Animalcouriers is just back from channel hopping with TaTa, a little dog who started life in Russia and now has a forever home in Scotland. Tata’s story prompted us to look back at some of the other pets who’ve hopped the Channel with us over the past year.

What is channel hopping?

We developed this cost-effective, same-day service for transporting pets (and often their owners, too) from northern France, Belgium or the Netherlands to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. It’s particularly useful for pet owners who are:

  • Flying in from outside the EU. Pets aren’t allowed to enter the UK by air as excess baggage or in the cabin; instead, they must arrive as ‘manifest cargo’ which is quite expensive. Landing at Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam instead of a London airport, and making the final leg of the journey via Eurotunnel with us, is a more affordable solution.
  • Transiting to the UK via a Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam airport, but the connecting flight can’t take pets. For example, it may not have space for a very big dog or a large family of pets. We can collect and transport the pets while their owners catch their connecting flight to the UK.
  • Flying on a private plane that’s not allowed to land at Gatwick or Heathrow. We can meet a private plane at an airport on the northern French coast and transport the pets to the UK, while their owners complete their journey by air.
  • Travelling with an emotional support animal or a pet that needs special handling by its owner. We can meet owner and pet at an agreed location and make the journey to the UK by Eurotunnel.

TaTa, a dog from Northern Cyprus to Scotland via Brussels

Our most recent channel-hopping client is Dachshund TaTa. Courier Richard met this little darling at Brussels airport. Her life began in Russia, and took her to Northern Cyprus, where she ended up in the excellent care of our old friends at Kyrenia Animal Rescue.

Now TaTa has a permanent home in Scotland, so she flew from Northern Cyprus via Istanbul to Brussels, where we collected her for her channel hop to the UK and her new life with her loving new family.

Channel hopping with dear little TaTa

Dear little TaTa

Teal, a dog from Afghanistan to Wiltshire via Paris

Just last month we met Mike and Teal, a search and rescue dog, at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Teal and Mike were on active duty in Kabul, where they were blown up and left very shaken. Mike credits Teal with saving his life, and sponsored the dog’s journey to the UK for a restorative stay at a farm in Wiltshire.

Splendid Teal checking in at Eurotunnel

Splendid Teal checking in at Eurotunnel

Teal settling in at the farm for a rest

Teal settling in at the farm for a rest

Cleo and Atticus, cats from London to Paris

When Aline and Boris relocated from London to Paris, they wanted their beloved Burmese cats to make the journey in one day — and we were happy to oblige. Aline saw Cleo and Atticus off in London, and Boris was waiting to receive them in Paris.

Aline seeing Cleo and Atticus away

Aline seeing Cleo and Atticus away

Sammy, a cat from New York to London via Paris

Gorgeous Sammy and owner Julia drove six hours to New York’s JFK airport for their flight to Paris CDG. Courier Richard was on hand to scoop them up and drive them to London for a reunion with Julia’s husband AJ.

Wide-eyed Sammy

Wide-eyed Sammy

A happy reunion for Sammy, Julia and AJ

A happy reunion for Sammy, Julia and AJ

Sunny and Oscar, dogs from China to Surrey via Paris

While working in China, Tim adopted Sunny and Oscar from the streets. Tim overcame all the paperwork hurdles to bring his dogs back to the UK with him. All three flew in to Paris CDG, where we collected them and drove them to their new home in Surrey.

Channel hopping: Tim with his beloved dogs

Tim with his beloved dogs

Jack, a dog from Liberia to Bristol via Brussels

Ben fell in love with cute little Jack in Liberia and decided to bring him back to the UK. Ben was lucky enough to have access to professional support in Liberia to prepare Jack for the move; and Animalcouriers advised him on the final paperwork Jack needed to enter the UK.

Jack travelled as accompanied luggage on the same flight as Ben as far as Brussels, where they landed at 5am. We were there to collect Jack while Ben dashed off to catch his connecting flight to Heathrow. We brought Jack into the UK via Eurotunnel and drove him to Ben’s home in Bristol.

Channel hopping: Meeting Jack and Ben at Brussels airport

Meeting Jack and Ben at Brussels airport

Jack arrives at his new Bristol home

Jack arrives at his new Bristol home

Season’s greetings from the Animalcouriers team

And now it’s time for us to say a massive thank you to all our good friends, faithful followers, and fellow bloggers, for all your support and interest over the past year.

We wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to catching up with you all again in 2020.