Ollie and Andrew move to Scotland
In order to fly into the UK, they have to be shipped as cargo, which is a very expensive proposition. (All live animals arriving in the UK have to be air cargo, no in-cabin or checked-luggage options are allowed.)
With cargo fees, import/export, vet certificate endorsement from the USDA, customs, care before the flight and during the layover, etc, it will cost $2500 per cat.
I am a pastor who will also have a short sale on my little house, losing about 1/3 of its original price, so that is a really sizable chunk of debt I'm not sure how to get out of.
Ollie is turning 14 this spring--she is nine pounds of friendly affection! She will squeeze herself into any box or small space she can find, when she isn't jockeying for space in my arms. I've had her for most of her life, and she's been giving me "eskimo kisses" every day for all these years! She loves to sleep on my pillow, or under the covers snuggled up like a teddy bear.
Andrew is a twenty pound Nebelung, and is turning 11 this spring. He was born in a shelter and I brought him home soon after--his whole life has been lived in this house! As soon as I sit down, he comes to sit on my feet or my lap. He follows me around the house, sleeps next to me in the bed, and talks constantly. He wants to be where I am...and he doesn't like when other people visit and compete for my attention. :-)
Both have had some challenges, health-wise, including dental issues, Ollie has a blood clotting disorder, and Andrew has anxiety about anything out of the routine (including but not limited to strangers, different food, loud noises, and car travel). We have settled in to a healthy happy place, and I know we can continue that in our new home! I even already got a veterinarian recommendation in my new neighborhood.
Ollie and Andrew already have plenty of experience hanging out in boxes and suitcases, as you can see, and they've been studying up for the move (at least, that's what I tell myself when they sit on my books and sermon notes!). Now I just have to get them there safely, so we can keep my happy little family purring away.
I can't imagine a home without them and their silky fur floating around the house, their voices chattering to me when they think they deserve treats, and the comfort of petting them with one hand and turning the pages of a book with another.
I have to pay a 50% deposit by the beginning of March, and then the rest at the beginning of May, so I'm hoping to avoid putting it on my credit card.
I'm beyond grateful for any help you can give me in ensuring my fur-babies are able to come on our new adventure!
I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to pay the deposit on their move without worrying whether I can afford the next vet visit afterward. Thank you thank you thank you.
The next payment is due mid-May, so please keep sharing! the wider the net, the more likely my lovely old kitties can stay together without being any more stressed than a simple plane trip. :-) LOVE YOU ALL!
Ollie had two teeth whose roots were being reabsorbed, so the tooth was decaying. Instead of drilling them out, the vet just "amputated" the crowns...leaving the roots to finish being reabsorbed by her body. While doing that, they also cleaned her teeth so she has the pearliest pearly whites of anyone in the house. :-) And gave her all her shots while she wouldn't notice, which is a genius idea I might ask my own doctor about, LOL.
Now she is post-anesthesia and is wandering around the house with her various limbs not working together, unable to jump successfully, which is simultaneously hilarious and sad. We aren't allowed to play with the laser pointer for at least 24 hours, either.
Andrew had his well-kitty visit today, and got some shots, and showed me a new level of travel anxiety: he threw up in the carrier about 6 minutes into the 10 minute drive. So then he had to have a bath at the vet too. :-( Poor baby! The vet and I had a chat about possible anti-anxiety measures that won't count as "sedated" (since sedation is not allowed) so we'll be trying some things over the next several weeks. That means more car rides with the cat, so please pray for me. (and him)
Both cats seem healthy enough, according to the vet, as long as we can get Andrew's travel anxiety under control. So now it's just a case of getting everything else ready. After putting today's feline dental work on my credit card, I'm even more nervous about travel expenses, and I'm trying not to pass that nervousness on to them. Please share so people can help, with prayer and good wishes and stories of successful travel and with money if they have it...Thanks so much!!
1. The house sale is in bank hands...my mortgage company has done its initial review and now we wait for someone to have time to go over the file and determine whether they will accept the purchase price (the difference between what I still owe and what the house is currently worth is $30,000). Short sales take a long time so I've been encouraged by how quickly this part has gone...which means now I have to get patient. lol.
2. Both kitties have vet appointments to update their vaccinations and have checkups to be sure there's nothing we need to deal with now. That gives us 60 days until their final examinations/certification, so hopefully that's plenty of time for anything that might pop up.
3. I've picked a moving company for my stuff!
4. The deposit for the pet relocation is due in 10 days. I am about $500 short of that deposit right now, so I'm hoping y'all will share this link for us!
5. The vet said one way to hopefully keep Ollie from further sinus infection relapse is to get her to play more. To that end, I bought a laser pointer....I cannot believe it's been such a long time since we had one of these. The meows are COMPLETELY HILARIOUS about it. (Sorry the video is kind of dark...it's surprisingly hard to run both the camera and the laser pointer at the same time, and to try to crack up silently so you get more than just me laughing hysterically on the screen....)
Thank you all for your amazing support so far! Please share and let people know how much these kitties want and deserve to stay together as a family through this big transition...it would be particularly amazing if we could reach some of the friends-of-friends network. Just a little bit from each of us goes a long way!
The kitties have appointments for rabies boosters in a couple weeks, and today I was given all their other vaccination records and microchip numbers so I can get the process of plane tickets started!
My house is sold, pending bank approval (it's a short sale), so no more people are coming and going to look at it, which means Ollie and Andrew are back to their usual snuggly selves. I'll just be sitting here with a cat on each side of my lap, pretending everything is normal so they don't have anything else to freak out about. :-)
We are super close to raising enough money to pay the deposit on the cargo fees, so please share with your friends and family, in case other pet lovers might want to help make sure Ollie and Andrew are able to travel safely to our new home!
Thank you all for your support so far--this is amazing!! I <3 you all.