Japan’s Aging Dogs Are Given A Retirement!

Akiko Hoshino’s 17-year-old Shiba Inu named Nene has grown so old that she can no longer walk on her own. Hoshino is firmly against putting dogs down, so she looked for an alternative.

According to IBT, Japan is seeing a large number of aging pets. In fact, Japan has more registered pets than children! There are about 20 million pets in comparison to the 16 million children under the age of 15.

More and more people are opting to spend money on their dog’s retirement until their final days are up. A special retirement home, Roken Honpo, sees an average of 10 elderly dogs are taken care of by Mie Kawaguchi and her team.

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The dogs taken in suffer from the most common ailments that any other aging creature would have. From Alzheimers to bone and joint diseases, digestive problems and failing eyesight, all dogs are treated with love and respect.