I have to quarantine them in the UK for SIX LONG MONTHS. That's a huge chunk of their lives!
UK Guinea Lynxers, I BEG you to ask around (your vets, your local guinea pig rescues, fellow animal lovers, etc.) for quarantine recommendations. They don't have to be quarantine kennels per se--for example some animal sanctuaries are allowed by DEFRA to quarantine animals.
I have consulted DEFRA's list of recommended quarantines (yes, all 3 of them) and they are all businesses, totally commercialised and charging absolutely crazy prices (5,000-7,000 Pounds Sterling!!!). I'd rather pay more sensible money and see it go to a good cause like the upkeep of an animal sanctuary.
Please help my pigs Petit, Filous, Pate, Brulee and Marcel.
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
The quarantine is mainly for rabies so that's why cats, dogs and ferrets are the main culprits for getting shut up for 6 months but if they have anti-rabies shots they can get in generally alot easier. Guinea pigs are low risk of spreading the disease but they don't fit in any particular group so have to get lumped under the 'all other animals' 6 months category.
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
Edit to say no early release for 'good behaviour' unfortunately, and if the authorities do a spot check and discover the animals are not there they will be hunted down and destroyed - seriously!
Leaving my piggies behind in Bahrain isn't an option unless I find someone who will give them the same standard of care they receive from me--or a standard that I approve of. I have been asking around and it is looking increasingly unlikely. Hence my appeal for help.
If I can get them into a trusted quarantine in the UK who will take good care of them, I think we can weather this storm together.
webs, Hastings isn't too far away at all! I won't be working for the first 6 months or so after the move so I will be free to travel to see them every week.
In fact right now an animal sanctuary in Swansea may be able to take them in--I just spoke to the owner and he has 4 gp's of his own. He's waiting for the DEFRA vet in Wales to give him permission next week--fingers crossed!!! If all goes well, this June when I'm on holiday in the UK I plan to hop on a train to Swansea to check out his place and give him the full instructions on gp care, GuineaLynx style : )
webs if you could pass me your Hastings contact's email address and tel number I will contact them and arrange to visit them in June as well. It would be wonderful to be able to choose from several options! Many thanks in advance.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Thanks deborah I have already explored the EU country and special status country (Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, etc.) options. Unfortunately the end result is the same for all guinea pigs ultimately ending up in the UK--6 months of quarantine. The only difference is the quarantine can take place in EU and special status countries instead of the UK.
I just shudder to think about all the guinea pigs and other small animals currently excluded from the pet passport scheme being kept by British expatriate families in the Gulf / Middle East. If (God forbid) war or general instability were to ever break out en masse throughout the region, just imagine the numbers of small pets left behind because they could not be brought home without the tremendous hassle of a 6 month quarantine. Currently only dogs, cats and ferrets are on the pet passport scheme because they can be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies--both of which I believe are lethal to guinea pigs.
I very much hope you can find a suitable place for quarantine (that doesn't charge the earth).