We are a family looking forward to start a better life in Australia as migrants. I am a stay at home mom taking care of my 4 year old boy, 7 month old baby boy and my rescued/adopted pets. Our move will not be complete without having our pets with us. Bringing a pet to Australia is very costly because of the complexity and the numerous requirements by the Australian Government.
Timmy the Aspin
Sad to say, but there are a lot of stray dogs in the Philippines. When I see some stray dog in the area where I live, I give them food and water. Then they wander off never to be seen again. On a hot summer day in May 2018, I saw Timmy (an Aspin or Asong Pinoy) and gave her food and water. But the difference with Timmy was that she stayed in the area for several days looking very scared. I took pity on her because she was so emaciated, full of mange and with open wounds around her frail body. I took her home with the plan to get her in good shape and afterwards have her adopted. Sadly, no one wants to take her, which is also the problem of rescue shelters here in the Philippines. Today she is still with me and is now one of my beloved companions.
Ming Ming the one eyed Puspin
Ming Ming (a Puspin or Pusang Pinoy) used to be a stray cat in the area where I lived. I feed stray cats in the area and she was one of the many I feed. Until one day a tenant complained about the cats and they were all rounded up and “dumped” some place else which I can’t do anything about. To my surprise several days after, she came back but with her one eye wounded. I continued to feed her and later was able to earn her trust, had her spayed /neutered and took her inside the house. Now, 5 years later, she is a very much loved family member.
Bucci the Dog with Swimmers Syndrome
I adopted Bucci in February 2015 from a litter of puppies for the main reason that he has a “deformity” with his crooked hind legs. When he was a puppy, he can’t walk and all he could do was just “swim”. It turned out he has spayed legs and the vet said that he might not walk at all. But to my amazement he learned to walk and run (though in an unusual way) despite his condition although he can’t jump and climb stairs. When he was 3 years old, he began to have dry eyes which means we have to clean his eyes twice a day. Also he has a chronic skin condition. He is indeed a special dog with special needs and requires dedicated care.
BRINGING PETS TO AUSTRALIA
Bringing a pet to Australia is very expensive and very complicated. Philippines is a non approved country for Australia since rabies is widespread here. For our pets to be able to enter Australia, they have to pass through an approved country like Singapore or Brunei. They have to stay there for quarantine and also for numerous blood tests as requirement. But while still in the Philippines, they have to undergo the first RNATT test (rabies titre test) as preparation and also a requirement. Next is the paperworks like import permit to Singapore or Brunei, health certificates etc.
When they move to the approved country, they have to satisfy the quarantine requirement for that approved country and then do the 2nd rabies titre test, other blood tests and the vaccinations required for Australia.
After completing all these requirements in the approved country, the pets have to fly via cargo to Melbourne where the only quarantine facility for Australia is located. There is a mandatory 10 day quarantine that you have to pay for as well as the import fees.
To know more about bringing cats and dogs to Australia, please refer to link :https://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs
Below is the quotation by a pet relocation company. This quotation is for Singapore to Melbourne only. Manila to Singapore is not yet included here.
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We are planning to move at the end of the year around October but the preparation for the importation of pets must be done 6 months before (e.g. first rabies titre test in the Philippines).
These pets are family and I will try my best not to leave them behind. These rescues have been abandoned and neglected before and it is my promise to them that I will take care of them till the end. We did save funds for their relocation but due to the high cost, it will not be enough.
With your help, I hope and I pray hard, I won’t fail them.