Mark Harrop Business Development Manager

Aug 24

Aquarium warns of dangers with overseas pet adoption

Leading Anglo-American pet insurance software expert Aquarium Software has warned pet parents both at home and abroad of the dangers of overseas pet adoption. The warning comes following recent media stories highlighting people adopting pets from other countries, and the subsequent problems some of them have faced.

Some countries in particular, such as Spain and Greece, have a high level of stray and abandoned dogs due to a variety of cultural and historical factors. As a result, a growing trend is for pet parents from Britain to adopt these previously unloved animals.

Sales and Marketing Director at Aquarium, Mark Colonnese, says that while the act of adopting these animals is noble, there are complications from an insurance viewpoint which must be considered.

“Pet adoption is an area which must be commended, especially when it comes to the nature with which these animals may be treated in their home countries,” says Mark. “But with the overseas adoption factor comes a number of legal and insurance quandaries.

“In the first instance, there are differing legal stances between different countries which can make future insurance applications and claims complicated and difficult. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it could be nigh on impossible in most cases to track down and identify a pet’s individual health history. Again, the insurance process at a later point could become complicated due to the lack of information, and it is by no means clear whether all insurers would take on the risk.”

With reports of many dogs in Spain and other southern Mediterranean countries suffering animal cruelty, and further dogs and cats being abandoned, the chances of charting an animal’s previous medical history may be slim. Physical conditions aren’t the only factors, with many animals harbouring psychological issues due to persistent, long-standing mistreatment.   

“For insurers, it’s about managing risk when taking on a pet,” concludes Mark. “Unfortunately in situations like this, the insurance risks are so high compared to other, ‘normal’ UK pet cases.