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Transporting cats from France to the UK

Courier Richard recently made a couple of trips transporting cats from France to the UK.


Grizzly (so named because as a kitten he looked like a little bear) and his family have swapped Marseille for London. Owners Jane and Ian had to leave Marseille before Grizzly could travel, so they asked their neighbour Eric to take care of him. But Grizzly must have heard we were on our way, because he disappeared! Jane flew to Marseille in the hope of luring him back, but there was no sign of him. So our courier left empty handed.

Fortunately, the second attempt was more successful. When Grizzly reappeared, we advised Jane to ask for him to be kept indoors, even though he loves to go out hunting at night. Once we knew he was safely contained, courier Richard went to call for him.

Jane told Richard that Grizzly had a bit of a history of going walkabout. One time he was away for two years! As an unneutered Tom, he doubtless often has romance on his mind. Everyone felt that a quick snip might curb Grizzly’s wanderlust…

On Grizzly’s arrival in London, Jane sent an email saying:

Grizzly arrived with Richard last evening. We are thrilled to have him home with us and I just wanted to thank you all and most especially Richard, who was fantastic throughout the whole trip. I can’t praise the service you have given us enough and will always thoroughly recommend your caring and professional service. PS: please tell Richard that Grizzly is booked in at the vet on Monday to be neutered!

Grizzly's owners Ian and Jane, with Grizzly's caretaker Eric, seeing him off

Grizzly’s owners Ian and Jane, with Grizzly’s caretaker Eric, seeing him off

Handsome rogue Grizzly

Handsome rogue Grizzly

Transporting cats from France: head rubs from Grizzly as Jane welcomes him home

Head rubs from Grizzly as Jane welcomes him home

Ellie and Sweep

When Joan and Terry discovered that the plans they’d made to transport Ellie and Sweep had fallen through, they were relieved that Animalcouriers could step in to help get this adorable (but camera-shy) twosome to the UK. They’re staying at a cattery in Norfolk while Joan and Terry tie up the final loose ends in the south of France.

Joan and Terry wrote to say:

Courier Richard arrived at exactly the time he said that he would. He was kind, courteous and helpful. We cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and for all your help in what has been a really stressful time. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who wishes to have their animals transported.

Joan and Terry saying 'au revoir' to their beloved cats

Joan and Terry saying ‘au revoir’ to their beloved cats

Jing Jing and Tomas

Gorgeous rescue cats Jing Jing and Tomas have been living in China with Laura and her husband. Now Laura’s husband, who works in CGI tech for films, has a new job in the UK, so the whole family has moved.

Laura and the cats flew into Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, where courier Richard collected them and drove them via the Eurotunnel into the UK.

Perfect passengers Jing Jing and Tomas

Perfect passengers Jing Jing and Tomas

Did you know the passenger buildings at either end of the Eurotunnel are named after Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens?

Did you know the passenger buildings at either end of the Eurotunnel are named after Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens?

By |2017-05-23T17:31:29+00:00Tuesday, May 23, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport|20 Comments


  1. Timothy Price May 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful kitties.

  2. Clowie May 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I did not know that about the Eurotunnel buildings!

    there are some very handsome cats on this trip. They’d better keep Grizzly in on Sunday night!

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Let’s hope they don’t change them after the divorce 😉 Grizzly is such a gorgeous hunk, he needs to be persuaded to keep out of harms way.

  3. Jovina Coughlin May 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Above and beyond. Great work.

  4. easyweimaraner May 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad Grizzly could go with his owners to London :o) I hope the peeps here never furget the words of Dickesn and Hugo… even when the UK left the EU it’s still europe and our neighbor …. ;o)

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Grizzly made it, finally! He’ll have a few mews with courier Richard if he ever sees him again 😀 We just wonder how quickly the UK will be clamouring to get back into the club?

  5. GP Cox May 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Beautiful animals. So well-loved and so well-cared for! Good job!

  6. dogdaz May 23, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I always learn a little on your trips. Thanks

  7. onespoiledcat May 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Oh I’m glad to hear that Grizzly’s “desire” (!) to wander might be curbed a bit after his surgery…’s a dangerous world out there! Everyone else looks perfectly happy and I’m sure there will be smiles all around when the reunions happen!

    Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Indeed. In our experience, older, entire males settle very quickly, even if they pile on the weight 😉

  8. Sheila Morris May 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    We always wish safe travels for you and your passengers as you journey around Europe.
    The travelers today are marvelous!!

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sheila. All our travellers have interesting stories but we love Grizzly’s 😉

  9. becomingcliche May 24, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Good news for Grizzly!

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      We’re not sure he’ll view it that way for a day or two 😉

  10. Lavinia Ross May 24, 2017 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I Love the sign for the Eurotunnel buildings!

    These are handsome kitty passengers, and I am very glad to hear Grizzly will get the snip. 🙂

    • Animalcouriers May 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it a wonderful sign — hopefully we can remain on as friendly terms after the ‘divorce’.

      We didn’t dare publish this post until after the fateful day, unless Grizzly got wind… 😀

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