pet travel by sea

Reunion in Switzerland for Mefisto, and we discover a great hotel near Zurich

Mefisto Courier M had the pleasure of reuniting Mefisto with owner Sabina in Zurich. A very happy Sabina with Mefisto Overnighting outside Zurich He then drove to his hotel just outside Zurich, which had booked in advance by the Animalcouriers office. It was dark when he arrived and, after a very good meal, he headed off to bed. The next morning, as he wandered somewhat sleepily into the breakfast room, he was warmly greeted and asked if he'd slept well. Very well, was his reply. "Oh good, so the wolves and the bears didn't wake you up then?" [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:49:20+00:00Monday, April 11, 2016|pet transport, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|20 Comments

Reunions in France, Italy and Malta; and on to Greece

We delivered Karen and Phil's five dogs — Max, Jake, Loopy, Maisie and Poppy — to Les Hirondelles kennels and cattery at Lauzun. The dogs will have a short stay here until their owners catch up with them. The hounds enjoyed a fine gallop around an enclosed paddock, and the kennel owners kindly allowed our other canine passengers to do the same. Max, Jake and Maisie having a good old sniff around the place Missy raring to go From there we headed to Provence to drop off handsome tabby cat Bilbo with his family. We then crossed into [...]

Safely back from Lesvos, and meeting more UK-bound passengers in Athens

Courier J and her seven charges from Lesvos arrived safely in Piraeus Port where they were met by Akis, who runs a pet taxi service. Akis has become a firm friend of ours, and happily obliges all our requests, however outlandish they may seem! True to form, he was a complete hero and disembarked all the dogs into his taxi. He had already met up with Aphrodite and her Rottweiler, Maya, who'd arrived at the port on the morning ferry from Crete. Because of a general strike in Greece, there were no ferries for 24 hours. So the eight dogs [...]

Setting off for Greece, and delivering Rosalina and Nox in Italy on the way

Animalcouriers has set off on what may be the most complex trip we've ever undertaken from a logistical point of view. This is just the start… Couriers M and Mike left the UK on Sunday with Rosalina and Nox on board, bound for Italy. These two very beautiful and regal cats belong to Francesca. After working in London for a few years, she's returned to her native Italy, and we had the pleasure of transporting her beloved pets. Gorgeous Rosalina Moustachioed Nox Francesca delighted to be reunited with her cats The lovely landscape [...]

Collecting a family of dogs, cats and rabbits in Normandy; and heading to Jersey in convoy

While couriers J and M set off with Mal's big family of cats and birds, courier Mike was in the Normandy area collecting a slightly smaller family of pets. Gill and her family have lived on a farm near Calvados for many years, and are now heading back to the UK. They're moving to Dorchester, so not a million miles from their old French haunts! The family's three dogs, four cats and two rabbits are travelling with us. Rosie Pomme is a lovely big German Shepherd Dog, and Dolly is a Burmese Mountain Dog. Completing the canine contingent is little [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:49:36+00:00Thursday, October 29, 2015|animal rescue, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea, TRACES|13 Comments

We leave the UK with three cats; and start our trip back from Greece with 11 dogs, 11 cats, a Macaw and a Chinchilla on board

Couriers M and Mike recently set off on what will be our biggest-ever trip from Greece back to the UK. Luckily we have two vans, each with air conditioning, electrical airflow and comfy compartments for all the pets travelling with us. A few pets travelled out with us from the UK. Gorgeous Gaia and Lulu, a pair of cats who are almost impossible to tell apart, are moving with Eric to Italy. We dropped them at a cattery in Verona for Eric to collect on his arrival. Gaia gives us a wink Lulu has a fine 'milk [...]

Collecting Billie, Sammy, Demetri, Randall and Hector on Lesvos

To collect the first passengers for our UK-bound trip, Animalcouriers took the ferry to the island of Lesvos, where we had a very interesting visit to the Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Agia Paraskevi. The museum was originally a cooperative oil mill set up in 1911, under communitarian principles, to help small olive oil producers. The olives were pressed and the oil handed back to the growers, who could then go to market and could compete with the big boys and get a fair price for their small amount of oil. The mill was eventually closed down in [...]

Arriving in Greece with Beau and Bumble; and meeting some of the locals

Animalcouriers reached the Greek port of Igoumenitsa by ferry from Italy and motored straight on down to Athens to reunite Beau and Bumble with their owners. Meanwhile, courier J flew in to Athens to take over from courier Mike for the remainder of the trip. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at a taverna overlooking the water before waving him off. Not long now before we meet the first of the cats and dogs who're joining us for the trip back to the UK. We got a shady, airy spot on the ferry for our van, which meant the dogs [...]

Delivering Jasper, Daisy, Milly and Booby in Greece; and Monte, Scotty, Atlas, Baloo and Vali get on board for the UK

When Animalcouriers arrived in Greece we were disappointed to find the car ferry timetable for our proposed route to Skiathos, to deliver Daisy and Jasper, had been changed! So with a bit of quick thinking, we decided that courier Mike could take the two cats on the Flying Dolphin seacat, while courier J stayed behind in charge of the van. Quite an adventure for these two curious cats, but they took it all in their stride and were delivered safely to their owners Siobhan and Stu. When we delivered little Yorkie Milly to Bruno and his wife, it took her [...]

Renaming our van ‘the Argo’ as we leave Athens with Jason, Hector, Ririkos, Bilia, Boxoh, Dusty, Zarly and Pouca on board

Kiki, Martha, Marguerita and other dear friends, we miss you! The Greek government has placed a halt on the movement of rescued pets out of Greece. So six dogs and cats who were due to travel with us to wonderful new homes in the UK now have to wait — or may never even be allowed to travel. TRACES certificates are a legal and reliable way of recording the movement of rescued and rehomed dogs and cats from one EU member state to another. But sadly for many dogs and cats, Greece has withdrawn TRACES certificates. We (and many others) are [...]

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