Moving a pet internationally can be a little stressful. Not everyone will agree and will say “it’s not that stressful” and/or “your pet will be fine”. But when you crunched for time, the best way forward is working with a pet traveling agency.
Why spend all that money on a cat?
We’ve come a long way and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her behind. I made a promise to look after her the day I adopted her. The “find her another home” thought did cross my mind, but my heart would never allow it. Having her here has helped comfort heartache when homesickness kicks in – and trust me there is, has been and will be, a lot of it.
When should you start preparing your pet?
Moving a pet is quite a bit of prepping and can be done yourself. It’s important to know that you’ll need to start a minimum of 3 months prior to your departure. Preparing in time means you could leave together. Read about all the paperwork, vet visits and injections in this article.
Travel Agency – Pet Passport
We worked with Pet Passport and I’m so glad we did!
After receiving quotes from a few pet travel agencies, Duncan and his team at Pet Passport were the most helpful and economical company to work with. It was the best decision we made for Ohana. They were absolutely amazing and most importantly, Ohana arrived safely in our arms.
Duncan assisted us with the entire procedure. He was always willing to answer any questions and reassured me on all my concerns. Everything worked out perfectly. They made Ohana’s move super easy – worth every penny. They handled all the paperwork (including the docs needed for customs in The Netherlands). All we had to do was pass Ohanas’ paperwork from the Animal Hotel to customs on the day of her arrival. The best part was we got to take her home immediately – no quarantine time!
How did Ohana emotionally and physically arrive in The Netherlands?
My biggest concern was not being able to communicate exactly what was going to happen to her. If only it was easy as, “Ohana, this man is going to put you in a wooden crate to keep you safe while you fly halfway across the world to meet us at your new home”. There are so many horror stories floating around on the internet of how things can go horribly wrong – do yourself a favour and NOT Google it! These occurrences happen once in a blue moon (even though they shouldn’t).
After the paperwork was approved, the friendly staff at the animal hotel got Ohana from the back. As she was being carried, she heard and recognized our voices and started calling out to us. Ohana was all over us the second she climbed out of her box! A very, very special memory.
Emotionally and physically Ohana handled everything just fine – I was quite surprised. She was a little frightened on our way back from the airport, but once we got home she was her old self again. She was so happy she forgot about all the trauma. The only change was her deep and manly meow – I admire her perseverance sometimes, but meowing 11 hours straight did do a little damage to her vocal chords (her poor traveling neighbours). All was well a week later.
All in all, I would highly recommend trying everything you can to make sure your fluffy friend sees the world with you. There really aren’t any words that can describe how awesome it is having Ohana here with us. It’s definitely worth it.
|Day 01 in The Netherlands : )|