As the world becomes more globalized, families are increasingly likely to move to different countries. This often means saying goodbye to friends, family, and familiar surroundings. It can be especially difficult for children who have to leave their beloved pets behind.
Taking the family pet with you when you emigrate could make all the difference to your children’s mental and emotional well-being.
Pets, with their unconditional love, can be a great source of comfort and support for stressed, anxious children. When kids are in new, unfamiliar environments, having their pets with them is comforting, familiar, and reassuring.
Moving to a new country can be very stressful for children. They have to adjust to new languages, cultures, and ways of life. Bringing their pets with them can make the transition a lot easier. Pets provide a sense of continuity, which will help children adjust to their new surroundings. They can also help them make new friends because pets are great conversation starters.
Looking after pets teaches children to be responsible, and even more so in new environments. Feeding their pets, grooming them, taking them for walks, and cleaning up after them, are all important life lessons for kids, and can be applied to other areas of their lives such as school and chores.
Moving to a new country can be very lonely, especially for children who have left their friends behind. Pets provide companionship and can be a great source of comfort when kids feel homesick or sad. Pets also give children the opportunity to meet other pet owners and make new friends on walks, or at the park.
Research has shown that pets have a positive effect on mental health. They reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood. When children emigrate with their pets, they have a familiar face to turn to when they’re feeling down. Pets also provide a sense of purpose and meaning, which help combat loneliness and depression.
If you’re planning to emigrate with your pets, it’s important to use a professional pet transport company. Make sure they are members of IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) and that their travel crates comply with international standards per IATA (International Air Transport Association). Check their references and be careful of the many fly-by-nights that offer cut-rate prices. Your pets’ safety depends on it.
Keringa-Petwings is a fully licensed Government-Approved Pet Export Facility. View our certificate here.
We’re also a long-standing member of IPATA, recommended by vets throughout South Africa, and thousands of delighted families all around the world: See our Happy client testimonials.
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