Dog Nursing Homes Are Now a Common Thing in Japan
The concept of a nursing home is common for people, but in Japan it has also become common for elderly dogs. Aeonpet Co. is a subsidiary of the Japanese supermarket brand Aeon, which has based its ‘dog nursing home’ near Tokyo.
However, the service has been labeled a luxury retirement facility and does not come free. For a monthly payment of $1000, your most loyal companion will enjoy exclusive care in the last part of its lifetime.
Not only will the pups be petted for a good part of the day, but will receive special veterinary care, web cam calls with owners, room temperature check-ups, access to a swimming pool, and a specialized gym. Not bad, hey?
Nanako Oiishi, a spokeswoman from the company stated, “We decided to open the nursing facility because so many dog owners have requested something like this. Many Japanese people have pets now, but of course they get old and it can be difficult to care for them.”
Some concerns have been raised. Some people believe this will facilitate the ‘abandoning’ of dogs once they get a little too old for the family although the price tag of this service could discourage such acts.
Japan has taken measures to bring awareness to people who adopt or buy dogs that it is a life-long commitment and that they will need to take care of their dogs until their death or to find someone who will accept them.