Hopefully stories like this are about to end on Jan 1st when the new rules come into force. After that date it is much simpler to import an animal into the UK. With any luck the airlines should start to charge the same as they do to fly a pet into Germany and Holland which is about £30. We have even had animals sent to Holland for $30 or £40 and then collected them from Amsterdam and driven them back. I have brought many animals into both the UK and Germany over the last ten years and have been lucky enough to revisit most of them and seen how they are living with their new families.
julesx2, Our Cat did the same to us. You can read her story HERE. She has cost us lots over the years but how can anyone ever even think about the cost when a family member is involved? She is sometimes a pain but aren't your children? Whatever, she is now our cat,no matter what it costs and we love her lots. She will be going back to England with us next month for the 14th time and is looking forward to a merry Xmas and happy new year. (and she just loves that Xmas dinner).
Message posted by kenny boy on 14 October 2011 at 11:27pm - IP Logged
Hi Graham, thats lovely and what a beautiful cat she is,
Message posted by julesx2 on 14 October 2011 at 11:50pm - IP Logged
Here elizajay Im passing you some tissues!!!
Graham you right about my kids!! The dogs are far less trouble and I really hope your cat enjoys her Cristmas dinner, she deserves it. Do you really think the airlines will lower the price of transporting dogs? I have a feeling they wont. I believe airlines will still use the agents and they are what costs they big money!!
Our loulou who got her name from a knickname my Greek friends gave her (little flower) has her paws well and truly under the carpet (or wood floor) she rules the house or so she thinks. I think she still remembers her Corfu days, she loves to bury things and that must come from her time on the streets. She also startles easily so I think was often shooed or chased out of various places but also loves the sunny days where she will lie flat out on the decking and bask in the sunshine for hours.
I really hope Sadie can get to Germany quickly and find happiness with her new family!!
Message posted by janmanessi on 15 October 2011 at 12:34am - IP Logged
geordielass- agree and wish it could have been posted earlier- I only found out about it the other day and was spurred to action by your post.
As someone who is not connected with any animal welfare organisation myself it seems to highlight the need to all the groups to work together as there is so much that needs to be done, and united they could be a real force.
My friend who works with the Ark has over 30 dogs (plus a few cats) at her house at any one time (lucky to have a sympathetic landlord and neighbours). She has taken over 80 dogs to the airport this year, nursed others at home, and is at the vet several times a week with others. She pays a couple to help her look after them, and also hosts volunteers who come in the summer. Her whole life is bound up with the animals, but there are only so many hours in a day.
Maybe if information was shared, and everyone was aware of other organisation's specific needs (which are constantly changing) everyone could help each other. After all the aims are the same.
I know that there have been many occasions where one organisation has helped another, but in the interests of efficiency, and the animals, surely a more regular stream of communication could help.
Message posted by Dasia on 15 October 2011 at 5:59am - IP Logged
Jules, what an inspiring story, all that trouble and expense but you ended up with a sweetie of a pet. Hopefully she will eventually understand the food will keep coming and she doesn't have to bury things! Just sad to think of all the other ones with equally winning personalities--or slightly annoying ones, like my formerly stray desperate mom-cat turned prima donna--still looking for homes...
Graham, is that your cat in the Sconto bag in your avatar picture? I've always enjoyed that pic.
We haven't travelled to Greece via Germany since Air Canada started flying directly to Athens, but if we do I'll keep dogs like Sadie in mind. Though now I know there's an organization bringing greek dogs to Canada. I think I'd feel better bringing a dog to my final destination, so as not to have to worry if no one came to claim him or her when I had to get on a connecting flight.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 15 October 2011 at 7:19am - IP Logged
jan I do not work for an animal charity. I am an individual who works together with animal organisations who have helped turn my area of Corfu into a much better place for animals. My own fund raising pays for sterilisations and with the help of C.A.R.E and Tierhilfe-Korfu they are rehomed (in Sidari/Peroulades alone we rehome 80 dogs a year). Cats and dogs are sterilised every week, worming tablets and flea products are dished out even to locals if they help stop an animal suffering and as I speak Greek I try to educate, to change attitudes to animals. I have been in Corfu 30 years and I have seen a lot of change in attitudes in that time. All the work your friend from the ark is doing, so are Graham and Angela from Agni and Cheryl from C.A.R.E and Marjorie in Lefkimi. It would be nice if they could all sit down and have a chat about what info they have etc but in the real world its action that helps not words. In my case I have a business to run. My work with the animals is completely voluntary, I fit it in amongst everything else and do the best I can from a health point of view. I am grateful that the help of C.A.R.E and Tierhilfe-Korfu has made such a difference in giving many of my dogs a home.
I am looking forward to next year when its easier to adopt and take to UK as most of our tourism is UK based in Sidari, I already have started plans for that...
Message posted by geordielass on 15 October 2011 at 10:27am - IP Logged
Geordie lass, do hope you manage to get the dog to Germany!
It would be good though if the various organisations could link up sometimes, my friend from The Ark often says how good that would be as a united group stands much more chance of being listened to by the local bureaucrats and it would also show that there are a number of Greeks involved too which always helps, but agree, action is what is important.
You are right though, attitudes have changed a lot for the better in the last 30 years, but seeing the number of fluffy little white dogs abandoned, presumably when their owners discover that they are not just cute toys but need training and being cared for there is still a long way to go!
The good thing in Holland is that the animals are never actually owned by their new family, the animal welfare organisation monitors (as Graham T-A does also) to ensure that all is satisfactory, an extra safeguard for their future happiness.
Dasia- do not think you would have to worry about being landed with a dog if transiting, certainly in Holland a representative of the animal welfare organisation that the 'Corfu end' is working with is at the airport as well as the adopting/fostering family, sure the same goes for Germany
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