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06 Aug 2020

An un’fur’miliar arrival

Portsmouth International Port welcomed some unexpected passengers over the weekend in the form of two kittens.

The unlikely pair were found on the Normandie arrival on Saturday 1 August, where Border Force officials discovered the cats had reached the UK with no official paperwork or pet passports.

The two undeclared kittens were given permission by authorities to spend a night in the kennels at the port, before being taken in to care by the Cat Welfare Group in Whiteley, where they will be quarantined for four months.

A different meaning to the word quarantine as to what we’re currently used to, the tiny two named ‘Coco and Chanel’ were relinquished by their owners and will be rehomed in four months’ time.

Pet sailings have become a popular choice for travellers over recent years, with Brittany Ferries now providing pet-friendly cabins and an increased number of kennels onboard. On average 100,000 cats and dogs travel to France and Spain every year with Brittany Ferries, however pet passports must be fully completed before allowing them to travel.

Requirements include an up to date microchip which will be scanned for at the port and proof of vaccination records. Advice and guidance on travelling with your four legged friends can be found on the Brittany Ferries and GOV.UK websites.