Scammers operate in many fields, and the field of animals is no exception. When we realised that our company name was being used by scammers to add legitimacy to their operations, we quickly published a web page of hints and tips aimed at helping people avoid getting scammed. A typical animal-related scam revolves around offering an animal for free — such as a puppy, a parrot or a monkey — via email or the internet, with only the cost of the transport to be paid. The scammer says they will arrange the animal's transport on behalf of the client. The [...]
Dotted about southern Italy are 'masserias' — lovely ancient farmhouses. We stayed in one in Puglia, and it's well worth making the effort to find one of these old working farms. Breakfast consisted of produce made or reared on the farm: eggs, jam, bread, cheese, not to mention five different home-made cakes to choose from. We were greeted by a group of assorted dogs and cats, who seemed somehow to know that our van contained plenty of goodies for dogs and cats to eat. 'If we all look pretty and are ever so welcoming, maybe there will be a snack [...]
Jan and Findlay are the Animalcouriers clients with 33 cats to keep tabs on. So they use a piece of high-tech equipment most of us have only ever seen used in wildlife documentaries to keep track of game animals in Africa. Each cat has a small battery-operated radio transmitter on its collar, each of these has a unique frequency which can be picked up by the receiver that Jan is holding in the photo. Jan and Findlay can find out the direction a cat has taken and roughly how far away it is, which considerably narrows down the area they [...]
When Jan and Findlay found they needed to make a job-related move from the hills outside North Rome to the heel of Italy, they knew that moving house was not going to be a simple as it would be for most of us. This quiet couple have managed to accumulate two dogs, Angel and Sam — and 33 cats, all but one of whom needed to move too. Through their compassion for animals they have been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming cats in their local area for more than 10 years. They have rehomed many litters of kittens, keeping the mums. [...]
Canico, the lucky dog rescued by Ray and Jane, is looking forward to his first British Christmas. He recently contacted Mary and Olof, who looked after him in Spain while he waited for his pet passport, to let them know how he's getting on and just what he's been up to... Woof Woof Aunty Mary & Uncle Olof Something very exciting has just happened — the postman has just come to our house in a big van and brought a Christmas parcel for us dogs and Mum says it's from you — thanks so much. We dogs are very excited [...]
Customers at the Total petrol station in Calais had to step round a little group of ducks who'd taken shelter from a brief snow storm. It was cold, but not freezing...but maybe they know something we don't!
Rendezvous at the Ibis Hotel at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We drove through snow to get there, so when we arrived we were in some haste, as Alexandra had got there early and had been waiting a while for us. Which meant that Flinders was not offered a comfort break outside the hotel...so guess what, he did a huge puddle in the middle of the bar! Such embarrassment as we dashed about looking for serviettes. When a very nice young man in uniform appeared, we explained what the puddle on the floor was. After a fleeting look of total panic [...]
...you might just see a badger or two. Courier R of Animalcouriers is chair of the East Surrey Badger Group. Over the past year, 14 orphaned badgers have come into the care of the Group. With the help of Wildlife Aid, they have created a new social group, raising the orphans together. This has let them get to know each other before their release back into the wild. Badgers are remarkably strong animals with a powerful bite, so moving them is not without its risks. Patience and a sense of humour are essential requirements for the job. Animalcouriers supports efforts [...]
On her journey through the north of England, courier S called in at this petrol station and noticed a different sort of clientele from the run of the mill.
Bob the white Boxer joined the trip at Albufeira in Portugal. His girlfriend Goldie came to see him off with Garry, Lisa and Zoe. There were hearty waves and the odd tear as we drove away.