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Japan had Hachi .... The TRNC has Hamish

Many people will have seen the film (and wept a few tears !) about the true story of Hachiko (Hachi) the Japanese Akita who waited twice daily, for 10 years at Shibuya Train Station in Tokyo, waiting for his owner to return from work. Sadly his owner had died whilst at work and so Hachi waited and waited in vain.

Many miles away here in TRNC we have the true story of Hamish.

A report came into KAR from  American tourists who were staying in Alsancak. During their visit they had seen everyday a small terrier type dog sitting by a municipality bin. The dog was in bad condition and seemed to have a problem with his eye. He sat by the bin every day, all day and the tourists did not know what to do. The Centre supervisor, Elaine, went around to see the dog to see how/if she could help  – he was there still sitting by the bin just staring across the road.

He was in a real a mess – he was covered in ticks, fleas and obviously had an infection in his face and was very under weight and his coat was knotted and dirty.

Elaine took him home and discovered that he had a grass seed stuck behind his third eyelid – she removed it and tried to clean him up as best she could.

 Hundreds of ticks and fleas were removed and he was bathed and matt’s of fur were clipped to make him more comfortable. The following morning he went to the vet where he was found to have a very bad infection (caused by the grass seed) and he also tested positive for tick fever. He was named Hamish.

Hamish’s  treatment regime up at the Rescue Centre included antibiotics for the infection and the tick fever, grooming, more bathing and clipping and good meals – alongside regular cuddles and fusses.

Enquiries were made and it was found that Hamish had lived in the house opposite the bin where he was found. He had lived there with his family until the day that they put him out next to the bin ..... They locked up the house ....and they moved away. They left poor Hamish discarded as a piece of rubbish  by the bin.

But Hamish was a loyal and faithful dog – he loved his family and he waited patiently day in day out – sitting watching his house and waiting ...waiting for them to come back. Like Hachi he waited in vain.

Hamish is now a handsome, happy, health little dog who is very friendly.

He doesn’t want a statue put up next to the Alcancak bin (there is one outside Shibuya Train Station in honour of Hachi) but he would like something to call his own – his own family and his own home. He will be visiting the KAR Xmas Bazaar on Saturday December 2nd at the Pia Bella (10.30am) so if you would like to go along and meet him he would love to say hello.

In Japan they refer to Hachiko/Hachi as “Chuken Hachiko” – “Hachiko .. The Faithful dog”. Well we are sure that you will agree that our Hamish is “Chuken Hamish”



These 9 puppies were found dumped at the KAR office early on Friday morning. Two were still in a box but 7 were running loose. To just abandon them when the office and centre are closed is not only heartless, it is dangerous. The office is very close to the main road - let's just hope that there were 9 in total and none have been killed. They were left with a bottle of unopened milk, a packet of uncooked pasta and half a bag of kitten food - how very kind!!! If people do not want their dogs to have puppies, then get them neutered!!!

If you would like to donate to the care of these puppies please send your donations to ;Kyrenia Animal Rescue : HSBC plc, Market Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3AA, UK
Sort Code: 40-21-02
Account Number: 11364812

Please use the reference “Office 9”




Kermit and his Lady friend

It is not unusual for the Office Angels (and Centre staff) to arrive at work in the morning to be greeted by dumped/abandoned cats/kittens/dogs and puppies waiting for them.

It is not unusual for them to be in boxes, tied to the outside table,tied to the fence or for them to be just sitting waiting after being put out of their car !

It is not unusual for people to arrive, at the office, shop or centre, during the day with boxes of animals wanting help . It Is not unusual to hear a car drive off and then see the cat/dog left behind desperately trying to chase the car to catch its owner. It is not unusual for a box left outside the shop during opening times to suddenly begin to move and for it to be full of kittens or puppies.

What is unusual is for the animals to arrive in a bin bag ! Kermit and his Lady friend were brought into the KAR office, in a bin bag,  by their owners who no longer wanted them. The office angels quickly established that they;

 had  little chance of them reproducing

would take up a bit of room but they were likely to be quiet

would not be needing much in the way of food or medical treatment - just probably a bit of grooming.

All they wanted was, like all of KARs animals, a new and loving home of their own. Luckily for Kermit and his Lady Friend it will not be long before they are re homed.

How we all wish that the same could be said for all of the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies at KAR.

If you would like to see any of our cats or dogs , kittens or puppies please visit our Rescue Centre which is open daily from 9.00am to 1.00pm.




Summer is very nearly here and it has been a busy spring for KAR Pet Travel with an even busier summer coming so it seems.

The Spring Imports- all wanting to get here before the summer heat - came from a variety of destinations Russia, Turkey, USA, UAE, India, EU and UK to name just a few. Many flew in on Turkish Airlines flights with their owners and often the Customs hall at Ercan resounded with excited barks as the dogs saw their owners after being parted from them during the flight.

Others (cats and small dogs) were carefully carried into the Customs hall by owners who had flown with their beloved pets by their side (or feet) in the cabin.

Customs officials and airport staff are still often amazed at the distances some of the pets have travelled and yet they arrive often excited and happy - rarely do we hear a growl, hiss or screech.

KAR Pet Travel representatives (meeting incoming pets) are regularly approached by other travellers wanting to know why there are cats/dogs/birds in the Customs hall. For some it may be the closest that they have been to a dog/cat/bird and their questions are wide and varied. These travelling pets show them that animals can be part of the family and are very much loved - something, sadly, that many travellers had not realised or thought of before. Many a time after speaking to us and the pet owners we have responses such as "I did not know that you bring animals here", " I did not think that they would survive a flight" and "How can i bring mine" and so it goes on. It is a real learning curve for some - one that they have learnt via KAR Pet Travel, our travelling pets and their owners.

Other pets fly into Larnaca or Paphos and are, after being cleared at the airport by colleagues in RoC, transported into TRNC and delivered home by KAR Pet Travel. During the entry process at the border we are often approached by the public with questions. It seems that there is nothing like a large dog in a large box to attract their attention !

Their questions are answered but we always ensure that, although they may be able to see the pets in their boxes in the van, they cannot touch or pester them - they are still strangers however well meaning and inquisitive! The welfare of the pets is paramount and we do all that we can to minimise any stress for them.


The delivery to their new home can sometimes cause us more stress than the rest of the import process. It is often dark and we are trying to find properties following directions made during daylight hours. The road signs cannot be seen , landmarks are not easily visible in the pitch black, there have been new roads and properties built after the directions were written.

However the one things remains the same wherever we are - there will be lights ablaze at home, owners will be pacing up and down either inside the property or as they hear/see  us approaching outside in the road. They are desperate to be reunited with their pets. All they want is for their pet to be out and have cuddles - lots of them. They know that they have been well looked after during their journey and will have had updates but it is not the same as physically seeing them finally here in their new home in the  TRNC .

Often after we have finished with the formalities and have said our goodbyes there is a tear in my eyes as we drive away. But it is a  HAPPY tear at the very real and HAPPY scene that we are leaving behind.

We have loved meeting our spring import pets and owners and we look forward to meeting those travelling with us in the summer and autumn.


Duty Three for the 3 Ts

It has been a busy few months for KAR Pet Travel and April saw the beginning of yet more new paperwork, issued by HMRC, for TRNC pets arriving into Heathrow. Some of the pets that travelled from TRNC during the first 2 weeks of April did not qualify for tax relief but this week our very first Tax Free (under the new rules) pets arrived !!

Teddy, Toby and Tommy’s (affectionately nicknamed by us as the 3Ts) owner, Patricia, had returned to the UK earlier and the dogs were waiting out their 3 month time period before they could travel.

Their travel date was set for April 18th with them arriving on April 19th. Teddy had a custom built travel crate made as he was too large for the premade plastic ones. On the day we made sure that they each had familiar smelling bedding in their boxes which had been left with us by Patricia. It was lovely to watch them sniffing and scrunching the bedding before settling down with their noses buried in it.

Although they had a long journey the 3 Ts arrived safely at Heathrow on the morning of the 19th and in good spirits plus they also avoided the new UK duty - so they could be re nicknamed as the Duty Three !!!! They were delivered, by Martin from Animal Couriers, on the same day to the door of a very excited Patricia. They have settled very well and we have recently had updates which we would like to share along with part of the correspondence between KAR Pet Travel and their owner and family.

I am attaching a few pictures taken just after they were in their boxes - sorry about the quality but they didn't all want to pose !!! I will try and get you a flight update later. Kind regards Kim”

“Thank you so much for the update Kim, we have been thinking of nothing else. Mum says she is really grateful for all your help and she cannot wait to see them. And thanks for the photos.


From Animal Couriers- “Just to let you know Kim that the dogs have been safely delivered to Patricia”

“Hi Kim, The 3Ts arrived safe and sound, been introduced to my 2 and settled well. Off to the common today and all those weird new smells and deer! Mum (and I) would like to say an enormous thank you to you for organising it and keeping us up- dated. We appreciate all the care and effort you put into it. They are already a great distraction and comfort to Mum.

fond regards”

“Here are 2 piccies of the boys and my 2 getting to know one another. All went smoothly on the initial introduction yesterday and the walk this morning.”

It looks as if there is going to be many Happy Days ahead for the Duty Threes




6 weeks on --- from the KAR Bazaar to Bracing Britain

Lots of people who attended the KAR Xmas bazaar met the lovely Lulu. She was helping her owners Rebecca and Elizabeth out on the tombola stall. She was as pretty as a picture in her seasonal headdress.

However it was a bitter sweet day for Rebecca, Elizabeth and Lulu as it would be their last KAR Bazaar – plans were well underway for them (and their 2 cats Kitty and Mammy) to relocate to the UK. Because Rebecca and Elizabeth were returning to the UK before their pets arrangements had been made for all 3 to go into act/dog boarding and for them to be taken to the KAR office on their days of travel. Kitty and Mammy would be travelling first and then Lulu the following day – with all 3 being delivered together to their new home in Sunderland where Rebecca and Elizabeth would be waiting for them.

Their travel plans all went according to plan and all 3 pets were safely delivered to Rebecca and Elizabeth on Thursday 26th January.

After everyone settled in and had recovered from their long journeys Rebecca sent us this update ……

Dear Kim, Margaret and Yasmin,

Just wanted to extend a massive thank you to all of you for the support you gave us with your care and transport for lulu and the kitties.
Everything that you all have done for us, have made us a very happy little family!
We can not thank you all enough for the massive yet varying roles that you played in looking after our precious girls.paper work, injections, Vets, stitches, flights and most of all love and care for our girls!
Your support though our most worried times, being there at the other end of the phone and your  progress emails was invaluable. You are all fantastic!
We are looking forward to sharing our new little lives together !
All love
Rebecca, Elizabeth
Lulu, mammy and kitty

Everyone at KAR and all of their friends wish Lulu, Kitty and mammy a very Happy New Life in the UK with Elizabeth and Rebecca – lets hope that Lulu finds a new Xmas event to show off her seasonal head dress !





Milo Minty's Christmas Meeting !

Milo Minty lives in TRNC and his owner, Rosalind, thought that he deserved a little holiday. She was returning to the UK for Xmas and came to KAR Pet Travel to see if she could take him with her. If it was possible she thought it would be better than leaving him with a carer over the holiday period.

After looking at all of the options she was pleased to find out that because he had all of his necessary vaccinations and blood test he was eligible to travel to the UK.

He would also meet the TRNC re entry requirements when it was time for him to come home. This is a very important factor as TRNC State Quarantine has recently been introduced for all animals failing the TRNC entry requirements.

The flight options for TRNC to UK are very different to those coming from UK to TRNC and after taking everything into consideration Rosalind felt that because her holiday was going to be for a few weeks that it, yes, would be nice for Milo to visit the UK. She had plenty of sightseeing and family gatherings lined up for him.

KAR prepared Milos UK paperwork and talked through the process for his return. His UK flight was booked and Milo was sent, happily, on his way to the UK – Rosalind collected him from HARC the following day..

Although Milo was quite happy to do the rounds with Rosalind he did confide in us that there was one person that he really really wanted to meet ...........

We are sure that it will be a Merry Xmas for Milo !



KAR Pet Travel will be organising Milo’s return trip to the TRNC at the end of his stay in the UK.

If you need any advise about travelling for your pet then please do not hesitate to contact KAR Pet Travel on 0533 8694098 or email us at [email protected] or  [email protected]




From Summer Hot dog to Winter Frankfurter

It is always nice when we help to relocate pets --- but even nicer when the pet was homed from our Rescue Centre.

Tinky had come into KAR after having being found just lying in the rain in a ditch - seemingly having given up trying to find somewhere warm and dry to rest. She was such a sad sorry little wet cold dog.

Tinky had only been with KAR a few months when she caught the eyes of Sylvie and Heinz from Germany. They had already had a KAR rescue dog Arap who they homed in 2006 and wanted another to share their home with. Everyone was delighted when, after a few false hopes and starts and sadly them not being able to have their original chosen dog, they were drawn like magnets to Tinky as soon as they saw her.

Throughout the long hot summer with temperatures in the high 30s  Tinky was told “not long now” – When she was lying at the back of her kennel with her friends trying to keep cool in the shade – the message was “soon be time”. When she was having a bath she was reminded “this feels like the rain that you need to get used to “. For Tinky it was a very long humid summer – she was one of the many Hot Dogs at KAR.

At last as the summer began to draw to a close and the temperatures dropped it was Tinky's time. Time for her to travel. Time for her to go to Germany.

It was decided that Tinky would travel as an “accompanied pet” with Turkish Airlines as opposed to travelling as a cargo booking. For some pets/owners this can be a cheaper alternative to cargo bookings - but it is not possible for pets flying into the UK.

Her flight was booked and all of the paperwork was finished and Tinky set off. Owners often worry about how their pets will be handled during their loading/flight and offloading so it is nice to see from these photos of the careful handling of Tinky by Ercan ground team.


KAR Pet Travel has worked hard with everyone at Ercan who deals with their travelling pets and these photos show that the hard work has paid off – she was carefully carried onto the aircraft and strapped into her special area of the hold.

Ground staff, Captain and cabin crew liaised about Tinky and the necessary reassurances, for her travel, were given. Tinky was off – she had a short transit and change of planes at Istanbul and then continued on her journey to Germany. 

After completing all of the entry process and checks on entry to Germany – it was time. Time for Tinky to be taken out of her travel box and be with Sylvie. There were tears all around – but they were happy tears. Tinky was delighted to be snuggled up in Sylvie’s arms – after all no oone had told that this place was going to be so cold!

She had a comfort break and walk outside – she even had time for a quick stop at McDonalds before setting off for an hours journey to her new house – all of the time being told “This is it Tinky – this is Germany – this is now Home”

. This is her new house and her new friend Arap.

She will even have a lake of her own to cool down in – won’t her KAR Hot dog friends be jealous !

Tinky won’t be a Summer Hot dog again – she is now a Winter Frankfurter through and through




Who do you think you are? – Mrs Mehmet finds her ancestors!

Earlier this year KAR Pet Travel were asked to help relocate Frances and Tony’s dog – Mrs Mehmet (also known as Missy). They had found her near a restaurant in the Bogaz area. Because they were returning to the UK before Mrs Mehmet had completed her UK preparations they put her into boarding until she would be ready for travelling. However they missed her so much that they travelled often to the TRNC to visit her.

Finally the day arrived when Mrs Mehmet was ready to go to the UK. She arrived safely and on time. Frances and Tony were delighted to have her back with them and sent us this update:

Missie is doing so well ,she goes everywhere with me and is so well behaved , everyone she meets falls in love with her and I keep getting asked if she is a pedigree!! 

She is not sure about our wet and very windy weather we are having here at the moment, but she wears her little coat gladly.

She has truly changed my life.”

Well obviously Tony decided to do some research into Mrs Mehmets ancestors and family tree. This is another recent update from Frances;

“We hope you are both well. Missie is loving her life here with us and is still giving us endless pleasure she is the most perfect dog (even when she rolls in fox pooh!) I'm attaching some pics of Missie on our narrow boat showing how she loves a good brushing and then a sleep after! Everyone we meet loves her and asks what breed she is, we always say we're not sure but we call her a turkadoodle,! And they laugh.
Anyway, as a surprise Tony sent away for a DNA test and her results arrived three weeks later, I’ve attached the certificate for you both to see .It made us laugh as I'm sure you will too.”

We explained to Frances that we actually call them Cypradoodles but whatever they are Mrs. Mehmet now knows her ancestors.

It is very likely that many of the dogs here in the TRNC could be related to her at some point way back. So all of the Cypradoodles can now rest assured that they are not just Heinz varieties, mutts or whatever else they may be called – they are from the finest mix of breed lines.

No doubt they are ALL loved as much as Mrs. Mehmet clearly is.




Moving House - a Cats Tail

by Sid Dervish

Well, here I am in England. Having been born in Kyrenia in hot North Cyprus it is all a bit strange right now. I have taken care of my humans, Mum & Dad, since I was very young.

This all started for me in middle of May when they came back from England. They told me they had sold our house in Karsiyaka and that the 3 of us were moving to a new house in England. Sadly we could not take my old friends Miss Ginger, Mr Jet and George because they did not live in the house. It all started to make sense from what had happened last year when I had been back and forwards to Uncle Pertev having injections and blood stolen from my leg. This was so I had the right papers to go to England, I had wondered about this but now….!

After they came back there was a lot happening which got us all uptight. Stuff was put into boxes and a man came and took away some of our furniture. Then he took all the flowers that were in the pots in the garden. Slowly our house was disappearing into boxes and furniture was wrapped up in the plastic bubbly stuff. It was all a bit weird.

Then one day in middle of June a big wagon arrived outside the house with about 10 men who put everything from the house into the wagon and then everything was gone!! Well not quite everything, there was a bed for them and 3 chairs they had borrowed so we all had somewhere to sit and watch television!!

For the next 2 weeks it suddenly got very hot. Nobody moved much, especially us cats. We could not walk far because the floor was too hot to walk on. Because my humans had sent everything away they could not cook so they spent nearly every night eating out.

A big grey box had arrived at the house a few weeks ago which they had tried to get me to go into. Then I found out why! I had hurt my foot one Sunday night so they pushed me into the box to go and see Uncle Pertev on Monday morning. My leg was two times the size of the other one. Pertev said I must have been bitten or stung and insisted on sticking needles in me..AGAIN! I had to go again on Tuesday and Wednesday. That said this box was much better than the old basket they used to carry me in, I can actually move round in this one.

Then on Saturday 25th June it happened. I got shoved into the box again and we set off in car. But this time we did not follow usual road we go on so I was a bit worried. When we got out of the car I was pushed into a big cage with beds, ramps and places to sit. There was another cat in room next door and 4 others in the place. There was a nice lady called Yasmin who was looking after, what I found out was, a cat hotel. Mum & Dad left saying they would see me again next Friday and told me everything would be OK.

Yeah OK!!! I did not like the cat in the next room, sorry but we just did not like each other. So after a couple of days of arguing Yasmin moved me into a nice bedroom in her house. She was really nice, she came and stroked me and chatted with me. It was ok but I did miss going outside. I did eventually eat some food because Yasmin said it was better for me and I used the inside toilet. I was not happy with my humans leaving me though.

On Wednesday I was given my breakfast very early then put in a box AGAIN!! Yasmin kept telling me how good I was and that my humans would see me again soon but I was not happy at all. The basket was not mine either but Yasmin said I would get mine back later; this one was just to take me in the car. Next I was taken into a shop where there were other cats and dogs. I was still not happy. Another nice lady said she had met my humans and she was pleased to meet me her name was Kim, and she would be looking after me on the next part of my trip. Then it was back into my box and all fastened in for another ride in another car. I was with 2 other cats this time and they were as fed up as I was. They told me they had dog friends who had left them earlier and they did not know what was happening. After some time in the car we were all taken into a big building and eventually Kim, who had filled up our water bowls and had been doing paperwork with the men in uniforms while chatting to us, had to leave. She said that we would be ok and it would all be worth it as we would have a very happy life in England – did we believe her???. I could not believe what happened next, we cats were put inside one of those airplanes that Mum & Dad have told me about – it was huge. When it moved it was very noisy and we did not like it. It felt strange when it was moving. But after a while we got used to it and settled down to wait – wondering what would happen next.

After a couple of hours we stopped moving and we were moved from the airplane to another building where we spent the night. We were told that we were in Istanbul – well I had been told about Istanbul by Mum & Dad as they had been there. If this building was Istanbul I can’t say I was impressed!

Next morning we were moved again and put in yet another aeroplane. This time it was a lot longer journey so the three of us eventually went to sleep. When we stopped some more new people collected us and took us to a building where we was taken out of our baskets and each of us were put in a big cage where we could move around more. I also got fed but it wasn’t the same as Mums dinners. I had a lot of things stuck on my travelling box which the new people took off and read, apparently this was my UK entry paperwork that Kim had prepared and my medical books that Uncle Pertev used to write in after he stuck needles in me. I was picked up and looked at by the people who said I was OK and could go to my new home in England. So this was England which I have heard a lot about but never thought I would go there. I was told my humans would see me tomorrow so had to stay in this cage for a night.

Early Friday morning a nice man put me in my travel box again but this time I was amazed to find my blanket was in the box and he told me my Mum & Dad were waiting for me. I did not know if I should be happy or ignore them but there they were looking so happy. I ignored them for a bit but really I was happy to see them. Still in my box I was put on the back seat of a car I had never seen before. But here I was outside in this place they call England.

Apparently Mum & Dad had been in a hotel not far away but they told me it was better that way because it was too far for Dad to have driven if they had collected me last night. I was not pleased but when we finished our drive in the car I understood cos it was about 5 hours.

It was strange driving in a new car, I could not see as much as I could in our Cyprus car but Mum sat with me all the way and talked, stroked and brushed me occasionally. Also it was very strange seeing lots of big cars and things I had not seen before. Eventually we stopped and got out of the car. The first person I meet is Granddad. I have chatted with him on Skype so it was not too strange.

After wandering around the house to find things I had a drink and something to eat then I let Granddad stroke me and after a while sat with him. For some reason Mum & Dad were surprised that I did this - but he was letting me stay in his house.

For a few days it was all a bit of an adventure but then I started to get bored stuck in the house. Dad was not amused when I kept waking him up at 4 in the morning. Then I went back to sleep!! I could look out of the windows but I did not really like that because there was people and cars driving past all the time and I could not understand what they all were. At my old house all these things were up the drive and behind a big wall. So I hid in Granddads sock drawer a lot of the time.

We did have a visit from people I had spoke to on Skype, Terry & Sharon and children Emily & Grace. It was nice to have a stroke from somebody new. Apparently they are going to Greece next week on holiday somewhere we Turkish cats do not know about. Shame they are not going to visit my country. I also met my Aunty Sue who is Dads sister.

Then on 11th July I was back in my box and in the car again! Mum kept telling me that this was the last part of the journey. All right for her to say, she was not sat in a big box. But we stopped outside another house and we went in. Oh dear, there is no furniture just my basket and some small chairs. This is my new home here in England but our stuff has not yet arrived from Cyprus. It was back on our mobile blow up bed as well.

They will still not let me outside, apparently I need to make sure I have all my smells right for the new house and will be best when all my stuff arrives so I know this is home.

Dad is happy because they have bought a TV for us to watch but internet will not be ready for another week so I have not been able to write to my friends.

On Friday I finally met some more family I had spoke to. Harry (mums brother) & Christine and there son Richard. Again I let them all stroke me to keep them happy.

Monday 18th my furniture arrives. The big container we loaded in Cyprus arrived outside and two men helped unload all my things. It is so good to finally have my own things in the house, a sofa to sit on, toys to play with, and a bed to sleep in. The last few nights I know I have kept Mum & Dad awake by running around and jumping at the windows but tonight I will sleep.

Monday I also finally got to go outside. There were some very strange noises and houses and fences all around. But I know I can run back into my safe house. There are lots of strange smells as well that I will have to spend time sorting out.

Over the next few days I spend time checking that all my stuff has arrived while Mum & Dad unpack all the boxes and unwrap things. I also wander in and out to the garden but they always follow me to make sure I do not escape from our garden. Then on Thursday night I got my chance, they thought I was happy just smelling my own things and ignored me so I took the chance and climbed out. After about 10 minutes I was on top of a fence away from my garden when they finally came looking for me. Too late!! For the next couple of hours I climbed fences, I was on the roof of buildings and investigating other gardens. All the time they were shouting my name and rattling my food bowl. I could see them and hear them but I was enjoying myself. It was probably better because it was dark and there were not too many strange noises and most people had gone to bed. Eventually I decided to go back home because I needed to go to the toilet. For some reason I was picked up and given lots of cuddles but I was happy.

I think that lady Kim may have been right – it was all worth it because YES we are going to have a happy life in this place they call England



It is always lovely when we hear from owners about how their pets have settled into a new life in the UK or elsewhere – so we were delighted to hear recently from Loraine. In June 2105 KAR Pet Travel arranged for George (owned by Loraine) to relocate from Turtle Bay TRNC to Banchory Aberdeenshire. As you can appreciate it was to be a long journey from TRNC to Istanbul then onto Heathrow then finally onto Banchory.

“ Hi Kim,

I thought I would send you a picture of George now that he has settled in.   

He has settled in very well (can't believe it is almost a year!).   I can now let him out without his tracker on as he knows the garden and surrounding area and always finds his way home.   He loves being out but does not stray too far and he also loves long daytime sleeps in his favourite chair.

This picture was taken recently but before the vet put him on a diet !  

He is losing a wee bit of weight every week but has a long way to go as the vet wants to see him go from 9 Kg to 6 Kg !

Thanks for all your help in organising his travel arrangements and seeing him safely onto the plane.”

The “tracker” devise that Loraine is referring to can be seen at http://www.loc8tor.com/uk/pets/ - it can be a very useful aid in helping your pet settle safely into their new surroundings.

Loraine has also kindly provided a photo record of George and his epic journey ….

Arriving at the Animal Reception Centre, Heathrow to collect George after his journey from Istanbul.

Next leg of his journey was a two and a half hour car journey from Heathrow to Shifnal, where we had a stopover and he met another George; my great nephew who fitted into George's travel box.

. Start of the next and final leg of his journey; an 8 hour car journey from Shifnal to Banchory.


 Nearly there !

  Arrived and exploring his garden.

 Enjoying the company of his new teddy friend.

It certainly looks as if George has found his feet (and a comfy chair or 2 !!) in Banchory.








From Besparmak to Berlin (via Karpaz and Istanbul) !

Recently 2 of our Centre dogs (Tasha and Woody) went to live in Berlin. Before they left the TRNC they had a lovely holiday at Karpaz with Stef and Yves.

Is this the way to Berlin ?


Sleeping after a long and tiring day travelling from Karpaz to Ercan -then into istanbul and finally Berlin.


Wow what fun these strange things called woods are ! No snakes, no poison just fun fun fun.

Happy days are ahead for Tasha and Woody.



                                                                               TRNC Torti


Recently KAR Pet Travel was asked for help from a lady in the UK who wanted to bring her tortoise to TRNC. A pretty simple pet move you would think as there are no rabies vaccinations or blood tests required. But it wasn’t - as is often the case with pet travel the regulations surrounding the various species and countries varies enormously. 

We had to consider what species of tortoise was the pet and did it fall within the CITES agreement and regulations. Some types of tortoise cannot be imported or exported anywhere as they are at real and imminent risk of extinction. Although the TRNC is not (and currently cannot be) part of the CITES agreement - which would not necessarily in itself stop some CITES animals entering the TRNC - it would affect any future movement away from the TRNC. Pet owners need to be very aware of this before they consider bringing their CITES pets to TRNC.

We also had to consider how to transport the tortoise. Their needs are very different to those of pet cats and dogs. Their ambient temperature has to be monitored carefully, their hibernation period must be taken into account, their feeding requirements before, during and after the journey needs to be planned carefully as it is possible that undigested food can rot in the food canal. Also their airline travel box has to meet strict criteria and is specifically designed for them to offer them the utmost protection during handling and travel.

During the course of considering all of these various factors KAR Pet Travel were also in discussion with the TRNC Vet Dept regarding any specific vaccinations that the TRNC would require for the tortoise to enter. It was during this part of the planning that it transpired that there was to be an animal health warning issued in the very near future regarding the movement of tortoises. The USA had already stopped ALL import/export of tortoises due to an infectious disease that was carried by some which could then be transmitted to other reptiles. The EU was also expected to follow suit and ban the movement of tortoises. This would affect the export of the tortoise from the UK.

The TRNC is not part of the EU but whenever possible the Government Vet Dept tries very hard to harmonise their rules and regulations to reflect those of the EU.

Sadly we had to inform the owner that, at the current time, it would not be possible for her to bring her tortoise to the TRNC.


The  very next KAR Pet Travel enquiry was from an owner of a rabbit in the UK - this pet movement is still ongoing.

It seems, in the event of a race --- to enter the TRNC - that it is very likely that the rabbit (and not the Hare) will beat the tortoise.


Ercan meets its first Emotional Support Dog


In September KAR Pet Travel were asked to help with the relocation of Wags – a flat coated retriever- from Chicago to TRNC. Everyone knows that their pets are Special but Wags really is a Special pet who also qualifies for Special treatment when travelling.

Wags is registered in the USA as an “Emotional Support Animal”.

Airlines have a broad definition of assistance animals that allows emotional support animals to fly in the cabin with their handlers.  The animal must be registered plus the handler/owner must provide a recent letter from a physician prescribing the emotional support animal for a specific physical or mental illness that limits one or more life activities in order to (apply for housing or) fly with the dog.

 As such detailed discussions took place with Turkish Airlines, Ankara Travel, KAR Pet Travel and Amy (Wags owner) about allowing Wags to travel in the cabin with his owner/handler. Pets can usually be carried in the cabin into Ercan with Turkish Airlines ONLY if they meet the size criteria (8 kg or the permitted cage size of 23 x 40 x 55cm.) – obviously Wags is much much larger than that!

Documentation had to be supplied and suitable aircraft types considered. It was finally agreed that Wags could fly from Chicago to Ercan (via Istanbul), in the cabin with Amy, late September

Kim was concerned that the airport staff at Ercan may be somewhat concerned about Wags (who is a large dog ) unusual arrival at Ercan–  pets usually enter in secure travel boxes or hold alls – not by walking down the steps off of the aircraft.

Information, about Emotional Support Animals, was put together and then translated into Turkish which Kim took to Ercan in readiness for wags arrival.

The Customs duty officials read the info and had lots of questions about Support Animal in general but also about Wags himself. They then went onto the concourse and explained the situation with the ground crew and also the passport control and security officers.

The flight arrived and amidst a packed passport control hall Wags entered. There were many stares and some looks of horror, by other passengers, at the large black muzzled dog walking through the arrival hall.   He was accompanied obviously by Amy but also by an Airport official who helped to clear the way for Amy and Wags through passport control and into the Customs office to meet with Kim. There the Customs papers and vet entry process was completed by Kim, although some of it had been completed during the wait for the flight to land, whilst Amy set off to retrieve her luggage.

It did not take too long for the entry process and checks to be completed and then Amy and Wags were free to leave the baggage hall area and go out into Arrivals to meet their friends.

Wag’s “tale” is an excellent example of how much Pet Travel (both Import and Export) in the TRNC has progressed and how attitudes have changed and are changing. The working relationship between Ercan staff, Turkish Airlines and KAR Pet Travel has culminated in a better understanding, empathy and willingness to meet all of the very different situations that KAR Pet Travel presents to them.

Wags and Amy are now happily living here in the TRNC and Wags is carrying out his special duties – but we do wonder if his TRNC doggy counterparts understand his American accent!!!


Do you recall this story ??????

Earlier in the year we told the tail of Jule ......

May 30th 2015

From Alsancak to Germany – fingers and paws crossed !
There is a lady from Germany who had been here on holiday and became very attached to a local black stray dog (now known as Jule) . On her return to Germany she contacted KAR about homing the dog in Germany with her. Sadly, despite many attempts, Jule could not be found by KAR. 
When at last, after many weeks, she was found she was proving evasive when it came to catching her!

Eventually, along with the help of a local resident in Alsancak, KAR have finally succeeded in catching her and Jule is currently at the KAR Rescue Centre recovering from her speyng operation . The lady in Germany is delighted and all being well Jule will spend the next few months being prepared for her new life in Germany. Fingers and paws crossed that we will all get to see Jule set off for Germany.

We are so pleased to be able to update this one now.

Very recently Jule finally set off on her journey from TRNC to Germany to be reunited with her Claudia. It was a long journey from the Centre to Ercan then Ercan to Istanbul then onto Germany. But at long last her paws finally trod on German soil.

As you can see from this last photo she is certainly wasting no time settling into her new surroundings and making herself comfy !

We are sure that you all agree Jule is now certainly a precious Jewel in Germany.



Tanzania to TRNC (via Zurich and Larnaca)


KAR Pet Travel were asked to help with the import of 2 German Shepherds, Black and Fez, from Tanzania to the TRNC by their owners Arthur and Carole.


After long distance discussions with the owners,  about  various routes , it was felt that the best option would be for Black and Fez to fly , as cargo, from Dar El Salam to Zurich then Zurich to Larnaca and then complete their import into TRNC by road (with KAR Pet Travel).

Throughout the planning Kim (KAR Pet Travel) liaised constantly with IPATA colleague (Paphiakos) Sarah in Republic of Cyprus (RoC) who would be responsible for their clearing at Larnaca and delivery to KAR Pet Travel for onward TRNC importation . Black and Fez would need to meet the criteria, and have the relevant paperwork, for 2 sets of Import – RoC and TRNC as the 2 Countries have different entry requirements.

The agent in Tanzania was also party to all of the discussions and was made perfectly aware of the process, and paperwork, for both RoC and TRNC entry for the dogs.

Arthur and Carole arrived in the TRNC sometime before the dogs – so they could get their house ready and settle down in anticipation of Black and Fez’s arrival.

After a “hiccup” in Tanzania (the agent (not an IPATA member) hadn’t realised that the due travel date was a Tanzanian Bank Holiday and so the dogs wouldn’t be able to fly !) Black and Fez finally left Tanzania a week late. Kim and Sarah had received all of their paperwork in advance and double checked that both sets were correct.

Everything was in place for their Larnaca arrival and it seemed, after the false start, that everything was going to plan ……. WRONG !

On arrival at Zurich it was found that some of the original paperwork needed for RoC was missing. It had not been attached to their travel crates at Tanzania. The dogs were not allowed to continue with their journey ---- they were put into immediate quarantine at Zurich airport. Arthur and Carole were distraught – understandably.

Both Paphiakos and Kim were then kept busy making phone calls and emails to try and sort the problem out. It was compounded by the Export Certificate issued in Tanzania, and needed for TRNC, was (due to the delays) about to expire ! A new one needed to be issued and sent onto Zurich along with the missing original signed paperwork.

Throughout this time Kim and Sarah were able to keep Arthur and Carole updated about the dogs well being and their care in Zurich Quarantine and also the progress of the new paperwork and expected new travel dates from Zurich to Larnaca and then TRNC.

Finally the call came that everyone had been waiting anxiously for --- after 5 days in quarantine the dogs were cleared to continue with their journey.

Plans were then put together for their final arrival at Larnaca and transfer into TRNC.

You can imagine the joy, tears, barks and happiness when 12 days after they should have arrived Arthur, Carole, Black and Fez were reunited at their Ozankoy home. It had been a long and stressful time for everyone but at last the dogs were home – home in the TRNC.

As you can see Black and Fez have taken to TRNC life like ducks to water  !!!

Sometimes pets travel arrangements are not always straight forward but the way any problems are dealt with can make all the difference to the pets, the worried owners and everyone involved. This is particularly important now that more pets are being refused entry to TRNC after the implementation of the most recent changes which was reported in an earlier article by Kim Betts .



Tammi's Story

We would like to thank Julie Oldfield and Dogs Monthly (www.dogsmonthly.co.uk) for sharing with the world the story of Tammi - a KAR rescue dog.



Poor Pointer story – or is it ?

Often we report of the “happy” endings for KAR animals but all too often many horror and sad stories are left untold. Today is one that we want to share with you ........ you can decide.

Our office received phone calls from some very worried Ex- pats about a dog in distress. After taking all of the details our Community Warden (Yulian) was asked to go over to see and look at the dog as a matter of urgency.  Once he arrived Yulian could see the dog was in a terrible state so he put him straight into his van to take him immediately to the vet for assessment and treatment.

These photos only begin to show the state of the poor hunting dog who had obviously been neglected for some considerable time and then discarded like a piece of rubbish.

The news from the vet was not good but it was not all bad – the dog was extremely malnourished, it had infected open bite wounds from an attack, was infested with ticks and fleas. So treatment began with the view to the dog, eventually, being taken to the KAR Centre to recuperate and recover totally before put up for re homing.

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KAR - Kyrenia Animal Rescue - Animal Charity North Cyprus - Animal Charity in the Republic of Northern Cyprus - KAR Rescue Cenre - TRNC Animal Charity - Kyrenia Animal Rescue TRNC
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