|How could I not take them with me? This is Charlie.|
|This is Fox Jeffrey.|
Right before our wedding, I began the process of getting my cats ready for their European vacation. This is still an ongoing process and will be up until April, when they will be allowed entrance into Ireland. Under Ireland's pet relocation guidelines, in order to avoid a six month quarantine, the cats have to undergo a six month waiting period in the States before they are allowed to enter the country. Six month quarantine versus a six month waiting period at home? I'll take the waiting period, thank you. Of course, there's much more to it. In order to qualify for the waiting period, I have to go through a series of steps...mountains of paperwork and vet visits. Perhaps I can help anyone who is considering a pet relocation? Well, just in case I can, here's a few tips for anyone considering moving their pet to Ireland:
Step One: Make sure your vet is USDA certified. You can do this by calling the USDA regional office in your area. If not, find one that is. Having a USDA certified vet will make the process easier on you--less paperwork and signatures, blah blah blah.
Step Seven: Now, it is time to wait. The six month waiting period begins on the date the blood was drawn for the rabies titre test. So, now I have to wait until early April to bring my boys to Ireland. I will be heading over before to get things ready and leaving them in the safe hands of my family, but that will be very difficult because the next time I see them, I will be back to take them on the journey of a lifetime.