Tula and Olaf of on their Travels!
We have some amazing news to announce - two of our dogs are off to BELGIUM! A few months ago, Joran and Alyssa were visiting the area as Alyssa is originally from Dumaguete, while Joran is from Belgium. They came to visit the Sanctuary and spent a few days with the dogs - and fell in love with Tula and Olaf.
Olaf was rescued in October 2021 - an owned dog who was left outside on the street in all weather - he was only around 3 months at the time. Tula was rescued in June 2022 from Robinsons Mall - she was thin with severe mange.
Allyssa flew back to Dumaguete last week to pick up both of them and they are currently staying in her family's house in Dumaguete while they prepare for the journey to Belgium at the end of the month.
Overseas adoption is not an easy process. The first step is to check the regulations of your own country but the majority of countries require a Rabies Titre Test. Blood needs to be taken and sent to a lab in the US or another accredited laboratory. This costs around 500 usd. Sometimes the dog does not pass the test - it's to assess the level of rabies antibodies in the blood.
After the test results have been received, arrangements can be made for the dog to fly. Dogs are not allowed in the cabin of most airlines so have to go in the cargo hold. If you are accompanying the dog, the cost is not so expensive as it goes as excess baggage. Using a pet transport company if you can't come is likely around 3000 USD. The whole process can take up to 3-5 months.
Thank you Alyssa and Joran for making such an effort to give Tula and Olaf a wonderful life with you both. We are so happy for them but will miss them dearly!