As you’ll know from our previous blog, the Greek authorities have implemented some new paperwork requirements. They now need additional papers from UK adopters that provide proof of ownership of dogs and cats adopted in Greece.

Animalcouriers is a UK Government-authorised animal transporter. Our licence and our van certification to carry pets have been passed by the Greek authorities. It’s our policy never to transport pets that don’t have a forever home to go to — we would never knowingly take animals to the UK whose future isn’t assured.

The Filozoikos Shelter is a registered charity, recognised by the Greek authorities and approved to export pets. Animalcouriers considers Filozoikos and its UK support group, Friends of Filozoikos, to be very competent organisations. They have a clear rehoming policy to ensure the best match between dog or cat and adopting family, and will take animals back into their care if things don’t work out. All the animals looked after at the Athens shelter receive the best possible care.

Nine Lives Greece, also a registered charity, takes a very responsible approach when rehoming their cats to the UK. A team of hard-working people in the UK supports adopters, provides advice, and will take back cats if a rehoming doesn’t work out. In Athens, the local team’s work around the streets is relentless. Cats are fed and cared for in situ, and there’s a well executed neutering programme. Only cats that would be unable to fend for themselves are taken in by Cordelia and her team.

Both charities balance good working policies and practices with a high degree of caring. The people involved take a close interest in every dog and cat they rehome, and follow their progress once they leave Athens — it’s like family.

Animalcouriers hopes this latest hitch will have a good outcome — we have no wish to go against the tide of progress that seems necessary if good forever homes are to be found for so many unwanted cats and dogs.

It's a very loving environment for every dog, old and young

The Filozoikos Shelter is a very loving environment for every dog, old and young

The shelter looks after so many clearly homeable dogs who have no homes to go to

The shelter looks after so many clearly homeable dogs who have no homes to go to

This is Soraya, an older dog, sporting a smart Burberry jacket — each dog at the shelter receives the best possible care

This is Soraya, an older dog, sporting a smart Burberry jacket

Carmel has been at the shelter for over two years — Martha says the problem is that no-one wants a black dog

Carmel has been at the shelter for over two years — Martha says the problem is that no-one wants a black dog

Sweet one-year old Bruno had plenty to say as we collected Millie

Sweet one-year old Bruno had plenty to say for himself

Pitt is a big softie — he knew we were admiring him as we walked around

Pitt is a big softie — he knew we were admiring him as we walked around

Smart new puppy pens, courtesy of a donation from a legacy

Smart new puppy pens, courtesy of a donation from a legacy

And a new office, too! Modest but perfect for the job

And a new office, too! Modest but perfect for the job