I have been reading through any and all threads about international moves with guinea pigs. I moved to Australia on my own back in late 2019 from the US. I got two beautiful guinea pigs to keep me company in Jan 2021, Poppy and Penelope. When getting my girls, I planned on living here for a number of years. The girls have been my lifeline while living here (It has been MUCH harder to be away from home than I ever imagined it would, mostly due to CoVid). I have now made the decision to move back to the USA in early May of this year (due to a number of personal reasons). Due to this, I need to find a way to bring my girls back with me! I absolutely cannot fathom leaving them here. I have reached out to every transport company I can find and have only received one quote for $4500!!!!! Apparently, due to CoVid restrictions, all animals leaving Australia must be booked through a transport company. This means my options are limited. I have emailed/called over 20 places to be told (by the few that have actually responded) that they do not transport guinea pigs. I have read through the thread by Caspersmom and would LOVE to know which airline she ended up using. I checked to private message her, but it showed she was last active in 2010... Does anyone know of anywhere that does transport guinea pigs to America from Australia? Any advice or support would be greatly appreciated!
I have added some photos of my girls too, so you all can see how adorable and sweet they are!
Sounds like you are in a difficult place! The only other thing I wonder about is whether or not an "adjacent"/"nearby" country would have more options. Of course, this would also mean getting you and them to an adjacent country (say, New Zealand) and going from there. Perhaps not fruitful or practical.
I don't think we have any active Australian members right now so do not know if there is anyone who can help you. I hope you can find something more reasonable that will work.
Please let us know how your search goes.
Oooo that would be awesome if daisymay could help with any info! There's no rescues near where I am because I'm living regionally, but I could reach out to some Perth ones :) thanks!
Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I am so sorry for my delay replying! It has been hectic here with work and move logistics!
I did not get a chance to reach out to the members mentioned, as I decided (after receiving a few other quotes & being mildly impulsive lol) to book the girls' journey with Dogtrainers. They have quoted me $4305 (pre-tax) for the girls from Perth -> Dubai -> Boston, which matches my flight.
I've told the girls that we are moving to America haha! They are absolutely my lil support piggies Renonvsparky! :) I did set up a gofundme for the girls once I realized how expensive it was going to be, but I definitely did not come on here to seek donations. I have shared it with friends and family as well as gofundme specific FB groups. I am also hopeful that once I have sold my belongings here I will be financially ok. It will be the financial recovery period that will get me ahaha!! But that's ok, as I love working and have a few jobs in the works for when I get home to the US. :)