2012 got off to a furry happy start on 3rd January as a staggering 926 pets, more than ever before, travelled to and from the Continent on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. As the Christmas break drew to a close, the pets and their owners, from all corners of the world, smashed the previous record of 762, which was set back in January 2010.
Passengers included Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s first customers from Rio de Janeiro. Family cats Tiggy, Tiguinho, Tabitha, Clarinha and their owners, Peter and Erondina Napthine travelled from Rio to the UK to begin a new life in Plymouth. The Napthine’s travelled by plane from Rio to Paris, with the cats having to remain in the hold. From Paris they hired a car and chose to travel in the most pet-friendly way with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle as they didn’t want to be parted from their beloved cats for any longer.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s Senior Product Manager, Deborah Elliott, said, “We are absolutely delighted that so many pets and their owners travelled with us today. Being able to reunite the Napthine’s with their cats for the last leg of their journey was particularly rewarding. The beauty of using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is that pets stay with their owners throughout the short 35 minute crossing, and this is just one reason why we have been the most popular form of pet travel since the Pet Travel Scheme began in 2000.”
Delighted customers passing through the dedicated Pet booth on the Calais Terminal were treated to complimentary bags of hypoallergenic dog and cat food from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s partners, Arden Grange. Complimentary copies of Your Cat and Dogs Today magazines were also given out.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has helped new and existing customers with the changes to the legislation by updating the website with a simple to understand check list.
There is also an update to the dedicated pet travel page http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/tickets/travelling-with-your-pet/
The core changes to the legislation are:
1. Dogs, cats and ferrets no longer require a blood test after they have been vaccinated against rabies.
2. The length of the waiting period before they can enter the UK has been reduced to 21 days after their vaccination against rabies.
3. There will be no mandatory requirement for tick treatment, although it is recommended!
Dogs will still have to be treated against tapeworms. Treatment must be administered by a vet not less than 24 hrs (1 day) and no more than 120 hrs (5 days) before arrival back into the UK
There is no charge for pets travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle from Folkestone to Calais, and a charge of just £30 per dog, cat or ferret entering the UK. All registered assistance and guide dogs travel free in both directions.
Over 600,000 cats, dogs and ferrets have travelled on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle service.