ALStrays Transport Newsletter: February 2013
2013 has certainly started with a bang as far as the transport of cats and dogs from Spain to the UK, the transport of cats and dogs from Spain to Europe, and the transport of cats and dogs from the UK to Spain for ALStrays.
In January alone we transported 120 cats and dogs. We transported 36 dogs within Spain, took 23 dogs to the UK from Spain, 7 dogs from Spain to France, 16 dogs to Germany from Spain, and 3 dogs from the UK to Spain. We transported 33 cats from Spain to Germany and 2 cats within Spain.
Without doubt our busiest month ever.
We have two transports scheduled for February. On the 9th we have the last of our combined Germany and UK transports. This is full with 11 dogs and 3 cats to the UK, 19 dogs to Germany and 3 dogs to France. In addition we have 30 cats going to Germany.
On the 23rd February we have a transport to the UK. We already have 9 dogs and 1 cat booked to the UK and 3 dogs coming back from the UK.
The transport on 9th March to Germany currently has 24 dogs booked on and 20 cats already. We will be going to Nuremberg, Bruchsal, Wallau, Duseldorf, Holland and Luxembourg on this transport.
The transport on 23rd March to the UK already has 9 dogs booked.
Once again we had problems with people not bothering to read the site and understand the DEFRA requirements regarding passports for cats and dogs traveling into the UK. The guidelines are here so please ensure you are aware of the requirements. On the last trip we have SEVEN passports that needed to be completed or adjusted by a emergency hours vet before the dogs were able to travel to the UK. This delayed us by three hours, resulted in a lot of worried new owners unsure if we would be able to transport their pets, and cost us in terms of missed Shuttle time and communication costs. I doubt very much that any other transport company would have take then the time to resolve this.
Continue to be frustrated by peoples inability to read the site before asking questions! The costs, schedules, process, booking forms etc are all on the site so please take the time to read them before you get in touch. You will save us both time as we will only respond my telling you to the read site. We are not being rude but as we spend 12 days on the road each month and can process as many as 100 requests each month we simp,y do not have the time to repeatedly answer the same questions when the details are on the site.
Heard about a couple of transporters that were stopped by Customs and will no longer be transporting cats or dogs to the UK. Both were one man operators who combined pet transport with taking back furniture etc and weren’t DEFRA approved (or equivalent). As a company that has invested over 45.000€ in our vans, got both DEFRA certified and licensed and operate through our UK based VAT partnership we have zero time for these people, and strongly urge people wanting their pets transported to the UK to use one of the many all proved transporters that exist.
The Bosnia project is coming along slowly. The basics of the operation are in place and we have Peter Egan and Jon Gaunt involved to help with the awareness and promotion of the campaign and the fund raising. The plan is to re-home 26 dogs that are currently in shelters in Bosnia having been rescued off the streets. We will go too Bosnia and collect all 26, but as we can only take 15 into the UK at one time the plan is to find foster homes for 9 of them in Germany so they can be dropped off their and taken over to new homes in the UK at a a later date. As soon as we have sorted out the Press Release etc we will provide more news and list ways in which you can help.
We are currently in the process of acquiring another vehicle in the UK to help with the delivery of cats and dogs within the UK. We are also talking to a number of people about an idea that we have to be able to take more cats and dogs to the UK each month.
Next Transport Availability
9th February (Germany & UK) – FULL
23rd February (Europe) – 5 Spaces Available
9th March (Europe) – 7 Spaces Available