Seldom do some governments in any country give rights and treat animals a big deal.
This is why it came as a surprise to a lot of people to know that cats can have a permanent residency in Hong Kong.
Rise in pet ownership
According to a study that was commissioned by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong, on top of the previous thematic report of the Census and Statistics Department, the pet ownership in HK has undergone a massive growth this past decade.
It has risen 72 percent from just 297,100 cats and dogs in the years 2005 to 2006, it has risen to 510,600 in the years 2015 to 2016 and is presumed to rise up to 545,600 this year in 2019.
Adopting vs. Buying
Over the years, HK has been adamant in raising awareness in spreading the movement to adopt pets instead of buying them from pet shops.
However, if your cat will be coming from another country, you have the option to import your own pet as long as you did not buy it from another country and are just having them shipped.
Importing your cat
To import your cat, you have to apply for a special permit and pay the specified fee for the HK government to allow you to bring your pet.
Permanent Residency benefits
Cats who are ID holders of permanent residency in HK are entitled to benefits that will surely be great news for furparents and cat people alike.
A card entails a cat to have a monthly allowance that can be used for food as well as a lifetime health insurance.
According to some comments, there is a rise of rats and pests in some areas in HK. This is why they are trying to take care of the cats that are natural predators of these pests.
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