When a puppy or kitten is ready to leave their breeder for their new home, it’s usually best practice for the owner to collect their new pet themselves. However, the current UK lockdown is making a lot of these journeys difficult or impossible. Owners understandably don’t want to wait, and some have been asking Animalcouriers to collect puppies and kittens on their behalf.
We’ve taken advice from Defra, the RSPCA and the Kennel Club, all of whom agree it’s best for young puppies and kittens to go to their new homes once they’re ready, so that they can be properly socialised into their new families.
All three organisations have approved Animalcouriers to undertake these trips.
As well as prioritising the health and safety of our couriers, we’re following strict animal welfare and Covid-19 guidelines for puppy and kitten transport:
- We transport each puppy or kitten individually, in a sterile, cleansed pet box or compartment
- We aim to complete the transport in one day (if the mileage is extreme, we will discuss)
- We adopt strict social distancing on meeting breeders and handing over pets to their new owners — our couriers expect to stay safe while working
We’re doing our best to meet requested collection and delivery deadlines, but ask our clients to be flexible to help us work as efficiently as possible.
“Just wanted to say thank you so much for organising the collection and safe delivery of Willow. We had almost resigned ourselves to the fact that our new puppy would be several months old before we were able to get her. That was before we found your website, so once again, thank you.”
Sue and David
Read about puppy and kitten trips on our travel blog
Courier Ricardo headed to Wakefield in West Yorkshire to collect six Tibetan Terrier puppies from breeder Heather. As a responsible breeder, Heather usually insists that new owners collect their puppies in person. Under the Covid-19 lockdown, however, she knew this wasn't possible. So she contacted Animalcouriers, as we are Defra-registered hauliers, to [...]