Home > Special Pets > Search and Rescue Animals and Travel

Search and Rescue Animals and Travel

By: Elaine Everest - Updated: 27 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Rabies Quarantine Kennels Search And

Some of the bravest dogs can be found working for the many search and rescue organisations. These highly trained dogs are taken, sometimes at a moment’s notice to countries around the world where their specialist training is used to find trapped and lost humans in highly dangerous areas.

Training

In order for a dog and its handler to be ready to work in search and rescue situations they must undergo many gruelling hours of training and be tested to ensure they are both up to the job required of them. Ongoing training and assessment takes many hours out of the handler’s life and for many people this is a voluntary job without payment. Search and Rescue organisation exist on sponsorship and the goodwill of benefactors in order to survive and

Pet Travel Scheme

For search and rescue dogs that travel back to the UK from countries who are part of the pet travel scheme they will be treated no differently than the many thousands of pets that also make the same journeys each year. Search and Rescue dogs have to go through the rabies injections and blood tests before being able to apply for a pet passport. When coming back into the UK they have to undergo the same tapeworm and tick treatments and be scanned up-on entry on UK soil.

Quarantine

For dogs that are taken out of the country to lay their lives on the ground in order to save people in countries that are not part of the pet travel scheme they then have to ensure six months quarantine upon returning to the UK. Imagine the distress of these dogs that are used to being worked and are highly trained in situations that are both dangerous and rewarding to then have to be incarcerated for six months of their lives away from the freedom they are used to and the love of their owners.

Another Scheme

Search and rescue organisations have campaigned the government relentlessly to try to shorten the quarantine period for their dogs. Even the request for a one month quarantine period followed by home confinement has so far been rejected. Handlers are having to visit the quarantine kennels and try to ensure the dogs are trained as much as they can in the small run and kennels that they are confined to.

Ways Around the System

Some dogs are brought back via Spain which being part of the pet travel scheme means that our dogs can return to the UK without suffering from six months incarceration. They will then be ready when the call comes to assist in the next major disaster.

Remember

We must remember that quarantine serves a very serious purpose and normally all dogs not covered by the pet passport scheme should serve their time in isolation to save our country from the very nasty rabies disease. Search and Rescue dogs do not mix with other animals they travel in the constant companionship of owners and handlers. They do their job and then they come home. Consequently the six month quarantine period for them is not just harsh but effectively stops them being available if another disaster befalls the world while they are still sitting it out in a quarantine establishment.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Lainey
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    So glad I checked on here as just nearly got scammed off Pamela Wendy Conti from Isle of Man for a Rottweiler puppy off K9 pets for sale site…
    4 June 2020
  • Rach
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Hi anyone been scammed by Amanda Gonzales off loot, then by the so called courier which is called Free way pets transport or international…
    2 June 2020
  • jannor
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    In answer to the couple in Isle of Man I have almost paid over 600 pounds for a puppy, Paypal originally then suddenly bank transfer, then her…
    31 May 2020
  • Nell
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I’ve just read one of the comments on Pamela Wendy and Billy Rodgers. I’ve just had contact from her regarding Rottweiler puppy’s. Saying how…
    31 May 2020
  • May
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Ive actually been in touch with someone about a golden retriever pup, and have just got the courier email thought it was fishy so looked up the…
    29 May 2020
  • Chris
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Sadly folks this type of scam is common. They advertise puppies with fake pictures harvested from websites etc. They will appear diligent -…
    15 May 2020
  • shrek
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    yesterday we let our guard down unfortunately like others I have read once the horse had bolted, the person was first in Leicester then were in…
    11 May 2020
  • Eva
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    I found a post give away a puppy from loot . After the inquiry, the other party said he was in the isle of man, and need delivery the puppy to…
    28 April 2020
  • Jack
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Jay Omar, luliia Cherks, another fraud from Orkney Scotland. In begging said they are based in Kensington and now in Scotland how that’s…
    7 April 2020
  • Vicky Paterson
    Re: Pet Courier Scams
    Have had the delightful experience of dealing with Samira Morgen today who apparently has 4 labrador puppies, advert stated Hounslow but when…
    10 February 2020