Same with our kitty we brought over from the UAE. My husband suggested offhand that we transport him via Australia. But then he would still have had to go through the quarantine conditions. Plus, think of the extra travel stress your dog would go through. While our cat was Pokfulam quarantine, which I can without any bias say that the facilities were clean, large enough for a cat or dog to stay ( checked out the kennels as I got to know a lady there who had two small dogs in quarantine ) , plus there is an area like a small park where you can walk your dog. The staff were helpful, even if we had to communicate in sign lingo due to slight language barrier, and you can stay for a hour or the entire period of visitation hours if you like.
Unless there is something really wrong with your dog's health, he/she/it will not be kept for any longer than the four months. It was helpful to us, as finding a new abode, settling ourselves in could have been even more stressful for our cat, as animals tend to pick up on our moods and what we are feeling. In those four months, did my husband and I see no cat ( or hear any dog) in distress. I visited everyday .
I hope that this gives you some reassurance rather than irresponsibility . Re what cara said prev. I could not agree any more with her posts.
If you plan ahead, say a few months minimum, then you can choose which quarantine facility to book your dog in. Out of the two, I would choose the Pokfulam base.
Last edited by Natfixit; 06-06-2012 at 05:27 PM.
thanks all, and thanks Natfixit - I will be doing as you say! You can actually take the pets via UK at the moment as the quarantine laws are only 1 week if the pet is healthy and has all its jabs, but there is no way I want to put him through the 20 journey each way. Plus I reckon after that recent news of the person being bit in India by a dog and contracting rabies the laws will soon change again for animals coming from Asia! Really appreciate everyone's advice!
hi Natfixit, do you have any contact details you can share with me? Also where is Pokfulam base? thanks a lot :-)
Sorry about the late reply, had no internet all day.
Contact the HK Dept of agriculture, fisheries and conservation via their website, as it has all info on what to do. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department | æ¼è¾²è‡ªç„¶è·ç†ç½²
We went through George Yung at International Pet Travel, mobile (852) 9135 5233, or direct line 852 3428 2162 . But he seems to know the ins and outs of HK quarantine if you have any questions.
Pokfulam quarantine is located on Victoria Rd, number 68 , I think, opposite this huge black and white apartment complex. You can take 30X bus straight from central or exchange square and it stops directly outside. Or the 47M to Wah Fu which stops just around the corner from the 30X stop , and walk around.
Last edited by Natfixit; 07-06-2012 at 03:42 PM.
We have a lot of contact with various pet relocators and George is fantastic. He'll be able to answer all of your questions.
Yes, George is terrific help!
Also, I forgot to add, you can bring you own choice of food for your dog, and include instructions on how much to feed. Plus any toys, or a rug. Even an old t shirt that has your scent on it is particularly comforting for your dog.
Without George, my boy would have been left stranded in London and might even have been processed as 'landed' which could have resulted in a six-month stay due to residency rules. He stepped in over my very incompetant German pet shipper who clearly didn't know very much about international shipping of live animals.
George worked through the night in getting things organised for me and was invaluable in the entire process. I highly recommend him. I've used him for both import and export and he has been terrific both times.
Hi Fiona, did you bring a cat or dog? interested to hear feedback from any dog owners... many thanks )