As we get ready to start the scheduled pet transports between Spain and the EU and UK, and with this Saturday being International Homeless Animals’ Day it seems a good time to point new cat owners in the direction of this guide from Sainsbury’s Bank offering advice and tips for new cat owners.
So another year has flown by and we have now had Tigra (aka Tiggy) for three years!
Still as nutty as the day we got her, she does everything at 100km per hour. Once she knows you she is very loving and friendly, but she is nervous around people at first and really doesn’t like children (can’t say I blame her!!).
She would like to play with the cats more but still hasn’t worked out that she is a tad too large and boisterous for them!
He is only three months old and weighs just over 3kg. He was found close to death in a bin in Cadiz.
Sands and I had recently decided that we wanted to get a puppy to join Teo and Tigra, for a number of reasons:
- We wanted a younger dog to play more with Tiggy.
- Marti in particular grew up with a dog as a best mate so we wanted to get a young dog while he was still young to see if they would become friends
- Having adopted Toby, and then Marti we wnated to keep the balance looking to the future of having a similar aged dog!
Found as a two week old kitten in Almeria this lovely fella had been in three foster homes before he came to us. We were first made aware of him a month or so before we adopted him, as he was living in a foster with a dog, who unfortunately died. Marti loves dogs and we had been hoping that Sophie would be a play friend with Tigra. We had decided to adopt Marti but when we rescued Tobi we thought one was enough, but felt a tad guilty and figured that Tobi would like a play mate so the rest as they say is history!!!
They are without doubt getting stricter, or to be accurate more thorough, at the Pet Passport Control at Calais when we take the Shuttle to the UK on our pet transport runs.
I have absolutely no issue with this, although I would like to see more consistency as what one inspector will pull you up on, another will let go, and as a result it is taking longer for the message of the ‘right way’ to filter down to rescues, vets and individuals transporting their pets.
The new Pet Passports very clearly state that when applying the rabies vaccinations in the vets Stamp & Signature box it must at least include name, address, telephone number and signature.
This was a new requirement when they introduced the new passports so a lot of the vets stamps do not include this information, so it is not being added to the passports.
This has never been an issue to us regards rescue animals going under TRACES as the inspectors at Calais only check the validity of the TRACES Certificates, but for PETS Scheme animals it can be an issue if not completed correctly.
On our latest transport we encountered a very thorough inspector who noticed the vets stamp did not have the address and telephone number. Fortunately because we had a number of pets from the same owner all their passports had the same vets details in the front (with address and phone number) and the same stamp on the Rabies, Worming and Clinical Examination pages so they accepted the passports, but did issue a Waiver Notice confirming what needed to be done.
So please, rescue or owner, check that the vet fills in your passport correctly as we can’t take animals with incorrectly completed passports.