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Editor 04-27-2013 08:16 PM

Do you leave your pets or take them with you? (+ pet pixs)
 
Only those who have pets will understand how big a part of a family they very quickly become. However, is it fair to put your pet through the journey, the process and the stress of taking them to Australia to join you in your new life?

This is a very emotional question but one which will cross the minds of pet lovers looking to move to Australia every day. Worth discussing I think....

CollegeGirl 04-27-2013 08:29 PM

Definitely worth a discussion. One of my favorite forum denizens/mods Kttykat took multiple cats with her, and she posted a great thread guiding others on bringing kitties over from the US.

I will be doing the same with my one kitty. It was a tough choice -- the trip I'm sure will be hard on her, but she's reasonably young (4 years old) so I think her chances are good of making it over relatively unscathed. I started crate training her as soon as I knew I was going to move over there. It's a tough choice, though - it is not an easy trip for any of us, human or pet.

Editor 04-27-2013 08:33 PM

Crate training - I never even thought of that :)

My personal opinion is that there is probably more chance that your pet will be heart broken if left behind and suffer more than they would during the transfer process. I could not be without my dog :)

CollegeGirl 04-27-2013 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Editor (Post 90604)
Crate training - I never even thought of that :)

My personal opinion is that there is probably more chance that your pet will be heart broken if left behind and suffer more than they would during the transfer process. I could not be without my dog :)

That was my decision. It might take her a while to forgive me for putting her through that, but she'd never forgive me (and I'd never get over it) if I left her behind. She was a rescue 4 years ago (I got her at 3 months old), and they were a day from putting her down when I got her, though I didn't know this at first. When I asked to hold her, they told me she wouldn't let anyone hold her. They tried to give her to the other people in my group, and she was having none of it... pushing them away. But when they handed her to me, that little stinker curled up in my arms, turned over so I could rub her belly and started purring. There was no way she wasn't coming home with me. :)

When I had paid for her and was turning to walk out the door with her, the girl told me "You know... because she wouldn't let anyone hold her, we thought her chances of getting adopted were poor, and we were going to put her down tomorrow. The shelter is just way over capacity right now."

She still won't let anyone else hold her, or rub her belly, except me. There's no way in the world this cat isn't coming with me. :)

The_Bankster 04-27-2013 08:42 PM

We're hoping that the planned reduction in quarantine from 30 days to 10 days will happen before we go. But if it doesn't we will still be taking our Willow with us :)

CollegeGirl 04-27-2013 08:44 PM

That said, I'm having a really hard time figuring out when to start the process. She has to have her RNATT (rabies antibody) test 5-12 months before we ship her over there, but I don't want her shipping over there until I'm there. The problem is - we have absolutely no idea how long my visa is going to take (because of my medical issues, and the likelihood of having to get specialist tests done/a waiver... no idea how long that will add to our processing time), so we can't even guess right now.

Since meds being referred adds four months, I'm thinking we're looking at at least 10 months right now (6 months regular US processing time, plus four for meds). No telling how long the testing/waiver process will add, though. So I'm thinking I need to wait a little longer on her RNATT.

Ugh. So many variables. We're hiring a transport company for her to do all the gruntwork, but again... we don't know when to pay them/start the process.

Editor 04-27-2013 08:47 PM

This is my little pal :-

http://www.australiaforum.com/member...e107-mindy.jpg

She doesn't always look miserable lol

Editor 04-27-2013 08:50 PM

Hi CollegeGirl

Personally I think you are doing the right thing - what do you think of my little friend :)

Mark

The_Bankster 04-27-2013 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Editor (Post 90609)
This is my little pal :-

http://www.australiaforum.com/member...e107-mindy.jpg

She doesn't always look miserable lol

Awww... she's adorable! :)

Here's ours... She looks less miserable when we haven't put clothes on her ;)
http://i42.tinypic.com/35i6eyv.jpg

Editor 04-27-2013 08:57 PM

Ahhhh thats cute. When I first saw the picture it freaked me out a bit lol Had to do a double take as it looked like someone wearing a dogs head and collar lol

Beautiful dog :)


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