Four-legged holiday flirting: Tips for vacationers who want a new home for stray cats

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Hamburg, July 21, 2022. Holidays are the best time of the year: relax, leave everyday life behind, enjoy the sun and the sea, … When a stray four-legged friend suddenly joins you while walking on the beach – friendly vacationers soon tend to give the lonely dog A new home. Or a meowing kitten caressing your legs with hungry eyes. You provide your animal friend with food, spend time together, and soon your holiday flirtation turns into true love. But what will happen to the new friend when the best days of the year are over? The thought of having to carelessly leave your stepson behind causes headaches for many holiday animal lovers.

Every year, countless holiday courtships arise between vacationers and local four-legged friends. Especially in southern holiday countries, where many street dogs and cats live fugitive and struggle through life alone without owners. As an animal lover, you quickly face the decision of whether and how you can help your beloved animal.

But just packing it up and taking it home with you is not so easy. Animals that will be brought to Germany from abroad must be vaccinated against rabies, identified with an electronic chip and a pet identification card. Otherwise, there is a risk that the animal will be confiscated by customs, sent back to the country of origin, or even euthanized. He must bear the cost of that person who brought the animal into the country in violation of the law. And that can get really expensive. It becomes more difficult when it comes to non-EU countries, it may be necessary to isolate the animal for several months. Basically, EU legislation distinguishes between member states, listed third countries and non-listed third countries, each with different animal health regulations. The various regulations can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture ( zootiere and or can be ordered from a veterinarian.

Even if you want to take your beloved four-legged friend home with you, on-site accommodation is usually necessary first. Animal care homes are rare, and sometimes individuals offer accommodations for a certain period of time for a fee. As a first step, it is advisable to reach out to local animal rights activists. Don’t expect too much – there are calls for help like this every day, and despite all the best intentions, there are only limited opportunities to accommodate and care for the animals. Practical animal protection abroad, as in Germany, is time-consuming and expensive – the feed, veterinary care and staff must be financed. With luck and a willingness to bear the costs of taking the animal, a place can be found on site.

If you want to bring holiday courtship into your home, you should think carefully beforehand whether you have the right conditions for raising the animal. How do you live Do you have enough time? What to do with the animal on vacation, what is the financial burden, does the owner agree and how can the transportation of the animal be organized? And last but not least – do I do the animal a favor by taking it out of its familiar environment and introducing it to a new one? Can he adapt to the living conditions he found in my life? Animals that used to be independent and take care of themselves often find it difficult or impossible to deal with tightly organized life in our modern society. Because even with animals there is such a thing as culture shock – if they can’t adapt, problems living together are inevitable. Then there’s the rude awakening from the sweet holiday dream – to both sides.

About the Francis Animal Shelter: The concept of the Franziskus animal shelter is based on the fact that the animal shelter should be a meeting place for people who love animals. When designing the animal shelter, special attention was paid to making the rooms as bright, friendly and inviting as possible. All cat rooms are connected to the outdoor areas, allowing the animals to rest in the sun. An essential part of the concept is Bau Café, located in the immediate vicinity of the outdoor cat cages, tortoise enclosure and wildlife station. Smaller events on the theme of “animals” take place here, visitors to the animal shelter can feel comfortable, there are regular meetings of volunteers and staff – as soon as Corona allows, the outdoor areas will open to visitors again. With the support of several volunteer helpers, each animal can be cared for individually and the dogs at the Franziskus Animal Shelter go for a walk of up to 3 hours each day.

Kirsten Hedinger
Paul-Dessau-Str. 3c
22761 Hamburg
Fon 0 40/42 10 11-12

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