The Calais 5 from Ukraine are free and home at last

The Calais 5 from Ukraine — two dogs and three cats — have at last reached their new UK homes. Animalcouriers collected these five pets in Warsaw on 21 April on the strength of a phone conversation with the UK government's Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), who assured us they would be granted licences to enter the UK. However, by the time we reached Calais with dogs Ricci and Leia, and cats Snowy, Scruffy and Toffee, all the UK's quarantine spaces had been allocated. So the pets weren't allowed to cross the Channel to the UK. Disappointed to say [...]

Collecting Ukrainian pets in Poland and Germany

Animalcouriers is just back from collecting Ukrainian pets in Poland and Germany for their journeys to the UK. Also on board were a dog and two cats relocating from Estonia to the UK. Viva! in Warsaw We travelled out from the UK with pet food donations for Viva!, an organisation that's doing amazing work supporting Ukrainian pets as they arrive in Poland. We dropped the supplies off in Warsaw before heading to Estonia. The lovely team from Viva! Poland said: "Big big thanks to Animalcouriers who donated a big van full of dog and cat food this morning. It will [...]

By |2022-05-16T09:31:07+01:00Tuesday, April 5, 2022|animal rescue, war in Ukraine|19 Comments

What Ukrainians who want to bring their pets to the UK need to do

Updated 27 April 2022. For the latest UK government information about bringing Ukrainian pets into the UK, see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bringing-your-pet-to-the-uk-from-ukraine Animalcouriers is here to help Ukrainians who want to bring their pets to the UK understand what they need to do. For eligible pets, we're offering free pet transport to the UK from Poland, Austria and some other countries. What you need to do first Before you start the process to get your pets into the UK, you need to meet one of the following criteria: You've received your UK visa You can prove you've applied for your UK visa You [...]

Our first Ukrainian pet passenger, Funtik the chinchilla

Animalcouriers recently transported our first Ukrainian pet passenger, Funtik the chinchilla. Funtik and his owner, Daria, fled from Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion. They crossed the border into Poland and made their way by train to DĂĽsseldorf in Germany, where Daria has a family member. There, Funtik received a clean bill of health and was issued with a small animal export certificate, allowing him to travel to the UK. Courier Anthony collected Funtik in DĂĽsseldorf and brought him to the UK, while Daria hopped on a flight in order to be ready to greet him. Funtik has [...]

By |2022-05-23T12:01:26+01:00Sunday, March 13, 2022|animal rescue, Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|15 Comments

Information for people leaving Ukraine with their pets

The situation for people leaving Ukraine with their pets is evolving. Poland, for example, is allowing all pets into the country, whether or not they have microchips, rabies vaccinations or any form of pet passport. Other EU countries are accepting pets at border crossings and many are taking the same approach as Poland. They're making exceptions to their usual rules about dogs, cats and ferrets needing microchips, rabies vaccinations and pet passports. In some cases, the arrival country is microchipping and vaccinating such pets on arrival. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is responding to the situation in Ukraine by providing emergency animal aid to the country. It's also gathering [...]

By |2022-05-23T12:01:58+01:00Sunday, March 6, 2022|animal rescue, war in Ukraine|17 Comments

Free road transport for Ukrainian family pets from Poland

The information in this blog has been superseded. Please see Information for people leaving Ukraine with their pets. Animalcouriers is offering free road transport for Ukrainian family pets from Poland to the UK (or to other selected locations on the route, such as Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris). Our idea is to transport pets for owners who've had to leave Ukraine and are making their own way to the UK (or to other destinations on the route). For all pets, we need to know what veterinary records are available. For dogs, cats and ferrets, we need to know if they have microchips and current [...]

By |2022-05-23T12:02:38+01:00Friday, March 4, 2022|animal rescue, war in Ukraine|20 Comments

Collecting gorgeous dogs in Greece

Last month couriers Shane and Anthony made two trips collecting gorgeous dogs in Greece for their journeys to the UK. 8 dogs from Lemnos to the UK These delightful dogs from the Lemnos dog shelter travelled with us on behalf of Starlight Barking to their new homes in the UK. Cute little Romeo Shy Salome, who was born at the shelter five years ago, when her mum was rescued on the brink of starvation. Adorable Matilda Stunning Gordon, a recent arrival at the shelter, found tied to the fence one morning. A smart, [...]

By |2021-06-02T11:57:54+01:00Wednesday, June 2, 2021|animal rescue, pet transport|13 Comments

Pets travelling to the UK from Greece

Couriers Glenn and Shane headed to Greece to collect pets travelling to the UK. A long passenger list meant that two of our vans were needed to get everyone on board. On the way to Greece courier Glenn stopped in Italy to deliver American Bulldog Nina, who travelled from Manchester. She was so excited to see owner Domenico that she ran round in circles for quite some time! Glamorous Masha travelled with us from Essex to Crete, where Debbie and Ken were waiting to roll out the red carpet for her — and were kind enough to [...]

By |2020-10-08T10:01:35+01:00Thursday, October 8, 2020|animal rescue, animal shelter, pet transport|24 Comments

Cats and dogs by air from Greece to the UK

Courier J flew to Athens with couriers Mary and Vicki to bring cats and dogs by air from Greece to the UK. At our hotel in Athens, a new litter of stray kittens had appeared since the last time we stayed. This little one soon caught on to the idea of sharing bits of our breakfast. Romeo, Tabitha and Nala from Lesvos Anne Marie adopted this litter of three kittens during a recent trip to Lesvos. Now they're on their way to join her at their new UK home. Handsome Romeo — his sisters were rather camera [...]

By |2019-11-19T10:33:51+00:00Tuesday, November 19, 2019|animal rescue, pet air travel|23 Comments

Can you offer a new home to Clara or Oscar from Greece?

Can you offer a new home to Clara or Oscar from Greece? These two delightful, affectionate dogs have been rescued, taken care of, trained and socialised by Rebecca of Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions. Now, with the cold winter weather approaching, Rebecca is desperate to find permanent loving homes for them. If you're interested in adopting either Clara or Oscar, please contact us at ask@animalcouriers.com Oscar (L) and Clara (R) Both Oscar and Clara are great with people, other dogs and cats. They are in good health, and have up-to-date vaccinations and pet passports — these costs [...]

By |2019-11-14T09:34:20+00:00Thursday, November 14, 2019|animal rescue, looking for a forever home|20 Comments
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