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Don’t leave your pets behind when you go on holiday. They will be most welcome here with us!

The statistics

Who has never been attracted and moved by imploring eyes, purring or a wagging tail? That’s how many animals end up living with us; however, often there is the misconception that taking care of an animal is not particularly difficult. Yet, according to estimates from LAV (the Italian Anti-Vivisection League), 80,000 cats and 50,000 dogs are abandoned each year in Italy, especially during the summer season. These animals, entirely dependent on human care, are condemned to a tragic fate. In more than 80% of cases, in fact, an abandoned animal cannot survive alone, while those that do survive contribute not only to an increase in the worrying phenomenon of stray dogs, but they also run the risk of causing traffic accidents. Not to mention the suffering of a cat or dog which, all of a sudden, can no longer count on its family.

Abandonment: an offence punishable by law

There are many reasons for abandonment, including the inability to provide for your pet when you are absent, or financial hardship. None of these, however, are an excuse for the law. According to article 727 of the Penal Code, amended by law 189/2004, the abandonment of a domestic animal in captivity is punishable by up to one year in jail, or by a fine of 1,000 to 10,000 euros. So, abandonment can prove to be much more expensive than a pet sitter, a guest house or a holiday suitable for animals. Moreover, bringing along your cat or dog has become much easier and more convenient, since a growing number of hotels not only accept pets, but also offer a range of services designed to ensure the welfare of your four-legged friend.

A pet-friendly hotel for a holiday with your pets

If your cat or dog is now part of your family, or you don’t have anyone to take care of them while you’re on holiday, don’t give up your trip or your pet: look for pet-friendly accommodation, where you can all stay together. These accommodation options, which are part of the Siena Inns chain, gladly welcome pets in their rooms, so you can enjoy your holiday in Siena in peace. The Agriturismo Villa Agostoli holiday farmhouse provides free bowls for feeding your four-legged friends, and has ample green spaces where they can run and play. The staff at the Hotel Italia, close to the historic centre of Siena, can tell you where the best dog-friendly parks are, while most restaurants in the area will have no problems if you wish to bring your pet along with you. In fact, since 2015, dogs have access to all public areas and commercial establishments.