The trip to Russia was very productive, although short just 2 weeks. I was taking my 2 orange tabbies with me to relocate them to my parents’ house due to my husband’s allergies.
My cats, as was planned, went into the cabin with me and my mother. For that, we had to do physical examination (+microchips) at their vet within 10 days of the flight and submit Health Certificate APHIS 7001 to local USDA office to be notarized. The paperwork was filled out perfectly by our vet at Gaithersburg Veterinary Clinic (huge THANK YOU to them!!!) and I had no problems at our local Richmond, VA USDA office.
At the airport, at the counter I have presented the form APHIS 7001 and paid additional fee for my kitties. We went through the check point without any problems because when officers noticed cats they had smiles on their faces:)
At the gate and during a long 6-hour stop in Moscow, I had my cats in a playpen which was very very handy!!
During the flights, one of the cats was more vocal than the other but petting her helped right away.
When we arrived to my parents’ the cats felt like home. They relaxed after some time and started drinking water and eating.
The playpen and most of the toys my cats don’t use anymore were donate to BAGIRA rescue organization together with the monetary donation from me.
I was very happy to see my babies in my parents’ home. They like it there and my parents treat them like children 🙂
I hope that nobody will face the hard decision on separating with their pets but if you do (and it does happen), I hope you can find the best home for them and avoid shelters.