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Emily's Coming Home

December 1st, 2005, 12:49 PM
I saw this article ages ago, but she's finally passed quarantine and is on her way home to her family in Wisconsin:

December 1st, 2005, 01:01 PM
What a great story. Amazing how the kitty managed to travel so far from home.

That cat is definitely on lucky girl!

December 1st, 2005, 05:19 PM
I just saw this on my local CTV affiliate - Emily looked to be well cared for. Great that she was well tagged!! A good lesson for the rest of us!!!!

December 3rd, 2005, 10:48 AM
I still can't figure out why they had to put her in quarantine though... There is no quarantine going to the USA, is there?

December 3rd, 2005, 11:49 AM
Yep there is :) For animals coming from other countries (Canada I believe is excluded from this policy), they must remain in quarantine for 4-6 weeks. My trainer had a horse come in from Peru that we saw come off the plane and then not again for a month due to quarantine restrictions.

December 3rd, 2005, 12:07 PM
It must be a very new thing then? I looked at the USDA and CDC site and they don't say anything about it - (maybe I am mis-reading?)

Hawaii, yes, but Newark, New Jersey?

When we took our cats from the UK to the US a few years ago, I walked right thru Newark airport with them, no one even asked to see health certificates or anything - granted it was form the "rabies free" (wink wink) UK, but still...

Poor little thing, such a big trip and then to be jailed in quarantine...:(

December 3rd, 2005, 02:32 PM
It would appear that they've relaxed the rules on cats and dogs and now just large critters (horses/cattle/birds/reptiles) are subject to the varying degrees of quarantine restrictions when coming into the US. HOWEVER, travel into the EU (including France) requires documentation stating that your pet is in good health, which is why I think she had to go through quarantine - no owners, no paperwork. At least there was a happy ending to the story :)

December 3rd, 2005, 02:38 PM
I have a friend who moved from the US to France and she said that she was able to just stroll out of the airport with her pooch. She was loaded down with all of the paperwork. I'm not sure if they checked that or not. I would hope so. But both she, and my vet who recently travleled there said France is VERY doggie friendly.

We've thought about an extended visit in the UK, and would really love to do that but I couldn't leave my baby dog for that long and wouldn't want to have to quarantine him.

Isn't the Emily story wonderful though. Thank God she survived and imagine how happy her owners must have been to get that call saying that she was ok. And how surprised they must have been to find out where she turned up.

December 3rd, 2005, 03:17 PM
Oooft, I didn't mean to touch off a weird bit of misinformation, only relating my own experience with a horse. The EU has very strict rules about bringing animals into the various countries that are within it. France and the UK have very specific rules about pets having all of the right forms signed off on by vets, etc. The UK in particular is rabies free so their VERY strict about that. The APHIS website link is below:

Both of these links give LOTS of info, so joeysmama, don't cancel the plans for that trip. The UK is one of my favorite places to visit and I do so often, don't miss out until you've read the above - I don't think you'll be disappointed with what you find.

December 3rd, 2005, 04:47 PM
Well, the UK claims to be rabies free, but in actuality, they are not - a rabid bat was found a few years ago and also a rabid dog got half way through the Chunnel - who knows how many else they have not caught -

When we first moved over here we put our cats through the barbaric six (6!)month quarantine, there was no other choice - and even though I made a 2 hour journey to visit them every day, I know they were not happy there... It cost a small fortune to keep them kenneled, and we had a choice of an indoor kennel that was overpopulated and understaffed, or a partially outdoor kennel that had the correct staff and animal numbers... or a kennel that would have been 6-7 hours away! Like I said, barbaric...

ANYWAY - you can bring your pets into the UK provided that a vet "follows" them for 6 months before entering the country - There may still be quarantine for countries that do not appear on the approved list of countries...

Gomez has a Pet Passport that allows him to travel with us around any of the approved EU countries provided we can show his passport and have a vet see him 24 hours before his return to the UK - read all about it here:

UK has the toughest laws regarding pet imports - so I'm curious about this kitty's journey to France....

I've been trying to find more articles on this poor kitty, and while all of them talk about a "quarantine" not one specifies where she had to serve the quarantine and why -

I have a thing about quarantines, can you tell?