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Bringing my dog

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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:22 pm

I shipped my dogs from the US to South Africa and would never do it again!!

First, the dogs must be put through an entire storm of blood tests, health checks, shipping manifests, inoculations, etc. It all then has to be overnighted to SA. Then you have to wait for them to give you the go ahead. They wait until the very last second, giving you only hours to prepare, plan, make reservations and fly your dogs out. Plus, the timing is critical. They must be shipped on a Sunday to get there Monday or they will stay in quarantine for an additional week due to weird logistics. They also must arrive within the week of the blood test approval by the vets in SA. However, since they wait to let you know until the permit is nearly expired it makes for one of the more stressful, frustrating experiences you will ever have in your life.

Second, they have to stay in quarantine for two weeks.

Third, you will receive a call from someone in the receiving dept when your dogs arrive who does NOT speak English. Several people from the airline will call you then hang up then repeatedly call you back causing a mass of confusion, delay, anguish and frustration. It's a fricken circus!!!

Fourth, you will have to pay out for a transport company to deal with all the convoluted and massive amounts of paperwork, flight, cargo and health details. You cannot do this yourself. Even logistics companies are at their wits end and many will simply not work with the South Africans due to the massive amount of arbitrary tests and information they demand.

Fifth, be prepared for your dog to test positive for some completely obscure completely treatable problem, such as a hormone imbalance, and have the tests redone several times while the lab and quarantine fees add up exponentially and your animals languish in quarantine hell.

Much of it is about generating as much revenue as possible from you, some of it sheer incompetence.

Lastly, be prepared, even if you hire a company to manage the whole thing for you, to be left completely in the dark by the vets, airports, gov't, etc. They will tell you that they need to keep your animal but will not tell you why or for how long. You operate in the dark all the time. It's intolerable. It's sadly obvious that the brain drain in this country is a reality.

There is no way I would ever go there or bring my animals there, even though I enjoy the beauty of the country. Nothing is worth the bureaucratic, money grabbing nightmare created by the South Africans.


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