I have written a post on my experience so far on taking a dog hes due to fly on the 10th August
HI, I thought i would write a post about taking my dog to Adelaide to start our new adventures.
I decided to go with Pet air for transporting my doggie. I had a google around at a couple of others but I decided that although pet air are not cheapest I believe that they are one of best and so far they have not disappointed, every question I have have asked they have answered and I contacted them by email and phone, I paid for the gold service this includes everything apart from the rabies blood test and the flight from Melbourn to Adelaide that had to paid separately also the quarantine fees have to be paid direct to the Australian government. The full price I have paid will be about £6,000 he's a Deerhound x greyhound so his crate will be massive and he will take up quite a bit of airspace. Hes flying on the 8th August with qantas on the most direct route with a stop to refuel.
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs here is the Oz government official website for bringing cats and dogs in to Oz you can type in the date that your moving and this gives you a time frame of when things have to be done by. I used this a guide. It takes about 6 months to bring a dog in to Australia it sounds like a long time and a lot to do but there isn't really there are quite a fewo months where there is nothing to be done. The rabies blood test is done at the start because has got to be done 180 days before they fly. I would strongly suggest that you do use a pet migration agent as there is a lot of paper work to be done and they do most of it I only had to do a bit.
Quarantine in oz is only 10 DAYS a lot of people I spoke to thought that it was a lot more so for me there was no question of not taking my doggie with such a short quarantine time. I have thought about leaving him with friends and family and I kept on thinking of the money I would save but I just could not do it and I know that he will be fine, once out of quarantine he maybe sleepy and take a few weeks to adjust and adapt and that he may not like the car at first and there maybe a few other things but I am prepared for me and my dog to take one step at a time to not expect too much and that its going to be strange at first for me as it is for him.
Hope this helps some of you who are thinking of taking your pets to Australia.