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Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

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On friday I have seen on FB a dog that needs a home. As me and my boyfriend were searching for a new member of our family,he has come as an answer......
Now I am looking for a flight and all that is needed to be sorted out. As this is the first time Im doing this, I kindly ask for any tips or advice you might have.
My friend that found him will take him to the vet and sort out the rage vaccine and all that is needed for a passport.
We(me n boyfriend) have done the doggy course on friday and i thought that was great!
Here is the gorgeous guy: (we decided to call him Leo(Leopold)
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Old 02.04.2012, 08:55
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

one of the members here.........grumpygrapefruit..............adopted a dog from Russia... you might want to try contacting him for advice.
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

thats a cyprus poodle.. we had 1 when we lived there and brought it back to the UK. no health issues that i am aware of, its loving and loyal and easily trained.

BTW there are thousands of them running around homeless
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thats a cyprus poodle.. we had 1 when we lived there and brought it back to the UK. no health issues that i am aware of, its loving and loyal and easily trained.

BTW there are thousands of them running around homeless
Oh yes...........and Cyprus can be a very cruel place for dogs

I had addopted 3amazing dogs from a dog shelter in Nicosia that were next to be put down.......also,helped many others to find a home because they are put down like flys And its one of the reasons that I decided to take one from there, as its chances are not good at all
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

ah ok, so you know the story - thats good.

when i ws there the national sport seemed to be how many cats or dogs you could hit with your car !
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ah ok, so you know the story - thats good.

when i ws there the national sport seemed to be how many cats or dogs you could hit with your car !
my aunty was working for years at the dog shelter in Nicosia...so I know more than I would ever like to

one of my dogs was poisened in my own garden by the neighbours!!!
and my 2 cats!!!!

but,but.......... also there are wonderful ppl who treat their pets with soooo much respect and love...... thank God, Leo has been found by one of them
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

Wish you luck in bringing him here and glad he's got a forever home to come to.
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Wish you luck in bringing him here and glad he's got a forever home to come to.
he he, thanx he is going to love it here!!! green everywhere,lots of dogs to play with,safe from dog psychos and we cant wait to have him
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

He looks a real sweetheart.....well done you for giving him the chance of a new start in life!
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

You are doing a wonderful thing, Metamorphosis - good for you!

The legalities around getting him here are fairly simple, just follow this handy little BVet ap to see what needs done:

http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=de

As for the flight - how big is he? If he and his travel crate are under 8 kg, he can fly in the cabin with you in an airline-approved travel bag - assuming that you were to travel to pick him up, or you had someone in Cyprus willing to fly him to CH.

If he is bigger than 8 kg or if he is small but you don't have someone to travel with him, then he needs to fly cargo. Which means that you will need a travel crate that conforms to the airline requirements. Generally that means a crate that is large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in without his ears touching the top. The crate should be ventiliated on all sides, and must be sturdy. The collapsable crates are not appropriate.

The crate should be kitted out with a water bottle. I use the hamster type, mounted on the door. I freeze the bottle so that during the flight the water gradually melts and drips into a bowl (also mounted on the door.) This give the dog enough water to keep him hydrated, but does not make an uncomfortable mess.

It is important to get the dog accustomed to the crate before travel. Can your friend work on that for you?

If your dog is flying unaccompanied cargo, you will need to be at the airport to collect him and bring him through customs.

You would need someone to organize the check-in, and most importantly to help get the little guy accustomed to the crate.

Your best bet is to call the airline for specifics.

FYI, some airlines limit the number of animals on a flight, some impose a travel embargo when the weather gets too hot.

The rescue I volunteer with sometimes uses a 'Flugpaten' when we bring in dogs from abroad- people who are vacationing in the area who have already made plans to fly back to CH help us bring the dogs in. These good folks then book one of our dogs under their ticket. I think it's a baggage booking - but all the above re: crates apply, and the dog travels exactly as cargo. This is a less expensive option than cargo (allowing the rescue to keep it's limited resources helping more dogs ). If you knew someone in Cyprus who would be willing to do this for you, that might also be an option.

How much is a flight to Cyprus? You might find it less expensive to fly there yourself... which would give you a chance to get to know your little guy before the big move.

When moving my own dogs internationally I've always used a professional pet shipping firm - it is expensive, but I prefer having that back-up for my own peace of mind. A professional firm will take care of all the details, door-to-door. One that has a good reputation in Switzerland is ACE Pet Moving:
http://www.acepetmoving.com/en/about-us.html

I know the situation in Cyprus is heart-breaking, so many homeless and abused dogs. My motto has always been - 'until there are none, rescue one.'

You are a star for giving this doglet a chance at the kind of life every dog deserves.

Wishing you and the little guy all the very best.


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Glad to hear that you enjoyed the SKN course!
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

We just took home up a dog from Spain yesterday, through a Swiss rescue operation. I think she said dogs need immunization and passport. Not sure if a tracking chip is mandatory. She said it was much easier to fly the dog into Frankfurt, rather than Zurich, then drive the dog across the border. I can send you contact information for the rescue operation if you need it.
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A dog from Cyprus as a new family member ?

What happened to the old fashioned way? Like having a baby ?
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A dog from Cyprus as a new family member ?

What happened to the old fashioned way? Like having a baby ?
babies take much longer to paper train, and aren't nearly as good at fetching a ball.
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There are of course 1000s of dogs awaiting good homes in rescue centres right here in Switzerland.
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You are doing a wonderful thing, Metamorphosis - good for you!

The legalities around getting him here are fairly simple, just follow this handy little BVet ap to see what needs done:

http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=de

As for the flight - how big is he? If he and his travel crate are under 8 kg, he can fly in the cabin with you in an airline-approved travel bag - assuming that you were to travel to pick him up, or you had someone in Cyprus willing to fly him to CH.

If he is bigger than 8 kg or if he is small but you don't have someone to travel with him, then he needs to fly cargo. Which means that you will need a travel crate that conforms to the airline requirements. Generally that means a crate that is large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in without his ears touching the top. The crate should be ventiliated on all sides, and must be sturdy. The collapsable crates are not appropriate.

The crate should be kitted out with a water bottle. I use the hamster type, mounted on the door. I freeze the bottle so that during the flight the water gradually melts and drips into a bowl (also mounted on the door.) This give the dog enough water to keep him hydrated, but does not make an uncomfortable mess.

It is important to get the dog accustomed to the crate before travel. Can your friend work on that for you?

If your dog is flying unaccompanied cargo, you will need to be at the airport to collect him and bring him through customs.

You would need someone to organize the check-in, and most importantly to help get the little guy accustomed to the crate.

Your best bet is to call the airline for specifics.

FYI, some airlines limit the number of animals on a flight, some impose a travel embargo when the weather gets too hot.

The rescue I volunteer with sometimes uses a 'Flugpaten' when we bring in dogs from abroad- people who are vacationing in the area who have already made plans to fly back to CH help us bring the dogs in. These good folks then book one of our dogs under their ticket. I think it's a baggage booking - but all the above re: crates apply, and the dog travels exactly as cargo. This is a less expensive option than cargo (allowing the rescue to keep it's limited resources helping more dogs ). If you knew someone in Cyprus who would be willing to do this for you, that might also be an option.

How much is a flight to Cyprus? You might find it less expensive to fly there yourself... which would give you a chance to get to know your little guy before the big move.

When moving my own dogs internationally I've always used a professional pet shipping firm - it is expensive, but I prefer having that back-up for my own peace of mind. A professional firm will take care of all the details, door-to-door. One that has a good reputation in Switzerland is ACE Pet Moving:
http://www.acepetmoving.com/en/about-us.html

I know the situation in Cyprus is heart-breaking, so many homeless and abused dogs. My motto has always been - 'until there are none, rescue one.'

You are a star for giving this doglet a chance at the kind of life every dog deserves.

Wishing you and the little guy all the very best.


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Glad to hear that you enjoyed the SKN course!
wow, thats incredible information-thank you soooooo much!

i am checking the flights to cyprus now, and most probably will go there my self....we were even considering driving over there,as my b.f. has seen a very stressed dog after a longer flight.......but i guess a sedative would take care of that?
anyhows, your info is spot on! Many many thanks
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

baby
he he,all in good time

shelters in switzerland-true but also with greater chance of finding a home-bealive me!
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We just took home up a dog from Spain yesterday, through a Swiss rescue operation. I think she said dogs need immunization and passport. Not sure if a tracking chip is mandatory. She said it was much easier to fly the dog into Frankfurt, rather than Zurich, then drive the dog across the border. I can send you contact information for the rescue operation if you need it.
we were thinking of flying him to Viena and than driving to Baden....... All posibilities are still open..........Trying to figure the best one still! Thanx for the info!
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

We adopted our dog in Portugal. Basically, we got her a microchip, a passport, rabies vaccine, and sent her to Switzerland in a cargo plane. It's not very expensive.

She was in perfect health when she arrived, no problem.

So I guess the easiest would be for your friend in Cyprus to bring the doggie to the airport (cargo part) with all his papers, and book him a place in a cargo plane. You can then come fetch him at the airport in Switzerland!

Oh, and they have a special section in the cargo planes for live animals. They take good care of them, and they wait for you in a special unit for animals at the airport.
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We just rescued a puppy from Spain and its been really fun having her so far. Except for the "devil dog" moments....but she is after all a puppy!

We drove her across from France into CH and all she had was first shots, worming, ticks and passport - but I know it's different when traveling by plane.

You're doing a wonderful thing!
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Re: Bringing a homeless dog from Cyprus?

Who could resist that gorgeous fellow! Well done you, and good luck! Please let us have an update once Leo has settled in.
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