Bangladesh is home to the world's first pet boarding lodge.
EFE reports from Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 22. Furry Ghor, Bangladesh's first pet-friendly hotel, opened its doors on Tuesday, allowing owners to leave their dogs or cats there without worrying about their care.
We came up with the idea of Furry Ghor after we realized there was no place for people to store their dogs when they leave the station (travel out of town) for the time being, Rakibul Haq Emil, an animal rights activist and a cofounder of the establishment, told EFE.
Shemonti Ahmed, an animal lover, adopted two puppies in January, Luffy, a Lhasa Apso, and Coco, a German Spitz, but needed a place to put them while she attended a family reunion.
I was anxious about Luffy and Coco because the family where we were having a family gathering didn't appreciate it when we brought our dogs. We couldn't, however, leave them at home. They had to be fed at a set time, and they couldn't go to the restroom by themselves, Shemonti continued.
Fortunately, she was able to contact the hotel, and the owners consented to keep her pets while she was away, despite the fact that the hotel had not yet opened.
Furthermore, Emil explained that the concept of a pet boarding house is especially advantageous for pet owners who want to go on vacation because few hotels and guest houses allow guests with pets in Bangladesh.
People also struggle to transport them because no airlines or trains in Bangladesh allow dogs to travel. Pets must be transported in buses with special arrangements, Emil noted.
As a result, many individuals are entrusting their dogs to people who lack the essential knowledge or expertise to care for them.
Furry Ghor, which is on the top floor of a three-story structure in Dhaka, also has a coffee shop where pet owners can get a bite to eat as their pets run around.
The PAW Foundation (People for Animal Welfare), which was created in 2015 to offer medical care to injured stray animals and inspire compassion toward them, is located on another floor of the same building.
Furry Ghor has opted to donate 10% of their sales to the PAW Foundation, which charges roughly 1,500 taka ($17) per day for each animal.
We rely on donations to run this charity. When it comes to contribution, though, Americans prioritize humans over animals. As a result, we decided to take action in order to benefit our foundation. Furry Ghor is the first step in that direction, Emil, a co-founder of PAW, stated.
This animal protection organization made headlines in 2018 when it successfully contested a court case that resulted in a six-month prison sentence for a security officer who murdered multiple stray dogs, the country's first such case.
There are no official statistics on the number of pets in Bangladesh.
Emil's only estimate was based on the immunization card we offer, which shows about 5,000 pet cats in Bangladesh, but there is no comparable figure for dogs.