To be totally honest I really don’t understand the confusion, as the ‘rules’ are very clear (in my view) and aren’t open to interpretation.
PETS Scheme: when the reason for the transport is because of a change of circumstance to the owner i.e. moving house, going on holiday.
TRACES: when the reason for the transport is because of (or will result in) a change of ownership for the animal.
Thought a few scenarios might help, but first let me reinforce our position as a pet transporter:
It is NOT our responsibility to ensure the correct scheme is used.
We WILL ensure that the requirements for each Scheme are available on the site before you before you make your booking, and we will ask you to confirm that you have booked under the correct scheme.
We WILL ensure that the paperwork is correct for the appropriate scheme BEFORE we put the pet on the van.
We WILL NOT do your TRACES for you, or facilitate it being done.
We WILL ACCEPT your word i.e. that you have selected the right scheme for your pet.
When to use the PETS Scheme
The animal is registered in your name, in the country where you currently live, and you want to take it on holiday with you, or take it with you when you move to another country.
The animal is registered in your name, in the country where you currently live, and you want it transporting to a friend or family member in another country who WILL NOT become the new owner or sell it on, for a specific period time while your circumstances change i.e. holiday, preparing to move home, receiving treatment for an illness.
When to use TRACES
You have recently adopted the animal, and the microchip is registered in your name, but you do not live in the same country as the animal, and the animal needs to be transported to you.
You have recently adopted an animal, and have travelled to collect it and will take it home with you.
You have agreed to foster an animal from another country to give it a better chance of being adopted and finding a forever home.
The pets owner has recently died and you (as a family member) have agreed to look after the pet and it is being transported to you in another country.
And remember …….. IF you are not taking your own pet with you and require it transported under the PETS Scheme then a) it can only be done by an approved transporter (Airline, Ferry or Transport Company such as ALStrays with the necessary Certificate (Vehicle) and License (Driver)), b) you will need to provide the transport company with a Declaration giving them permission to transport the animal and c) the transport must take place within 5 days of you signing the Declaration.
So ….. it is not allowed to ask a friend to transport your pet in their vehicle for you as they are not an approved transporter
Have your say …… PLEASE feel free to leave your (or a hypothetical) circumstance as a comment below and we will happily comment back with which is the correct transport scheme.
And yes …… I have little doubt that we have been duped in the past and will be again in the future, but knowing and proving are two different things and there really are so many scenarios where it is simply impossible todo anything other than trust the booking form.