In a recent statement, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) has expressed their stance on home boarding which you can read HERE. For a more in depth explanation of PIAA's stance and the reason for their concerns please click HERE.
There has been a recent influx of new online pet businesses offering to connect consumers with a network of, in effect, backyard boarding /pet minding businesses. It kind of runs like Air B&B, but for pets, instead of humans.
On the surface it looks like a great idea (and a very lucrative business model). They offer home boarding, dog walking, cat sitting and house sitting. Services are usually booked through an App. and include the ability to:
Although it may seem like a better option then boarding kennels or more expensive professional minding services, this is a practice that is fraught with danger on so many levels. The PIAA receives calls regularly from consumers who have in good faith left their beloved dog at a relative stranger’s home and the unthinkable has happened, their dog has escaped and met a sad end.
The PIAA does not support the operation of Pet minding/In home pet boarding/Backyard boarding businesses as these operations are typically not licensed, registered or insured and are often run by people without any formal qualifications, bringing about concerns with animal welfare and potential environmental issues.
The only boarding service we feel comfortable letting our customers know about is Jericho, as it is run by our trainer, Sue. Jericho Dog Boarding operates legally and addresses all the concerns reflected in the PIAA's statement. Currently the PIAA don't have an accreditation for home boarding but they are working towards finishing the guidelines for this sector soon. Once it is completed, Jericho will be applying to obtain that accreditation.
We at Canine Comprehension completely agree with the media release from PIAA and remind our customers to be very selective when using services in the animal industry, as so many business operate without proper animal welfare regulations, licensing, insurance, formal agreements, staffing and ethics.
Story from: https://piaa.net.au/3319-2/
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