First Elderly Dog Retirement Home Opens in Japan

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6.12.14 - First Elderly Dog Retirement Home Opens in Japan

A pet company in Japan has opened a nursing home for older dogs which will provide round-the-clock vet care, a specialist guy, and even a swimming pool!  This is offered as a positive option for families with older pets that can be harder to care for.  Hopefully, this will keep people from just abandoning their older dogs, or putting them down.

Aeonpet Co., which is a subsidiary of the Aeon supermarket chain, is the company responsible for starting the idea.  The first site is opening at a shopping mall east of Tokyo, and has spots for an initial intake of 20 dogs.

“We decided to open the nursing facility because so many dog owners have requested something like this,” said Nanako Oiishi, a spokesperson for the company.

“Many Japanese people have pets now, but of course they get old and it can be difficult to care for them.”

Along with having vet services with a dedicated doctor on call at all times, there is a large grooming room, and owners will be able to stay with their animals as they live out the last days of their lives in comfort and luxury.

Aeonpet’s president said his intention is to use the first dog retirement home as a method to establish a second to none and available nowhere else.  They also hope to “establish an industry standard” in care for our older pets.

“We hope to eventually expand operations nationwide,” Akihiro Ogawa, Aeonpet’s president, said.

Aeonpet is already the largest pet company in Japan.  There are more than 170 stores, and 59 hospitals for pets in operation throughout the country.

Improved living conditions and health services for animals mean that the majority are living far longer than in the past, while new laws that went into effect in Japan last year make it a legal obligation for pet owners to take care of their animals until they die.

11 thoughts on “First Elderly Dog Retirement Home Opens in Japan”

  1. This facility looks nice, but the owners are still abandoning their dogs. Typical East Asian animal-hate culture.

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    • How are they abandoning their dogs??? If you put your elderly/ailing parent in a care facility, you are not abandoning them. What a great idea this is for pets and their families!

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    • “Typical east asian animal-hate culture”? Excuse me but animal hate exists in people in of all ethnicities, of all places, of all ages! Or else we wouldn’t have so many horrible stories of abandonment we see in this site. People everywhere are lazy to care about their pets when they get older, to say this is exclusively East-Asian – when they’re HELPING THEIR ELDERLY PETS – is racist!

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  2. A commitment is for life.. If you can’t commit , don’t get an animal. Their hearts break when they are not with their family’s

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  3. If my dog needed special care I would sure use these services but, ONLY whilst i was at work ie. use it as a nursery type of thing that’s all I would NEVER abandon my presious pet only because it got sick or needed special care as they are there with us from beginning to end and they are the most loyal thing you can come across, I’m sure pet owners / lovers know what i mean 🙂

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  4. I might use it as a day care while I worked, but I would NEVER leave my dog there and just visit him! I love my dog and want him with me!

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  5. Of course as a dog lover I would never give up my senior pet but considering the people that do, this is a wonderful alternative. Plus, I always see senior pets in the shelter due to their owner dying. This would be piece of mind knowing someone would care for your pet.

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  6. It does mention that it’s for animals that have become hard to care for. So, say the pet’s person is elderly themselves and physically unable to provide care, or the animal has an ailment that needs specialized care…It sounds a bit like a Long Term Care facility. And if it keeps the animals alive , relatively comfortable and feeling loved…I think it’s a good thing.

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