Cat and Dog Relocation & Shipping to South Africa


At Ferndale Kennels, we specialise in pet relocation and shipping to South Africa. Every year, we assist numerous families in relocating their beloved pets to this beautiful country. 

With our veterinary Director and a vast network of Veterinary clinics, we have the expertise and resources to handle the specialist tests and external parasite control required for a successful pet move to South Africa. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of moving your cats and dogs to South Africa, ensuring a smooth transition for your furry family members.


Discover the Wonders of South Africa with Your Pet

Moving to South Africa with your pets offers a unique opportunity to embark on a thrilling adventure together. From breathtaking wildlife to awe-inspiring scenery and sun-soaked coasts, South Africa has it all. Keeping your family intact and allowing your pets to share in these unforgettable experiences is a worthwhile endeavour. With proper planning and assistance, you can make your pet’s journey to South Africa a safe and enjoyable one.

Understanding the Pet Relocation Requirements

Moving dogs and cats to South Africa involves specific veterinary steps and requirements that must be met. Your pet will have a transit flight stop during the journey, and it’s essential to complete the necessary preparations beforehand. While the process may seem complex, it’s well worth it to ensure the well-being of your pets throughout the relocation.


Government Customs Clearance and Veterinary Papers

When flying to South Africa, dogs and cats are required to clear through Johannesburg or Cape Town. At these airports, veterinary papers and certificates are thoroughly checked, and Government Customs Clearance is performed.

At Ferndale Kennels, we assist you in the application process for the import permit, coordinate with your veterinarian for microchipping and vaccinations, and prepare the export documentation. Additionally, we can handle flight bookings for your pets and provide guidance on all aspects of importing your pets to South Africa. Our expertise and support make the process more manageable for you and your furry companions.


Preparing Your Pets for Travel

To minimise stress during the flight and the overall relocation process, it is crucial to help your pets become comfortable with travel crates. Working closely with animal behaviourists and veterinarians, we can provide guidance on crate training. By creating a safe and positive association with the travel kennel, dogs and cats are likely to experience less anxiety during the journey to South Africa. Our team is here to assist you in preparing your pets for their travel crates and ensuring their well-being throughout the entire process.


Laboratory Tests for Dogs Travelling to South Africa

Moving dogs to South Africa requires specific laboratory tests to ensure their health and well-being. We have extensive experience in this process and can provide you with detailed instructions and assistance. Some of the essential tests include:

  • Brucella canis serum agglutination / rapid slide agglutination test.
  • Trypanosoma evansi card agglutination test and giemsa blood smear.
  • Babesia Gibsoni Immunofluorescence antibody test & giemsa blood smear.
  • Dirofilaria immitis microfilariae filtration test.
  • Leishmaniasis Indirect fluorescent antibody or ELISA or Direct agglutination test or Western blot/membrane immunoassay.

While these tests may seem complex, rest assured that our team will work closely with you to ensure a smooth and successful relocation for your dogs.


  • Working Together for a Seamless Move

We understand that relocating your pets can be overwhelming, but with our expertise and collaborative approach, we can simplify the process.

Our goal is to make the move to South Africa as smooth as possible for you and your pets. By partnering with us, you can benefit from our experience, guidance, and attention to detail. We will work together to navigate the intricacies of pet relocation, ensuring a safe and stress-free journey for your furry companions.

We are well-versed in the complexities of pet moves to South Africa and provide a comprehensive range of services to ensure a seamless relocation experience. From assisting with import permits and veterinary requirements to coordinating flights and providing expert advice, we handle all aspects of your pet’s journey. Contact us today and let us guide you through the process, making your pet’s move to South Africa a memorable and enjoyable adventure.

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