Pets fly to far-flung destinations: Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Cyprus, Australia, the US, Argentina, Canada and Abu Dhabi

Pets relocating around Europe tend to travel by road (and sea) with Animalcouriers; for those travelling further afield, we can arrange air freight and help with import and export paperwork.

Recent Asian destinations for some of our passengers include Singapore, Thailand  and Hong Kong. Handsome Labradoodle Thumper, his sidekick Vos, a Dachshund, and feline chums Bus and Biscuit flew to Singapore with BA. This family of four stayed at Haytor Kennels in Surrey while everything was prepared for their move. Vet on the Hill in Caterham took care of the export paperwork, and we worked with Mitchville, who organised the Singaporean import permits and delivered the pets to their new home once clearances had been completed at Changi Airport.

Thumper exploring his new surroundings in Singapore

Thumper exploring his new surroundings in Singapore

We arranged for slinky black cat Bruno to fly to Bangkok with Thai Air, then Boonma organised Bruno’s transfer to Phuket. With this trip, Bruno effectively returns to his homeland — he was found as a kitten in his owner’s Phuket garden, then moved to Hong Kong, after which he spent a few months in Brighton. Bruno has now put his suitcase into storage as the plans are for Phuket to be his permanent residence.

Bruno stayed at Burntwood Kennels in Surrey for a few days before boarding his flight

Bruno stayed at Burntwood Kennels in Surrey for a few days before boarding his flight

Bruno's owner Eric wrote to say: "Bruno arrived safely. He seems quite happy to see me! Many thanks for all your help."

Bruno’s owner Eric wrote to say: “Bruno arrived safely. He seems quite happy to see me! Many thanks for all your help.”

Rabbit Meow swapped Wales for Hong Kong. Meow turned out to be something of a conundrum. Despite the name, Meow is indeed a rabbit, not a cat. What’s more, while at the vet in Cardiff having the export paperwork completed, it was discovered that Meow wasn’t a buck, but a doe!

Meow at BA World Cargo, Heathrow, just before checking in. Looks like this gorgeous girl had plenty of tasty snacks to see her through the flight!

Meow at BA World Cargo, Heathrow, just before checking in. Looks like this gorgeous girl had plenty of tasty snacks to see her through the flight!

Our travellers to the Caribbean included Sage a very gentle, vocal Beagle puppy who joined her new family in Bermuda. Sage homeboarded with Animalcouriers while her export and import paperwork was prepared.

Sage's irresistible puppy dog eyes! Her owner Sharica emailed us, saying: "Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything in getting Sage to Bermuda. She is settling in very nicely."

Sage’s irresistible puppy dog eyes! Her owner Sharica emailed us, saying: “Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything in getting Sage to Bermuda. She is settling in very nicely.”

We also arranged for Candy, a Giant Schnauzer puppy (and kennel mate of Max, who flew to Bahrain earlier this year), to fly to Grand Cayman to join her new family. They told us:

“The little bundle of fur arrived safely after her 13-hour journey to Grand Cayman. She is lovely and I am grateful to all of you who have made this happen. It certainly has been a journey but with your assistance and, dare I say it, your patience, we managed to pull off a transaction that connected Morecambe with sunny Grand Cayman! Now who would have thought that?”

Beautiful Candy at her new Caribbean home

Beautiful Candy at her new Caribbean home

A little closer to home, we arranged for two dogs, Mit and Dylan, to fly to North Cyprus.

Stately Mit and owners are joining family in Cyprus

Stately Mit and owners are joining family in Cyprus

Handsome hound Dylan and his owner — they managed to book onto the same flight

Handsome hound Dylan and his owner — they managed to book onto the same flight

Antipodean adventurers were Abby, a Munsterlander, who travelled to Wellington; Milly who headed to Perth; and Richard, a wire hair Fox Terrier who flew to Sydney to join breeder Christophe. Richard and Milly were among the last pets to stay at Eastern Creek Quarantine Kennels, which has now closed. From now on, cats and dogs travelling to Australia will stay at the new quarantine facility at Mickleham just north of Melbourne.

Abby (R), dashing about with a new friend in Australia

Abby (R), dashing about with a new friend in Australia

Tracey, Abby's breeder, told us: "Abby has settled in very well as you can see from the photos. Owner Carol is absolutely delighted with her and we have almost daily updates."

Tracey, Abby’s breeder, told us: “Abby has settled in very well as you can see from the photos. Owner Carol is absolutely delighted with her and we have almost daily updates.”

Cute Milly at home in Perth. Sam, her owner had to move to Australia in July and was counting the days before Milly could join her. On being reunited, Sam wrote to say: "We are home safe and sound with Milly. Thank you for the wonderful service, we will be sure to recommend you to others that may follow us to Australia."

Cute Milly at home in Perth. Sam, her owner had to move to Australia in July and was counting the days before Milly could join her. On being reunited, Sam wrote to say: “We are home safe and sound with Milly. Thank you for the wonderful service, we will be sure to recommend you to others that may follow us to Australia.”

Young Richard enjoys an autumnal walk before heading to Heathrow for his Qantas flight

Heading west were Willow, a very sweet King Charles Cavalier puppy who went to Boston; Nellie who flew to Newark with United; firm friends Tin and Sabina who headed to Buenos Aires; and Ginger who took off to Toronto.

Gorgeous Nellie all ready for her flight to the US

Gorgeous Nellie all ready for her flight to the US

Tin (L) and Sabina (R) at their new home. (We hasten to point out that Sabina travelled in a proper box, not that plastic bag!)

Tin (L) and Sabina (R) at their new home. (We hasten to point out that Sabina travelled in a proper box, not that plastic bag!)

Conrad, who works tirelessly for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, linked up with Dianne of Tails from Greece Rescue and found homes for Ginger and her sister Lilly in Ontario, Canada. Lilly was still in Athens, while Conrad was caring for Ginger in the UK. Ginger flew from London to Amsterdam, where she boarded the same KLM flight to Toronto as Lilly, who flew in from Athens. In Toronto they were met by Dianne. Fittingly, these two sisters have new homes with two sisters!

A rapturous welcome at Toronto airport for Ginger and Lilly

A rapturous welcome at Toronto airport for Ginger and Lilly

Two Lolas headed east. In 2011 we helped Lola senior move from Abu Dhabi to the UK. When it was time to move back to Abu Dhabi, Lola’s family asked Animalcouriers and the UAE-based American Veterinary Clinic to take care of the paperwork and travel arrangements again.

An early arrival for Lola at BA World Cargo. Lovely Lola stayed at Burntwood Kennels for a few weeks before jetting off to join her family.

An early arrival for Lola at BA World Cargo. Lovely Lola stayed at Burntwood Kennels for a few weeks before jetting off to join her family.

Lola junior, a cuddly Cockerpoo pup, flew with Emirates to Dubai to meet her new family. She homeboarded with Animalcouriers while her travel documents were prepared.

Little Lola makes herself at home

Little Lola makes herself at home

We leave the UK with three cats; and start our trip back from Greece with 11 dogs, 11 cats, a Macaw and a Chinchilla on board

Couriers M and Mike recently set off on what will be our biggest-ever trip from Greece back to the UK. Luckily we have two vans, each with air conditioning, electrical airflow and comfy compartments for all the pets travelling with us.

A few pets travelled out with us from the UK. Gorgeous Gaia and Lulu, a pair of cats who are almost impossible to tell apart, are moving with Eric to Italy. We dropped them at a cattery in Verona for Eric to collect on his arrival.

Gaia gives us a wink

Gaia gives us a wink

Lulu has a fine 'milk moustache'

Lulu has a fine ‘milk moustache’

Black-and white cat Gizmo is relocating to Skiathos, the island where ‘Mamma Mia’ was shot. Because owner Diana and family won’t get there until after we’ve dropped off Gizmo, we managed to find a very hospitable vet in Volos on the Greek mainland to look after Gizmo. As soon as Diana reaches Greece, she’ll hop onto the Seacat to fetch Gizmo. She told us she’d never had a night apart from Gizmo, so we can only imagine how much they are missing each other.

Wide-eyed Gizmo

Wide-eyed Gizmo

Courier J flew to Athens to join us for the journey back to the UK. The first passenger to get on board in Greece was Tardu, a 16-year-old blue-and-gold macaw. This colourful bird belonged to Chryssa’s dad, who sadly passed away recently. Unfortunately, Chryssa can’t take Tardu on herself, but has found a wonderful new home for her dad’s beloved companion with Nikos and Linda in Scotland. Animalcouriers already know Nikos and Linda, as we’ve transported a number of dogs they’ve adopted from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens. Such a small world!

We hear that Tardu, who is missing a wing, is more like a dog than a parrot, and likes to walk around on the floor. He settled into his travel compartment very quickly and started preening — a good sign that he is relaxed and happy. We’ve made him a playground with all his toys, his steps to climb up and down, and a cat carrier to perch on and watch all the comings and goings.

Tardu was driven to our hotel to meet us. We reckon he probably did a spot of back-seat driving!

Tardu was driven to our hotel to meet us. We reckon he probably did a spot of back-seat driving!

Tardu making the move from car to van

Tardu making the move from car to van

Tardu settles in nicely

Tardu settles in nicely

Tardu enjoying a piece of breakfast banana

Tardu enjoying a piece of breakfast banana

Phil and Vivian have been living on the island of Samos for the past eight years, where they were volunteers for Greek Cat Rescue and also cared for a number of cats around their home. They’re now on their way back to the West Country, and are taking five cats with them — Bumper, Captain Flint, Jalfraizi, Oscar and Jacob.

Handsome ginger tabby Jalfraizi. He's been very unwell and everyone was concerned about him, but the good news is that he's fit to travel. He has a compartment to himself and antibiotics to keep him going.

Handsome ginger tabby Jalfraizi. He’s been very unwell and everyone was concerned about him, but the good news is that he’s fit to travel. He has a compartment to himself and antibiotics to keep him going.

Captain Flint — so called because he likes to sit on your shoulder like a parrot

Captain Flint — so called because he likes to sit on your shoulder like a parrot

A winsome look from Oscar

A winsome look from Oscar

Although Bumper has only one eye, he doesn't miss a trick

Although Bumper has only one eye, he doesn’t miss a trick

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Phil and Vivian and their cats arrived with Akis in his pet taxi — a great service for people and their pets. We saw Akis again the next day with Petra, Scruff and Alfie.

Akis arrives in his pet taxi with Scruff, Petra and Alfie

Akis arrives in his pet taxi with Scruff, Petra and Alfie

When Kat from Birmingham went on holiday to Lesvos, she was adopted by a tortoiseshell cat called Petra. Kat decided to take Petra to the UK, so Rebecca of Lesvos Dog and Cat Adoptions helped out. Petra was initially fostered by one of the group’s volunteers, then Deb (owner of Scruff) offered to take Petra under her wing. Petra and Scruff were then looked after by Christine for about a week, as Deb had to return to the UK.

Gorgeous Petra — such a sweet and calm little girl

Gorgeous Petra — such a sweet and calm little girl

Playful Scruff

Playful Scruff

Alfie belongs to Tom and Laura, who adopted him while on holiday in Lesvos. Once again, Rebecca of Lesvos Dog and Cat Adoptions helped out, collecting Alfie from his foster mum, sorting his passport, arranging a travel box and popping him onto a late-night flight. And Christine stepped in again, collecting him at Athens airport and putting him in Akis’s taxi with Scruff and Petra.

Alfie, when Tom and Laura first found him

Alfie, when Tom and Laura first found him

Alfie with Laura

Alfie with Laura

Tiffany, her husband and children have moved to the Manchester area, and now Lucky and Kitten are joining them. The children were devastated when they heard that the family couldn’t afford to fly the cats to England. But then they found our website and learned about the more affordable option of a road trip. So they got in touch and we agreed a price, and a very happy family is looking forward to welcoming their beloved pets to the UK.

Pretty Kitten and stunning jet-black Lucky

Pretty Kitten and stunning jet-black Lucky

When Lesley left Crete we transported two of her dogs for her to Northumberland. Now it’s time for the other two to follow on. At Piraeus Port we met Joe with Tasha and Corby, a very friendly pair of dogs.

Jo with Lesley's dogs, Tasha and Corby

Jo with Lesley’s dogs, Tasha and Corby

Labrador Aris arrived with an enormous grin on his face and a very waggy tail, willing to be friends with everyone. Ioannis (John) and his family have already relocated to the UK and are really missing Aris. Not long now til everyone’s back together.

The very friendly Aris

The very friendly Aris

Rex and Ringo, a pair of German Shepherd Dogs, are travelling with us to stay at a kennels in Calais for a little while. They’ll then hop on board when we pass by on our next trip to Portugal, towards the end of next month. The dogs were originally adopted from the Filozoikos Shelter, but when their owners moved to Portugal, they couldn’t afford to take the dogs immediately. So Filozoikos, being very responsible, stepped in and offered to look after the dogs until they could start their journey.

Martha, courier M, courier Mike and Kiki with Rex and Ringo

Martha, courier M, courier Mike and Kiki with Rex and Ringo

A closer look at handsome Rex…

A closer look at handsome Rex…

…and the equally handsome Ringo

…and the equally handsome Ringo

Lovely little Zouzou arrived looking a bit worried, so we spent a bit of time chatting and making a fuss of her, which helped to calm her down. Her owner Maria has already relocated to England and Zouzou, who’s been in the care of a relative, is the last member of the family to travel.

Super-cute Zouzou

Super-cute Zouzou

English Setter Boo belongs to George and Flora, who’ve relocated to Edinburgh from Athens. Now Boo, who has been staying with George’s parents in Athens, is off to join them. Boo is completely deaf, but apparently understands everything you say to her. Flora and George say they miss her very much, so it will be happy time when they are reunited.

Lovely Boo, who is on her way to Scotland

Lovely Boo, who is on her way to Scotland

Cordelia, an old friend of ours, brought us three cats whose owners have moved back from Athens to Ireland. Little Paw and Michael belong to Paula; and Dexter is owned by Linda. We’re expecting some Irish folk singing (or perhaps dancing) from this trio en route!

Cordelia (R) and friend bring us cats belonging to Paula and Linda

Cordelia (R) and friend bring us cats belonging to Paula and Linda

Snowy white Michael

Snowy white Michael

Tuxedo cat Little Paw

Tuxedo cat Little Paw

These two chums got settled in quickly

These two chums got settled in quickly

Diego is a Griffon cross whose owner Dora has moved to Tunbridge Wells. Diego has been staying with a relative and is now ready to travel to join her.

Another fluffy white dog — Diego

Another fluffy white dog — Diego

We met Angeliki and her son with Max the dog at Igoumenitsa. They had travelled from Corfu on the local ferry to catch us just as we were leaving Greece.

Angeliki and her son with Max

Angeliki and her son with Max

 

Max shows us his fine profile

Max shows us his fine profile

Chinchilla Ollie is one of our smallest and most frequent travellers — this is his third trip with us. Owner Napoleana has now had a baby so their family gets bigger. Nela the dog is flying with the family via Paris Charles De Gaulle, but that isn’t an option for Ollie, so he’s on the road with Animalcouriers.

Cute Chinchilla Ollie, who's quite familiar with the routine of our trips

Cute Chinchilla Ollie, who’s quite familiar with the routine of our trips

Here's a road sign you don't see every day!

Here’s a road sign you don’t see every day!

Man versus food — man (Courier Mike) won this time (well, he managed all the ribs, anyway!)

Man versus food — man (Courier Mike) won this time (well, he managed all the ribs, anyway!)

Beau and Bingo get on board in Spain; Jim, Baxter and Woody join us in France

Animalcouriers collected Beagle Beau from her owner Moe in Marbella. Beau and Moe have enjoyed a lovely summer holiday together, and now it’s time for both to return to the UK.

Our final collection in Spain was Bingo, a lively, friendly young German Shepherd Dog. This cooperative fellow dived into his compartment without a backward glance. He’s heading all the way to Belfast with Ariadne, who’s relocating for work.

We crossed into France and spent the night just outside Narbonne. This morning, Faith brought her handsome tuxedo cat, Jim, to join our trip. Jim is one of our most frequent flyers, and clearly knows the routine of an Animalcouriers trip really well now.

From Narbonne we headed towards Carcassonne to meet Baxter. A poorly stray, Baxter was due to be put to sleep, but fortunately Sam and Maddie stepped in to adopt him. They spent the summer gardening and looking after gites in a small hamlet near Carcassonne and were in the right place at the right time to rescue Baxter. Now they’re heading back to Chester and Baxter’s going too.

Woody from the Tarn is another holiday romance. He walked in the back door of the gite where Simon and his family were on holiday. The children played with him and fed him and within a day, Simon was in touch with us to make arrangements to take Woody back with them to the UK. Woody will stay at a cattery in Calais until his passport is ready for him to cross the Channel.

You won’t hear much from us over the next fortnight as our blog team will be away. Look out for more Animalcouriers travel stories later in the month!

Beau is a very pretty Beagle indeed

Beau is a very pretty Beagle indeed

Bingo with Ariadne

Bingo with Ariadne

Bingo enjoys a riverside walk

Bingo enjoys a canalside walk

Gentlemen Jim settles in to his regular compartment

Gentlemen Jim settles in to his regular compartment

Shy Eva emerges to say hello

Shy Eva emerges to say hello

Rikki sniffs something interesting on the air

Rikki sniffs something interesting on the air

Molly shows us her fine profile

Molly shows us her fine profile

Baxter with Maddie and Sam

Baxter with Maddie and Sam

Gill with Woody — she has a small cattery close to Varens at Milhars and has been looking after Woody since Simon and his family went back to the UK

Gill with Woody — she has a small cattery close to Varens at Milhars and has been looking after Woody since Simon and his family went back to the UK

Super cute Woody

Super cute Woody

Jet-setting cats and dogs take to the skies

Over the summer Animalcouriers has helped pets travel all over the world. Airfreight destinations have included Australia, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the US and Zimbabwe. Here are some of their stories.

Bouncy four-month-old Giant Schnauzer Max flew with BA to Bahrain. We collected this gorgeous pup from breeder Ferncliffe Schnauzers in Lancashire, and he homeboarded with us until his flight. Delmon Pets Relocators in Bahrain helped us with the paperwork. There was a slight hitch with Max’s move — when BA cargo-handling staff were loading him onto the aircraft, they went through their meticulous checklist and discovered the cargo hold’s heating wasn’t working, which of course meant Max couldn’t fly. So he had to be offloaded and wait for the next day’s flight. BA arranged for the him to stay at the Heathrow Anima Reception Centre. Fortunately, the next morning all went well, and Max was finally able to meet his new family.

Handsome Cocker Spaniel Mitchell’s move to Singapore went a little more smoothly. His owners flew ahead of Mitchell to search for a home with plenty of dog-walking opportunities. In the meantime, Mitchell stayed with Animalcouriers so that his health check, parasite treatments and export paperwork could be completed.

German Shepherd Dog Sonny flew with Emirates on their direct service from Newcastle to Dubai. Animalcouriers arranged his import and export paperwork, and had his travel box delivered to the airport. Owner Liz was able to check him in as she was travelling on the same flight.

Gorgeous Birman cats Pablo and Bacci are quite the globetrotters. They moved to the UK from Australia a couple of years ago, and have now headed off to South Korea. A very vocal pair, they told the vet all about their lives while he completed their export certificates. The chatter continued during their stay with us and the drive to Heathrow for their flight to Seoul. Gina at The First Class Pet reported their safe arrival in Seoul. We wonder where they’ll be off to next…

Another globetrotting cat is Matty, who we first met when her family relocated from London to Rio de Janeiro. Sadly her companion Sophie is no longer with us but Matty, at the grand old age of 19, has just moved back to Canada with her family after living in the UK for a while. Like Pablo and Bacci, Matty didn’t stop talking the whole way to Gatwick airport with courier L. Owner Janet let us know that Matty had arrived, saying:

“Matty arrived yesterday safe & sound, and still very vocal! She seems to really like her new home, we’ve not let her outside yet until she’s accustomed to where she lives… Thanks so much for helping us move again! Hope this is the last move for us! It feels great to be here!”

Since we brought cute Jack Russell Jack to the UK from the south of France, he’s been boarding at Burntwood Kennels. He’s due to fly to Australia to join his family in early September. Various blood tests must be done before Jack can travel to Adelaide, so we took him to the vet for blood samples to be taken — hence the green plasters in the photo.

Handsome Airedale Spud travelled from Barcelona with us earlier this month and also stayed at Burntwood until his family arrived from Spain. Everyone was pleased to be back together. Lovely Lola is also lodging at Burntwood while her family find suitable accommodation in Abu Dhabi. As soon as her owners give us the go-ahead, we’ll organise her paperwork and book her flight.

Animalcouriers provides a collection and delivery service for pets arriving at the London airports. Among our recent passengers was cat Tilly, who jetted in on Thai Air. Her family came to the UK before her to get her new house ready. Originally from Australia, Tilly has also lived in Hong Kong and New Zealand. We also drove Dachshunds Zoe and Mia, who arrived on Etihad from Abu Dhabi, to rejoin their family in Southampton.

If Max looks surprised in this photo it's because he just tried to lift a heavy bucket, and the water went everywhere!

If Max looks surprised in this photo it’s because he just tried to lift a heavy bucket, and the water went everywhere!

Max's arrival in Bahrain — what a wonderful greeting!

Max’s arrival in Bahrain — what a wonderful greeting!

Max’s owners reported: “He is adorable. He drank water, ate but not much, then got asleep the moment we left him alone.”

Energetic Cocker Spaniel Mitchell

Energetic Cocker Spaniel Mitchell

Mitchell catches a few rays of English sunshine

Mitchell catches a few rays of English sunshine

Mitchell smiling in his travel box at check-in

Mitchell smiling in his travel box at check-in

Handsome Sonny waiting at Emirates Sky Cargo at Newcastle airport

Handsome Sonny waiting at Emirates Sky Cargo at Newcastle airport

Cats Bacci and Pablo checking in at London Heathrow for their flight to South Korea

Cats Bacci and Pablo checking in at London Heathrow for their flight to South Korea

A closer look at one of these gorgeous floofies. Owner Emilia wrote to say: "Thank you for all your help, the cats have arrived and settled very well."

A closer look at one of these gorgeous floofies. Owner Emilia wrote to say: “Thank you for all your help, the cats have arrived and settled very well.”

Maximilian and Rodney flew to Chennai with their owners on Lufthansa. Here they are with Ian from Vet on the Hill. [http://vetonthehill.co.uk/]

Maximilian and Rodney flew to Chennai with their owners on Lufthansa. Here they are with Ian from Vet on the Hill.

Jack on his way back to the kennels from the vet

Jack on his way back to the kennels from the vet

Lovely Lola enjoys a walk

Lovely Lola enjoys a walk

Airedale Spud delighted to be back with his family

Airedale Spud delighted to be back with his family

A happy reunion for Tilly with members of her family

A happy reunion for Tilly with members of her family

One of the darling Dachshunds, Zoe and Mia, en route to Southampton

One of the darling Dachshunds, Zoe and Mia, en route to Southampton

Channel hopping with Jimmie, Millie, Ellis, Dooby, Lluvia and Mikey

While couriers J and M completed their return trip from Portugal to the UK, courier Mike was kept busy with a number of short hops across the channel.

Meryl’s cats Jimmie and Millie were due to join an earlier trip from the UK to France, but a problem with their passports meant their travel was delayed. They stayed at a cattery while their owners went on ahead. Once the passports were sorted, Courier Mike collected them from East Sussex and drove them to their new home in the Lot.

Amanda contacted Animalcouriers as she was struggling to get herself and her Persian cat Ellis home to London. She was flying with Air France flight from Canada to Paris, but needed help to make the final leg of the trip to the UK. Courier Mike collected them when they touched down in the early morning at Charles de Gaulle, and drove them to London via Eurotunnel. Amanda wrote to say:

“Thanks for all your help. It’s been a long day, but Mike was fantastic. I spoke with a lot of couriers and what stood out for me about you guys was your communication — it made me feel confident.”

Anna and her three dogs, Dooby, Lluvia and Mikey, flew from Chile to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport — quite a daunting undertaking. There’s the paperwork to sort, getting to the departure airport, checking the dogs in, then arriving tired and jet-lagged to start the entry process into the EU.

Courier Mike met them at the airport and together with Anna got the dogs and their travel boxes, plus luggage, on board. Then it was a nail-biting time at Eurotunnel as the paperwork from Chile was checked. Fortunately all was well, and Anna and her three hounds are now home in Margate. Anna wrote to say:

“I want to thank you and your amazing team for your wonderful service. Courier Mike was waiting at the airport for me, a sight for sore eyes! I have nothing but praise for him — helpful, courteous, knowledgeable about the whole process, reassuring, excellent with the dogs and an all-round star! He delivered us all safe and sound and made the last leg of a tedious and worrying journey an absolute pleasure! The dogs are all happily settled in our new home and are peacefully sleeping right now.”

Meryl and her husband oversee Jimmie and Millie's arrival

Meryl and her husband oversee Jimmie and Millie’s arrival

Out pops one cat…

Out pops one cat…

…and the next, both ready to start exploring their new environment

…and the next, both ready to start exploring their new environment

Amanda at home with Ellis in London

Amanda at home with Ellis in London

Anna's dogs stretch their legs in France after flying in from Chile

Anna’s dogs stretch their legs in France after flying in from Chile

Anna at home in Margate with (L to R) Lluvia, Mikey and Dooby

Anna at home in Margate with (L to R) Lluvia, Mikey and Dooby

Taking off from the UK for Australia: Doodledogs Bella and Louie, and Timmy the cat

Animalcouriers recently arranged for lovely Labradoodle Louie and beautiful Goldendoodle Bella to fly to Perth, Australia from East Sussex.

Their owners had to return to Australia before the dogs were eligible to enter the country. Dogs must have a series of blood tests before travelling to Australia, including one for rabies at least 180 days before the date of travel.

So Bella and Louie stayed for six months at the wonderfully named Slugwash Kennels & Cattery near Haywards Heath, while Coastway Vets took care of the blood tests and treatments, and Animalcouriers arranged the paperwork and flights.

Bella and Louie flew with Thai via Bangkok to Sydney. After 10 days in quarantine at the Eastern Creek Quarantine Kennels, they completed the final leg of their journey to Perth. Jetpets collected Bella and Louie from the kennels and checked them in for the final flight to Perth.

Owner Tania wrote to say:

“Bella & Louie arrived safely. They were both in good spirits & clearly glad to be home — running around the garden, rolling on the grass & remembering all the smells of home! So good to have them home!!”

We also arranged for gorgeous green-eyed black-and-white cat Timmy to fly to Sydney to rejoin her owner, Breda. Timmy is named after the dog in the ‘Famous Five’ adventures by Enid Blyton. Breda was so pleased when Timmy could finally join her, telling us:

“Thank you so much for looking after Timmy, she is here and loving it!”

A note about Eastern Creek Quarantine Kennels, where Louie and Bella stayed: DAFF (the Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) recently announced that these kennels in Sydney are closing. So after 16 October 2015, dogs and cats will have to fly in to Melbourne to stay at the new quarantine facility at Mickleham Victoria.

Bella and Louie happy at their new home in Perth

Bella and Louie happy at their new home in Perth

Timmy looking very comfortable indeed, at home with Breda in Sydney!

Timmy looking very comfortable indeed, at home with Breda in Sydney!

Sucre from Spain crosses the Channel with us, heading for Wales

On the way back from delivering the fabulous furry family of three dogs and four cats to their new French home in Brittany, Animalcouriers headed to Caen to collect Chihuahua Sucre.

Sucre had travelled from Spain with his owners, but when they reached the port of Caen, it was discovered that Sucre’s pet passport wasn’t valid for entry to the UK. So he had to stay in kennels until the 21-day period after his rabies vaccination had elapsed. Fortunately, the timing worked out perfectly for Sucre to travel back with us to the UK this week.

Courier S and Sucre took the overnight ferry to Portsmouth, then carried on by road to Bristol, where they met up with Sucre’s delighted owners for the last leg of the journey to their new home in Wales.

Sweet little Sucre snuggles down for the journey

Sweet little Sucre snuggles down for the journey

A valiant try for 'longest tongue' but sorry, Sucre, you probably get the wooden spoon!

A valiant try for ‘longest tongue’ but sorry, Sucre, you probably get the wooden spoon!

A very happy reunion in Bristol for Sucre and his owners

A very happy reunion in Bristol for Sucre and his owners

New-style pet passports and other EU pet travel scheme changes from 29 December

Some changes to the EU pet travel scheme come into effect on 29 December 2014. The changes aim to strengthen enforcement across the EU and improve the security and traceability of pet passports.

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We’ve outlined the main changes below and given links to more information.

New-style pet passports

A new-style pet passport is being introduced — but if you already have a passport for your pet, you don’t have to get a new one. Existing passports will remain valid for the lifetime of your pet or until all the treatment spaces are filled.

The new passport has laminated strips covering the pages containing your pet’s details, microchip information and rabies vaccination entries, to help prevent anyone tampering with this information once it’s been entered by the vet. There’s also a page for the vet who issued the passport to enter their contact details, to make it easier to contact them if anything goes wrong.

Rabies vaccinations

New minimum age: from 29 December your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated against rabies. This will help prevent very young pets being moved across the EU.

‘Valid from’ date: you must wait 21 days from the date of your pet’s primary rabies vaccination before it can travel (the day of vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1). In a new-style pet passport the vet will enter the ‘valid from’ date in the primary vaccination entry.

More than five pets

If you’re travelling within the EU and have more than five pets you’ll need to comply with some additional rules (known as the Balai Directive):

  • Travel from a registered premises — this can be your home, with evidence (eg vet records) that it’s where you and your pets have been living
  • Use an authorised animal transporter — a Defra Type 2 authorised haulier with Freight Transport Association (FTA) approval, such as Animalcouriers
  • Register the movement on the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)

Exception: you won’t need to comply with these additional rules if the pets are registered for a show, competition or sporting event, and are more than six months old.

Clearer definition of cat, dog and ferret

The only species of pet animal that can travel under the EU pet travel scheme are:

  • Canis lupis familiaris — domestic dog
  • Felis silvestris catus — domestic cat
  • Mustela putorius furo — ferret

This change is designed to prevent wild animals being moved under rules designed for pet travel, and may affect hybrid animals, such as Bengal and Savannah cats and Wolfdogs. Owners of hybrid animals should get advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) (part of Defra) or local in-country equivalent before travel.

More information

For more information, see:

When do pets travelling in the EU need TRACES in addition to a pet passport?

We updated this post on 9 December on learning that pets travelling more than five days before or after their owners no longer need to follow the TRACES process.

All dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from one EU country to another must have a valid pet passport. In most cases, dogs must be given a worming treatment by a vet between 24 hours and five days of their arrival in the destination country. To protect animals from theft, trafficking and so on, some additional requirements must be met, if the pet is:

  • Relocating from one EU country to another, and travelling unaccompanied by its owner. For example, the pet may be travelling with Animalcouriers by road, while its owner flies.
  • Being rehomed from one EU country to another. Rehoming involves a change in ownership of the pet. For example, the pet may be leaving a breeder and going to a new owner in a different country; or may have been adopted from a shelter by a new owner in another country.

Pets relocating, unaccompanied by their owners

Your pet’s valid passport and microchip registration must show both your old and new addresses. You need to include the following documents with your pet’s passport:

  • A declaration from you as the pet’s owner giving Animalcouriers permission to transport your pet for you to your new address — we provide the declaration for you to complete and sign
  • Evidence that you, as the pet’s owner, are relocating — such as a copy of an airline ticket or boarding pass, or a ferry booking receipt
  • A colour photocopy of the photo ID page from your passport

Pets being rehomed with a change of ownership

Your pet’s valid passport and microchip registration must show its destination address. You (or the organisation sending the pet) need to include the following documents with the pet’s passport:

  • A declaration from you as the pet’s new owner giving Animalcouriers permission to transport your pet for you to your address — we provide the declaration for you to complete and sign
  • Evidence to support the pet’s destination address
  • An ITAHC certificate (export health certificate) generated by the TRACES tracking system — see below

Some departure countries additionally require the departing pet:

  • To have an official adoption certificate from the local municipality or breeder showing that permission has been given for the pet to leave the country
  • To have been neutered before departure

Check with the shelter, breeder or local government vet.

TRACES

Pets that are being rehomed to a new owner in another EU country must be recorded onto the electronic tracking system TRACES by a government vet in the departure country a day or two before the pet leaves. The person, shelter or other organisation organising the pet’s departure must arrange this. The departure address or organisation must be recognised as suitable and be approved by the government vet.

The TRACES entry will generate an ITAHC certificate that must be included with the pet’s passport.

You must inform your nearest Animal Health Office at least 24 hours before the pet is due to arrive. In the UK, this will be an AHVLA office (part of the government department Defra). They will reserve the right to visit the pet up to 48 hours after its arrival.

Each EU country interprets the TRACES rules slightly differently. In the case of pets being rehomed into the UK, for example, the pet must have stayed at its departure address for at least 21 days following its rabies vaccination. You can consult TRACES information published by Defra. You should check the TRACES information published by the government of both the departure and arrival countries.

In line with the TRACES requirements, Animalcouriers doesn’t transport pets who are moving to a new country without a named owner and home to go to.

Sebastian recently travelled with us from the Filozoikos Shelter in Greece to a new home in the UK with Jenny. In accordance with TRACES, he was inspected by the AHVLA office on arrival, and was declared to be a perfect dog!

Sebastian recently travelled with us from the Filozoikos Shelter in Greece to a new home in the UK with Jenny. In accordance with TRACES, he was inspected by the AHVLA office on arrival, and was declared to be a perfect dog!

Emmi, Bear, Callie and Soggy leave the UK; Huxley arrives; and Phoebe settles in

Animalcouriers drove to Cornwall to collect tabby cats Tips and Emmi, and Labrador/Great Dane cross Bear. We met up with Tips and Emmi near beautiful Redruth, where they have been staying at the Sun Valley cattery, a lovely place that lives up to its name. Once their paperwork and vet visits are complete, they’ll be flying off to join their owners in Singapore.

Bear has been staying with family friends near Tiintagel while waiting to join his owners in Paris. Bear stayed overnight with Animalcouriers and continued his journey to Paris by road the next day.

Beautiful fox red Labrador pup Callie had an early morning check-in at Manchester airport for her Monarch flight to Faro in Portugal. Very quickly after her arrival on the Algarve, she settled in with the family’s other dogs, Tara and Amber.

Soggy has swapped Paris for Perth, flying with Qantas from London Heathrow. He was living with his family just outside Paris until July, but they had to be in Australia before Soggy’s entry paperwork was complete. So his owner found him a foster family in her native Scotland who completely fell for his Golden Retriever charm. Animalcouriers took him to the airport and he’s now spending 10 days in quarantine kennels at Eastern Creek in Sydney, before being reunited with his family.

Handsome young Huxley flew into Gatwick airport from Ibiza. By lunchtime he’d cleared customs and was ready to continue his journey with Animalcouriers to be reunited with his owner in east London.

Meanwhile, we heard from Liz that her cat Phoebe, who travelled with us from France to the UK before flying with Emirates to Melbourne, is doing well:

“My son and I picked Phoebe up from Spotswood Kennels. She did not know me at first, but I sat in the back of the car with her and slowly it dawned on her who I was; inasmuch as fondling my fingers through the cat basket and purring loudly and continually during the journey home of an hour plus. Since being home she has explored everywhere, even jumped on the edge of the bath to look inside. I am really impressed with Animalcouriers and wish I’d found you earlier. Caring and efficient are the first words that come to mind. I will always recommend you and a huge ‘thank you’ for being there in my hour of need. Spotswood Quarantine are delightful too.”

Tips was originally a feral cat and isn't too keen on being picked up. But with a little gentle persuasion and some light stroking she settled in to her travel compartment for the journey

Tips was originally a feral cat and isn’t too keen on being picked up. But with a little gentle persuasion and some light stroking she settled in to her travel compartment for the journey

Emmi was very calm and took travelling in her stride

Emmi was very calm and took travelling in her stride

Little Border Terrier Ted became great friends with gentle giant Bear while he was staying

Little Border Terrier Ted became great friends with gentle giant Bear while he was staying

Irresistible pup Callie

Irresistible pup Callie

Callie with Tara the Spaniel and Amber, another fox red Lab

Callie with Tara the Spaniel and Amber, another fox red Lab

Ten-year-old Soggy

Ten-year-old Soggy

Handsome Huxley

Handsome Huxley

Phoebe well and truly settled in

Phoebe well and truly settled in