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.

Meet Pica, Trebol, Coquito, Arya, Misha and Pula from Spain, and Biscuit from France

In Madrid Animalccouriers collected cats Pica and Trebol. Their very organised grandpapa had them ready in their boxes, bag packed and waiting in the security office by the entrance gate to his home. The cats are off to join their owner Gonzalo in the UK.

Just 10 minutes further away we met Coquito, a very sweet mixed breed dog. He’s off to join his owner Laura in the UK. Grandmama is obviously worried about the colder British climate, so saw him off in his winter outfit.

We spent the night in the Alhama de Aragon region, where the town is dominated by a monastery and thermal springs. People were bathing late into the night in the warm spring water. Our hotel was very busy — it was the Saturday night of a bank holiday weekend — so we were lucky to get in. ‎ When they saw the size of our van the kind staff opened the back entrance so we could park at the back of the garden. We were securely locked in and had a river bed to walk our doggy passengers in.

Yesterday we headed to El Vendrell to meet Nuria and her cats. Arya and Misha. They are relocating to London, where Nuria’s husband has already arrived and has the new home ready. Nuria leaves on Wednesday.

In Barcelona we met Alex, a colleague from Traveldog, to collect Pula who is off to live in Tewksbury. This gorgeous girl was quick to show us her entry for the ‘longest tongue’ competition!

We spent the night in Narbonne, where pretty tabby cat Biscuit from the Nice area was waiting for us. This little rescue cat belongs to Kate, who’s returning to the UK to work — and naturally Biscuit is going too.

Pica and Trebol with their grandpapa

Pica and Trebol with their grandpapa

A closer look at lovely black-and-white Pica…

A closer look at lovely black-and-white Pica…

…and beautiful tabby Trebol

…and beautiful tabby Trebol

Little Coquito, all kitted out for the British climate

Little Coquito, all kitted out for the British climate

A view of Alhama de Aragon many years ago — the river is now a river bed, and is where we walked the dogs

A view of Alhama de Aragon many years ago — the river is now a river bed, and is where we walked the dogs

Nuria saying goodbye to her cats Arya and Misha

Nuria saying goodbye to her cats Arya and Misha

Gorgeous wide-eyed Arya

Gorgeous wide-eyed Arya

Pretty tabby-and-white Misha

Pretty tabby-and-white Misha

Alex from Traveldog with Pula

Alex from Traveldog with Pula

A statue of a castell — a human tower. Teams compete to build them at festivals in Catalonia. The small person at the top holds up four fingers of one hand to symbolise the Catalan flag. In 2010 UNESCO declared castells to be among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity‎.

A statue of a castell — a human tower. Teams compete to build them at festivals in Catalonia. The small person at the top holds up four fingers of one hand to symbolise the Catalan flag. In 2010 UNESCO declared castells to be among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity‎.

Pula looking a bit fed up at first — but she soon settled in to the journey

Pula looking a bit fed up at first — but she soon settled in to the journey

Pretty little Biscuit looks good enough to eat!

Pretty little Biscuit looks good enough to eat!

Coquito's smart jumper is hand made. Love the skull and crossbones motif!

Coquito’s smart jumper is hand made. Love the skull and crossbones motif!

Mia Bluebell takes it easy in her cosy bed

Mia Bluebell takes it easy in her cosy bed

Pica exploring while Trebol takes it easy

Pica exploring while Trebol takes it easy

Alana is ready for anything

Alana is ready for anything

Ben enjoys his morning walk

Ben enjoys his morning walk

Bob loves feeling the spring sunshine on his nose

Bob loves feeling the spring sunshine on his nose

Alfie sits like a good boy

Alfie sits like a good boy

Pula shows us her wonderful ears

Pula shows us her wonderful ears

Bobby and Chaudi make for the same interesting sniff

Bobby and Chaudi make for the same interesting sniff

Bobby shows us his fine profile

Bobby shows us his fine profile

Boarding the bus in Spain: Bobby, Chaudi, Alana, Bob, Ben, Mabel and Missy; and we celebrate a birthday with Oscar

We crossed the border from Portugal to Spain where our first stop was Manilva to collect a lovely pair of dogs, Bobby and Chaudi. These two firm friends belong to Bob and Caroline, who’ve moved to Carmarthen in Wales, and now the dogs are off to join them.

At a shelter in Granada we collected pretty Alana, a young blind cat who’s lucky enough to be joining Ann and Trevor’s amazing household  in Ireland.

We met Dave in Nerja, whose wife Christine has already travelled back to England. Dave has been holding the fort, and looking after the family’s two cats and two dogs until we could collect them. Also in Nerja we were fortunate to catch up with Chocolate Lab Oscar, who travelled with us as a pup four years ago from his breeder in France. Oscar invited us to stay the night, and enjoyed watching all the comings and goings around our van, offering words of advice whenever he felt they were needed.

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who's been taking care of them

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who’s been taking care of them

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

ave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Dave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Mabel is a little shyer

Mabel is a little shyer

Making sure everyone's safely on board

Making sure everyone’s safely on board

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

And many apologies for the poor delivery of this blog post ;-)

Portuguese reunions for Faith, Borat, Ruas and Yuna; and Fluffy, Alfie and Mia Bluebell join our trip

The first stop for Animalcouriers on reaching Portugal was to collect Fluffy the cat, who’s leaving Porto to join her owner Bruna in London. Fluffy has been in the tender care of her owner’s mama since Bruna left. Having already said goodbye to her youngest child and only daughter, mama was naturally very sad to be saying goodbye to Fluffy, too.

Then it was on to Aveiro to meet Sara at the Policlinica Veterinaria da Aveiro. Sara’s been looking after Alfie, who came to the clinic as a stray puppy. Luisa in England has been following his progress and decided to adopt him. Alfie’s been waiting a while to travel, as the clinic had to go through the lengthy process of organising a TRACES certificate for Alfie, Now, with everything in order, this handsome fellow is on his way to a very excited Luisa.

We then motored on to Entroncamento to collect pretty little Mia Bluebell. She’s off to join her owner Vera, who’s moved to London for work. Vera’s mum and grandmama were on hand to give Mia Bluebell a proper send-off.

At Lisbon airport we found a very excited Jorge, who was delighted to be reunited with his lovely dog Faith. And finally, mini Dachshund Borat, along with cats Ruas and Yuna, were reunited with Ines and Lina.

Bruna's brother Vitor was on hand to oversee Fluffy's departure

Bruna’s brother Vitor was on hand to oversee Fluffy’s departure

Fluffy was somewhat fed up at being roused from her afternoon nap!

Fluffy was somewhat fed up at being roused from her afternoon nap!

Very sad mama waving goodbye to Fluffy, who's so beautiful we can see why she'll be missed

Very sad mama waving goodbye to Fluffy, who’s so beautiful we can see why she’ll be missed

Alfie with Sara, who's been looking after him

Alfie with Sara, who’s been looking after him

Mia Bluebell with Vera's mum and grandma

Mia Bluebell with Vera’s mum and grandma

A very lively reunion for Jorge and Faith

A very lively reunion for Jorge and Faith

Smiles all round for Borat and Lina. Sorry Borat, you won't win the longest tongue competition with that effort!

Smiles all round for Borat and Lina. Sorry Borat, you won’t win the longest tongue competition with that effort!

Ruas and Yuna with Ines and Lina

Ruas and Yuna with Ines and Lina

Rapturous reunions for Aragon, Cigrunet, Bonnie and Charlie; and tasty treats in Spain

It was rather wet and snowy when Animalcouriers met up with Céline in the French town of Pontarlier, near the border with Switzerland, to deliver young Savannah cat Aragon to her. Within about an hour, Céline was in touch to say Aragon was already walking on a lead and had been out and about, exploring his new surroundings!

We then headed on south and spent the night just outside Narbonne. The next day, we continued into Spain, where our first stop was near Tarragona to reunite cute rabbit Cigrunet with Miriam, who was very pleased to see him.

Then it was on to Valencia to reunite beautiful silver tabby Bonnie with Sophie. Sophie has moved from Dorchester, having completed her training to teach English, and is very excited about entering this profession.

Our final delivery in Spain was lively Spaniel Charlie, whose owners have moved to a countryside idyll in Murcia. Charlie had stayed in kennels while Heather and her husband got their new home ready, and everyone was very pleased to be back together. Their new home is sandwiched between a goat farm, a pig farm and a turkey farm. There’s miles of lovely countryside for Charlie to run in — and no-one has far to go for goat’s cheese, milk, pork or a Christmas turkey! Heather wrote to say:

“Thank you for delivering Charlie safely to us, he seems really pleased to see us again, and loves the garden!”

Last night we stayed at the Parador in Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca — a secure hotel with good parking, panoramic views and quiet dog-walking areas, and one that offers good deals at this time of year. Today we’re continuing our journey into Portugal, where Borat, Yuna and Ruas, and Faith, will be reunited with their owners; and new passengers will board the bus.

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Very happy Céline with her handsome Aragon

 

Aragon out exploring his new surroundings

Aragon out exploring his new surroundings

Miriam delighted to have Cigrunet back in her arms

Miriam delighted to have Cigrunet back in her arms

A joyful reunion for Sophie and her cat Bonnie

A joyful reunion for Sophie and her cat Bonnie

A rapturous welcome home for Charlie from his owners

A rapturous welcome home for Charlie from his owners

Cuddles for Charlie from Heather

Cuddles for Charlie from Heather

Charlie all settled in on his favourite rug

Charlie all settled in on his favourite rug

Courier M enjoyed one of his favourite Spanish dishes at dinner last night — morcilla (a kind of black pudding)

Courier M enjoyed one of his favourite Spanish dishes at dinner last night — morcilla (a kind of black pudding)

Courier J preferred a different sort of pudding — 'chocolate in three textures'

Courier J preferred a different sort of pudding — ‘chocolate in three textures’

View over Ciudad Rodrigo from the parador parapet

View over Ciudad Rodrigo from the parador parapet

Borat seemed pretty taken with the outlook, too!

Borat seemed pretty taken with the outlook, too!

Faith too busy trying out for 'longest tongue' to admire the scenery

Faith too busy trying out for ‘longest tongue’ to admire the scenery

Lookout tower on the city wall — somewhere for a watchman to shelter. Little windows, so he could keep an eye out without losing one to an enemy arrow. And a hole in the floor — some kind of ancient sanitary fitting perhaps?

Lookout tower on the city wall — somewhere for a watchman to shelter. Little windows, so he could keep an eye out without losing one to an enemy arrow. And a hole in the floor — some kind of ancient sanitary fitting perhaps?

Courier M in a former life, perhaps?

Courier M in a former life, perhaps?

Orchids spotted on our morning walk

Orchids spotted on our morning walk

In for a closer look

In for a closer look

Fabulously bright spring colours

Fabulously bright spring colours

Charming daisy types

Charming daisy types

Almond trees in full blossom, despite the biting cold winds…

Almond trees in full blossom, despite the biting cold winds…

…and angry black-and-blue skies

…and angry black-and-blue skies

Leaving the UK with Borat, Yuna, Ruas, Bonnie, Aragon, Cigrunet, Faith and Charlie

Animalcouriers set off for mainland Europe yesterday, crossing with Eurotunnel. On board are a delightful bunch of passengers heading to Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.

Dog and cat family mini Dachshund Borat, with Yuna and Ruas, are travelling with us from Leicester to Lisbon in Portugal, where their owners Ines and Lina are relocating for work.

Beautiful silver tabby cat Bonnie is travelling with us from Dorchester to Valencia in Spain, where her family are going back to live.

Stunning four-month-old Savannah cat Aragon is off to live in Switzerland with Céline, who will meet us in France to take him home. His breeder Sarah tells us that Savannahs are hybrids like the Bengal but crossed to an African Serval. She describes Savannahs as “super intelligent, friendly and people oriented — can be trained to walk on a lead and play fetch. Also high energy!”

He’s such a handsome chap, we felt sure Sarah had found it hard to part with him. “He is the most loving and cuddly kitten I’ve ever known,” says Sarah, “but I know he will have a lovely home with Céline.”

We received a call from our friends Traveldog in Barcelona, Spain, to collect a rabbit called Cigrunet, as his owner Miriam was relocating at short notice from the UK to Barcelona. Cigrunet has been homeboarding with courier J since we collected him. He’s a cool dude with splendid rabbit ears!

Also on board is Faith, who’s heading to Lisbon. She’s been staying at kennels near Swanley and Jorge her owner is very much looking forward to seeing her again.

Our final passenger is Charlie, a completely mad Spaniel, whose owners have gone on ahead from Swaffham to Murcia in Spain. Charlie has been staying in kennels for a while so they are very much looking forward to being reunited.

We're looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

We’re looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle

Jake, Bob, Minnie and Polly swap snowy Doncaster for sunny Australia

When Debra and family decided to head home to Australia, they were definitely not leaving their two dogs and two cats behind in the UK. These much loved pets are somewhat senior travellers — the cats, Polly and Minnie, are 15 and 14 years old respectively; and Bob the dog is also 14. Jake the terrier is quite the baby of the bunch at just seven years old.

Animalcouriers arranged their flights and the pets spent 10 days in quarantine at Eastern Creek, Sydney. From there they flew via Adelaide to Port Lincoln in South Australia, where the family has relocated.

Debra sent some photos of the pets at home and told us:

“All four animals arrived safe and well. They are all settling in to their new home. I cried when I saw them! Thank you so much for all your great planning and organising. You did a wonderful job and I will definitely recommend you. It is amazing to think they travelled from the other side of the world.”

Jake already has his paws under the table

Jake already has his paws under the table

Which dot shall I pounce on?

Which dot shall I pounce on?

Bob and feline chum getting the lay of the land

Bob and feline chum getting the lay of the land

Debra battled through snow as she went back and forth to the vet in the UK to sort out the final paperwork and parasite treatments. Two weeks later it was wall-to-wall sunshine for everyone, with a wonderful sea view across Spencer Gulf

Debra battled through snow as she went back and forth to the vet in the UK to sort out the final paperwork and parasite treatments. Two weeks later it was wall-to-wall sunshine for everyone, with a wonderful sea view across Spencer Gulf

Lovely Lolli reaches her new home in the UK with Sam

Sam adopted Lolli, a young puppy living at a shelter in the northern Spanish town of Tossa de Mar. Sam heard about Lolli from Kate, whose daughter Debbie lives in Tossa de Mar. Kate and Debbie work hard to help dogs from the shelter get adopted. They focus their efforts on one dog at a time, with Kate raising money near her home in the UK to pay for the dog’s passport, vaccinations and health check.

Animalcouriers were due to collect Lolli on a recent road trip that took in Spain, but it didn’t work out as some of her paperwork wasn’t ready. Sam was worried about Lolli missing out on some of the important socialisation that puppies need when they’re growing up, so pulled out all the stops to speed her journey. She even sent her son to accompany Lolli so that the shelter wouldn’t face the hurdle of getting a TRACES certificate.

Animalcouriers organised a flight for Lolli from Barcelona to the UK. Our colleagues at Traveldog collected Lolli from the shelter and homeboarded for a few nights, before driving her to the airport for her flight to the UK.

Pilar from Traveldog told us:

“Lolli is so nice! At the beginning very nervous and scared, now she is calm and very comfortable in her bedroom for these nights, already sleeping! Warm, fresh water, fresh air, nice meal and soft carpet. She really looks like she has always been here.”

Lolli arrived safely in the UK and was soon settled in at Sam’s home. Sam sent some photos and wrote to say:

“Thank you to all of you that have helped Lolli come home. It means a lot.”

Lolli homeboarding with Traveldog in Barcelona

Lolli homeboarding with Traveldog in Barcelona

Lolli snoozing after a yummy supper

Lolli snoozing after a yummy supper

Lolli soon settles in at Sam's

Lolli soon settles in at Sam’s

Such a smart and comfy bed!

Lolli looks like she knows where home is

Lolli looks like she knows where home is

Peabody meets John; Daisy meets Sarah; and Snoopy, Billie and Charlie are welcomed home

Mini Bull Terrier Peabody (aka Boy) travelled with Animalcouriers from Greece to the UK to take part in Crufts. When he met John for the first time, Peabody stood his ground. But once John spoke to him in Greek, there was a complete transformation. Wagging his tail, Peabody leapt with excitement and threw himself at John!

Meanwhile Daisy, who came from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, arrived at her new home with Sarah, an old friend of the shelter. This lovely dog grew in confidence during the course of the trip and has quickly settled in to her UK home. Sarah sent some lovely photos and wrote to say:

“Thank you for bringing Daisy safely over. She will be just fine and is already wagging her tail!”

We also reunited Dalmatian Snoopy and his cat companions Billie and Charlie with their owners. These three amigos travelled with us from Toulouse in France and received a rapturous welcome at their Bristol home. The cats will remember it well, as they lived here before the family moved to France, but it’s all new for Snoopy. He’s such a self-assured chap, we’re sure he’ll soon put his Gallic charm to work and win over many hearts.

Peabody very happy to be hugged by John

Peabody very happy to be hugged by John

Daisy very happy on her first meeting with Sarah

Daisy very happy on her first meeting with Sarah

Daisy settled in within minutes

Daisy settled in within minutes

Daisy with a new toy

Daisy with a new toy

Daisy ready to play

Daisy ready to play

And she's off!

And she’s off!

Snoopy at home with Alison and her husband

Snoopy at home with Alison and her husband

Rigsby takes off for sun, sea and sand in Cyprus, while young JR heads to his new home in Los Angeles

Animalcouriers arranged for handsome 13-year-old hound Rigsby to fly to Northern Cyprus. He took off from Manchester in the snow, and arrived in wonderful Cypriot sunshine. His owners report that he was beside himself with joy on being reunited with them — “his whole body wagged and wagged!” said Suzanna, adding:

“Thank you again for helping us bring Rigsby over to Cyprus for his retirement. You can see from the photos how much he is enjoying his new life.”

We also organised for gorgeous young lop-eared rabbit JR to fly from the UK to Los Angeles. Just 12 weeks old, he’s already the size of a standard adult lop! That’s because he’s no ordinary baby: he’s the son of Darius, the world’s largest rabbit.

JR has gone to live with Angela, who runs The Bunny Hutch, an animal welfare and educational charity. Last year we arranged a flight for Hutch, another of Darius’s offspring, but very sadly he died just after Christmas from viral meningitis. Angela was devastated by the loss, so we hope JR will bring some comfort.

Rigsby loves playing in the sea…

Rigsby loves playing in the sea…

…and relaxing on the sand in the sun

…and relaxing on the sand in the sun

JR alongside his record-breaking dad Darius

JR alongside his record-breaking dad Darius

A good look at JR's splendid ears

A good look at JR’s splendid ears

JR catches a few rays before hopping on board for his trip to the airport

JR catches a few rays before hopping on board for his trip to the airport

Limpet joins us in Nice; Snoopy, Billy and Charlie get on board in Toulouse

As Animalcouriers headed through Italy from Ancona towards Genoa, we found ourselves passing lots of heavy snow deposits. Concerned at the amount of snow around, we decided to keep going until we’d got past it all to avoid any holdups. So it was into the wee small hours when we reached the southern French city of Nice, and found our hotel next to the airport. The hotel kindly ‘impounded’ our van in their secure staff car park while we and our passengers got some well deserved rest.

We woke to a cool but beautiful morning and, once walks and breakfasts were done, we went to meet Graham in Nice. His fantastically named cat Limpet has joined us for his journey to Elgin in Scotland, where Graham’s brother is looking forward to welcoming him.

From Nice we continued west to the Narbonne area where we spent the night with friends. This morning saw us in Toulouse where we collected handsome Dalmation Snoopy and his feline companions Billy and Charlie. These three firm friends are relocating to Bristol, where their owners’ work with Airbus has taken them.

Snowy scenes in Italy persuaded us to keep motoring

Snowy scenes in Italy persuaded us to keep motoring

View over Nice airport yesterday morning

View over Nice airport yesterday morning

Graham brings us Limpet

Graham brings us Limpet

Limpet having a good look around

Limpet having a good look around

Poppi and Philomena are taking travelling in their stride

Poppi and Philomena are taking travelling in their stride

Narla is such an affectionate, fubsy cat — a female ginger which is quite a rarity

Narla is such an affectionate, fubsy cat — a female ginger which is quite a rarity

We stopped at the Eco'park in Mougins where we spent a very pleasant time walking the dogs. Robbie seemed particularly taken with the congenial surroundings.

We stopped at the Eco’park in Mougins where we spent a very pleasant time walking the dogs. Robbie seemed particularly taken with the congenial surroundings.

Silva is a soft, bouncy and cuddly girl

Silva is a soft, bouncy and cuddly girl

Daisy loves to feel the grass between her toes

Daisy loves to feel the grass between her toes

Pretty Minou is a very dainty girl

Pretty Minou is a very dainty girl

Now that Louis has had a chance to get used to us, he's keen to show us how much he likes playing

Now that Louis has had a chance to get used to us, he’s keen to show us how much he likes playing

Peabody, know by his family as 'Boy', is another very playful character. In his case, it's mainly footie with his water bowl. We can hear banging and thumping as he scores heroic goals!

Peabody, know by his family as ‘Boy’, is another very playful character. In his case, it’s mainly footie with his water bowl. We can hear banging and thumping as he scores heroic goals!

Lady having the sort of bad hair day that Cockers sometimes do

Lady having the sort of bad hair day that Cockers sometimes do

Lady was a little nervous out walking on the first day, but now it's all 'come on, Fidel, I'll show you the way!'

Lady was a little nervous out walking on the first day, but now it’s all ‘come on, Fidel, I’ll show you the way!’

And Fidel is happy to oblige

And Fidel is happy to oblige

Billie checking us out on our arrival in Toulouse

Billie checking us out on our arrival in Toulouse

Snoopy with Nic, who handed him and the cats to us on behalf of Alison

Snoopy with Nic, who handed him and the cats to us on behalf of Alison

Snoopy shows us his best camera pose

Snoopy shows us his best camera pose

Charlie is a very chilled-out girl who settled in like a pro

Charlie is a very chilled-out girl who settled in like a pro