Dogs in Japan may live out their golden years in a nursing home designed just for them, if the new service proves to be popular.
According to Time, the first luxury facility for senior dogs is set to open in Tokyo in June. Only 20 dogs will be housed initially. The pampered pooches will enjoy a swimming pool, playground, grooming room and around-the-clock veterinary care. Webcams will allow owners to check in on their pets at any time. Costs will vary depending upon dog breed and size, but dog owners can expect to pay about $1,000 per month.
While the service may sound frivolous to some, according to Time, Japan has struggled with a stray dog population for quite some time. Elderly pet owners may not be able to provide the necessary medical care as their animal companions grow older. As Japan’s elderly population increases, more pets may become homeless if a pet owner suddenly has to be admitted to the hospital or a care facility that does not allow pets.
The company behind the nursing home for dogs, Aeon Pet, hopes to eventually expand the concept across Japan.
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