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Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

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Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:09 am

Does anybody have any information about bringing pets to BG? We would like to hear of the experiances of anybody who has done this. We know about Pet Passports etc. Also does anybody know of any good boarding kennels? These appear to be very thin on the ground in BG. Any help would be appreciated.
Cheers Hermann

 

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:45 am

hi there we brought our two dogs and cat over from england without any trouble. we used a company called airpet suppy based at heathrow. they collected the pets the day before.then flew them over. we didnt have any problems at all. please send me a Pm with your email and i will give you all the details.

 

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:42 pm

Hi Saskia

How about a post on the subject so everyone can see it as i know people want to bring there pets with them

Darren Varna

 

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:08 pm

We brought two cats over in February and came up against almost no problems. Call DEFRA (phone details on their web site) and they will tell you what paperwork is needed. The pet passport scheme does not yet work in Bulgaria but the requirements are not a lot different to import animals. Find a local vet who is licenced to cary out the process and he will give you the necessary paperwork.
We originally intended to bring the cats over on our own flight with BA. This would have been the cheapest way - you just turn up at the check-in with them in a suitable carrier. As it happened, they had to travel a couple of weeks later so a relative took them to the live cargo area at LHR. They were delivered to the receiving shiper's office near Sofia airport after the papers had been stamped. Didn't take long.
By all means use a specialist shipping agency but if you are within shouting distance of LHR you will find it more cost effective to do it yourself.
Good luck

 

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:25 pm

old reply now edited

 

Last edited by saskia7 on Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:59 pm; edited 1 time in total

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels, animal freighters

Post Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:42 pm

It is totally easy to bring your pets in. I did it by crossing Europe with my two dogs in the car. They could have had rabies and bird flu for all anyone took any notice of them.

Take care with animal handling companies at HR. I used James Cargo to collect mine when they came in from the US and deliver them to my mother, near Newcastle. On delivery, the man let one of them out of her crate in the street because he couldn't be bothered to wait for my (big strapping) son to come back out to lift the crate into the house. !!!!!! After a terrible and traumatic journey - imagine! Of course, she bolted. She had never been to the UK before so there was no question of 'finding her way home.' I was in Bahrain at the time. Can you imagine my distress? HoneyBear was finally trapped 17 days later about 20 miles away by a wonderful dog warden who responded to the many flyers and adverts which my poor mother put out in the region. HoneyBear was skeletal and had a tear across her nose which has never fully healed and comes open in sunny or wintry weather (like now). Even when healed, it is pink, not black, having lost the skin layers with the pigment so it is an almost constant discomfort for her. James Cargo went to every length possible to abnegate responsibility, even alleging that my son told the guy to let HB out in the street and finally trying to intimidate me with lawyers. I fought them for almost a year, (on my own), and finally got 'compensation' exactly equal to the amount their 'service' had cost me (650 pounds) but not including the several hundreds of pounds spent on phone calls to and from the middle east, my mother getting taxis to 'sitings' of HoneyBear (she doesnt drive), and vet fees.

I should mention, we had the most fantastic help and support from Jane, the proprietor of doglost.co.uk

 

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Re: Bringing pets, and boarding kennels

Post Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:05 pm

Hi, we are moving to VT next year can you tell me how you took your dogs over and what route you took and how long it took you, also any advise would be great .
Thanks

 

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