The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS was created to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been without any rabies for quite some time, in several other countries there is still a danger of the disease to mammals. The greatest risk for rabies entering here could be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to invest four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all the conditions of PETS.
All pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine under PETS provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which differ with regards to the country your pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they could be shown to meet the necessary pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most parts of Europe and many non-European destinations.