FROM UGANDA TO JORDAN Our recent exports to Amman, Jordan, the two lovely Golden Retrievers, Moma and Fuzz, have settled in, into their new home!
COVID-19: EBB FLIGHT SCHEDULE FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2020 For our esteemed clients and other pet lovers who wish to travel between now and December, we have studied all flight schedules of the airlines and come up with a summarised and easy to follow schedule. Also kindly note that these are the airlines that are able to take pets. In Summary; - Daily Flights: Uganda Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines & Rwanda Air - KLM flies 5 times a week - Emirates & Air Tanzania: 4 times a week - Qatar 6 times a week - Turkish Airlines only 3 times a week - SN Brussels only twice a week Details of the days each airline flies are in the image. A PDF file is also available
THE AMAZING MOVE TO KUALA LUMPUR! We have been involved in moves but this was like no other we had done before! The move involved 5 cats (yes Five!) and one dog from Kampala to Kuala Lumpur! The move was made more challenging because they mostly had what you will call abnormalities or defects that would make it more challenging or entirely difficult for people to live with these pets. The story all starts at the Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (USPCA) an NGO that cares for abandoned, injured & stray animals in Mbuya...and a volunteer Lizzy who had dedicated most of her time and stay in Kampala to help in the day-to-day activities at the shelter... As you well know, an animal shelter will be a collection of the rarest health cases and most traumatised pets. One by one she picked these animals and volunteered to foster them at her home, so that they are easier to re-home when opportunity presented itself. But opportunity was hard to come by as no one could take them due to their glaring issues and besides she grew so fond of them that they became family. When her stay in Uganda came to an end, she made that rare decision to take all of them with her in spite of their individual problems. This required careful meticulous planning to make sure they travel safely, do not get traumatised further and of course, the inevitably massive logistical implications. It took us months but finally, Matooke (yes that Ugandan staple food), Nile (for the uninitiated, the R. Nile has it's origins in Uganda), Nchima (Monkey!), Chappy (Chapati or El Chappo...take your pick!), Mburo (L. Mburo National Park) and Eva (Just Eva😀) traveled successfully from Uganda through Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!! We just couldn't breath until i received that message from Lizzy that all six where finally home!!! It was a story of Love, Great Dedication, Compassion, Sheer Grit, Nerves and Focus!! Lizzy Bell may you be Blessed Abundantly. I shall conclude by quoting the famous Indian sage, Mahatma Gandhi: "The Greatness of a Nation and its Moral Progress can be Judged by the way its Animals are Treated" This is unequivocally dedicated to all the animal lovers out there!!!. .
BISCUIT IN SEATTLE: Biscuit the lovely kitten seen posing for a photo with a curious but award-winning-all-regal aura arrived in Seattle. He was relocated from Vetluv to San Francisco because there were no direct live animal flights from Amsterdam to Seatle Tacoma or Washington State where the family lives. So we had to route him to San Francisco and the mother flew down to pick him. Happy Happy reunion with the family
FROM BUKOTO TO EL SALVADOR!!! Fango, Canistrelli and Mukisa are on their way to El Salvador at the moment. Their journey started from Bukoto, to Vetluv boarding facility where they were our guests for some days as we prepped them to travel. Then it was Entebbe to Amsterdam, then onto Miami Florida from where our partners are waiting to put them onto a flight to San Salvador the capital of El Salvador in South America. Basically you can say they will be traversing 3 continents! Bon Voyage!!!
STELLA MAKES IT TO SWEDEN In our years of practice we've met cats but it is rare to meet one that is as calm as a cucumber! Stella is so quiet & calm and will not even lift a paw to hurt fly. We recently relocated her from Kololo to Stockholm Sweden into the arms of a happy and loving mum.
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!!!