So, you're tempted to
take one home with you ...
Often people fall in
love with a stray animal they 'adopt' for the duration of their holiday
and ask how you would go about taking a dog or cat back to the UK.
this has been a seriously
long term and expensive business, on average, taking about 7 months and
costing the best part of £2,000. However, from 1 January 2012 the
UK's Pet Travel Scheme fell into line with the rest of the EU
and the whole process became much quicker and cheaper.
said that it still costs hundreds of pounds to transport an animal so
if you are tempted think it through very carefully and be
absolutely certain before making any kind
of commitment. It's easy to get carried away while you are on holiday
there are also many rescued animals in the UK who desperately need
homes and they
would be much more immediately available and economical to adopt.
However if you are seriously
tempted here are the facts.
The animal needs a passport to travel and the process is as follows:
worth noting that in 2016 Thomson Holidays recognised KATs as a
registered charity and is consequently able to offer more competitive
prices for transporting adoptions.
it must be microchipped. A passport will be issued at the same time.
it needs a rabies injection.
- The blood test and 6 months quarantine are no longer necessary.
- After the rabies injection there is now simply a 21 day waiting period before entry to the UK.
- Before the animal can travel the vet will need to treat it against tapeworms. There will no longer be any mandatory treatment for ticks.
vet will prepare and issue the necessary paperwork and the
treatment has to be administered no less than 24 hours and no more
than 120 hours (5 days) before entry into the UK.
arrangements then need to be made. Only certain transport companies and
routes are approved to carry animals and direct flights from the island
are only possible in the tourist season. Out of season planes go via
Athens. You also need to buy an airline approved "sky kennel"
that will allow the dog to stand upright with head erect whilst in
- Generally, you will pay a price per kilo of the dog and kennel
combined (though some companies will ask a flat fee regardless of size). You need to do your research.
(£400 instead of £600 for a dog
and £200 for additional animals travelling under the same name). 39
animals were adopted using this incentive in 2016 with a further 10
adopted in Holland as flights there cost only €60.
For further information
on approved routes, quarantine regulations & the Pet Travel Scheme
go to the Defra website - www.defra.gov.uk
|Approximate costs (in
in Kefalonia per week (approximate)