Two years ago, my Mum and Dad saw an advertisement for RAK AWC online, they drove all the way from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah and took me home with them the same day, I was only 9 weeks old – it was a big trip! They have always told me that they are completely committed to me and I know that they love and care for me unconditionally. They say that I was, and still am the best decision that they ever made and are so thankful to have me in their lives.
Towards the end of 2013, Mum and Dad realised that we would have to leave Dubai. I was a little bit worried about where I would live as Mum would be returning to Australia to study and Dad would be moving back to America to work. There were a few discussions about where I was going to live, but I knew all along that I would be living safely with one of them; they wouldn’t have it any other way. Although Australia with Mum sounded pretty awesome, I decided that going to the USA would be the better option, given the living arrangements. There was never a moment when I worried that they might leave me behind in Dubai to find another family, like I have heard some other people do.
My trip through the airport in Dubai was really easy; I was on the same flight as my Dad, when he left to get onto the plane himself he let me know that he would see me at the other end – Mum stayed in Dubai for the time being. Once we arrived in America, I waited for Dad in the baggage claim area; Dad picked me up before even getting his own luggage. I think he missed me on the flight. The pilot even came over after the flight to say hello and to see if I had enjoyed my trip – I told him it was fine, the in-flight entertainment was a bit lacking, but other than that not a problem.
I love my new life in America – it is fantastic! Dad and I have such a great time together. He did have to buy me a new coat and boots as the temperature can get pretty low, I don’t know if you have seen that really cold white stuff that falls from the sky and makes the ground really cold, but you need to make sure that you have the right gear on to cope with that. My wardrobe is now pretty extensive thanks to my Dad’s excellent taste in outdoor wear.
All in all it was such an easy and affordable process. But I would recommend that anyone who is thinking of adopting to consider the relocation costs first, check how much it is to relocate to whichever country you might end up in. If you can’t afford it, don’t adopt. If you already have a pet do not think that giving them up to a shelter is your only choice or best option if you have to leave the UAE. Trust me I am a pet!
Note: Please be aware that as of April 2014 there are significant increases in import and export fees.
Pet Relocation Companies
There are a number of pet relocation companies in the UAE, Dubai based Snoopy Pets www.snoopypets.com, Dubai Kennels and Cattery www.dkc.ae, Pet Express Dubai and Move One www.moveone.com, to name a few. Move One will give a donation to RAK AWC following the successful completion of any move. To find out more information please visit: www.moveone.comor directly via: firstname.lastname@example.org ‘RAK AWC.