Quick update, but everything went really well! The cost was much less than quoted, and Gwin went through just fine! He only took two hours to clear customs, and at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre they let him out of the carrier and into a kennel to stretch his legs, have food and water, while they cleaned up the carrier of poo for him and put in fresh bedding until I got there to pick him up.
He was perfectly okay and normal and not stressed from it all. Right now he's sleeping in his new cage without a care in the world.
That is so awesome. This wouldn't have been possible about 15 yrs ago. Long quarantines were considered the norm and many people would leave their little ones behind because the journey and the subsequent quarantine (about 3 or 6 months....just remember it was a bloodly long time for a pet) were just too stressful. Many a pet died while in quarantine only because they were in a shelter situation instead of with their people ciao
No, I still had to use the broker (PBS is the broker I used & the only broker that United will allow you to use). It's altogether pretty expensive but if you're staying awhile it's probably better for her not to be left behind!
Can I just register my ferret as a service animal and skip all this? Geez what a bunch of work you had to go through. I am happy you have explained your experience in detail and no doubt it will help someone, maybe even help between choosing to take and not take their little fuzzy on vacation.
Honestly it was worth it. He was my life companion and he got an entire happy year here in London because of it. I could never have it in my heart to have surrendered him to a rescue, when I could have continued to be his human
As for airlines, you will have to call around, or talk to a travel agent.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
It's not the flights that are difficult to find but getting the paperwork and necessary clearances. Not only do the airlines require very specific paperwork but so does each country where the airplane lands in. Some countries accept the international passport of the destination country, but it's best to make sure. As far as the airlines...call cargo (that's how the ferret must be shipped). They will let you know if they allow this and what the requirement are ciao