Pet shipments, any pet transportation really, must abide by a lot of country rules, some of which don’t really ever seem to make sense.
For 5 months I have been working with another agent to get “Blue” the American Bully to India. 3 times we have had him booked to go, only to find out at the last minute – last time I was literally on the way to the airport with him – that there would be a problem with customs upon arrival.
And so I turned around and brought him back. He’s stayed with friends, owners have traveled back and forth from India and he’s been boarding now for 3 or 4 weeks.
Today he finally gets to go. The issues have not been with any of his paperwork, but the fact that the owners have spent too much time in India prior to having Blue join them. India has strict rules about pet importation, and basically they do not allow in pets for sale. I guess that’s what they might have been afraid of, since Blue’s mom had spent more time in India the prior 6 months, than outside the country. So they may not consider him “her” dog, as she didn’t take him with her immediately.
Whatever the reason, and whatever the pet travel, there are rules that must be met and followed. While most countries will work with an owner or pet shipping company to meet requirements, or resort to quarantine, there are some countries that will immediately return a pet, and some even worse, will euthanize pets.
If you are not using a pet shipper, make sure you investigate with due diligence to make sure your pet complies to the rules. There are also some of us that will charge a fee just to help with paperwork and work with you and your vet, even if we are not moving the pet.