Operators Say Regulation of Pet Boarding Facilities Is a “Gray Area”

Singapore: Channel News Asia reports that pet owners have complained of mistreatment of their pets at boarding center, Platinium Dogs Club, with one owner saying that her dog had died under the facility’s care. In addition, a search was ongoing for Shetland sheepdog Prince, who went missing while being boarded at the center. While licences from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority are required for pet shops and pet farms in Singapore, no license is currently required to run a pet boarding center or hotel. According to founder of the Nekoya Cat Hotel chain, Debrah Lau, current legislation is “not enough to prevent abuse…As it is, there is no licensing, no checks,” she said. “A fool could declare their pet boarding facility open, not have the relevant experience to operate it and still be allowed to take money for such advertised services.”

About Susan Nilson

Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

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