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Pet problem as owners head out for holiday

PET owners are finding it difficult to book nurseries to keep their pets before the start of the Spring Festival holiday.

Local pet stores and clubs,  which nurse cats and dogs for their owners who can’t take care of them, are fully booked. Bookings in some popular stores were done a month ago.

A pet store named “Petland” near Lianhua Road in Minhang District is fully booked.

“You have to make the reservation at least 10 days before and you won’t enjoy the discount prices as well,” a shop assistant told Shanghai Daily.

Prices for pet nursing in Petland range from 60 yuan (US$9.9) to 160 yuan per day, based on the size of animals. Instead of keeping them in cages, large animals are given apartment-sized rooms, which cost between 120 yuan and 160 yuan per day.

Some owners also like to pay high prices to book rooms for their small dogs and cats.

Staff look after the pets, feeding them, bathing them and taking them out on walks.

They also send the pictures of the pets to the owners on their phone apps.

Lu Jing had left her bulldog once in a pet shop where she had it groomed. “It is a clean shop and the owner loves dogs. So I took my bulldog there before I left Shanghai for holiday five years ago. It seemed well when I was back. I think I will do it again next time,” said Lu.

However, a man surnamed Lin didn’t have good memories.

“I had left my cat in a pet shop several years ago, where it spent the entire time locked in a cage,”  Lin said.

Since then, Lin always turned to his friends for help whenever he had to leave the city.

But a shop assistant said cats easily run away and can cause legal problems, so they prefer to lock them up.

As economy booms, more and more Chinese people have been keeping pets, giving rise to pet nursery business.

Some stores insist on vaccination records of the pets to prevent the spread of diseases.

Shanghai Pet Trade Association has also reminded pet owners to choose qualified shops for pet nursing.



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