About Animalcouriers

Animalcouriers provides comprehensive, professional pet shipping and animal transport services covering the UK, mainland Europe, and the rest of the world. With our domestic and overseas pet transportation service, we help a wide range of animal owners — including pet owners moving house or emigrating, smallholders, commercial breeders and enthusiasts — to move their domestic pets, livestock and other animals, safely and reliably.

Jet-setting pets — Dixie, Sasha and Vikki; Nutmeg; Charlie; and Trygve

Animalcouriers arranged for Spaniels Dixie, Sasha and Vikki to fly home to London Gatwick following a summer holiday in Majorca. Their owners travel a lot for work, so the next flight this intrepid trio takes may be to South America in a few months’ time.

Golden Retriever Nutmeg, who flew to Shanghai just a few days ago is doing well. He overnighted in Hong Kong where he homeboarded with Ferndale Kennels, the Hong Kong pet transport company that took care of the Chinese leg of his journey. Nutmeg’s owner Sinead told us:

“Just thought I would get in touch and let you know Nutmeg has arrived safely and is starting to settle down in his new environment. Thank you for a great service and will be in touch when he returns!”

We also heard from Francene in Barbados that young King Charles Spaniel puppy Rhys — now known as Charlie — arrived safely:

“Thank you again for facilitating and accommodating my purchase of a puppy from Raoul. Everything worked out and the puppy arrived safely. The flight was slightly delayed but the puppy was fine and is now settling in nicely.”

And finally, Norwegian Forest kitten Trygve recently moved from Yorkshire to Singapore. His breeder Loraine was understandably anxious about the move, but was reassured when new owner Carina wrote to say:

“Trygve arrived safely and in good spirits. He very quickly settled in with no signs of jet lag despite the long journey. We would like to say a very big thank you to you and your team for all your help with the arrangements and for being so accommodating to our needs and requests. We also appreciate the promptness with which you responded to our emails which made communication so easy given the time difference between us.”

Dixie, Sasha and Vikki touch down in London

Dixie, Sasha and Vikki touch down in London

Nutmeg overnighting in Hong Kong

Nutmeg overnighting in Hong Kong

Cute pup Charlie explores his new garden

Cute pup Charlie explores his new garden

Handsome young Trygve settles in to his new home in Singapore

Handsome young Trygve settles in to his new home in Singapore

Trygve at 15 weeks old, before he left Yorkshire

Trygve at 15 weeks old, before he left Yorkshire

Can you help find a new home for Stella?

Stella, originally from Greece, is a Heinz 57 type of dog, with generous helpings of Collie and German Shepherd. Around three years old, she’s in good health, microchipped, vaccinated and neutered. As far as anyone can tell, she has been deaf since birth.

Stella is a very energetic girl, good with people and also with other dogs once she has got to know them. Her energy levels probably mean she’s not suitable for a home with young children, cats or other dogs. She’s clean in the house and sleeps soundly in her crate at night.

If you — or someone you know — might be able to offer Stella a home, please contact Conrad.

Stella smiles for the camera

Stella smiles for the camera

Stella finds a great stick to play with

Stella finds a great stick to play with

It’s goodbye Sox — hello Sophie, Donna, Tissou and Petit Choux

Animalcouriers crossed ‘that’ bridge from Denmark to Sweden to deliver Staffie Sox. His owner Ubbi couldn’t be there to meet him, so a friend of his came to collect Sox.

As we said goodbye to Sox, Sophie arrived to join the trip. This gentle Black Lab is travelling from Stockholm to England. Her grandfather came from the UK so she’s effectively going back to her roots! Her family have already moved to their new home in west London, but flew back to Sweden to make sure Sophie was all settled in for the start of her journey.

In addition to Sophie, we also have three more black pets on board — a black Great Dane and two black cats!

Great Dane Donna said goodbye to her family in Linkoping. The two young girls in the family were a bit tearful — they obviously love Donna very much and had made her a pretty coloured necklace for her trip. They also showed us a red ladybird they’d found. The whole family is very excited about their move to Cambridge, where they’ll be reunited with Donna very soon.

Then it was time to collect Tissou and Petit Choux. These little cats hail from Gothenburg and are following their owners to London. Family members were on hand to see these two very well loved kitties off. Petit Choux revealed her diva character, playing cat and mouse under the bed and the sofa; while Tissou adopted a movie star pose on top of the cat tree.

Sox smiles as he tries to peer over the sea wall to watch the yachts near Copenhagen, before we set off for Sweden

Sox smiles as he tries to peer over the sea wall to watch the yachts near Copenhagen, before we set off for Sweden

The Oresund bridge looks stunning against a stormy sky

The Oresund bridge looks stunning against a stormy sky

Sox makes friends with his owner's friend

Sox makes friends with his owner’s friend

Sophie arrives with her very caring owner

Sophie arrives with her very caring owner

Sophie fancied a lie-in, but was soon persuaded up by the promise of a long morning walk on the beautiful Lindo golf course

Sophie fancied a lie-in, but was soon persuaded up by the promise of a long morning walk on the beautiful Lindo golf course

It was a dewy morning as you can see from Sophie's nose

It was a dewy morning as you can see from Sophie’s nose

Donna and her family saying goodbye

Donna and her family saying goodbye

One of the many beautiful rest stops on the motorway for dog (and human) walks

One of the many beautiful rest stops on the motorway for dog (and human) walks

Tissou on high

Tissou on high

No paparazzi please! says Petit Choux

No paparazzi please! says Petit Choux

Heading back over the Oresund bridge towards Denmark

Heading back over the Oresund bridge towards Denmark

Sophie enjoying the sunrise over the water

Sophie enjoying the sunrise over the water

Donna watching the waterfowl in Maribo

Donna watching the waterfowl in Maribo

Nutmeg is swapping the UK for China

Handsome Golden Retriever Nutmeg has an exciting adventure ahead, as he is off to Shanghai. The first step on his epic journey involved being collected by courier D and taken to his vet appointment.

With a bit of time to spare, courier D took Nutmeg to meet his sons, Oliver and Finlay. The boys were so taken with Nutmeg, they’re now petitioning their dad for a dog of their own!

Nutmeg is now homeboarding with Animalcouriers, staying with courier M and his Golden Retriever Amber until it’s time to catch his flight.

New best mates — Nutmeg with Finlay (L) and Oliver (R)

New best mates — Nutmeg with Finlay (L) and Oliver (R)

Learning a few football tricks from the boys

Learning a few football tricks from the boys

Resident Amber gives Nutmeg some pointers on the biscuit trick

Resident Amber gives Nutmeg some pointers on the biscuit trick

Just humour courier M and quite soon…

Just humour courier M and quite soon…

…he'll give in and you'll get a biscuit!

…he’ll give in and you’ll get a biscuit!

A lost cat gets back to his family; and three animal charities get a windfall

When Elaine Fairfax was on holiday recently in the south of France, she was adopted by a stray tabby-and-white cat who walked in her back door looking a bit thin and bedraggled. Concerned that he didn’t have a home of his own, Elaine fed him and shared her home with him.

As the end of her holiday approached, Elaine decided she wanted to adopt the cat, now called Pepe, and take him back to the UK with her. Being the founder and MD of Animal Friends Pet Insurance in the UK, Elaine knew that without a pet passport, Pepe would have to spend a few weeks in quarantine. So she contacted Animalcouriers to find out about arranging for him to travel to quarantine in the UK.

In conversations with Elaine we discussed various transport options and alternatives to quarantine. Getting Pepe a pet passport was the first step; but when Pepe was taken to the vet to get the ball rolling, it was discovered that he already had a microchip. So things took a different direction. The new mission was to find out who Pepe’s owners were, with Elaine prepared to cover the costs of Pepe’s journey to be reunited with them.

Finding Pepe’s family

Leaving her friends and family on the beach, Elaine took an entire morning out of her holiday to start looking for Pepe’s family. Animalcouriers also asked Dr Diana James, a British vet living in France and an old friend of ours, to help. Pepe’s microchip records revealed he had a family in the Dijon area of France. As soon as they heard he had been found, the family jumped in their car and set off to collect him!

Very pleased to have been able to do the right thing by Pepe and his owners, Elaine told us: “It’s the best outcome, Pepe is such a character cat and obviously loved by his family.”

What happened next

But the story didn’t end there. Elaine has always been a great supporter of animal welfare charities, both in a personal capacity and through her business. She offered a £3,000 donation to be shared between three charities of Animalcouriers’ choice. We nominated Nine Lives Greece, the Filozoikos Shelter, and Chats du Quercy. The fantastic work of both Greek charities, based in Athens, is well known to us; and Diana James is the nominated vet for Chats du Quercy, a well known cat charity in the Cahors region of France. Here’s how the three charities plan to use their donations.

Nine Lives Greece

Cordelia from Nine Lives Greece tells us:

“We will be spending this extremely generous donation on neutering, vaccinating and providing other necessary veterinary care for illness or injury to a colony of stray cats in central Athens. This colony will be selected judging by how risky their situation is, how many individuals there are, and whether there is a local feeder who is open to the concept and benefits of neutering.

Since we founded Nine Lives Greece in 2006, we have trapped and taken for neutering/spaying more than 5,000 cats in Athens, returning the cats back to their location after sterilisation. We try to work colony by colony, in order to get as many individuals neutered as possible in each place. We make sure to keep visiting each large colony to make sure that all the cats are well, that no-one needs veterinary attention, and to make sure any newcomers are taken to the vet to be neutered too. This way, instead of an ever-increasing group of sickly cats and kittens, with tomcats spraying and caterwauling, and females constantly pregnant or feeding kittens, the neighbourhood gets a healthy colony of cats whose numbers stabilise and gradually decrease.”

Filozoikos Shelter

Kiki from the Filozoikos Shelter says:

“This wonderful gift is very much appreciated as we are in the middle of the summer, and the number of dogs and consequently our needs are at their highest. We are in the middle of treating June, a young female dog who we found suffering from leishmaniasis, mange and ‘aphrodisio’ — a sexually transmitted disease. The treatment plus her neutering is going to cost €500. Elpida, Marina, Haris, Earth and Velvet will be neutered with the rest of the money — neutering costs €100 per dog. They were all found abandoned and all of them except Marina have already found homes.”

Chats du Quercy

Lynn and Ron from Chats du Quercy tell us:

“We would like the £1000 to be the first donation for the start of our new Rescue Facility funding, so it will help immensely, hopefully encouraging others too! Our objective is simple: to help cats in needEach cat receives the best possible care and attention from the first day. Every cat is assessed by a veterinary surgeon before receiving the medical, surgical and emotional treatment and care that they need. We also have a qualified cat behaviourist on hand. All our cats are checked and treated on a daily basis until they are fit to be found good homes.”

Pepe, who started the whole story off

Pepe, who started the whole story off

Nine Lives Greece: kitten saved after a dog attack

Nine Lives Greece: kitten saved after a dog attack

Nine Lives Greece: kittens who needed fostering before being ready for adoption

Nine Lives Greece: kittens who needed fostering before being ready for adoption

June at the Filozoikos Shelter

Filozoikos Shelter: June

Marina — this one-year-old sweetheart is still looking for a new home

Filozoikos Shelter: Marina — this one-year-old sweetheart is still looking for a new home

Filozoikos Shelter: Elpida

Elpida

Harris

Filozoikos Shelter: Harris

Filozoikos Shelter: Earth

Earth

Filozoikos Shelter: Velvet

Velvet

Dr Diana James (L) and Lynn with two kittens recently helped by Chats du Quercy

Chats du Quercy: Dr Diana James (L) and Lynn with two kittens recently helped by Chats du Quercy

Frankie, one of the Chats du Quercy kittens, looking for a home

Chats du Quercy: Frankie, — one of the many kittens looking for a home

Travelling from the UK: Billybob, Alfie, Tiger, Lily and Sox

Animalcouriers set off yesterday from the UK with pets bound for Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. The clouds were heavy with rain and we thought Hurricane Bertha might catch up with us — but fortunately we experienced nothing worse than a bit of rain.

First up, we delivered darling Cocker Spaniel Billybob to his temporary home in Liège in Belgium. His owners, Veronique and her husband, are going to spend a few months in Australia, during which time Billybob will stay with Veronique’s mum in Liège before travelling back with us to the UK. Veronique and her husband will then split their time between Australia and the UK, and Billybob will occasionally homeboard with Animalcouriers when both his owners are away.

Kim and her family have relocated from Surrey to a coastal town near Copenhagen in Denmark. Naturally the family’s pets — Cockerpoo Alfie and cats Tiger and Lily — are going too. The cats homeboarded with Animalcouriers for a week while the family took a short holiday — but perhaps they should have come to us sooner, as once the removers arrived Lily realised something was up, and went AWOL three days before we were due to collect them!

Kim was a complete hero, sleeping on the floor of the empty house next to Lily’s food bowl, hoping she would show up. With the local branch of the Cats’ Protection League on standby in case she didn’t reappear before the family went on holiday, Lily came home with just hours to spare! The cats made it to our base in Surrey without any further hitches and behaved perfectly during their stay.

Staffie Sox is relocating with his owner Ubbi from Birmingham in England to the Swedish capital Stockholm. He’s a handsome fellow who’s had quite a bit of dog show success in the UK, which Ubbi is hoping will continue in Sweden.

It’s tricky to get a good photo of Sox as he’s a ball of energy. Life is just too exciting and Sox enjoys every moment of it to the full. He was even pleased to see the six German police officers who came to search the van when they heard strange noises coming from it. It was actually Sox, doing his best impression of a piglet — something his owner had fortunately warned us about!

From Belgium we crossed into Germany, reaching the city of Bremen last night, where we stayed at the university campus hotel. It boasts a rather splendid nature trail, where we enjoyed peaceful walks this morning. Then it was off to catch the ferry to Denmark, to reunite Alfie, Tiger and Lily with their family.

Sox reveals how he got his name

Sox reveals how he got his name

Alfie got a little bit damp on his morning walk…

Alfie got a little bit damp on his morning walk…

 

…as did Billybob — both dogs enjoyed a good shake when they got back to the van

…as did Billybob — both dogs enjoyed a good shake when they got back to the van

 

Tiger watching the dogs coming and going…

Tiger watching the dogs coming and going…

…then rolling over for attention

…then rolling over for attention

Lily snug in her bed

Lily snug in her bed

Billybob at his temporary home in Belgium — after a quick dash around the house, he popped back outside to say goodbye

Billybob at his temporary home in Belgium — after a quick dash around the house, he popped back outside to say goodbye

Out walking on the nature trail, Alfie spotted…

Out walking on the nature trail, Alfie spotted…

…a heron, helping itself to breakfast from the lake

…a heron, helping itself to breakfast from the lake

Sox sits still for just a moment — bribery works wonders!

Sox sits still for just a moment — bribery works wonders!

Sox gives the police officers a warm greeting

Sox gives the police officers a warm greeting

Sweet Alfie is extremely happy to be reunited with his family

Sweet Alfie is extremely happy to be reunited with his family

Special kisses for Kim

Special kisses for Kim

Lily and Tiger about to explore their new Danish home

Lily and Tiger about to explore their new Danish home

Just one example of cool Scandinavian design

Just one example of cool Scandinavian design

Two different Spaniels, two different destinations

Animalcouriers recently welcomed King Charles Spaniel puppy Rhyss and 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel Billybob as homeboarders.

Young Rhyss stayed with us for a couple of days so that we could prepare him for his flight to Barbados. Despite being quite a young puppy, we found him to be a very placid and laid-back fellow, always ready for a chat or a play or to share his supper. We look forward to hearing how he settles in to his new life in the sun.

Billybob stayed with us for a little longer. He originally came to the UK from Australia with his owners Veronique and her husband a few years ago, and has been living in London ever since. Now the family is going back, so Billybob started the round of tests and paperwork that are required for pets to enter Australia.

Unfortunately he tested positive for a blood disorder, Ehrlichia, and Australia doesn’t permit dogs with this disease to enter the country — even when the dog originally came from Australia and could potentially have contracted the disease while living there.

So Veronique had quite a dilemma on her hands. Fortunately, however, a member of her family in Liege in Belgium has offered Billybob a new home. It’s a very happy arrangement and a huge relief for Veronique.

Billybob set off for Belgium today with Animalcouriers. Veronique will be in Liège to meet him and get him settled in, before she leaves for Australia.

Young pup Rhyss

Young pup Rhyss

Handsome grown-up Billybob

Handsome grown-up Billybob

Billybob gets a goodbye hug before he leaves for Belgium

Billybob gets a goodbye hug before he leaves for Belgium

Fang reaches the UK from Kazakhstan via Amsterdam

Two-year-old Fang and his owners are relocating from Kazakhstan to England. Because they’re coming from outside the EU, Fang’s UK entry paperwork is a little more complicated than the usual pet passport. The entry requirements include a blood test followed by a three-month wait. With one month to go, he’s now reached the UK where he will spend those last weeks in quarantine.

To complicate matters further, Fang is a very big dog indeed. He’s a Central Asian Shepherd, and his size meant he couldn’t fly directly into the UK, because KLM didn’t have a plane with a cargo hold large enough to take his travel box. KLM therefore routed him from Almaty to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. That’s where Animalcouriers collected him yesterday in our special quarantine van, to drive him non-stop to Airpets at Heathrow Airport where he’ll complete his quarantine period.

It’s taken four companies to organise Fang’s relocation but it’s clearly well worth it. He’s a very laid-back, affectionate fellow with a very endearing nature, as well as a stunningly handsome head and face.

Before being sealed inside his quarantine travel box for the last leg of his journey, Fang was able to have a stroll around the grounds of the animal hotel in Amsterdam, giving us a chance to meet him properly and have a hug

Before being sealed inside his quarantine travel box for the last leg of his journey, Fang was able to have a stroll around the grounds of the animal hotel in Amsterdam, giving us a chance to meet him properly and have a hug

Such a gentle giant, very calm about the whole experience

Such a gentle giant, very calm about the whole experience

Fang in his travel box — a snug fit inside our quarantine van!

Fang in his travel box — a snug fit inside our quarantine van!

Doggy school bus spotted in Amsterdam

Doggy school bus spotted in Amsterdam

Fang reached Airpets quarantine kennels safely, where everyone immediately fell in love with this super-size softy

Fang reached Airpets quarantine kennels safely, where everyone immediately fell in love with this super-size softy

Osprey chicks fly from Scotland to Spain

A year ago Animalcouriers arranged BA flights from Scotland to Spain for 12 Osprey chicks. The chicks were part of a a breeding program for Urdaibai Bird Center in association with the University of the Basque Country.

This year we were delighted to be asked to do the same again for another 11 chicks. We organised their flights with BA from Aberdeen to Madrid. They had a brief stopover at the Animal Reception Centre at London Heathrow, where they were checked over to make sure all was well. After touching down in Madrid, they continued their journey by road.

The move was again masterminded by Roy Dennis — the chicks were bred at his foundation in Aberdeen — and Dr Aitor Galarza, director of the Osprey Reintroduction Project. Roy let us know that the chicks travelled well and said he would be in touch again next year.

We also received wonderful photos of some of last year’s birds, all grown up and leading independent lives.

Checking the chicks on their arrival

Checking the chicks on their arrival

One of this year's youngsters in close-up

One of this year’s youngsters in close-up

Three of the young Ospreys ready to leave their cages last August

Three of the young Ospreys ready to leave their cages last August

One of last year's female Ospreys on the coast of Senegal last December

One of last year’s female Ospreys on the coast of Senegal last December

Happy reunions for Banksy, Nina, Jura and Thrall

Cats Banksy and Nina and pups Jura and Thrall recently travelled with Animalcouriers from mainland Europe to the UK. Their owners have all been in touch to update us on how their pets are settling in to their new homes.

Cute young Banksy started his trip in Portugal. He was found by Tanis on a bank — hence the name — and has now joined her in the UK. Tanis is the owner of Sussex Life magazine and will be doing a feature on his journey. Perhaps Banksy will become her editorial assistant when he’s a little older?

Super fluffy black-and-white cat Nina travelled with us from Italy and has been reunited with Sandro in London. Sandro wrote with some photos of Nina, saying:

“Just a few words to thank you and your team for taking so much care of Nina during her trip to London. Nina arrived in a very good shape, she spent the entire next day sleeping on my bed. Now she has started her normal life and routine in our new place (like stalking people from the window). In case of future needs I know who to call.”

Meanwhile, lively young dogs Jura and Thrall from Barcelona in Spain are settling in to their new home in Edinburgh. Yolanda sent some photos and told us:

“The little ones seem so happy!! Thank you for everything!!”

Banksy counting raindrops

Banksy counting raindrops

What's caught Banksy's eye?

What’s caught Banksy’s eye?

Nina catching a few zeds

Nina catching a few zeds

Nina back to her stalking habits

Nina back to her stalking habits

Jura and Thrall are such a well behaved pair…

Jura and Thrall are such a well behaved pair…

…They stick close together out on their walks

…They stick close together out on their walks