Adoption, Education

Expat Dog: A Tough Decision

Jessie was rescued together with her siblings and her mother (who was near starvation). She was very clever, a fast learner and quickly knew how to sit on command. She loved, loved, LOVED getting lots of attention and, even when her mouth was too small when she was a puppy, would play fetch with a ball non-stop.

Jessie 20170620

Jessie 20170621

She ended up being adopted by her foster family. This family had thought very hard about adopting her as they are expats living in Kenya. They had to weigh up the advantages to the disadvantages as getting a pet is taking up a lot of responsibility.

A pet can live up to 10 – 15 years, so you have to consider if you are able to provide your pet with a home for life. Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend amongst expats who simply abandon their cats and dogs once they leave Kenya. Sometimes this is due to genuine unforeseen circumstances, but often it is because of a lack of planning, the pets being an inconvenience or the considerable exportation costs involved.

Therefore, please check our “EXPATS AND PETS” flyer on what you should bear in mind before adopting or buying a pet.

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