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 [...]

Stop press: people fleeing Ukraine can now bring their pets to the UK

This blog post was updated on 21 April 2022. The UK government has put emergency support in place for people fleeing Ukraine so that they can now bring their pets to the UK. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) issued a press release late yesterday, 15 March. Key points: The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is providing quick approvals to expedite the emergency licence process and quarantine arrangements. The government will cover the costs of any necessary stays in quarantine for the pets of those fleeing Ukraine, as well as the costs of microchipping and vaccination. [...]

By |2022-05-16T09:46:52+01:00Wednesday, March 16, 2022|pet travel, quarantine services, war in Ukraine|15 Comments

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 |2022-04-11T16:37:01+01:00Sunday, March 13, 2022|animal rescue, Ukrainian pet transport, war in Ukraine|15 Comments

Information for people leaving Ukraine with their pets

The situation for people leaving Ukraine with their pets is evolving. Poland, for example, is allowing all pets into the country, whether or not they have microchips, rabies vaccinations or any form of pet passport. Other EU countries are accepting pets at border crossings and many are taking the same approach as Poland. They're making exceptions to their usual rules about dogs, cats and ferrets needing microchips, rabies vaccinations and pet passports. In some cases, the arrival country is microchipping and vaccinating such pets on arrival. IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is responding to the situation in Ukraine by providing emergency animal aid to the country. It's also gathering [...]

By |2022-03-13T11:06:30+00:00Sunday, March 6, 2022|animal rescue, war in Ukraine|17 Comments

Free road transport for Ukrainian family pets from Poland

The information in this blog has been superseded. Please see Information for people leaving Ukraine with their pets. Animalcouriers is offering free road transport for Ukrainian family pets from Poland to the UK (or to other selected locations on the route, such as Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris). Our idea is to transport pets for owners who've had to leave Ukraine and are making their own way to the UK (or to other destinations on the route). For all pets, we need to know what veterinary records are available. For dogs, cats and ferrets, we need to know if they have microchips and current [...]

By |2022-04-21T08:44:40+01:00Friday, March 4, 2022|animal rescue, war in Ukraine|20 Comments

Collecting gorgeous dogs in Greece

Last month couriers Shane and Anthony made two trips collecting gorgeous dogs in Greece for their journeys to the UK. 8 dogs from Lemnos to the UK These delightful dogs from the Lemnos dog shelter travelled with us on behalf of Starlight Barking to their new homes in the UK. Cute little Romeo Shy Salome, who was born at the shelter five years ago, when her mum was rescued on the brink of starvation. Adorable Matilda Stunning Gordon, a recent arrival at the shelter, found tied to the fence one morning. A smart, [...]

By |2021-06-02T11:57:54+01:00Wednesday, June 2, 2021|animal rescue, pet transport|13 Comments

Catching up with pets travelling from Greece and Italy to the UK

Here we are catching you up with pets travelling from Greece and Italy to the UK a few weeks ago. Couriers Glenn and Shane had the pleasure of transporting all these lovelies. Ivan, a dog from Athens to Milton Keynes Poor Ivan had been dumped in a bin with three other puppies. When he was found, he had a head injury, but he was lucky enough to be rescued and nursed back to health. We transported this handsome fellow to new owner Sara in Milton Keynes. Ivan saying goodbye to his rescuer Ivan at Igoumenitsa port, where [...]

By |2021-04-17T15:05:52+01:00Saturday, April 17, 2021|pet travel|14 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

Relocating Rowena’s cat family from London to Lincoln

When Rowena decided to relocate from London to Lincoln, she asked us to take care of moving her cats. We arranged to collect them just before the removers came by, and deliver them to their new home once Rowena got there. Rowena has 16 cats, all of which are rescues that she couldn't resist helping. She's moving to a big house in Lincoln with a large garden, where the cats will be very happy indeed. We managed to catch 13 of the 15 she wanted us to take. One of the missing is feral: he played his own version of [...]

By |2020-11-13T12:36:52+00:00Friday, November 13, 2020|pet transport|24 Comments

Pets travelling to the UK from Greece

Couriers Glenn and Shane headed to Greece to collect pets travelling to the UK. A long passenger list meant that two of our vans were needed to get everyone on board. On the way to Greece courier Glenn stopped in Italy to deliver American Bulldog Nina, who travelled from Manchester. She was so excited to see owner Domenico that she ran round in circles for quite some time! Glamorous Masha travelled with us from Essex to Crete, where Debbie and Ken were waiting to roll out the red carpet for her — and were kind enough to [...]

By |2020-10-08T10:01:35+01:00Thursday, October 8, 2020|animal rescue, animal shelter, pet transport|24 Comments
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