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.