Posted by: Frederik Balfour on January 6, 2009
Consider the plight of Hong Kong’s pedigree pooches. According to the South China Morning Post [you need a subscription to link to this story, but try this link instead the canine class is becoming a casualty of the credit crunch, which has caused widespread job cuts in Hong Kong’s financial industry. The downsizing has had a disproportionate impact on expatriates, many of whom acquired dogs during the go-go days of their stint in Hong Kong, where they could easily afford rare breeds, not to mention hiring full time domestic helpers who do most of the dog walking in the city while their employers toiled long hours at the office. [The article does not tackle the topic of what happens to these migrant workers when their bosses leave town.]
Now faced with the prospect of having to pull up stakes and return home, many foreign dog owners are opting to leave their pets behind rather than shoulder the cost of boarding them during quarantine periods and then shipping them home, which can cost upwards of $4000, according to Jenny Wong, manager of ReloPet, the article says. As a result, Hong Kong animal shelters are being inundated with animals from departing expats.