The Parthenon — Athens

on the road with Animalcouriers

Over 30 dogs and cats travelling from Greece to the UK

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.

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…

With a rest day to spare before setting off, there was time to visit the Parthenon…

…meet Heracles, son of Zeus…

…meet Heracles, son of Zeus…

…spot a lion basking in a tree…

…spot a lion basking in a tree…

…and chat to a few street cats

…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

Lynne arriving with her two cats

This is Grey…

This is Grey…

…and this is Smudge. After a spell living in Greece, the whole family is returning to Swansea in Wales.

…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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Erin and Paris arrive for the journey

They're travelling with us to Surrey

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.

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

Lyn’s family of three cats are on their way with us to the UK

This is mama cat, Katie…

This is mama cat, Katie…

…and her ginger-and-white son…

…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.

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

Another of Eleni’s dogs, Kassiopeia

And Kalypso makes three

And Kalypso makes three

Nine Lives Greece arrived with two kittens and a cat who've been adopted by Michelle in England

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

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.

Kittens Max and Marshall fell asleep almost immediately! We think Michelle will have great fun with these three.

By | 2017-11-27T18:27:40+00:00 Sunday, November 26, 2017|animal rescue, pet transport|34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Timothy Price November 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Wow! That is quite a large array of travelers. And you even saw Hercules.

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      It’s an enormous number! Yes, surprising who you bump into in Athens.

  2. Jovina Coughlin November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    That is a whole lotta passengers to mange. Good job.

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Logistics seems to be a rather handy skill set at the moment!

  3. Curt Mekemson November 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    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

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      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.

  4. onespoiledcat November 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    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

  5. gbak02 November 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks to animalcouriers for that, i wait my boy Trooper here in UK, been here more than 1 year miss my boy..

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Can imagine your excitement. Trooper is a gorgeous fellow!

  6. GP Cox November 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    The animals travel better than I do – and i suppose they deserve it more too!! 🙂

  7. Sheila Morris November 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    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…

  8. becomingcliche November 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Whoa, that’s a busy trip! Katie’s daughter fills up her carrier nicely!

  9. tootlepedal November 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    What a cargo. Your couriers looked very depressed about having to sit around in the sunshine to make their plans!

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Yes, that’s always the hard part of travelling to Greece,

  10. natjtan November 27, 2017 at 12:25 am - Reply

    30 passengers! There’s going to be some singing!

  11. Marty the Manx November 27, 2017 at 2:46 am - Reply

    What a big group of travelers! Safe travels and happy tails for all those who are getting new homes!
    Luvs
    Marty

  12. easyweimaraner November 27, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    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…

  13. Clowie November 27, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I wish all a pleasant trip!

    There’s something very regal about Nino. I believe he thinks he’s a lion!

  14. saymber November 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Luna looks much like a cat I had named Kiki – Kiki had two golden eyes however. Safe travels to all of you! 🙂

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Kiki was lucky to have two golden eyes. Luna is lucky full stop!

  15. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy November 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    What a huge trip – sounds like a (wonderful, adorable) handful!

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Considering how many passengers there were, it was surprisingly ordered and calm 😉

  16. greg-in-washington November 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Seems to be a very busy time of year!

    • Animalcouriers November 29, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      It is and now Christmas is coming and everyone wants their babies home in time!

  17. Boomdeeadda December 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    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

  18. Lavinia Ross January 2, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Luna is a very lucky kitty!

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