this hadith sunnah.com/bulugh/3/37 –  Mujahid مجاهد Apr 6 '13 at 17:24
    
Ok, thank you for the knowledge. –  user2350 Apr 6 '13 at 17:29

Some hadith's in this reference:

1] [Hadith - Bukhari 3:515]

A dog for guarding the cattle or hunting

Allah's Apostle(P.B.U.H) said, "Whoever keeps a dog, one Qirat of the reward of his good deeds is deducted daily, unless the dog is used for guarding a farm or cattle." Abu Huraira (in another narration) said from the Prophet, "unless it is used for guarding sheep or farms, or for hunting." Narrated Abu Hazim from Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A dog for guarding cattle or for hunting."

2] [Hadith - Bukhari 3:515]

Angels Don't enter

I heard Allah's Apostle(P.B.U.H) saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal)."

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