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Pets enjoy some pampering in Palestinian clinic

Pet ownership has become more common in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent years, where some Palestinian supermarkets now have designated sections for animal food and accessories

By: Reuters | West Bank |
September 15, 2021 10:30:14 am
Pets, Pet care, pets West BankA staff member holds a cat at Royal Care Vet Clinic that offers animals medical and grooming care, in Nablus, the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta)

A new animal clinic has opened in the occupied West Bank, part of a growing tendency among Palestinians to raise and pamper pets.

Veterinarian Ahmed Al-Amad’s “Royal Care Vet Clinic”, in the city of Nablus, is one of the few facilities in the Palestinian Territories offering grooming services for cats, dogs and other animals, and boarding while their owners travel.

Pets, Pet care, pets West Bank A Palestinian child pets a cat at Royal Care Vet Clinic that offers animals medical and grooming care, in Nablus, the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta)

Pet ownership has become more common in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent years, where some Palestinian supermarkets now have designated sections for animal food and accessories.

“We started the project after the high demand for the services in the market,” Amad said.

Pets, Pet care, pets West Bank Palestinian veterinarian Ahmad Amad examines a dog at Royal Care Vet Clinic that offers animals medical and grooming care, in Nablus, the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta)

“This is a private project. Despite that, we are ready to receive stray animals who require medical services.”

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians have increasingly turned to domestic pets for comfort in frequent conflict between militants and Israeli forces, and owners walking dogs are now a common sight.

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