Almost one in three animal loving couples fear their pets could become tug of love victims if they split up, according to new research issued today by Co-op Insurance.
7% of UK couples have set up a Pre-nuptial Agreement, also known as a Pre-pup, in order to prevent a furry custody battle and ensure that if their relationship was to breakdown, clear guardianship arrangements would determine who would gain custody of the pet(s).
Further to this, almost a third (31%) of UK couples either have or would consider putting an agreement in place in case their relationship ends. According to the research, 18-24 year-olds are more likely to put an agreement in place, with 38% of 18-24 year-olds doing so. In comparison to only 11% of adults aged 55 and above.
Interestingly, although almost 40% (39%) of couples surveyed jointly own the pet(s), with their partner, 44% of women compared to 23% of men say that if the relationship was to break down, they would keep the pet(s). Worryingly, almost 40% (38%) of UK Adults admit they have no idea what would happen to their furry companion if they separated from their partner.
Andrew Nevitt, Product Manager for Co-op Pet Insurance said, “Many people consider their pet to be part of the family and the risk of losing their companionship can make the pain of a relationship break up even harder to bear.
Recent research conducted with our partners Dogsblog.com** found that 11% of rescue homes say that owners being unable to cope with a relationship split was a key trigger behind dog abandonment. It’s reassuring therefore to see owners adopting a responsible approach to pet ownership by ensuring that if their own circumstances change, their pet will continue to get the best possible care.“
Co-op Legal Services, “The breakdown of a relationship can be extremely difficult and can cause stress for all parties involved. Having a living together agreement in place between you and your partner which among decisions such as assets and payment of bills can include who would gain custody of a pet in the event that you did separate can ease the burden at a very upsetting and stressful time.”