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Paws in Places + International Pet Culture

There is much to learn about the pet relocation process. Of equal importance is to learn beforehand all you can about your new destination and its treatment of pets. Just as each country has its own culture, it also has a culture towards its regard and treatment towards pets.

For example, not all countries revere dogs as we do. Some countries do not hold dogs or cats in the same esteem or the elevated status to that of a family member. It is a good idea to research the pet culture of your new destination. Some countries and pet cultures are much more welcoming and tolerant than others. Many countries also have feral dog and cat problems as well.

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Owning a dog has always been tricky in Iran, where Islamic authorities frown upon this “western” behaviour. But it's now become near-impossible. Indeed dog owners who are caught walking their pets are almost guaranteed never to see them again. Previously, dog owners were able to keep their pets safe by regularly paying fines. But a month ago, Tehran police announced that the police would capture every dog they encountered. The official reason is religious: Iran's Islamic law forbids the possession of dogs, considered to be “impure” animals. In the past, several politicians as well as state media outlets had already condemned this practice."

(courtesy: http://observers.france24.com/content/20130607-iranian-police-confiscate-pet-dogs)

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"French hotels usually quote a rate for pets (e.g. €8 per night), and most restaurants allow dogs and many provide food and water (some even allow owners to seat their pets at the table!). There are even exclusive dog restaurants. Although food shops make an effort to bar pets, it isn’t unusual to see a supermarket trolley containing a dog or two (the French don’t take much notice of ‘no dogs’ signs). There’s usually no discrimination against dogs when renting accommodation, although they may be prohibited in furnished apartments. Paris has a pet cemetery ( cimetière des chiens) at Asnières and there are others in Nice, Toulouse and Villepinte."

(courtesy:http://www.justlanded.com/english/France/Articles/Moving/Pets-in-France)

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"The mutts were destined for the dinner table — all 520 of them crammed onto a truck hurtling down a Beijing highway toward awaiting restaurants in northeastern China...and the debate is the latest sign of China’s rapidly changing mores and culture. For centuries, dog meat has been coveted for its fragrant and unique flavor; it is an especially popular dish in the winter, when it is believed to keep you warm. But pet ownership has skyrocketed in recent years as China’s booming economy produced a burgeoning middle class with both money and time for four-legged friends. And with the new pet stores, a once powerless animal rights movement is slowly gaining traction."

(courtesy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/chinese-dog-eaters-and-dog-lovers-spar-over-animal-rights/2011/05/20/AGvgmVDH_story_1.html)

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Please feel free to email us with your Paws in Places experience. Provide the interesting and relevant pet details pertaining to any country you and your pet have lived and traveled to. First hand knowledge is a great way to disseminate and share relocation information to those planning an overseas move.

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