Very early this morning, 3am to be precise, I crept into the refuge to hand over the first two of this week’s travelers to Home to Home doggy transporters!
The two very lucky doggies were Pocahontas and Sunay who are off to Animal Trust in Belgium . This is not the first time that we have worked with Animal Trust. Lots of our dogs have gone there and just as I visit the UK associations, Darcey has often visited Animal Trust. We know the owner Eline very well and trust her to find super families for our dogs. Their volunteer Sarah is a regular visitor at the Spa Carcassonne whilst she holidays in the area and she too will be eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Pocahontas arrived at the refuge in June 2013 having clearly just had puppies. Goodness knows what their fate was but Pocahonats was a scared, nervous girl. Slowly but surely she gained confidence and I really have no idea why she has waited so long without being adopted. I was delighted when Animal Trust chose her as they have lots more time to work with her as well as really super kennels and exercise fields to play in whilst she waits for her forever hone.
When Sunay arrived in February 2014 we were delighted that he was identified but horrors of horrors the details weren’t up to date on the database! Poor Sunay has had a very long wait! I am sure that this lovely, gentle, tricoloured shepherd cross will be very popular in Belgium and really hope that he doesn’t have long until his forever family appear!
Preparation for their trip began weeks ago when they were microchipped and had their rabies vaccination for their passport. Next was the submission of their TRACES applications to the DSV. Their health check up on Monday, preceded another visit to the DSV to pick up paperwork…phew…then they were good to leave at last!
When dogs travel by TRACES they must travel by a DEFRA type 2 licenced transporter and as most begin their journey in southern Spain, thus the 3am pick up! These transporters do regular journeys transporting 100’s of dogs to new homes in many other European countries. All are strictly regulated and their journey times and stops recorded. The icing on the cake is the fact that they have a trackers so we can see where our doggies are at any given time and how many stops they have had. This ensures that our travelers arrive at their destination in tip top condition and raring to go!
Time will tell who will be adopted first but Animal Trust will keep us updated of their arrival and let us know how they settle down.