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Getting Ready To Leave => Taking the Pets => Topic started by: Nolan on October 19, 2006, 09:12:39 pm

Title: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on October 19, 2006, 09:12:39 pm
Can I bring my pets with to NZ and how do I go about it?
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on October 21, 2006, 10:02:29 am
That all depends on what you have for a pet  :buck2:

Cats and dogs are not a problem, but it is not a cheap or quick process.

Visit the Essential Links section for more info : Essential Links (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/links/essential.php)

Generally your pets will have to undergo a period of quarantine as well.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on October 23, 2006, 03:26:41 pm
Yeah, this was one of the reasons we landed up going to the US instead of NZ 8 yrs ago.  But at this point, if our situation forces us to leave the US, then we will probably have to leave our 12 yr old kitty behind too :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on October 23, 2006, 08:58:49 pm
My Dad doesn't know it yet, but he is inheriting our dog  ;D
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Smitte on November 05, 2006, 11:05:41 pm
Hi Nolan,

You are correct by saying that it is not cheap or quick process.  We have a little Jack Russel and after founding out we decided that it is going to be the best to give her for a friend.

In the beginning of the year, I phone Animal Travel in Cape Town (tel no. 021 - 934 9556.

The animal must be older than a year and must have a micro ship,  if not, the animal must get one.  Then it undergo a thorough examination by a vet and is injected  for rabies.  It then stays for 30 days in quarantine.  After that  the animal is tested for rabies.  The animal must be in NZ before 6 months because the results of the rabies must not be older than 6 months.  After being flying over or shipped the animal undergo a period of 4 months of quarantine in NZ.  These quarantine processes are being conducted only by specific kennels, indicated by the government.

The flying ticket for our little Jack Russel was at that stage R4 690, that include the handling cost and cage.  The implanting of the micro chip and vet's cost was between    R2 000 and R3 500.  The permit  was $135. I've calculated that the 4 months of quarantine in NZ was going to cost us nearly R20 000.  In the end our little Jack Russel was going to cost us between R27 000 - R30 000.  :buck2:

It's not just the money, the flight and staying in quarantine for 4 months is going to be to hard for her.  :'(

Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on November 06, 2006, 07:52:46 am
Our dog is the most gentle animal I have ever met. The trauma of the move and the quarantine will be too much for him. I just can't do that to him. We will miss him though.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: grahamvdv on December 27, 2006, 03:35:50 pm
Hi
We have 3 pooches, all mongrels and worth nothing save to my family!!
If we get a job offer to emigrate I'm afraid that my family won't tolerate me finding good homes for our 3 dogs in SA.
The one is a middle aged lady, and the other two are quite young ( they'll be two years old in July).
They are all cross fox terriers and all spayed bitches.
What is a good ball park figure to budget for to get these pooches over to NZ from SA?

Also, what is the doggy world like in NZ? Do the average Kiwi family keep dogs, if yes, how many on average?
Any ideas, inputs and points of view will be gladly received.

Kind Regards
Graham
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on December 27, 2006, 04:18:45 pm
Hi Graham

You are looking at R20 000 to R30 000 per dog. They need to be vaccinated, micro-chipped, shipped over, quaranteen-ed.

Years ago the Kiwis didn't take kindly to pets, especially dogs as they hunted the indigenous animals, but nowadays they are pet friendly and you can often find folks walking their pets. You obviously need to keep them out of your neighbours' yard and pick up their poop as you go along.  :knuppel2:

There is another thread under the Getting Ready Section about taking pets to NZ that you can also go and read up.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: grahamvdv on December 27, 2006, 07:04:17 pm
Wow! That's pretty steep!!!!
I guess we'll just have to find a good home for the dogs. :'(
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on December 27, 2006, 08:05:29 pm
Yes, it is hectic, we are also going to find a good home for our dog.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: yolanda on January 03, 2007, 08:53:20 am
I know what it's like, we are also just about on our way and we have to pure bred staffies (cost us R4000 each) and I cant see my way open to taking them with. I dont even know where we are going to stay once we get there... so my heart is breaking and I am also trying to find a good home for them....they are my babies....

Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 03, 2007, 09:31:39 am
Sometimes I wonder if I am going to miss my dog more than my family  ;) ;D
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Virtual on January 16, 2007, 09:05:25 pm
Graham/Yolanda and Co

I came across this article as we are also in the process of leaving SA. This changed my mind and I told my wife if we have to decide between cost of container or sending pets over, then the container must stay behind. I would strongly suggest that you contact keringa international, global paws, pets intransit  ect and get a quote before you leave your family member behind.


How Could You?


When I was a puppy I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was “bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” – but then you’d relent and roll me over for a bellyrub.
My housetraining took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed, listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” – still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”

As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them, especially their touch – because your touch was now so infrequent – and I would have defended them with my life if need be.

I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams. Together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject. I had gone from being your dog to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now you have a new career opportunity in another city and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You’ve made the right decision for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.” They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog or cat, even one with “papers.”

You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy! Please don’t let them take my dog!” And I worried for him and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a goodbye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.

After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you – that you had changed your mind – that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table, rubbed my ears and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.

She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.” She hugged me and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself – a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. With my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not meant for her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.

May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 16, 2007, 09:42:59 pm
I agree to the point that I wouldn't have my dog put down, that is just not an option, then I would also rather take him with, but I sure will go to any length first to ensure he gets the best owner possible.

It is unfortunately a very emotional decision mostly dictated by the depth of ones pocket. For some it is a case of arriving in NZ with dogs in tow with no money for food, or no dogs and some money.

It is actually all the fault of the guys who transport and watch the pets during quaranteen, they know you will do all you can to bring your pets along and charge you based on that emotional value. Sad, but true.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 16, 2007, 11:52:57 pm
Ok, now you really got me crying there!  I don't have a dog, but I do have a 12 yr old kitty which came over to the States from South Africa with us 8 years ago.  We've had her since she was 4 weeks old.  I thought that quarentine was 6 months, but now I read on their site that it is usually one month unless there are other complications.  So perhaps it won't be so long... but I have never put a microchip in her...  :(
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: MJ on January 23, 2007, 03:08:47 pm
Hi everyone I just got a quote from Keringa for my three dogs.  I have two miniature Daschunds and an eight month old Great Dane.
30 day Pre Export Procedures:
Dog 1    R 4517.00
Dog 2    R 4517.00
Dog 3    R 5888.00

Airfares Johannesburg to Auckland   R 40 206.10

NZ Import permit NZ$130 ( I presume one for each dog)

Bear in mind that this quote does not include the quarantine in New Zealand.  I went on a website for the quarantine kennels a couple of weeks ago and worked out it would cost about $ 100 per day fro my three dogs.  So for three months that would be nz$9000.00

The grand total:  R 102 128.00  Ouch  :-X
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 23, 2007, 03:30:09 pm
Thanks for the info MJ, pretty hectic.  :'(

Everybody, also just bear in mind that if you are going to rent a property in NZ first.

Most landlords don't allow pets, so please ensure you are allowed pets before signing on the line. Also ask where they allow pets, as some allow pets outside and not in the house.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: MJ on January 23, 2007, 04:29:59 pm
Hi

I know it is a real worry about renting a house especially with a dog that size, the reality may be to rehome Ozzie (Great Dane) as he is still young and fairly destructive, in fact he has started digging a tunnel to New Zealand in the garden!!!!
He also makes up the bulk of the cost due to his size and requirements.  :'(
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 23, 2007, 07:46:43 pm
Did the math yesterday and worked out that our kitty would cost us $3000 (>R21 000) to take over.  It's just not worth spending that much money right now, and then maybe having them quarentine her for more than one month - average cost per month at the shelter is NZD$1200

Regulations for pets here:  http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/imports/animals/standards/domaniic.spe.htm
Here's where I get the costs from: http://www.emigratenz.org/moving-pets-to-new-zealand.html
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 23, 2007, 07:57:02 pm
There are more links HERE  (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/links/essential.php#pets) that you can look at.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 24, 2007, 04:03:12 am
Most of your links are from SA only.  It is different for importing from America.  For instance, I noticed that from SA, your minimum quarentine period is 120 days, whereas from America it is only 30 days.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 24, 2007, 07:34:34 am
That's interesting. Maybe they figure we have wild bush roaming dogs and the Americans have caviar eating lap dogs?

I also heard the other day that there is no quaranteen if you are immigrating your pets from SA to Canada. :idiot2:
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: MJ on January 24, 2007, 04:09:56 pm
   Hi this is the new quote I got without the Great Dane, It is quite a difference!!!
This still does not include the quarantine kennels.               
SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE                  
                  
Pet 1:   Daxie         30 days @      R 4,571.00
Pet 2:   Daxie         30 days @      R 4,571.00
Pet 3:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 4:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 5:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 6:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 7:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
                  
30day Pre-Export Fee Total:                  R 9,142.00
                  
EXTRAS:                  
   * Additional Refundable Deposit (if unused):         @ R500 per pet      R 1,000.00
Total Extras:                  R 1,000.00
                  
                  
1]  GRAND TOTAL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE                   R 10,142.00
                  
2]  APPROXIMATE TRAVEL COST FROM JOHANNESBURG TO:            Auckland      R 10,887.82
                  
3]  IF REQUIRED COLLECTION TO KERINGA KENNELS FROM:            Hillcrest (flight)      R 1,656.73
                  
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 24, 2007, 05:57:38 pm
So you are still looking at around R25000 per pet if you work in quarantine.

Quick question : What is the "SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE"? A 30 day quarantine in SA?
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: MJ on January 24, 2007, 06:06:33 pm
I keep asking about the quarantine period and have not really got a direct answer.  From what I can understand they can do one month quarantine in SA and the three other months in NZ.  This is interesting though because I went on the website of one of the quarantine stations and to fly my daschunds over straight away and have them quarantine in NZ for four months will save me about R5000.00.  The  rate at the quarantine kennels per daschund is nz$34 per day. They say they give discounts for longer stays so maybe it will be even cheaper.  I will definately consider flying them when we leave as we can visit them there and it would give us four months to find a dog friendly rental.

They cannot do the one month is SA and have to do 120 days in NZ
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 24, 2007, 06:09:24 pm
Yes I think sending them at the same time is better, then they are not out of contact with you for too long.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 25, 2007, 03:59:09 pm
That's interesting. Maybe they figure we have wild bush roaming dogs and the Americans have caviar eating lap dogs?

I also heard the other day that there is no quaranteen if you are immigrating your pets from SA to Canada. :idiot2:

The difference between shipping from USA vs SA, is that South AFrica is not considered to be Rabies free, whereas the USA is. 

The other thing about quaranteen to other countries, like Canada, (or to Texas, USA!)  and such strict quaranteen for NZ, is that NZ is a small island, with a very delicate ecology.  The Kiwi bird is a protected species.  It is a bird that cannot fly, and that makes it's nest on the ground.  Dogs are therefore a threat, because they like to hunt and kill them.  There are areas that you may not take your dog at all for that reason.  Also, NZ doesn't have a lot of the bugs we're used to back in SA or USA, like ticks.  They cannot afford to have these bugs come in, and then affect their birdlife.  The birdlife in NZ is very unique, and once you've been there, you'll understand why they are so incredibly careful as to what they allow in, and why they require such strict quaranteen. :)
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 25, 2007, 06:42:00 pm
I personally have no problem with the quarantine as we are leaving our dog behind and I agree that they need to take care of the ecology to preserve the natural beauty /  profitability of the country.  I just feel sorry for the poor pets that have to sit in quarantine for so long. To them it must feel like a lifetime.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 26, 2007, 03:50:01 am
I agree, and they don't understand why they have to be caged up for that time either.  I am concerned that a pet's whole character could change?
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 26, 2007, 07:39:39 am
That is the reason we aren't taking our dog with. He is the most gentle dog ever and is used to open spaces. He won't last in a confined area.
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: yolanda on January 26, 2007, 09:13:57 am
Hi

Pretty girl!
The dog is lovely, I will send you a photo of mine on Monday. I am sooooo relieved. I contacted the staffie club in Pta and they said we should not even concider putting them down. :smitten: They will find good owners that are trustworthy that will look after them. They will even look after them after we have left while they are looking for a home for them. I am so happy about that, cause these people are strict. They have selection criteria etc...so I will be sure that if they give them to someone they will look after them.

Things are looking great.  ::)

Yolanda
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 26, 2007, 11:17:30 am
That is good news, you must be pretty relieved  ;D
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: zatexnz on January 26, 2007, 04:39:58 pm
Precious!  I assume that's your little girl?  She's cute!  Worth getting her out the country!
Title: Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
Post by: Nolan on January 27, 2007, 09:45:58 am
Yep, she's the reason we are leaving. How could I possibly look into those eyes in 12 years time and say :"Sorry sweety, there are no jobs for you because you're white."
Title: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on March 07, 2007, 11:03:58 pm
Happy, I have a question for you:  You mention you have 2 dogs and 2 cats - did you take them over from South Africa? 
I was just finding out today about taking my kitty again, and I'm just shaking my head with grief.  The medical fees to get her certified and ready to go would run us US$515.70.  Then we haven't even found out what the air ticket would cost.  And then I read on the MAF site that quarantine will be a minimum of FOUR months, not one, as another site says.  And we have to pay about $1000 per month of board and lodging, so that would be $4000 extra, and then probably looking at another $1000 for ticket.  I just cannot see paying that.  I was kind of hoping that it would in the end not be quite as expensive as some sites mentioned... but now it's even more...  :'(  My problem is that my two children have somehow become so attached to her over the past 6 months!   And of course, we've had her for 12 years (brought over from SA to here in TX).  It's like giving a daughter away!  :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on March 07, 2007, 11:20:09 pm
zatexnz, I'm sorry but I don't have any advice for you? I came here to NZ from the UK and it's extremely easy from there?? No quarantine, only a small vet fee for final check and flight.
I only brought my cats over and got the dogs while here?

I know our one freind brought a dog from SA and it cost a lot and had 6 months (I think)quarantine?

We had lots of animals when we left SA to UK, and I had to rehome them all. It totally broke my heart, especially after hearing my horse was put down 3 months after we left??

It's not easy, and I feel for people having to leave pets behind. Maybe if you set you mind to Family comes first, it may ease it a bit? You need every cent you can get when you first arrive?

Sending lots of love and thoughts!! :smitten:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on March 07, 2007, 11:25:11 pm
Thanks!  Yes, family does come first... I have to just tell myself, it's human family to come first!  ;)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on March 08, 2007, 12:12:04 am
It's a tough call!!
Thinking of you!!
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: greenfamily on March 11, 2007, 04:43:37 pm
Hi, To pick up on some previous posts: no quarantine in SA in fact it must not have been in quarantine. However as the last 30 days involve many test etc some  facilities provide an in house service for those 30 days. It is a complicated procedure but I could not see my way clear of extending the period of being away from home. The quarantine period is 120 days in
It is expensive and so affordability is a personal thing clearly enters into the equation.

We are bringing our dog and enquirer if there is anybody out on the site who has actually been through the process to shed some light on the subject.
Thanks in anticipation.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on March 11, 2007, 04:54:02 pm
Hi I am bringing two dogs and re homing three before we leave :'(.  I got a quote and all the info from Keringa in JHB.  But also looking at quarantine kennels in New Zealand over the internet I have worked out that it will be about R5000.00 cheaper to fly my dogs straight to NZ and quarantine them there for the whole four months.  I have used a pet service to fly my two dogs to New York before (mad I know) and found that they do all the paperwork etc for you, You just have to pay, pay, pay.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on April 06, 2007, 02:04:09 am
Here's the thread about bringing your pets over.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on April 27, 2007, 07:16:19 pm
You're not going to believe this... but you'll have to....

Last night Jan and I sat and discussed some issues, and our kitty was curled up next to him on the couch.  As he moved, she lifted her head, and said, "Prneow?"  And Jan looked at me and said, "Forget the $$, we're taking her with us!"    Of course I promptly burst into uncontrollable tears... (that's what we women do when we're very happy too)

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

So today after getting some last minute certified copies, I stop for a much-needed donut (haven't had one in ages) and find that within 4 minutes from home there's a vet, and I stop by and they are all helpful and will phone me tomorrow with quotes and all....

My head is spinning!!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: greenfamily on April 27, 2007, 07:39:55 pm
Hi, I am pleased you made that decision and that it is possible. Good Luck and keep us posted.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on April 27, 2007, 09:03:14 pm
Congratulations Colleen. I bet you feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on April 27, 2007, 09:33:09 pm
You should have seen Joshua when I told him after school today... the smile slowly grew on his face.... and then he jumped up and did a dance and went in search of her!
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on April 27, 2007, 09:45:55 pm
Yay for kitty :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on April 27, 2007, 10:01:31 pm
Aha... I should add her pic to my avatar!  8)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on April 27, 2007, 10:55:50 pm
Yay, avavtar working now O0
Yeah, please do add kitty O0
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on April 28, 2007, 01:13:38 pm
Jetset kitty  :clap:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on April 28, 2007, 10:20:50 pm
Yay, your kitty can chat to our kitties and exchange travel stories ;)

People laugh at how paraniod I am about my cats, they may be just be tabbies to other people, but are worth more then a pedigreed cats to us now :2funny:

I see your kitty is now in your avatar ;) She looks so sweet, I'm glad for you that you're bringing her over :smitten:

Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on April 29, 2007, 03:18:40 am
She is sweet, Linda...
Very unique...  we picked her up as a 4 week old, and didn't think she'd make the day.  There was something wrong with her back right leg.  After about an hour at work, i couldn't bear it anymore, so I left work, went to a pharmacy, got a syringe (realising she was probably too young to feed herself), then went home.  I had some Nutrishake at home, so gave her a little of that in her milk to build her up.  Then I found a shoebox, put a doll blanket in it, and brought her back with me to work.  I did that for two weeks till she was strong enough to stay at home...  my boss was allergic to cats, so stayed well away from during that time!  O0 
She is also the first cat that Jan ever owned.  He was never a cat person before, and now is totally converted! 
We watched her give birth to 5 kittens - a very long labour due to her malfunctioning back leg.  But she did it.  And what a good mama she was!  Jan was just totally awed by the whole process.  And then when he saw how quickly cats potty-train themself, he was amazed!  He said, man, I have to hit the dog and rub his nose in it, and they still do it on the carpet, but these cats just do it in the box, AND cover it!
Plus we can go away for a two night weekend, leave enough food and water for her and a clean litter box, and all's fine.  Not so with dogs.  So I have a fully converted husband, and kids, and well, maybe that was part of JAn's final reasoning - she's the first cat he's ever had, and he doesn't want just anybody to get her... so we're keeping her. 
Joshua has truly relaxed a lot since knowing.  He said he'd been crying alot at night about having to leave her behind.  Man, that just broke my heart!  :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on April 29, 2007, 07:39:34 am
Ah, so she deserves to come with you :clap:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on June 20, 2007, 07:56:21 pm
CANINE CHECK LIST FOR EXPORTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO NEW ZEALAND

Step
1   Microchip   At least 6 months prior to shipment and before or at same time as most recent vaccination

2   Rabies Vaccination (Dogs must be over 3 months of age at time of first vaccination)   In case of 1st vacc. not less than 6 months, but not more than 1 year. In case of       booster within 1 year.

3   Distemper, Hepatitis,  & Parvo vaccination. Recommended but not compulsory.

4   1st Rabies anti-body titre test must have at least 0.5 IU/ml of antibody in serum.
   At least 6 months prior to shipment. 

5   2nd Rabies anti-body titre test (as above)   Within 30 days of shipment.


6   Blood test for Canine Heartworm (1-2 mls of blood tested by both microfilariae and antigen tests)    Within 30 days of shipment.

7   Blood test for Brucella Canis and B. abortus with a -ve result in each case (-ve is less than 50% agglutination at a serum dilution of 1:100)   Within 30 days of shipment.

8   Blood test for Leptospirosis. If +ve then repeat test after 14 days or treat with 14 days of Doxycycline or 5 days of Dihydrostreptomycin. (-ve is less than 50% agglutination at a serum dilution of 1:100)    Within 30 days of shipment.

9   Blood test for Ehrlichosis Canis. If +ve treat with 14 days of Doxycycline.
   Within 30 days of shipment.

10   Indirect fluorescent antibody test for Babesia Gibsoni using antigens appropriate for the strain with a negative result (cut-off is 1:40)   Within 10 days of shipment

11   Obtain thin blood smear made from a drop of blood obtained from the ear margin in order to examine for Babesia Gibsoni with a negative result.   Within 10 days of shipment

12   Faecal test for Hookworm using sensitive flotation procedure. (able to detect 50 eggs per gram)   Two tests within 30 days of shipment and at least 14 days apart.

13   Treat with broad spectrum anthelmintic(s) effective against nematodes, cestodes & trematodes, at the manufacturers recommended dose rate(s)   Two tests within 21 days and within 4 days of shipment

14   Treat dog for canine Babesiosis using imidocarb diproprionate at a dose of 6.6mg/kg by subcutaneous injection.   Two tests, 1st being within 30 days and the 2nd within 14 days of shipment
* It is recommended that at least a 48 hour period be allowed to elapse between treatment of imidocarb diproprionate and application of an external parasiticide.

15   Treat for Heartworm – see health standards (point 7.2.1. / 7.2.2. / 7.2.3. / 7.2.4.)   Within 4 days of shipment.

16   Treat with ectoparasiticide dip, spray or tropical preparation capable of killing ticks, fleas and lice   Within 4 days of shipment

17   Health certificate   Within 4 days of shipment

18   Treat orally with Ivermectin (6 ug/kg)   Within 4 days of shipment.


Note: The dog must have been resident in SOUTH AFRICA for six months prior to export and must be aged 9 months or over at the time of shipment. All laboratory tests must be conducted at a Government laboratory or a laboratory approved by the Government Veterinary service of this country being Onderstepoort.


Hi sorry it is not pasting nicely, if you want it in a proper table form to print out, pm me your email address and I can email it to you. I also have the form that you must take to the State Vet


NEW ZEALAND NOTES:
(Issued by Global Paws – Tel: +27 11 662 1777)

120 days quarantine in New Zealand upon arrival

There are two ways of taking pets into New Zealand.

There are five quarantine stations in NZ; they are 3 in Auckland and 1 in Christchurch and the last in Levin. They are as follows:
•   Pussy Cat Lodge – Auckland (Cats only)
•   Qualified Pet Services – Auckland (Dogs & Cats)
•   Pethaven – Auckland (Dogs & Cats)
•   Canterbury Quarantine Services – Christchurch (Dogs & Cats)
•   Shado-Lans – Levin (Dogs & Cats)

The options are as follows:

•   Quarantine kennel in Great Britain for seven months.
•   If the owner has plenty of time (at least 9 - 10 months) and they are prepared to do all the tests themselves, then the pets may remain at home and then fly into NZ and go into quarantine for 4 months. With this last option the owner must book the quarantine space at Pussy Cat Lodge in Auckland, Qualified Pet Services (QPS) in Auckland or Canterbury Quarantine Services in Christchurch, Shado-Lans in Levin or Petshaven in Auckland, about 10 months before the intended departure date. You have to then liaise with your vet to do all the blood tests required for entry to NZ, this is a lot of running around for the owner, but if they are prepared to do this it is the shortest quarantine period.

You could also book the space with QPS, Canterbury Quarantine Services, Pussy Cat Lodge, Shado-Lans or Petshaven (as above) and start the initial testing at home. If required, Global Paws could do the last month of the final series of blood tests. We will provide a separate quote for this. They then go into NZ for a further 4 months of quarantine at QPS, Canterbury Quarantine Services, Pussy Cat Lodge, Shado-Lans or Petshaven.

Requirements and Restrictions:
•   A few breeds or types are prohibited for importation into New Zealand, they are as follows:
-   Dogo Argentina
-   Fila Brazileiro
-   Japanese Tosa
-   Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier
•   The animal(s) must have been resident in South Africa for 6 months prior to export, and the animals must not have been resident in official quarantine premises in the 60 days immediately prior to export.
•   Animal(s) must not be more than 42 days pregnant at the date of shipment.
•   Animals must be more than 9 months old at departure

What should be done first?

Attached is the required Health Standard For The Importation Of Dogs And Cats Into New Zealand From South Africa.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further queries.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(Issued by Global Paws - +27 11 662 1777)
                           
Q:   Where will my pet(s) travel in the aircraft?
A:   Your pet(s) will travel in the livestock hold, which is pressurized, heated and situated below the passenger cabin.

Q:   Â¬Will my pet(s) be stressed from the flight?
A:   More than a million pets fly safely worldwide every year and are well cared for. It is the captain’s responsibility to know whether or not animals are on board and those certain procedures are adhered to. All animals are checked and watered on stopovers. We, at Global Paws have flown pets all over the world, and have collected many pets arriving in South Africa from various countries around the world on a daily basis, and can say that it has been our observation that pets have all been quite happy and pleased to see a friendly face and their owners again and have suffered no undue stress due to the journey.

Q:   What sort of container will my pet be transported in?
A:   We use two types of travel boxes, wooden or plastic. Both are airline approved, with lots of ventilation and a water bowl is attached to the wire mesh front. We make sure that the size of the box is adequate for the pet to stand up, lie down and turn around in.

Q:   Can I put my pet’s own bedding into the travel box?
A:   Yes, providing it is flat lying and does not block the ventilation holes. In fact we encourage owners to provide a blanket or even an article of their clothing to put into the box, as the animal feels more secure with something that smells familiar.

Q:   How will my pet(s) cope with the quarantine? (U.K., Australia and New Zealand)
A:   Animals do not have a perception of time, and do not know the difference between six days, six weeks or six months. The quarantine period is often worse for the owner than the pet, as the owner has feelings of guilt over leaving the pet in kennels for long periods.

Q:   Will my pet(s) be given food and water prior to traveling?
A:   It is not advisable to feed immediately prior to travel to avoid soiling their travel box. All boxes are fitted with water containers, which are filled at the time of dropping of at the airport and refilled during transits. International airports are well equipped to handle all types of animals and may transfer them to specialized animal holding units on long stopovers.

Q:   Will my pet(s) have enough space in their travel box?
A:   Yes. We ensure that your pet(s) will be able to stand, lie and turn around. Any extra space would be very costly and not recommended by the airlines due to injury from possible turbulence.

Q:   Should my pet(s) be tranquilized before they travel?
A:   The Ministry Of Agriculture and veterinary surgeons strongly discourage tranquilizing animals in the pressurized conditions of an aircraft. Adverse drug reactions and breathing difficulties may occur due to the change in air pressure. Airlines may refuse to carry sedated pets, as they cannot detect their state of health. After the initial loading into their travel box, pets soon settle down to their journey and fall asleep.

Q:   Are there any circumstances when animals cannot fly?
A:   Yes. Restrictions are sometimes imposed for the welfare of your pet(s) when seasonal temperatures reach a minimum and maximum




Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on June 20, 2007, 09:41:26 pm
great info, thanks Michelle, I have added a link to your post in the checklist  O0
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on June 21, 2007, 06:39:34 am
Hi no problem nolan.  .  My dogs were only microchipped yesterday, also their rabies was not up to date so they were vaccinated then will be vaccinated in 30 days again then only will the tests start.  Once you have the test results you start by going to the state vet.  I will post about this tonight when I have more time.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on June 21, 2007, 06:47:47 am
Are you serious about getting around all that?  I wonder if it would be possible to get my kitty to go over sooner, instead of wait here for another 5 months before being allowed to fly to NZ?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on June 21, 2007, 07:12:47 pm
Hi Colleen

Why does she have to wait 5 months there?  At least you don't need the state vet you just have to go to a certified vet. 
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on June 21, 2007, 09:43:25 pm
She has to wait 6 months from the titre test which is 3-4 weeks after her medical checkup and rabies injection.  And have a microchip implanted.  She may only fly over then.  One month before she flies, she has to have another titre test.  Then when she arrives in NZ, she has to undergo 30 days quarantine before being released to us.  She only just had her titre test done last week, so it's 6 months from last week before she can fly to NZ.   :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Johan01 on June 23, 2007, 08:42:37 am
Poor animals do they still have blood left in them after all the tests ... can you imagine we having to go through all that ...
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on June 23, 2007, 08:56:42 am
We were umming and ahhing on taking my dog with.  I see yesterday she is going blind from old age.   This will kill her for sure, now she is staying and my hart is breaking.  It is hinging on animal abuse what they put the poor things through. 

Are there Border Collie breeders in NZ.?  I don't want another breed.  I've had 4 now and they are very good with kids and are completely loyal.  And what prices are they going at? 
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on June 23, 2007, 09:12:38 am
There are loads of them here.....this is sheep country ;) ;D

HERE (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/SearchResults.aspx?searchType=0004-3319-3325-3336-&searchString=border+collie&searchRegion=100&type=Search&x=14&y=11)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on June 23, 2007, 09:50:05 am
They are expensive, good heavens.  Will have to save up then.  Why aren't there any Australian Shepherds,  they have the same nature, also very intelligent and good with kids.  Are there not cattle farmers there?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on June 23, 2007, 10:48:31 am
I can't remember the name of them now, but when you are here keep an eye out on trademe, often people give dogs away, but you have to be quick ;)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on July 05, 2007, 09:37:13 pm
Just say this post on SAAustralia concerning Keringa's prices. The post was dated 2 July 2007 :

I've just received an updated quote from Keringa Emigration and nearly fell off my chair!

They have increased their prices by 36% with effect from 1 June
I sent a query in March this year for my three cats and two dogs and was quoted R58 499.50. Last week they sent an updated quote of R79 879.74. Both are for a quarantine period of six months in SA, and exclude any additional charges and flights.

I phoned the kennels and was told that the increase, which came in last month, was perfectly justifiable due to their increased costs and the fact that they've installed a generator. Also made to feel like an imbecile for not understanding the fact that costs such as petrol have gone up!

 So, either you cough up the additional (and do it with a grin on your face and be ever so nice to them, or they might not be nice to your pets) or make an alternative arrangements for your pets. 
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on July 05, 2007, 11:10:31 pm
That's *** >:(
They effectifly holding those people pet's ransom :censored:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on July 06, 2007, 04:46:56 pm
I guess we will be using Global paws then.
I better phone around for revised quotes again - will let you know once I get them next week.

Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on July 06, 2007, 05:13:59 pm
Not fair, they know it is an emotional decision and is using it, or rather milking it.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on July 17, 2007, 01:38:20 pm
OK I have a big problem                   :thumbdown:

I phoned one company a month ago and they told me it was ok if the dog was vaccinated within the six months and we could get around it.  I have since found out that the dog cannot begin quarantine within the six months of being microchipped and having the blood tests done so now the problem is - They can only have the blood tests on the 23 July which means they cannot go into quarantine until 23 January.  We are planning to leave in October!!!!!

I also got the quarantine costs - ouchhhhhhhhhh see below

PETHAVEN QUARANTINE SERVICE

PRICE LIST
Quarantine Charges: Cats $24 (120 days $2880 +gst)

Per Dog                           Small dog                  Medium Dog             Large Dog
                                           10 kg                        10-25 kg                     25 kg plus

Quarantine fee per day      $34                               $38                              $42

120 Days                          $4080                            $4560                          $5040

Airport collection             $110                              $110                            $110
GST                                  $523.75                        $583.75                      $643.75

Total                          $4713.75                 $5253.75                $5793.75
A NZ $500.00 Non Refundable Deposit should be sent with the Quarantine Booking Form.

Additional Charges
Air New Zealand Handling Fee                                                                           $33.75
MAF (Airport clearance) per consignment                                                          $36.16                                                                                 
NZ Customs Import Transaction Fee                                                                   $30.00
ADF Fee                                                                                                               $8.00
Service Administration Fee                                                                                  $6.00
NZ Customs Entry Fee                                                                                         $70.00
Agricultural Permit                                                                                               $25 00
                         

MAF Charges Per Pet
Inspection Fee                                             $30.00 x 17 weekly visits                 $510.00
Flea and worm treatment                                                                                      $40.00
GST                                                                                                                       $94.86

Total Additional Charges                                                                                 $853.77

Pets imported for show or breeding purposes are subject to GST on the value of the pet and freight. The owner/importer may be required to pay GST on the freight charge and value of their pet/s subject to the information supplied with the NZ Customs form.
* Airport after hours pick up                                                                                $150.00
* Whelping fee (and any additional veterinary treatment)                                  $500.00
* Triple Unit charge/day ( 1-4 dogs maximum capacity)                                    $120.00


 My girls (daxies) are part of the family, it already has been so hard to come to the decision to leave the Great Dane behind I just can't imagine leaving them behind.
I am awaiting a quote from Keringa to put them in kennels from October to Jan which will break my heart.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on July 17, 2007, 01:54:19 pm
Oh boy this is not good.  Don't you have any good friends or family that will put up with them until they have to go into quarantine?  That is long time for them in seclusion and a hefty amount to pay :(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on July 17, 2007, 03:14:39 pm
I know it's a lot, I just don't know what to do, My mother in law has dogs that would not get on with them so that is not an option. Should we stay until January???  (I really want to get there)  I guess the kennel quote might be the deciding factor - ( that and the right numbers coming in on the lotto) basically it will work out to R75 000.00 aprox for both not including the SA kennels.  I guess I might be getting a bicycle instead of a car at this rate.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on July 17, 2007, 04:05:36 pm
my heart goes out to you guys Michelle  :'(

Can you forward me their quote so that I can add it to the quotes page?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on July 17, 2007, 04:31:43 pm
We've been back and forth on this ourselves about the cat.  At this point, she's going to friends in East Texas.  I am not excluding the idea of perhaps still flying her out in December.  Will see how things go...
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on July 17, 2007, 05:50:16 pm
Sure, I have emailed it through to you.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on July 17, 2007, 08:32:28 pm
thanks Michelle, I have added it HERE (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/faq/immigrationquotes.php)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Smallfly on August 09, 2007, 04:07:22 pm
Does nayone know what rules would apply for taking my pet marmoset monkey to NZ ?

Can't find any info on the Govt. site, only info is for commercial import of zoo primates from Aus.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Rhodan on August 09, 2007, 04:48:45 pm
Hi and welcome Smallfly !  O0

I can't answer your question regarding your pet unfortunately, but how far in the process of moving to NZ are you ?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on August 09, 2007, 05:27:33 pm
Try phoning Keringa Kennels, they should know the procedures of different animals and the permits required
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on August 09, 2007, 10:44:45 pm
Welcome smallfly :clap:

If you contact MAF (http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/index.htm) they should be able to help you O0
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Smallfly on August 10, 2007, 08:02:59 am
Hi everyone !

I am going the job-offer way, after trying the points route twice, and being conned out of some moolah by unscrupulous imigration agents, it looks like this time it's going to work.Employer pays,  :clap: costing me the minimum.

Thanx for al the wellcomes, i sure feel wellcome.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on August 10, 2007, 08:29:03 am
Sounds awsome :gl:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on August 10, 2007, 09:18:42 am
Howzit Smallfly, welcome to the family  :clap:

Unfortunately can't help with the monkey question, but agree that Keringa and MAF should be able to answer your questions for you.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Smallfly on August 10, 2007, 11:08:53 am
Tried MUF  no luck, they don't answer my qeurie, and nothing on the web site.

Waiting for answer from global paws.

Look's like it won't take more than two months and i will be in kiwiland!

Any of you know if there are log cabins in nZ ?

Seems like the perfect setting, especially at the coast.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Zinzan55 on August 18, 2007, 02:43:59 pm
Hi, To pick up on some previous posts: no quarantine in SA in fact it must not have been in quarantine. However as the last 30 days involve many test etc some  facilities provide an in house service for those 30 days. It is a complicated procedure but I could not see my way clear of extending the period of being away from home. The quarantine period is 120 days in
It is expensive and so affordability is a personal thing clearly enters into the equation.

We are bringing our dog and enquirer if there is anybody out on the site who has actually been through the process to shed some light on the subject.
Thanks in anticipation.

I would also like to ask if someone has had a dog sit in NZ quarantine for the 4 months - how did they cope, are the conditions at these facilities good, I know my dax will be devastated when we visit and then leave again - do they care for them well there? Is it definate period of 120 days non-neg?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: greenfamily on August 18, 2007, 07:27:23 pm
120 days- no negotiating.
Very strict rules and procedures.
I think Pethaven and shadolanes are good to the pets .
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on September 19, 2007, 01:12:49 am
I haven't looked, but I can almost guarantee you it will be *&^%$# expensive.  :'(  That said, I do have a special affinity for African Grey's myself.  My aunt used to have one (or still does?), and he would crack us up!  He could imitate the phone and you'd be out in the garden, and he'd ring the phone, and as you get inside, he'd say, "Hello!"  And then he would also listen to the maid when she was cleaning, and in the evening my aunt would know if the maid had gone to the shops during the day or not!  :2funny:  They are so clever.  My aunt and her friend stay together. (two old spinsters).  But my aunt is very English and her friend is Afrikaans.  So ol' Archie greets my aunt in the morning, "Good Morning!", in the same sing-song way she speaks.  He greets her friend, "Goeie more" in the same gruff way that she speaks!

So I can understand how'd you miss yours , Brianlizzy!   :-\
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on September 19, 2007, 05:50:28 am
Well, I hope Nando's is with friends that will give you regular updates...?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: ks11 on September 19, 2007, 10:12:28 am
Hi,
I bough our cat (marmelade) over to NZ. He is currently at Qualified Pet Services doing his quarantine. We get to bring him home middle december.  There are a number of tests etc that have to be done on certain days.  We used Keringa Kennels they were very good.  Marmelade spend his last month there as a boarder and had to have 2 tests done before he left.  They do adjust to being locked up, takes a couple days. We try to visit every 2nd weekend just to let him know we are still here.  There was no question about bringing him, for me atleast. He is part of the family.  I wouldnt leave my son behind! It is expensive and he still has a good 6 years in him.  Atleast he will be home in time for Christmas.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Smallfly on September 19, 2007, 11:30:20 am
Hi all

I called global paws around the tenth of August to enquire about taking our pet monkey to NZ,

and the friendly lady promised me to call me back on the following monday,

she even took my e-mail adress.

Guess what, it is now the 18'th of September and not a word !!

Does anyone think I will entrust my pet to them ??

In the mean time our pet came into heat, and we had no choice but to take her to

a breeder who is a good friend of mine, and only after Mrs Smallfly checked them out

thoroughly.

It was a real emotional journey but in the end it was the best solution.

She adapted well and took a real liking in one of the babys, looks like she's

going to be a good mother.

Problem solved. O0
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on September 19, 2007, 12:44:03 pm
The people here are bringing over 3 dogs.  They gave me this website and details and if you look at the place it is impressive.  You are allowed to visit or walk your dog.  They get groomed and is not in a kennel the whole day.  They stay in a 2m x3m cage untill it is walkies time.

Melody Nel - Global Paws
Travel Manager  Global Paws
8 Hugo Road
Steynsvlei
Krugersdorp
South Africa 
melody@globalpaws.co.za
www.globalpaws.co.za  tel:
fax:  +27 11 662 1777
+27 11 662 1778 
 
 They are in Auckland.  Maybe someone here have used them, but check it out yourself.  They also had a African grey and it had to stay behind.  Don't know the reason though.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Magnum on September 20, 2007, 06:41:46 pm
Do you have to use an agent to take pets to NZ, or can you do it yourself?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: ks11 on September 21, 2007, 08:32:14 am
I think you can do it yourself. I dont see why not, an agent just makes it easier as blood tests need to be done on certain days and the state vet also has to sign documents! call the airlines that fly direct about what procedure you need to follow to transport your pet. You need approved pet carriers etc and then you need to do all the liasing with the quarantine station etc. 
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Magnum on September 22, 2007, 01:31:08 pm
I'm asking, because our vet said that he could do it himself. He knows how and he's friends with my mother and father, therefore we are considering using him to help us with it. 
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: ks11 on September 22, 2007, 11:38:58 pm
imports@maf.govt.nz  Email MAf on this email and they will be able to give you all the information you need or give you the correct link on their website.
They are quite helpful. Our Vet did all the tests except for the ones needed in the last month as We were here and hubby was also here at the time so nobody could take marmelade to the vet on the certain days.  We checked him into Keringa where he was boarding for the last month and they did everything that needed to be done.  Booked tickets etc.  Just remember you need to have a letter from your quarantine facility this side before you apply for you permit. - the permit can also be faxed or emailed to MAF.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Janine on October 11, 2007, 02:41:31 pm
Hi

I don't know if this website has been mentioned yet...  www.keringa.co.za
It is for those wishing to send their pets over. They are an internationally licensed emigration station. Their website is very informative.  O0
Hope it helps.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on October 11, 2007, 03:03:54 pm
Magnum this has been discussed on the forum in detail before.  Have a search, a long post about what needs to be done and how long in advance, etc.  Also search the web for Pets Haven they have very nice facilities in Auckl for the quarantine period.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 11, 2007, 06:04:47 pm
Petshaven are fully booked till middle of Feb and Keringa are booked up till Jan!!! :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 19, 2007, 08:12:47 pm
Dogs are booked into Keringa from next Saturday - this whole little exercise for my two sausages is going to cost aprox R85 000.00 :o  But I love them too much :smitten: :smitten:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on October 20, 2007, 07:13:58 am
A nice gent on that side said to us, 'take out anything that can cause you more stress during this move.  It is stressful enough without adding things that will cause more emotional upsets'. Wise words.  You have done the right thing MJ.  Now you have one less thing to feel sad about, and one more thing to be happy about. O0 

PS don't you want to take a very nice and gently border collie too? :'( 

Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 20, 2007, 07:33:41 am
I would love too.  If you are even just thinking about taking your dog get those bloods done asap then at least you have options.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on October 20, 2007, 11:04:38 am
I realized just how much my hubby also misses our kitty.  You know the men don't always voice their feelings.  But he said he was talking to one of his colleagues the other day and had told him that he felt like flying over to the USA and bringing our kitty over here himself.  It's really hard to know what's best for the cat vs our own desire to just have her with us.  She's nearly 13 years old, and has now had to live with friends for 3 months already.  She's adapted there very well.  So it feels like it would be selfish of us to put her through the upheaval of flying that long flight over, and then be put in quarantine on this end before being allowed to come and live with us again.  How does one know what is best?  :confused:  Joshua has said that he will name his new kitty Misty, too. Makes me just want to  :'( all over again.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Badprop on October 20, 2007, 12:10:21 pm
Spot on Colleen.  I can't do it to her either.  She is too sensitive and the vet also didn't recommend it.  He said Borders don't handle the quarantine well and we would do her more harm than good.  So we going the hart break route.

Of all the people and friends I leave behind.... I'm gonna mis my dog the most.  She protected me 3 times from break ins.   :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 20, 2007, 03:30:54 pm
Colleen I thought there was no quarantine form the USA
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on October 21, 2007, 02:18:18 am
30 days.  Not as much as SA, but still it's there.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on October 21, 2007, 08:59:40 am
I'm very very sad :'( :'( :'( :'(
My kitty got killed on the road yesterday :'(
We are all so devasted. She travelled around the world and then from one Island to another :'(
We feel like we've lost a child :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

R.I.P Our special "Rusty" :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on October 21, 2007, 09:22:54 am
sorry to hear Linda :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: ks11 on October 21, 2007, 09:56:54 am
 :'( :'( :'(
Sorry to hear about your kitty.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 21, 2007, 10:15:19 am
 :smitten: to Linda and family.  sorry to hear about your kitty :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: mikencarmen on October 21, 2007, 11:17:42 am
Linda and Family, so sorry about "kitty"  :'(
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: mikencarmen on October 21, 2007, 11:19:23 am
MJ, are you able to give us a break down of the costs for the costs for the Sausages?

C
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 21, 2007, 12:00:25 pm
Sure - mine is costing so much because they have to be kenneled until the end of Jan on this side because we did not have the blood tests done in time :'(
The prices are for both sausages:

The Kenneling on the JHB side is aprox R15 000.00 (aprox 89 days)
The 30 day pre export Fee is R13125.00
Travel costs R 10944.06
Import permit R394.00
Quarantine at Qualified Pet services in Auckland is $9324
They would have been able to travel at the end of December but Onderstepoort is closed over December so none of the tests can be done  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: zatexnz on October 21, 2007, 12:37:52 pm
MJ, are you able to give us a break down of the costs for the costs for the Sausages?

C

Sorry, but this first had me  ??? wondering what on earth the price of sausages had to do with Happy's cat dying, and then I realized after reading the next post that you were talking about dogs!  :2funny:

Linda, I am so sad to hear about Rusty's dieing!   :'(  Cannot imagine what you must be going through right now.  Hugs, friend!   :-\ :smitten:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: mikencarmen on October 21, 2007, 12:57:57 pm
Thanks for the info MJ, we are planning on taking Pug with us, she is our 3rd child, could never leave her behind... :)

C
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: MJ on October 21, 2007, 01:16:00 pm
I know mine are too - it will be a lot cheaper with just one. :)
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Cameleon on October 21, 2007, 06:02:32 pm
Sjame! Happy! Sorry to hear about Rusty!  :'( We're thinking of you!  :smitten:
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: tandl on October 21, 2007, 06:40:33 pm
Oh Linda, I really am sorry...   Thinking of you.
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Happy Expat on October 21, 2007, 09:16:40 pm
Thanks for all your thoughts guys :)

Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Magnum on October 23, 2007, 06:43:20 pm
Anyone know how much, approximately, it would cost (in total) to take a small dog like a miniature doberman pincher?
Title: Re: Importing your pets
Post by: Nolan on October 23, 2007, 08:49:32 pm
Magnum, there are quite a few prices in this thread and HERE (http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/faq/immigrationquotes.php)