Animalcouriers is transporting over 30 dogs and cats travelling from Greece to the UK — one of the biggest transports we’ve organised.
Why are so many pets travelling in November? Many of them are summer holiday romances and rescues adopted by holidaymakers during August and September. They’ve been waiting for puppies to be old enough to travel, or for pet passports to be ready. Naturally, everyone wants to be together for Christmas!
Five couriers convened in Greece at the start of this mammoth trip. Couriers Matthew and Huw are setting off by road with 17 cats and dogs. They’ll collect a few more passengers as they drive through Italy.
The other pets — all dogs and puppies — are travelling by air: five accompanied by courier Becca; another 10 with couriers J and M. We’ll tell you all about them in a separate post.
Planning session in the Greek sunshine. L to R: couriers Huw, Becca, Matthew and M.
With a rest day to spare before setting off, there was time to visit the Parthenon…
…meet Heracles, son of Zeus…
…spot a lion basking in a tree…
…and chat to a few street cats
Road trip with 17 pets
Meet the dogs and cats travelling with couriers Matthew and Huw from Greece to the UK by road.
Lynne arriving with her two cats
This is Grey…
…and this is Smudge. After a spell living in Greece, the whole family is returning to Swansea in Wales.
Also heading to Swansea is Leo, on his way to rejoin owner Rhian. Here he is having a hug with courier Huw.
Maine Coone Nino, who belongs to Alexandra and family, is heading to Eastbourne in Sussex. Everyone’s looking forward to being reunited with him.
Sandra brought little cat Luna to join the trip
Aleksandra found young Luna on a recent trip to Athens. Luna was very ill and missing an eye. Aleksandra got vet care for her and decided to adopt her.
Sandra has been taking super care of Luna until she was fit and ready to travel to the UK. She’s so pleased that Luna has a loving home to go to.
Erin and Paris arrive for the journey
They’re travelling with us to Surrey
Trooper, an Akita, is on his way to Berkshire to rejoin owner George. George’s parents, who’ve been taking care of Trooper, are flying to the UK.
Lyn’s family of three cats are on their way with us to the UK
This is mama cat, Katie…
…and her ginger-and-white son…
…and tabby daughter
This is Maddie, one of Eleni’s three dogs. Eleni has relocated from Lemnos to Kent, but wasn’t sure how her beloved dogs could join her. Fortunately, she came across the Starlight Barking Trust, who were able to advise her.
Another of Eleni’s dogs, Kassiopeia
And Kalypso makes three
Nine Lives Greece arrived with two kittens and a cat who’ve been adopted by Michelle in England
All three are very chilled out in their snuggly beds — this is Daphne
Kittens Max and Marshall fell asleep almost immediately! We think Michelle will have great fun with these three.
Wow! That is quite a large array of travelers. And you even saw Hercules.
It’s an enormous number! Yes, surprising who you bump into in Athens.
That is a whole lotta passengers to mange. Good job.
Logistics seems to be a rather handy skill set at the moment!
I’m impressed, AC! The cats have it on this journey! A number of beauties. That last photo is precious. Made me want to purr and take a nap. Also, great shot of the Parthenon. I always enjoy it when you include photos of the areas you travel through. Thanks. –Curt
Yes, the cats are all darlings. The last shot does make one rather sleepy! We do try to capture as much as possible but some journeys are rather busy or take you through less picturesque landscapes.
That is a HUGE load of travelers this time around – how wonderful that people who found a pet they wanted to adopt in Greece are KEEPING them and bringing them to their FOREVER HOME. I hope everyone is happy in their new towns and countries and thrives once they are reunited with their humans!
Pam and Teddy too
Yup, it was massive! So many rescues 😀
Thanks to animalcouriers for that, i wait my boy Trooper here in UK, been here more than 1 year miss my boy..
Can imagine your excitement. Trooper is a gorgeous fellow!
The animals travel better than I do – and i suppose they deserve it more too!! 🙂
They certainly do get about!
OMG – 30!!!
What a Merry Holiday it is for all of your readers to share these fabulous stories and fantastic furry friends!!!
Safe travels to all of the couriers and their passengers…
Thanks Sheila, it was a hectic time 😀
Whoa, that’s a busy trip! Katie’s daughter fills up her carrier nicely!
Yes, she does seem a little larger than her Mum 😉
What a cargo. Your couriers looked very depressed about having to sit around in the sunshine to make their plans!
Yes, that’s always the hard part of travelling to Greece,
30 passengers! There’s going to be some singing!
Indeed there was!
What a big group of travelers! Safe travels and happy tails for all those who are getting new homes!
It was a huge group!
we love your passengers and we wish you a super journey to the uk… and special thanks to aleksandra for helping Luna… potp and all the besgt to you sweet girl…
Isn’t Luna a lucky girl!
I wish all a pleasant trip!
There’s something very regal about Nino. I believe he thinks he’s a lion!
Thinks he’s a lion? Knows 😀
Luna looks much like a cat I had named Kiki – Kiki had two golden eyes however. Safe travels to all of you! 🙂
Kiki was lucky to have two golden eyes. Luna is lucky full stop!
What a huge trip – sounds like a (wonderful, adorable) handful!
Considering how many passengers there were, it was surprisingly ordered and calm 😉
Seems to be a very busy time of year!
It is and now Christmas is coming and everyone wants their babies home in time!
Wow! That’s a lot of moving parts to organize. You do such amazing work and you’re so good at it ! I love that people in the UK look to rescue animals from Greece. What’s with things there? They certainly haven’t managed the cat population well. Do Greek folk not believe in spay and neutering? Honestly, I’m not sure I could travel there. I might spend the whole time bawling and worrying for every kitty on the street. Here, in Edmonton, all pets, including cats, must be licensed. Your pets, including cats, mustn’t be ‘at large’. Some people still let their cats roam which is really dangerous I think. There’s cars, coyotees, weather and who knows what else. My neighbours mom, who’s in her late 80’s thought I was mean to keep them inside only even though their kitty was run over by a car. It’s a mentality that’s changing I’m glad to think. Cheers! xo Boomdee
Luna is a very lucky kitty!