But that was the reason why Lynn Stone, of the charity Les Amis des Chats, took a call from a French family looking for a home for the animals.
"We took a couple of cats in the other day through some French people whose English neighbours had just upped and left their horses, their dogs and their cats behind," Lynn said.
"There was nothing in place for them to be cared for, not even food or water. Brits moving back and not taking responsibility for their animals are becoming a big problem."
The summer is a difficult time for animal shelters and charities in France as the number of abandoned animals increases, with people casting their pets out before heading away on holiday.
The national charity, Societe Protectrice des Animaux (SPA), is experiencing one of its worst summers for people abandoning their pets, with many centres taking care of more than 200 cats and dogs, something Lynn recognises.
"At the moment we are full because of all the abandoned cats and their kittens, we can’t take any more in, yet we are getting at least 10 calls a day asking for help," Lynn said.
"We just can’t accept any more cats, but I can’t bear to think what might happen to them."
In the Dordogne the Phoenix Association is facing similar problems, with a lack of preparedness by owners causing all sorts of difficulties.
"We have received many larger, adult, male dogs this year who have not been castrated and so have behavioural problems," said Richard Johnson, president of Phoenix.
"Also more Brits are running home because of their economic problems or health issues saying they have not made arrangements for obtaining a PETs Passport for their animals and so they look to us to rehome them.
"Or they say they can’t take their pets into rented accommodation back in the UK, though of course all animals have a vastly better chance of adoption from a shelter there than in France."
The Phoenix Association is often called to take in animals that have been abandoned, or dumped on unsuspecting home owners.
"We have found pets tied to trees, thrown in bins, thrown over garden walls, locked up in garages and barns, abandoned at boarding kennels or just left on the street," Richard said.
"At the moment we are receiving around 50 emails and telephone calls a day and unless we take the phone off the hook we wouldn’t get any sleep."