During lockdown, many people acquired pets as a way to combat isolation and – with some animals – to increase exercise. In fact, in the UK alone 3.2 million households have bought pets since March 2020. That’s an increase of 23% in pet ownership.
74% of new pet owners have said that their pet has helped their mental health whilst coping with the pandemic. There are repercussions involved with increased pet ownership. Tesco has confirmed that it has seen a large demand for pet products. The leading supermarket has seen a growth in pet food sales over the past year but is understood to be working with suppliers to meet customer need, particularly with branded pouches which are experiencing strong demand.
This trend has also had an impact upon global relocations…
At BTR International we recognise that your pet is an important family member and will move them to your host location with the utmost care and attention. We anticipate that the increase in pet ownership will see a greater demand for including pets within assignees’ global relocation packages. We’re ready to help!
5 Tips for Hassle-Free Pet Relocation
1. Know the Requirements
Each country has its own legislation regarding the movement of live animals across its borders. Your BTR global workforce mobility specialist will advise you of the requirements of your host location. Some breeds of dogs and cats can’t enter certain countries, and policies regarding rabies vary greatly, for example.
2. Medical Checks for Pets
It’s important to ensure that your pet has all the relevant checks, especially as this can impact upon quarantine requirements in your new country. In most cases, pets need to be microchipped and have an up-to-date rabies injection. Most countries give newly arrived pets a veterinary exam.
3. Necessary Paperwork
Upon passing a health assessment, your pet is issued with a health certificate – or – in the case of inter-EU travel for dogs, cats and ferrets – a pet passport. Post-Brexit, pet passports are no longer valid for UK-based pets. Instead, you’ll need an animal health certificate.
4. Travel in Style
The experts at BTR will ensure that your pet receives a comfortable travel experience. Each animal must have its own travel crate and our team ensures that the size of the crate is appropriate for the size and safety of your pet.
5. Settling In
Should your pet need to be quarantined upon arrival in your destination, our team will make the necessary arrangements ensuring that your pet is treated with care. Part of our destination services can include providing details of local vets, boarding services and local parks (for walking dogs) for example.
“We understand that your pet is an important part of your family,” says Jennifer Patrick, move specialist with BTR International.” We want your fur family to feel at home as quickly as you do!”
Are you thinking of relocating to a new country with pets?
Do you manage your organisation’s workforce mobility programme and want to know more about relocation internationally with pets?
Talk to the friendly experts at BTR International without obligation. Contact Jennifer for a no-obligation discussion. Reach her by email or call her on 07776 145 581.