- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
So, a little background. I’ve had Sophie since she was a kitten, so a little more than six years now. I got her in the US, and she’s come on all of our international moves. US -> Egypt -> US -> Afghanistan.
So, it’s finally time for me to get to go back to the states after nearly two years living and working in Afghanistan. Yahoo! My visa expires on May 14, so I found tickets over the weekend for May 13 and mapped out the most Sophie-friendly flight pattern. (I only fly with her in the cabin so airlines are somewhat restricted). I planned to book my flight in the next few days.
Sophs has been to the vet, is up to date on her shots, and even had her blood sent to the UK to ensure she could enter the EU should we need to. All ready to go except a formal health certificate that usually comes within 10 days of flying. Oh yeah, she has an international microchip too, and I just renewed the subscription. (And I have her vaccination book and all previous import/export from when we moved here, and the US/Egypt/US moves too). Totally good to go!
Until.. Yesterday when the Afghan government issued a 100% ban on BOTH the import and export of live animals. It’s being enforced with no exceptions at the moment. Our vet, who runs and NGO that helps soldiers and military people adopt dogs that they meet on bases, assures us that they think it will be overturned or they’ll be granted an exceptions. But the meeting is Wednesday so we won’t know ANYTHING until then. PLUS, this NGO charges something like $4000 USD to ship a dog back to the US. I’m sorry, but that’s insane. We can’t afford that, especially when the cat should be able to come in cabin with me for about $200-$300.
Bees, I’m freaking out. WTF?! I cannot – for the life of me – figure out what the motivation could be behind this. Disease? Fine, require legit paperwork and don’t allow shady IMPORTs. I could also see concerns about livestock. But domesticated animals, particularly strictly indoor animals? You’ve got to be kidding.
Just when I thought I was done with this place I get another INSANE hoop thrown at me. Darling Husband is leaving a bit after me, so we do have about 10-14 days extra for this to get solved, but who knows how long it could really take.
I seriously feel sick about this. Thanks for letting me rant.