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pets to canada

Post Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:41 pm

Hi
i'm trying to fly my dogs out to Calgary and was planning on flying with AirTransat via Thomas Cook, alas TCs web site says it does not allow pets between Canada and the UK, I have read on other web sites that they do but you have to book through Canada not UK. Has anyone gone this route and what was the outcome, thanks in advance

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:46 am

Hi Lisa,

We brought two cats with us from London to Nova Scotia via Air Canada a year ago. Its not cheap! We actually came a couple of weeks before the cats on a different airline (BA I think) and in the mean time they were looked after by a company who is based at Heathrow, called Willowslea Kennels via www.airpets.com. They were very good - looked after the cats very well, and arranged the various vet inspections before and after travel. We had to make sure that innoculations were up to date and that they were microchipped. Another reputable company is www.jetsetpets.co.uk.

The cats survived the trip - not happily of course, being cats - and the looks on their faces when we opened the back door to an expanse of cold white wet stuff had to be seen to be believed! They have now acclimatised quite happily, though. They managed to rid our old and decrepit house of mice, and happily spent the summer munching on small rodents outside. Now they have taken up permanent residence on the sofa again, turning up their noses when we try to encourage them to go outside...

My wife did all of the arrangements, but if you have any more questions, let me know, and I'll ask her.

Malcolm

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:01 pm

Hello Malcom:

Thanks for that information about pets being imported into Canada, from the UK.

How is your practice going ?

Jim B.

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:54 pm

Hi on my blog I wrote about taking my two cats from London Heathrow to Cairo, Egypt.

Most of the difficulties are caused by the British regulations so would apply to Canada as well.

I too used Airpets and highly recommend them. I visited the kennels before committing to the act. If you wish to do that, they do a regular bus from Heathrow to their premises most afternoons.

They fetched my kitties from my home a week before the flight (i wanted them on the same flight as me), provided the container (I had a double container so the two cats were together but separated by a wire partition) and made sure all the relevant paperwork was completed and also that the (a) the cats were fit to fly on the day and (b) that the plane was fit for them to fly IN on the day, and they delivered them to the airport 4 hours before the flight.

It cost me £1250 two years ago to bring the kitties via airpets, plus of course the costs of their injections and also the - ahem- commissions payable at Cairo which will probably not be an issue for Canada!

You need to make sure that the injections are all done with at least 30 days before departure but not more than 1 year.

www.airpets.com

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:36 am

thanks Malcolm glad to hear your cats made it to Canada OK and sre now paying back thier airfare by dining on your mice problem.
thanks Parachutingblackbelts2 I have been living in Bulgaria for the past 2 years so I had to laugh when you mentioned the -ahem- commissions payable in Cairo, we go through that sort of thing often, though it is amazing how fast things can get done if you pay the right person.
We will be flying with the dogs so we should not need the services you mentioned but your input is much appreiciated.

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:54 am

If you're flying them from Bulgaria everything will probably go smoothly. I thought you were coming from the UK because you put Yorkshire in your profile Very Happy

It really is London Heathrow that makes the whole thing complicated and expensive. I'm sure you could fly pets to the Moon with less regulations!

 

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Re: pets to canada

Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:05 am

Good luck with everything, Lisa. It is a very stressful (and expensive) undertaking to move countries, especially with animals in tow. We've added a dog to our two cats, and have another puppy likely to join the crew in the next few weeks. Over the coming summer we are hoping to start rearing chickens, and my lovely wife is making noises about goats as well...

Thanks Jim, I'm still very much enjoying being here, and working and living out in the wilds suits me very well. Just got to figure a way of keeping those coyotes out of the chicken enclosure...

Malcolm

 

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