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Planning Safe Pet Travel to South Africa

Monday, May 4, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

I have a healthy 2-year-old puppy. This is the first time we are traveling a long distance with a pet and I have found out all the requirements to move to South Africa.

My question is whether I will be risking his life with air travel. I have to decide whether it's going to be too traumatic for him versus finding him a new home. He is a Japanese Chin/Shih Tzu.




Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your question! It's understandable that you're feeling nervous about pet air travel...

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Pet Travel Tips for International Dog Travel

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Dear PetRelocation,

My boss wants to travel out of the county with his dog and just wants to know what is needed for that to happen. What steps he should take to prepare if he's not sure where he wants to go yet?

Thanks So Much,


Hi Christina,

Thanks for your question -- this brings up some interesting topics of discussion about traveling internationally with pets.

First, your boss will want to acquaint himself with a few basic resources that will end up being helpful when he decides...

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Comparing Pet Friendly Airlines

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I am really concerned about the safety of flying my dog in the cargo hold. I'm looking at Lufthansa, because based upon what I am seeing on the internet it seems to be one of the best airlines to handle dogs.

Can you tell me anything about the conditions in the cargo hold, i.e. how often cabin pressure is lost, etc. My choices to get him to Spain are Lufthansa to Frankfurt or United or American to Madrid. Not sure how the airlines differ in their cargo hold live animal handling...

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Arranging Safe Pet Air Travel to Spain

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Evelyn
From: Chicago, Illinois, United States
To: Madrid, Spain
Pet: Coco, Toy Poodle, male, 5 yrs old, 7 lbs.

Dear PetRelocation,
Hello, I would like to have my dog flown from Chicago, IL US to Madrid, Spain. I would like to know what steps I need to follow to have him safely flown (and with the least amount of fear). Which documents, shots, etc. do I need to get so that he can travel to Spain? I am in Spain right now and my dog is in the US with my friend.
He gets easily scared and I want...
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Wrap-Up: IPATA Latin American Regional Meeting

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Rachel Truair

People are sometimes surprised when they find out just how many pet relocation companies exist worldwide. In actuality, there are hundreds of companies that PetRelocation works with to provide incredible experiences for pets moving around the globe. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, or IPATA, is a trade association dedicated to helping pet relocation companies gather to improve their knowledge, build strong alliances, and achieve common goals. In addition to hosting...

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Employee Profile: Joe, PetRelocation Corporate Account Manager

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Core Values

joeBy Kelley Barnes, Director of HR

If you have a ‘Joe Fraser type’ in your company, then you know how lucky you are.

What do I mean by that – a ‘Joe Fraser type’? In this case, it means to have that outgoing, social personality who also has the uncanny ability to get things done. In the offices of PetRelocation, in addition to being the point of contact for a number of our corporate accounts, Joe is the driving force behind our well-attended, regular monthly outings to experience Austin culture and...

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Choosing the Right Dog Travel Kennel

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

From: Damon
Estimated Move Date: 02-11-2015
Reason: Military Move
From: Baltimore/Washington
To: Raimstein, Germany
Pets: Kiara is a female German Shepard, she is two and half years old and her weight is usually about 70 lbs. Louie is a male Japanese Akita and he is two and half years old as well, and his weight is about 75 lbs.

Dear PetRelocation,
I'm trying to find accurate information about what kennel buy for my dogs and how they can travel with me. Basically I've been reading different things...
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Dog Travel from Italy to the United States

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carole
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cane Corso (110 lb.)
From: Sicily, Italy
To: Atlanta, GA


Dear PetRelocation,

I need cost estimate, where to buy a large pet kennel for the flight, any special paperwork that's required, etc. I already know about getting the Health Certificate from an authorized Italian vet, and the CDC said they don't require any special papers, but I don't know things like, if it's better to fly the pet via Delta, Alitalia, etc. or are there special pet...

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Traveling with a Special Needs Dog: Scooter's Story

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Relocating a healthy pet can take quite a bit of time and effort, so imagine the stress the caretaker of a special needs pet might feel at the beginning of a move.

We've helped to relocate older pets and have assisted a few with minor health concerns, but until recently PetRelocation had never had the chance to meet a dog like Scooter. Born with only two legs, Scooter was blessed to find his way to a loving home as a puppy and last month moved with his family to Malaysia.

Scooter's owner Kim was...

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Pet Travel Question: Selecting Travel Crates and Shipping Dogs to the United States Safely

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Karine
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: 1 Coton de Tulear + 1 Shih Tzu
From: Lyon, France
To: Fairport, New York, USA

Is it possible for both my dogs to travel together in the same kennel to avoid too much stress for them? What are the specific requirements for dogs to enter the United States?


Hi Karine,

Thanks for contacting us. First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. To answer your other question, yes, each of your dogs will need an...

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Summer Pet Travel Update: Embargo Information from United Airlines and Delta Airlines

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Continuing our coverage of summer pet air travel embargoes and restrictions, today we have news that Delta Cargo has begun its Summer Live Animal Program. This means that during the summer months (specifically May 13 through Sept. 29, 2013) select stations will provide "additional care and protection" for pets and will fly certain breeds during warmer temperatures. Normally Delta will not fly pets if the temperature exceeds 85F/29C.

Please contact us to find out about the qualifying airports,...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving With an Older Dog

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Kathy
From: Austin, TX
To: Prague, Czech Republic
Pet: Emily, 11-year-old Great Dane, 130 lbs

I am looking at the possibility of relocating to Prague for school for a year. I know it is probably not the best idea for a large old dog to be relocated, but I cannot imagine leaving her behind so I need to know what my options are. Can this be accomplished safely?

I know there are no quarantine requirements in the Czech Republic, but need to know the best airline and the cost to transport her....
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Pet Travel Question: Bringing Pets to and from the European Union

Monday, February 18, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions


Name: Sharon
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Komondors
From: Canada
To: Ijzendijke, Netherlands

My partner and I want to travel in Europe for six months. We have a home in Ijzendijke(Netherlands) to live in (family home). We would like to leave from Toronto in April and return the end of Sept. We plan this for 2014. We want to be on the same flight as our dogs. We were planning on buying kennels but didn't know if the Airline would accept them. I read all the requirements the EU states,...

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Lessons in Pet Travel: Reba's Big Adventure

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Just about everyone who works here at PetRelocation.com has at least one pet at home, but not all of us have had the chance to experience what our customers do -- flying with our dog or cat.

When Pet Relocation Specialist Sarah S. recently took her Irish Goldendoodle Reba on summer vacation, we realized it would be fun to share her travel story -- and what she learned -- here on the blog.

This is what Sarah had to say about flying with Reba for the first time as well as what it was like to deal...

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Pet Move Customer Story: Starla's Move to Cleveland

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Esther
Pet's Name: Starla
From: Colorado Springs, CO
To: Cleveland, OH

My grandmother, who lived in Colorado Springs, CO, adopted Starla in July of 2009. They had almost three wonderful years together. After my grandmother passed away this spring, I decided to take Starla back to Cleveland, OH, to live with me.

Rather than trying to deal directly with an airline, I decided to find a pet relocation service. I had a time crunch: I wanted to leave Colorado on May 27. I only had about four days...

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What Are Your Plans? Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips for Everyone

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Whether you're planning a lot of noisy festivities or are using the day off to take care of the business of moving, all pet owners should prepare for the Fourth of July Holiday.  Remember that the Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year so you'll likely hear booms and blasts this weekend as well as next week; do your pets a kindness and prepare them for the chaos that's to come by considering the behaviors that may cause trouble and doing what you can to keep things as normal and calm as...

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Pet Travel Update: United Will Now Accept Pit Bulls and Other Previously-Banned Breeds for Transport

Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Great news for pet travelers of a certain breed...

United Airlines has announced that they will now accept several dog breeds that have previously not been permitted, including American Staffordshire Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers. Effective immediately, dogs six months or older and weighing more than 20 pounds who meet the proper kennel requirements (kennels meeting Container Requirement #82) and show no signs of aggressiveness will be allowed to fly.

We previously reported that United's banned...

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Pet Travel News Links: Luxury Pet Travel, Vaccine Developments and Pet Business News

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Here are a few pet travel news links for you. Happy Friday, pet lovers!


Pet travelers flying with Alaska Airlines should be pleasantly surprised at this news.

Pet business news: Rover.com has raised $3.4 million with the goal of being the Airbnb for dogs.

National Pet Day + The New York International Auto Show = Pet safety tips and fun for everyone.

A kennel cough vaccine for dogs can now be administered orally.

The Mighty Texas Dog Walk was a great success!

Foreign Service officers aren't too...

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Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Moving Pets to Idaho

Monday, March 26, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: David
Pets' Names: Genevieve & Jason
From: Austin, TX
To: Boise, ID


With a new job, my company relocated me from Austin, TX to Boise, ID. The relo was done on a short timeline, leaving no time to make the 3-to-4 day drive. Additionally, the thought of making that long drive with kids, a dog and a cat was not appealing.

PetRelocation.com was the most professional company I found to help us move our pets. Our coordinator, Katie, helped us navigate the government and airline regulations and...

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Pet Travel Question: Driving Across the Country with Cats

Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shelley
Number of Pets: 6
Pet Type: 4 cats, 2 dogs
Pet Breed: German Shepherd, Golden, 3 Domestic short hair, 2 Domestic longhair
From: Arizona
To: NY

Should we use our kennels and litter pans for our cats, or are cat carriers a better choice? Two are used to kennels and two used to be in them but haven't been for quite a while. I want to make this as stress free as possible for them. It's going to be at least 12 hours a day driving for four days. Any advice would be appreciated. I have never...Read More