Ukrainian pet transport

A long-awaited reunion with Barsik on Ukraine Independence Day

We were delighted to facilitate a long-awaited reunion with Barsik on Ukraine Independence Day for owner Valya. Valya — who's from Pryluky, about 40 miles east of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv — is staying in the UK with sponsor Ruth in North Yorkshire. Valya's beloved cat Barsik, a handsome tabby, entered the UK on a special licence and had to go straight into quarantine. As a kitten, Barsik had an accident that has permanently affected the mobility of his back legs. But he's adapted well, as animals often do. The cattery where Barsik spent his four months of quarantine [...]

By |2022-09-14T16:02:31+01:00Thursday, September 1, 2022|Ukrainian pet transport, Ukranian pet resources|14 Comments

Reuniting more Ukrainian cats, dogs and a rat with their owners in the UK

We've had the pleasure of reuniting more Ukrainian cats, dogs and a rat with their owners in the UK. At the same time as Nimo the tortoise was travelling with us, our couriers met cats, dogs and a fancy rat called Lili, all heading to the UK to rejoin their families. Here are some of their stories, which remind us all how important our pets are to all of us, how hard it is to be apart from them, and the joy and relief that come with being back together. It's why we're offering free road transport for Ukrainian [...]

By |2022-08-03T15:01:34+01:00Tuesday, July 19, 2022|Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|14 Comments

The One Show — reuniting Nimo the tortoise with his Ukrainian owner in the UK

BBC One's The One Show contacted Animalcouriers for help reuniting Nimo the tortoise with his Ukrainian owner. You can catch the whole story on BBC One on Tuesday 12 July at 7pm BST. We'll be posting more Ukrainian pet reunion stories soon. In the meantime, if you'd like to help us continue reuniting Ukrainian families with their pets (which we're doing as a free service to the families), head over to the GoFundMe page set up by one of our supporters. The abrupt separation 16-year-old Ilia fled from Ukraine to Poland with his mum Natalia, younger brother Roman, aged 10, [...]

By |2022-07-12T10:37:55+01:00Tuesday, July 12, 2022|Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|10 Comments

Ukrainian dog Neo and his family reach Scotland

We were pleased to help little Ukrainian dog Neo and his family reach Scotland. From Ukraine to France via Germany After leaving Ukraine, Snezhana, her son Danylo and daughter Kira spent two months in Cologne, Germany. They were waiting for permission (a special licence) to bring their little dog Neo into the UK, where their sponsor in Glasgow was ready to welcome them. Once they received Neo's special licence, the family made their way to Calais. So that they didn't have to stay in a refugee camp, their sponsor booked them into the Premier Inn for the night. Danylo [...]

By |2022-07-11T11:01:16+01:00Monday, July 11, 2022|Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|9 Comments

Reuniting Cheeta with his Ukrainian family in the UK

Animalcouriers recently helped with reuniting Cheeta with his Ukrainian family in the UK. This dear little dog and his family had a rather upsetting experience before Animalcouriers got involved, but we're pleased to say there was a happy ending. Cheeta and his family initially travelled with an unscrupulous Polish pet transporter who took no notice of the government rules on Ukrainian pets entering the UK. He popped the family and Cheeta into his van for one of his scheduled trips (the other pets complied with the rules for their journeys), and charged them quite a hefty sum for the [...]

By |2022-08-03T15:21:30+01:00Thursday, July 7, 2022|quarantine services, red tape, Ukrainian pet transport|10 Comments

Santa and Persek from Ukraine reach the UK

Santa and Persek from Ukraine reached the UK with owners Tania and Alina. Courier Ray collected this gorgeous dog and magnificent cat, along with their mother-and-daughter owners, at a shelter in Calais and brought them to the UK. Duncan Murray-Clarke, owner of Service Dealer, was on hand to welcome Tania and Alina and their pets Santa and Persek on arrival in Dover. Working with industry partners, Duncan's business has made donations to a number of organisations supporting Ukrainian refugees, including a generous sum to Animalcouriers. Duncan said: "Animalcouriers did this collection free of charge, so we are making a donation [...]

By |2022-06-07T13:28:13+01:00Tuesday, May 24, 2022|Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|12 Comments

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 [...]

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 Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf and brought him to the UK, while Daria hopped on a flight in order to be ready to greet him. Funtik has [...]

By |2022-07-04T09:12:15+01:00Sunday, March 13, 2022|animal rescue, Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|15 Comments
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