The EU uses an electronic system called TRACES to legally and reliably track the movement of pets being rehomed from one EU country to another.

At the moment, however, the Greek government won’t issue TRACES certificates.

This means that Animalcouriers can’t currently transport cats and dogs from rescue centres in Greece on behalf of adopters in the UK or any other EU country. (We can, however, transport pets who are relocating with their existing owners from Greece and have valid pet passports.)

For the time being, if you want to adopt a rescue animal from Greece, you have to go to Greece yourself and accompany your adopted pet out of the country. (That’s what Hans and Erica, the Dutch couple who adopted Greek rescue dog Danai, did.)

We (and many others) hope that this just a temporary measure and that the certificates will soon be available again. After all, they are an EU directive and all member states should fall in line — including Greece.

Danai with Erica in the Netherlands

Danai with Erica in the Netherlands