here in Germany that isn't so unsusal
. As there are no kill shelters in Germany cat lovers have taken to adopting cats and dogs from other countries that sadly do have kill facilities. Most animals come from Italy, France and Spain with more and more animals coming from Hungary, Poland and Turky. Some animals even come from Egypt.
Usually the rescue centre will try to find a holiday maker that will take the cat or dog back to Germany with them on their return flight. The animal is both brought to and picked up at the air port by a member of the rescue centre. If the animal is arriving at an air port thats too far way from the new home a transport chain is organized over a cat lovers forum, with different members transporting the cat for a part of the way.
It can take 2 week or several months untill a flight can be found for an animal, so some cat lovers just can't wait and then simply hop on a plane to pick up their animal themselves while enjoying a weekend break abroad.
Some German shelters will also take in animals from abroad if they have the capacity to do so. Some animals are also privately fostered in Germany before they are adopted out.
Before the cat is adopted out the new home is visited and evaluated. As the new home often isn't near the German head quarters of the rescue organisation it is very common to ask other rescue organisations to help out by sending someone to have a look at the new home. This can also be an person from the cat forum who isn't connected to a rescue centre but who frequently does visits in his or her area on demand.
On our German forum there are dozens of people who have cats from abroad
Here's the main web site dedicated to the adoption of animals from foreign countries, though you will also find some cats from German shelters there.http://zergportal.de/baseportal/tiere/Katze_Co