I have just read a rather disturbing report from the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which claims that there is an “alarming increase” in the number of animals being dumped across England and Wales during the summer months.
The RSPCA report reveals that there is evidence to suggest that, “some people chose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday”, and that “money may be spent on holidays and other summer ‘treats’ rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are simply discarded”.
Coming from a nation of animal lovers, I am shocked and surprised to read that people would actually abandon a beloved pet just so they can go on holiday, and as someone who travelled across four continents with my own pet dog, I cannot understand why people simply do not take their pets on holiday with them!
I appreciate travelling with pets may not be easy, many hotels are not ‘pet friendly’, and there can be a lot of paperwork involved, but since the wonderful invention of the Pet Passport system, it is now possible to take your beloved pooch almost anywhere in the world, and with carefully planning everything is possible.
If taking your pet on holiday with you is not an option, there are hundreds of companies across the world offering Pet Sitting services, and during our time in South Africa, we often had Pet/House sitters coming to stay while we went on holiday.
Looking after both the house and our beloved dog, we found this to be the perfect solution, and it cost much less than sending a pet to a kennels for a couple of weeks.
As long as your dog has been micro-chipped, has a pet passport, and is up-to-date with all vaccinations you can take them across the countries within the European Union with ease. Entering more ‘exotic countries’ such as Africa and the Caribbean does require extra paperwork – but then, it does for us humans too!
If you need help transporting your pooch, contact Animal Couriers – they transport all kinds of animals across the world, and they always arrive in style!
Our little lady may have taken her final journey over the Rainbow Bridge, but as you will see below, she was quite the world traveller during her 11-years…