Catching up with some of our first post-Brexit pet travellers

It's time to catch you up on some of our first post-Brexit pet travellers to continental Europe, the US and the Cayman Islands. We've also been busy on the road in the UK with puppies and a cat. Tiger and Jezebel, 2 dogs from the UK to the Netherlands Lovely Tiger and Jezebel were our two first pet passengers post Brexit. They travelled with us from the UK to the Hague to rejoin Jonathan and family who've relocated. Jonathan wrote to say: "Thank you so much for the excellent service you and the team have provided! Very happy with how [...]

By |2021-02-17T10:48:43+00:00Wednesday, February 17, 2021|Brexit, pet travel, puppies|8 Comments

When is VAT payable on pets entering Great Britain?

Clients are asking us: when is VAT payable on pets entering Great Britain (GB)? We're not VAT experts, but have consulted with our customs agents to try and help our clients understand the post-Brexit situation. Below is a summary of the situation as we understand it (but note that it's evolving), provided simply as a service. For definitive, up-to-date information, please check the UK government sources listed at the end. Note that Animalcouriers cannot complete VAT-related paperwork on behalf of our clients. Repatriating family pets to GB If your pet left the UK with you and is returning to the [...]

By |2021-02-10T10:10:49+00:00Wednesday, February 10, 2021|pet transport, VAT|24 Comments

Buying a puppy? Your 3-point checklist to spot a dodgy dealer

The pandemic has led to a lot of people buying a puppy. Puppies are often sold online, and plenty of respectable breeders make their sales this way. They may not be Kennel Club registered or have their own websites, but they are caring and honourable and do all the right things when it comes to homing their lovingly bred puppies. Unfortunately, however, there are also dodgy dealers and wholesalers in the puppy market who are acting illegally. Using online channels they try to sell: Puppies that are a different breed or pedigree from what's advertised Puppies that have been stolen [...]

By |2021-01-27T10:02:20+00:00Wednesday, January 27, 2021|puppies, puppies and kittens|13 Comments

Behind the scenes at Animalcouriers β€” keeping pets on the move

Now that we've turned the page on the challenging year that was 2020, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak behind the scenes at Animalcouriers. It's also an opportunity for our directors to give a shout out to the whole team, who've shown phenomenal dedication, creativity and even courage to keep pets on the move. Our office team. When Covid struck, our office team β€” Lesley, Theresa and Natalie β€” had to become used to working from home. They've worked flat out, dealing with an increase in enquiries that often finds them at their desks in the evenings and [...]

By |2021-01-02T16:04:37+00:00Saturday, January 2, 2021|Covid-19, pet travel, red tape|22 Comments

Christmas crackers for six cats in Carcassonne

Almost the final special delivery of the year, Animalcouriers delivered six cats in Carcassonne. It was just in time for a happy Christmas reunion with their owners, who've relocated to France from Colchester in Essex. A lovely, laid-back group, the cats travelled well. Once settled in, their owners sent us some splendid photos of their so-called 'little monsters'. Pandemic-related restrictions have made it a challenging year for everyone β€” and uncertainty around the implications of Brexit has added to the complexity for many people. We've been impressed by our clients' patience, fortitude, and determination to do the right thing by [...]

By |2020-12-24T12:30:52+00:00Thursday, December 24, 2020|animal transportation, Merry Christmas, pet travel|24 Comments

Post-Brexit pet travel β€” Defra update

The information in this blog post has been superseded by the details in our post-Brexit travel pageΒ and Brexit travel FAQs page and the Defra website. On 16 December a Defra update was issued about post-Brexit pet travel. The good news is that the UK has been granted part 2 listed status by the EU. This means that dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to EU countries from the UK won't need a blood test and a three-month wait after a rabies vaccination. However, from 1 January 2021, UK-issued pet passports (issued under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) won't be recognised by [...]

By |2021-01-20T10:09:21+00:00Friday, December 18, 2020|Brexit, pet passport, pet travel|12 Comments

Trips with gorgeous puppies and kittens

Over the past few weeks we've made a number of trips with gorgeous puppies and kittens, as lockdown-related travel restrictions made it difficult for owners to do their own collections. Bella, a puppy from Swansea to London Nicki contacted us when Wales entered lockdown, which prevented her from collecting new puppy Bella herself. Courier Richard did the honours and delivered Bella to her happy family in London. Beautiful Bella at her new London home Yitzhak, a kitten from France to the UK Erhi was on the waiting list for a kitten from a breeder in France, and asked [...]

By |2020-12-16T11:33:58+00:00Wednesday, December 16, 2020|Covid-19, kittens, puppies, puppies and kittens|27 Comments

Catching you up on recent pet transport news

Here we are catching you up on recent pet transport news, with tales from Sardinia, Spain, Italy, Greece, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Millie and Tia, 2 dogs from Sardinia to Nottinghamshire These super girls belong to Laura's aunt, who had to return to the UK from Sardinia for health reasons. Laura asked us to collect Millie and Tia from Patricia, who's been caring for them, and bring them back to the UK. Courier Paul picked them up and took the ferry from Sardinia to Barcelona, then continued the journey by road to the UK. Tia behind, [...]

By |2020-12-14T11:22:12+00:00Monday, December 14, 2020|pet transport|8 Comments

Reuniting dogs with their owners in Italy

Having rested after their round trip to Berlin, couriers J and M set off on a journey reuniting dogs with their owners in Italy. On the way back to the UK, they had dogs, puppies and a very talented cockatiel on board. Ollie and Joe, 2 dogs from West Sussex to Tuscany Adorable Jack Russell Terriers Ollie and Joe travelled with us for a reunion with Debbie and David in Anghiari, in the Tuscany region. The couple are living in a rental property while they renovate their nearby new home. On the way to Italy we spent a night [...]

By |2020-11-23T11:25:21+00:00Monday, November 23, 2020|pet travel, puppies|21 Comments

A trip to Berlin with cats and a dog

We recently made a trip to Berlin with cats on their way to rejoin their owners. Having delivered them safely, we rounded up our passengers for their journeys to the UK. We have to say, the names of all the pets on this trip were some of the best! Edgar and Loki, 2 cats from the UK to Germany Having started their journey in Manchester, Carolina's delightful feline duo travelled with us to Berlin and a happy reunion. A warm welcome for Edgar and Loki Rascal and Mischief, 2 cats from Berlin to London We were pleased to [...]

By |2020-11-19T11:59:12+00:00Thursday, November 19, 2020|pet travel by road|25 Comments
Go to Top