Another Recent Import from the United States, Mr. Baloo is now in the country settling in!!! The Chocolate Labrador is enjoying the cool tropical climate in the Pearl of Africa..
IMPORTING INTO UGANDA!! The two visitors seen here, Tanja and Tiznit were imported into the country recently without glitch. We have been more successful in flying in live animals in the last one or 2 months especially after an airline we closely work with resumed live animal transport...this combined with their top-notch pet hotel at connection midway the journey makes us more confident to import animals. However flights arrive late night deep into curfew time, so immediate home deliveries are not possible. We house them as our guests at our boarding facility at no extra cost and deliver them the next day...refreshed!
Twiga ...(In Swahili meaning: Giraffe 😍🦒...as you can see she is as graceful as an African giraffe from the Kidepo Valley)...was relocated to the United States. The mother had to endure a 6 hour drive down to Washington Dulles to Pick Twiga up plus Mochi & Java the two cats... Everyone is happy at home!
ELLA TO SAN FRANCISCO!! Ella the beaut of a lady seen here recently traveled to San Francisco on the West Coast!! In spite of the spontaneous changes in requirements by the airline just before (☹️) we loaded her onto the aircraft due to Covid-19...she managed to be airborne in time nevertheless and made it home safely! She is happily reunited with her joyous family!!!
KAPA ne PUSI OFF TO THE NETHERLANDS Kapa and Pusi....both words in local dialect meaning cat (hence Cat and Cat😍) were relocated to the Netherlands. Both had the pleasure of keeping each other company by traveling together in the same kennel.
Nyabo and Mzungu to the Netherlands: Mukyala Nyabo (the brown one) and Mwami Mzungu😀 (the white one) where recently relocated to the Netherlands successfully!! All went as smooth as a baby's cheek! Good thing, though an 8 hour flight, it is only one flight without any connections. A wonderful person offered to fly with them as checked so it was easier to organise!!
IMPORTING BRAN FROM UK TO UG DURING COVID One of the most challenging relocations we've done during Covid-19 was the importation of Bran the Ridgeback seen here from the United Kingdom into Uganda. The client had just had a new job posting in the country but due to Covid-19 technicalities, Bran was left behind.The bottlenecks were numerous but majorly; We were deep into a lockdown and there were no flights in and out of Uganda. However Bran was missed dearly and had to come to Uganda. The option, finally was to book a flight from London Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta, Nairobi.. After a day of rest, arrange to drive Bran by road from Nairobi into Uganda. However the border presented a problem since it was literally closed. Already vehicle traffic was a problem with lines of trucks stretching for over 70 - 90 kms on either side of the border in Kenya and Uganda creating a humongous traffic jam... There was a mandatory quarantine and testing for drivers,...then there was a huge strike by long distance truck drivers who had parked (and packed like sardines!) their monstrous machines in the middle of the roads exacerbating the jam! It was utter chaos at both the Busia and Malaba borders! Customs officials/agents, inebriated free lancers and eagle-eyed brokers were looking to make a quick shilling amidst the ensuing chaos! An idea was conjured to drive him from Nairobi to Busia border by our Kenyan colleagues...have him cleared both sides of the border by different sets of people and hand-over to our waiting Ugandan team to drive him (after getting special clearance from Tororo RDC) to Kampala. The drama & inflated egos by customs border staff is stuff for another day! But The Joy of the Re-union is the stuff that keeps us going🥰
BINDI MAKES IT TO THE US Lady Bindi seen here was left behind after an emergency evacuation of the mum a Peace corps volunteer... It took months of planning during the infamous COVID-19 for us to finally make arrangements and together with Ani also from another Peace Corps volunteer in a previous post, they traveled together on the same flights via Amsterdam to the US where they were received in Washington DC by Jannie the mum.
ANI MAKES IT FROM UG TO US The lovely Basenji seen here recently made it to the US... She was scheduled to go many months ago but then the infamous lockdown was slapped upon us... There were no flights out and later the only flight out cost an arm and a leg including other parts!! It was decided that Ani stays with us at Vetluv until the chaotic dust settles... Finally after 7 months plus, she is finally home to her adoring dad seen together here in the photo. We miss her energetic entertaining "antelopic" antics (if the coinage exists)
MIMI FROM UGANDA TO SERBIA One of the farthest relocations we've been involved in is to Southeastern Europe. Mimi, the Bichon Frise seen here (after a haircut! LOL!) was recently relocated to Belgrade Serbia. After a to-and-fro with flights, travel kennel issues etc, she comfortably traveled in-cabin and arrived safely home to be re-united with her mum!! A source of Joy to everyone!
IN-CABIN SOFT CARRIERS! Esteemed pet lovers, we have limited stock of Airline approved in-cabin pet carriers...well suited for cats and toy-breeds or small dogs. Free delivery within Kampala. Need a day's notice for deliveries. Whatsapp: +256 790 23 20 20
OFFLOADING NEW STOCK OF TRAVEL KENNELS New IATA approved kennels have arrived in the country from Europe. Deliveries start tomorrow. Whatsapp: +256 790 23 20 20 Mobile: +256 755 433
COVID-19 UPDATE TRAVEL UPDATE: Dear Clients we just wanted to update you on the current situation especially as far as relocation of our beloved furry friends is concerned; 1. Currently flights & flight times are a bit erratic and may change suddenly subject to decisions taken by the airline 2. Few airlines are accepting pets as cargo. And fewer are accepting pets as checked 3. Average airfreight rates may be generally higher than usual or higher than quoted 4. Flight reservations/bookings and Travel dates are majorly dependent upon availability by the airlines 5. Due to sudden changes in flight dates and departure times, paperwork validity may be affected requiring processing of anew, hence more time & costs incurred 6. Most accredited laboratories are taking longer to process and release lab test results for export. Situation is exacerbated by failure of courier companies to deliver samples due to limited availability of flights We are hoping the situation will get better in august and subsequent months as a couple of more airlines might start accepting our pets on board to various destinations!! Will Keep you posted and Stay Safe!!!
All the way from Kanungu to the United States!!! Nika with a very loving and amiable "personality" made it all the way from the remote but beautiful evergreen and hilly Western Uganda district of Kanungu. She traveled fine without incident and is reunited with family!!
NEW KENNELS!! Just to let our esteemed clients, pet lovers and owners know that we have new stock of travel kennels/crates (Vari/Petmate & Sky kennels). Free delivery within Kampala. Phone: 0755 433 054, 0772 433 054 & 0790 23 20 20 (whatsapp)
LUNA FINALLY MAKES IT TO WASHINGTON!!! In our profession, a hiccup will usually crop-up (do i sound like a Hip-Hop rapper?😎) and that is why we are always prepared for any unforeseen eventualities and a contingency plan is always in place! The lovely Luna was all lined up to fly to the US and all requisite preps had been done to the dot. Hiccup 1: The flight supposed to pick her from Entebbe delayed to come. It was so late that she was never going to make the connecting flight in Addis Ababa. Our first contingency plan is never to leave the airport until our pet is airborne or until we see the aeroplane disappearing in the clouds with our furry passenger on board!. So she was still in safe hands. Hiccup 2: We finally mange to get her on the flight the next day and she arrives in Addis. Live animal flights are cancelled to Washington for the next 2 days and that means she has to stay in Addis Ababa until she can fly on the 3rd day (Covid, Covid whoever brought you😟!!!)! But it's our rule that in each and every country we have a contact, preferably a vet like us or an agent at the least, on our pay roll who always takes care of our pets in transit. Dr. Patrick our Ethiopian vet contact (seen in one of the night pics) was on hand to help Luna have a very comfortable stay by providing water, food, walks, toilet and a health check-up. She was basically on holiday until she flew out to Washington as fit-as-a-fiddle!😄
TITAN & BOOTS GO TO THE US!!! These lovely pair, Boots (the small Maltese with a larger-than-life personality infused with a don't-mess-with-me attitude) and Titan (the German Shepherd who is a gentle giant) were successfully relocated to the United States of America. The joy of uniting families is greater than any joy ever experienced!
The "Naughty Gal" Flies to the UK!!! This naughty girl whose actual & real name is "Naughty" was recently relocated to London in the United Kingdom to her eagerly awaiting family!!! Cheers
CELEBRATING A MILESTONE AMIDST COVID CHAOS WITH GIBBS COGNIGNI As we approach 10,000 followers we celebrate an indelible milestone and it wouldn't have come at a better time than now... having just pulled off one of the most challenging relocations in our recent past. Gibbs is a gentle soul that has had a very difficult past, having been to different homes and families. Many of us will attest to a similar story! He had been at the animal rescue shelter a couple of times as well...He could not survive the shelter and needed a proper home that would understand and love him. Enter Stefan and Jane Cognigni!! A very rare couple with a heart (a gigantic one need i say) for animals. They took Gibbs in, trained him, cared for him and he became an intricate part of the family. Enter Covid-19 and its attendant chaos!!! Everyone was running for the hills and people were being evacuated. The Cognigni family had to move to Germany. And they swore by Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Donkey Gibbs had to go with them! Enter Vetluv who had to prepare flights & documents ASAP. We managed to get flights from Entebbe to Frankfurt via Addis Ababa. Documents were done, sent to Germany & Addis for approval, kennel prepped, flights confirmed and we headed to the airport...And dear reader, it was utter pandemonium at the airport! We've not seen a chaotic flight like that in our entire professional life. Overbooked! Angry passengers trying to check-in! Mixed-up baggage!! Airline staff literally running up and down like headless poultry...! Add insult to injury, we are told there is no connection for live animals from Addis to Frankfurt and they could not take Gibbs! The Cognignis were separated from Gibbs at that point as they had to travel. We were back to square one and it became my over-ridding ambition to send Gibbs to Germany. It took us almost 4 weeks to finally get a break through!!! And i should say Gibbs has been the very first pet during Covid-19 lockdown to travel from Entebbe to Amsterdam as cargo. Through pulling ropes and network of friends in the airline industry Gibbs traveled safely to Amsterdam. A wonderful couple, Hannes and his betrothed volunteered to drive Gibbs from Amsterdam to Hamburg and he was finally home to Jane and Stefan! We thank all our esteemed clients, network of friends and pet agents/shippers around the world PLUS of course our followers and fans who have stood by us during these times and always. Words of encouragement have kept us going and it also always makes us eternally happy to see families reunited!! It's what drives us!! STAY SAFE
Chilli finally makes it to the United States!! This beautiful Dark 'n Tan Dachshund a couple of days ago travelled to the land of Opportunity. Inspite of the numerous challenges, some occassioned by a carrier that graces our skies we managed to get her home to her parents in the United States. Our mission has been to re-unite families during these troubled times irrespective of whatever (in Kampala speak😑) because it puts smiles on people's faces..and our faces of course😊! So, there is nothing insurmountable! Pets will get to their families!!