Slightly excited at the prospect of a new adventure, the issue that is rendering the move to Australia worrisome, for me, is Pickle’s quarantine. I assume you can imagine this heartbreak.
Pickle’s quarantine is 30 days, I have said. But it is in fact 180 days. I present you my explanation, above.
When offered the chance to move to Australia, Hubs and I thought long and hard about it. Believe me… So when the decision was made, we knew immediately that the cats needed their paperwork sorted way (way, way) in advance. Working backwards — with an estimated entry date to Australia of Jan/Feb 2014 — Pickle and Fluffy had their blood samples taken in August. This would minimise the quarantine “lock up” time to the minimum of 30 days.
All imported pets need to serve this mandatory 30-day quarantine.
Pickle will be held in a quarantine facility in Melbourne, Victoria. She will get picked up by the pet mover in January; cross the American continent westwards for 2 days; travel to Australia and get checked in to Melbourne. (Therefore when Fluffy was hospitalised, the vets were most concern about his survival.)
We will not be able to visit Pickle.
Hopefully Pickle receives the sufficient care and attention that she needs from the movers and staff at the quarantine facility, and I will convince myself that 30 days is a short time.
If you and your furry family have gone through this before, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: New Policy as of today. Shame that Pickle will miss this reduced quarantine stay.
More information on http://www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/cat-dogs/frequently-asked-questions