Two Maine Coon cats swap Los Angeles for Orkney

We helped two Maine Coon cats swap Los Angeles for Orkney. Owner Lis started to organise their move from Sacramento to Scotland last June. But the pandemic made it a stop-start process. The cats, Ike and Little Red, were booked to travel more than once, and each time their flights were cancelled. Lis made her move from the US to Orkney in November. In early January, we started working with her in another attempt to organise her cats' journey. Finally, after two postponements, Ike and Little Red touched down at London Heathrow in March. Animalcouriers collected them at the airport [...]

By |2021-04-14T10:21:05+01:00Wednesday, April 14, 2021|pet air travel, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|15 Comments

11 Pointer pups from Pesaro

Animalcouriers travelled to Italy to collect 11 Pointer pups from Pesaro, all heading to families in the UK. The puppies were bred by Luigi and Gigi, who love the German Shorthaired Pointer breed and are devoted to their dogs. All that love and devotion shine through β€” the mother of these puppies was a Crufts winner in her category last year, and all the pups were absolutely delightful. As are Luigi and Gigi themselves, who were super welcoming towards our couriers, Shane and Ryan. Shane told us: "Luigi and his family were outstanding. The place itself was 5 star and [...]

By |2021-04-12T18:34:50+01:00Sunday, April 4, 2021|dedicated trip, pet travel by road|20 Comments

14 gorgeous dogs from the Greek island of Lemnos

Couriers Glenn and Shane travelled to the Greek island of Lemnos to collect 14 gorgeous dogs heading to new homes in the UK. On the way, they delivered a fabulous pair of Ragdoll kittens in Italy, and a chatty cockatiel in Athens. Doris and Zoe, bred by Inese Perova in the UK, travelled with us to new owner Fang Liu in Milan Cockatiel Louis, who travelled with us from London, waiting to board the ferry with us to Athens Our ferry from Italy to Greece On Lemnos Couriers Glenn and Shane with some [...]

By |2021-03-01T09:19:33+00:00Sunday, February 28, 2021|pet transport|12 Comments

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
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