on the road with Animalcouriers

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|16 Comments

The One Show β€” 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

Red kite chicks fly from England to Spain

Animalcouriers is very proud to be involved in a conservation project to fly red kite chicks from England to Spain. A project that started 30 years ago It's a wonderful and extraordinary story that started more than 30 years ago. At that time, young red kites were brought from thriving populations in Spain to England, to boost the British numbers which had declined to just 42 breeding pairs. That project was so successful β€” the most successful raptor restoration project in Europe β€” that there are now more than 6,000 breeding pairs in Britain. So now that Spanish numbers have [...]

By |2022-07-01T09:36:08+01:00Friday, June 24, 2022|wild bird air travel|12 Comments

Travelling with pets to and from France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Malta and Portugal

Our couriers have been on the road, travelling with pets to and from France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Malta and Portugal. Along with lovely dogs, we've had the pleasure of transporting a parrot and a tortoise! Dorian and Olive, 2 pets from the UK to France As Paul and his family were close to setting off for France, they realised their pets needed special certificates to be able to leave the UK. That's because both Dorian β€” an African Grey Parrot, and Olive β€” a Hermann's Tortoise, are CITES listed. So that the family could head off as planned, Animalcouriers homeboarded [...]

By |2022-06-21T10:36:49+01:00Tuesday, June 21, 2022|home boarding, pet transport, pet travel by road|15 Comments

Catching you up on recent pet road travel in Europe

Here's a little round-up, catching you up on recent pet road travel in Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the UK. Stitch, a dog from the UK to Spain JosΓ©'s French Bulldog Stitch, who's travelled with us before, made the journey with courier Paul from the UK to Barcelona. Stitch is a handsome fellow Stitch reunited in Barcelona Amanda, a dog from Spain to Scotland Darling Amanda hopped on board in Barcelona, en route to Edinburgh, where owner Mariana was waiting for her. Amanda enjoying a walk along the way A happy reunion [...]

By |2022-06-15T11:32:15+01:00Thursday, June 2, 2022|pet transport|6 Comments

Pets travelling by air and homeboarding

Some of the pets we transport by road fly in from abroad. Other pets start their journey in the UK and fly out to destinations like the Cayman Islands and Singapore. In some cases, we offer homeboarding for outbound pets β€” especially puppies and kittens like Stella, Walnut and Whisper (below), for whom the socialising nature of a home environment is often preferable to a kennels or cattery. Major, a dog from the Cayman Islands to Scotland via Paris Bonnie's beloved dog Major couldn't fly direct from the Cayman Islands to the UK because the Animal Reception Centre (ARC) at [...]

By |2022-06-17T08:23:28+01:00Wednesday, May 25, 2022|pet air travel|5 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 β€” two dogs and three cats β€” 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 [...]

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