Brexit: Pet passports needed to cross Irish Sea from Great Britain to Northern Ireland


British pet passports will run out at the end of the year, making journeys with cats, dogs and ferrets to the EU more complicated. And for the first time, taking a pet to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK will involve red tape – and a rabies vaccination for the animal.

The European Commission has set out the new rules for taking pets abroad that will apply from 1 January 2021.

While animal owners from Northern Ireland will continue to have access to the EU’s pet passport scheme, those in England, Wales and Scotland will need to obtain an “animal health certificate” from a vet in advance of every visit to the European Union and Northern Ireland, showing their pet has been vaccinated against rabies.

Defra says this must take place no more than 10 days before travel.

The certificate remains valid for four months, but only for a single journey.

In addition, for entry into Northern Ireland and the republic from Great Britain, as well as to Finland and Malta, pet dogs will have to be treated against Echinococcus multilocularis  – an especially unpleasant tapeworm.

At present there are no restrictions in taking animals between any of the four UK nations. But this will change after the Brexit transition phase ends.

AGM by Zoom Video Conference: 8th December at 7:30pm

AGM by Zoom Video Conference: 8th December at 7:30pm

Due to COVID restrictions, we will meet virtually with the the AGM being held via Zoom Video Conference.

Topic: Peata AGM 2020
Time: Dec 8, 2020 07:15 PM Dublin

Christmas Carol Service by webcam: 9th December at 6pm

Christmas Carol Service by webcam: 9th December at 6pm

We will still be able to sing our Christmas Carols and view a virtual Pet Blessing this year!

Christ Church services are viewable over their webcam:
Click here to view the Christ Church Cathedral Webcam

Members’ Walks 2020: Dates for your diaries

Members’ Walk: October Walk cancelled

Unfortunately, we must cancel the autumn walk due to Covid-19 restrictions which was scheduled to take place in Marlay Park.   Once restrictions are lifted we will distribute details for our next meeting.


Members’ Walk:  1st August

We are delighted to say that 2 Peata walks have been arranged and we would be delighted to see you, your family and friends (including dogs!) there.  Biscuits and cakes will be provided by members of the Peata board, but we do not have facilities for tea and coffee making, so members, family and friends are asked to bring their own beverages.
The first walk took place on Saturday, 1st August, at 11 am, at the Phoenix ParkClick here to view photos from the event!
We hope that you will be able to join us at the walks.

Adrienne, Twiggy & Roopert’s new way of visiting

Adrienne O’Keeffe and her dogs, Twiggy and Roopert have been a visiting team since 2012.  With the permission of the manager at the unit that they visit, they have adapted their Peata visits to meet the Covid-19 restrictions.  Here, Adrienne describes their experience:

“We are living in a very challenging and surreal time.  We have been missing the people that we visit on a weekly basis.  Over the years, the people that we visit become our friends and we in turn have become an important part of their lives.

“Before the onset of the Covid-19 restrictions, we visited several places every week.  Since then, most of the units that we visited have not been able to accommodate any Peata visits.  However, our friends at the unit we visit in Dundrum agreed that we could continue if the visits could be carried out without contravening the guidelines.

“During our visits to this particular unit, we stay in the front garden and chat to our friends through the closed windows.  I lift Twiggy up onto the windowsill so that our friends can interact with her.  They touch Twiggy on the glass on their side of the window.  It is obvious that we have been missed as our friends tell Twiggy and Roopert, “we miss you”.   We chat for a while and I give Twiggy and Roopert treats on behalf of their friends who understood that Roopert is too big for me to lift on to the windowsill.  We blow kisses and place our hands on each side of the glass.  It is both lovely and very emotional at the same time.

“We have been lucky that we are able to visit this special home abiding strictly to the guidelines.

hands at windows Dog at the window cill

“Adrienne, Twiggy and Roopert”

How often should we walk our dogs?

According to a new law in Germany, owners must walk their dogs twice a day…

Peata supports the logic that all dogs benefit from exercise but the amount of exercise needed depends on the dogs qualities such as size, age and general health.  It is also important to ensure that the dog gets regular daily quality time and is allowed to socialise with its owners, other people and animals.

See below to read the RTE article….

The German Shepherd is among Germany’s most popular breeds.

A new rule forcing people in Germany to take their dog for a walk twice a day has unleashed a debate on whether the state can decide what is best for the country’s 9.4 million pet canines.

Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner announced this week she had taken expert advice and was introducing a law to ensure dogs go for a walk or run in the garden at least twice a day for a total of an hour.

“Pets are not cuddly toys – their needs have to be considered,” said Ms Kloeckner, adding pets must get sufficient exercise and not be left alone for too long.

With almost one in five German homes owning a dog, the new law affects a significant proportion of the population.

“Compulsory Walkies for Dog Owners? Rubbish!” wrote the top-selling Bild newspaper in an opinion piece on the new decree.

A spokesman for the VDH German Dog Association said most owners were laughing at the new rule because they already spent enough time walking their four-legged friend.

“One rule for all dogs is probably well meant but unrealistic,” VDH spokesman Udo Kopernik said.

Dog trainer Anja Striegel said the amount of exercise a dog needs depended on the health, age and breed of dog.

“For a young, fit Labrador, two hours of walkies are healthier than for an arthritic pug with heart problems,” she told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Germany’s most popular breeds are the German Shepherd and short-legged, long-bodied Dachshund, known as “sausage dogs” followed by Labradors, retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers and pugs.

Then there is the question of enforcement. The ministry has said the 16 federal states will be responsible for enforcing the rule but it is unclear how.


Photos from our August Members’ Walk

Covid-19 update

As you may be aware from extensive media coverage, older people and those with underlying health conditions would be particularly vulnerable if they were to come into contact with the Covid-19 virus.

In order to protect residents at nursing homes and at health and social care facilities, as well as our own visiting members, the Board of Peata has decided that it is necessary to suspend the visiting service with immediate effect.   This decision is consistent with the recent announcements of restrictions on non-essential visiting due to Covid-19 by Nursing Homes Ireland, the Mater Hospital and other health and social care providers.

As the virus presents an unprecedented situation, it is not possible to advise as to the duration of the suspension of the Peata visiting service.   The Board will be guided by Nursing Homes Ireland, the HSE and other public authorities and will monitor developments.

The Peata visiting service is valued by residents and patients at our unit members’ facilities and we hope that it will not be too long before the visiting service will resume.  In the meantime, we will keep you informed by email and by notifications on this website, of updates to the Peata visiting policy.