I have two main problems. Finances and fear of him being flagged. I also have no idea how customs works and I feel COMPLETELY intimidated by everything.
I hear going by sea is cheaper but I can't figure any of that out. It seems like there's a lot of hidden costs that would really hurt. Plus booking space on short notice seems to be an issue but I can make calls to find out about that x
I saw someone say they only paid $200 per pet. HOW? I'm facing flight costs of $1475. That doesn't include off the plane transport. My dog is a snub nosed breed (boxer/cattle dog) so I'm apparently limited in what airline I can use. How can I do this cheaper? How likely would I be to get away with taking him on a train from Heathrow to Lowestoft?
Would a smaller airport in England be a better option instead of Heathrow?
Can I wait at the airport to get him myself or do I have to pay someone to transport him from the airport to my husband's house? How long does that take if I can wait for him so I can have my transport planned in advance safely?
How does customs work? My dog is SUPER friendly but I don't know how he would respond to the flight. I worry about nerves causing aggression and I would with any dog x Do they get them out of the crate or do I?
How do you pay the customs costs and how much is it? I've been getting different answers on this that make me nervous.
On being flagged. My dog's mix makes him look a certain way that may get him labelled a dangerous type. He's not. He's fairly small though (35-40 chubby lbs) and I'm told that will exclude him from being flagged as a dangerous type on it's own.
If he passes American customs, will he pass England's? If he gets flagged, how likely would it be that he get exempted?
And are there any organisations that assist with transport costs for pets so owners don't have to lose them? Or any that help with exemption costs should it come to that?
Thank you in advance xx I hope I was coherent xx
Hi TTU, I'm going to have a go at answering some of your questions but with the disclaimer that it was 3 years ago that I brought my cats over so some things *may* have changed.
Travel by sea, seems to be ideal but from what I understand, the kennels book up more than a year in advance and there is a waiting list for cancellations. This may not be suitable for your situation but you could always give them a call. https://ask.cunard.com/help/fleet/kennel_info
To get the approx $200 price tag, you would have to fly via continental Europe and travel the rest of the way by land/sea. The reason is that animals flying into the UK must travel as manifest cargo whereas they can travel as excess baggage into Europe. It's essentially the same for the dog, it's just the paperwork and price that're different.
When flying into the UK you can only enter via a handful of airports, those with animal reception centers. As far as I know there is no difference, I've heard good things about all of them. You would just wait until the animal was cleared and then you could take him on from there. No need to pay for him to be delivered.
I'm sorry I can't help with the dangerous breed questions. Were they not able to help you on the doggy forums?