Never Give Up Hope

Update posted by Toni Tesauro On May 24, 2018

We are down to the final days. My anxiety is growing and my bags are partially packed. Last minute errands are being completed and time spent with those I have grown to love is quickly diminishing. Hope's flight will only be 100% confirmed the week before we leave, so it is very possible she arrives a whole 2 days before me in Philadelphia.

The outcome of the visa situation seems hopeful, considering stories from others I have recently heard. All fingers and toes are crossed that I can hurry up and get back home to South Africa with Hope. She will not be a happy kitty to live indoors in the city. The bush is her home!

Thank you to those who have helped so far, I could not have begun this journey without your assistance.

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Update posted by Toni Tesauro On Apr 22, 2018

Massive change in plans! Hope was originally going to fly with me IN the plane cabin the entire way, but the EU has determined that this is not possible. Therefore, the worst idea I could have imagined, needs to take place. She must travel in the cargo hold, alone. This is extremely stressful for both me and her as the risks involved give me nightmares.

Import and export permits are in place and now it's just waiting to see how all this works out. I still need to come up with R30,000 before I leave on June 12th. Upcoming costs include Hope's travel fees (R13,000), her final medical clearance and deworming (R1,000), driving her to Johannesburg for her flight (R3,000), paying my guide and his petrol and accommodation to Mozambique (?), obtaining my Mozambique visa (R1,000), funny money (you'll know what I mean in Africa), and the purchase of Euros in order to stay and eat in Lisbon, Portugal for my 23 hour layover.

It is completely understandable if you cannot donate (clearly I wouldn't be able to either!), but sharing this link is extremely helpful to get the word out!

Thanks so much for taking this journey with me!

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Update posted by Toni Tesauro On Apr 04, 2018

Thus far, I have been able to get Hope micro-chipped for our journey overseas. Her lab results are pending, and once received we can begin processing our import and export permits. Our adventure begins in South Africa, with a couple days in Mozambique (SA doesn't allow cats on planes), a night in Lisbon, Portugal, arrival in New York City to the final destination of Philadelphia. Overall, we will be in transit for 4 days.

Flights have been booked and we are departing from St. Lucia on June 12th! Hope is not very happy about our travel arrangements as she is not used to being cooped up, but I am confident she will adapt quickly. We keep her travel bag close, and play in it often so she gains confidence and security with her comfort levels.

This is a giant step backwards, but a necessary evil in order to make any progress with my goals. We "hope" to be back in South Africa in a year searching for places to work with her (much) bigger counterparts.

In the meantime, please SHARE SHARE SHARE this link on social media and throughout your email contacts.

Thank you!

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I'm so going to miss you...love you

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More to come. ❤️

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Hi Toni, please let me know if you will need a loan at the end. Sverre

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