ABU DHABI // Saluki-mix Perry and his two feline friends, Romeo and Juliet, were left homeless when their British owners were forced to pack up and leave the UAE.
Sarah Bartlett, of Animal Action UAE, said the couple told workers they could not afford to relocate all their pets and returned to the United Kingdom with just one of their cats.
“Unfortunately, the husband was made redundant from his company and even though gratuity was due, they had just received the company allowance/loan for their house rental for the year, therefore this was reclaimed, leaving them very little money left over,” she said.
“The family tried to stay and find other work but in the end they had to go back to the UK to live with family.”
Luckily, the couple who took over the family’s Abu Dhabi villa agreed to take on Romeo and Juliet, and Perry is under a trial adoption.
Ms Bartlett said the case demonstrated the need for animal owners to put money aside for relocations costs.
“If they cannot do this and still would like the company of a dog or cat while here they could always consider fostering,” she said.
“This situation is one of the reasons the rescue organisations ask potential families to complete a questionnaire – asking them things like ‘What would you do if you had to relocate’ and ‘are you aware of the costs of relocating an animal to your home country?’.
“Another requirement is that they sign an adoption agreement stating they would take the animals with them.
“Unfortunately, families losing their income means sometimes they don’t have enough money saved to relocate their pets.”
Source: uae news