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Can Mixed Breed Dogs Travel to New Zealand?

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I bring my dog to live with me in New Zealand? She is a boxer mix according to the animal shelter where I got her. We think she is a boxer bulldog mix, so would she be considered a hybrid species, which are not permitted?

I really want to move to New Zealand and would be devastated if I couldn't take her with me! She is microchipped and has all of her shots.




Hi Gigi,

Thanks for the question! Confusion can arise around the pet import requirements for New Zealand...

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Top Pet Travel Destinations: Hong Kong FAQs

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

hong kong pet travel faqs

Hong Kong continues to be a popular destination for pet owners moving for work and adventure, and we are happy to make pet travel to Hong Kong as smooth as possible in spite of the somewhat complicated requirements.

Here are a few questions we frequently answer about traveling with pets to Hong Kong -- read on to find out more and let us know if you need help arranging your pet's move!

What are the requirements for moving pets to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a rabies free country, which means its pet...

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Employee Spotlight: Evelyn, China & Hong Kong Pet Relocation Consultant

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Core Values

Evelyn PearlBecause it's a big world and each country's pet import rules are a little different, we maintain 'destination teams' here at PetRelocation. This means each client works with a Consultant who has specific knowledge and experience with the country to which they're moving, and with each move our team members gain even more mastery in their area of focus.

Clients moving to Hong Kong and China are lucky to be matched with Evelyn Pearl, our expert in these areas of the world. Evelyn has moved pets all...

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The Secret Life of Pet Shippers | Part Two

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Pet Travel News

sarah & avaWelcome back to our two part series exploring the secret lives of pet shippers! As we began to discuss in Part One, helping pets relocate to a new home with their families is all about being detail-oriented and obsessed with pet safety.

Straight from our team, here's more about what it's like to work in this unique industry.

The Perks

Relocating pets is a challenging profession, but there are great things about it, too. In particular, our team of pet shippers agrees that connecting with clients...

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How are Pets Transported to New Zealand?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Traveling to New Zealand would be a very long flight for my dog and I'm worried it would negatively impact her.

Do the dogs get checked on during the flight? What accommodations are made for food/water and going potty? Is the area the pets are transported in illuminated?




Hi Anne,

Excellent questions! It is a long flight to New Zealand (and to many other popular pet friendly destinations), but in our experience pets are able to handle the trip with no lasting negative...

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The Secret Life of Pet Shippers | Part One

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Pet Travel News

maegan and baxterHelping pets relocate with their families is a job unlike any other. On a daily basis, our Relocation Coordinators and Consultants juggle logistics, pet safety, client needs, airline policies, international government regulations, and so much more.

Curious about what it's really like to help pets move with their owners? In honor of the recent hit movie The Secret Life of Pets, go behind the scenes for our two-part series all about the secret life of pet shippers!

The Skills

Our team of Relocation...

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Pet News Round-Up: Pets on Amtrak, Pets on Planes

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Meet the globetrotting pets we featured this week.

It's here to stay: learn more about Amtrak's pet travel policy.

What airline should you choose when flying with a pet in the United States?

APHIS Pet Travel is here.

These hotels have the best pet perks.


lou in belgium

Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

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Pet Safe Airlines for Domestic Dog Travel

Monday, July 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

We are moving to the San Diego area from New York sometime between September and October 2016.

We are interested in having our 4-year-old, healthy doodle travel by plane. From my research it seems flying him as manifest cargo is the wisest option.

Can you recommend airlines who deliver top notch care? My vet is a huge supporter of this method of travel for him as well.




Hi Joanne,

It's great to hear from you -- we love discussing pet friendly air travel!

First of all,...

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The Summer Pet Travel Checklist

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Pet Travel News

Moving during the summer can be challenging thanks to temperature related restrictions and a higher volume of travelers, but with the right planning your pet's trip can still go smoothly.

Take a look at this quick rundown of summer pet relocation tips to ensure success!

1. Travel Kennel

Ventilation and comfort are key when it comes to creating a positive travel experience for your pet, so choose the right travel crate and talk to your pet relocation consultant to see if sizing up might be a...

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Incredible Experiences: Two Beagles Move from Texas to the United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

ralph & riley"Ralph and Riley's International Relocation from Texas to Wales!"

My kids are Ralph (11 Years old) and Riley (9 years old) and here is the story of their move from Texas to Wales. I moved to the United States from Wales 20 years ago and made the decision to finally move back to my country to be with my family. The decision to move was the easy part; the decision that affected my kids was the hardest part. I knew this would mean them flying in cargo, and my dogs having to fly below me confined in...

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Summer Pet Travel Tips From The PetRelocation Team

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Pet Travel News

cooperWhen you're dealing with the heat of the summer on top of all the usual challenges that pet travel can entail, stress levels can reach a boiling point pretty fast.

Luckily there are plenty of experts out there who have years of experience making sure pets travel safely no matter what time of year it is.

As the summer heats up, keep your cool using these helpful tips from the seasoned Consultants and Coordinators of PetRelocation!

Preparing for Air Travel

As the airlines have a heavier volume of pets...

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How to Transport a Dog From Scotland to the United States

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

My mother's health is waning and I'm preparing for the event that she can no longer care for her small dog. I'd like to bring the dog to live with me in California eventually.

What is involved in making this happen?




Hi Liz,

Thank you for your question and sorry to hear about your mother -- we would be happy to help you navigate this challenging situation.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. Luckily these rules are some of the more...

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"Which Airline Should I Choose When Flying My Pet?"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Which airline should I use to fly my dogs across the country?




Hi Patty,

Thank you for your question! The airline you choose for your pet's trip is definitely an important consideration, as not all carriers offer the same level of service when it comes to pets.

PetRelocation helps hundreds of pets travel safely each year and we have a handful of airlines that we prefer -- these include United for domestic flights and KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways for international...

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Pet Move of the Month: Quincy's Relocation to Australia

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by PetRelocation.com Customer

quincy on the beachWe're excited to announce this month's featured move, which shows the importance of detail-oriented planning and perseverance when it comes to planning a pet relocation.

Moving pets to Australia is a long and often stressful process on its own, and in this case our team had even more of a challenge to take on when it was discovered that Quincy, a Boston Terrier on the move, had a heart condition. 

His health issue made it more important than ever to carry out each step with care, and ultimately he...

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Pet Travel Checklist: Tips for Planning a Last Minute Move

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Pet Travel News

RosieMoving in a Rush? Here's How to Plan Your Pet's Safe Relocation

Sometimes life throws a big surprise your way and you find yourself needing to relocate with very little warning. Moving is stressful enough as it is, and if you're short on time and have a pet to bring along too, this can be a particularly challenging life event to navigate. 

That doesn't mean it's impossible to carry out a smooth and safe relocation, though! Here are a few things you can do to make life easier during this rushed and...

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Pet Travel Q&A: Will German Shepherds Encounter Breed Bans?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions


I'm planning on moving to the United States and I'm concerned about the Breed Specific Legislation, more specifically the banned breeds. I have a 2-year-old German Shepherd, which is on a number of the banned/dangerous breed lists. Will I be able to take her with me?

Thanks in advance,


Hi Jenny,

Thank you for your question! We have good news for you -- the United States does not have any restrictions in place regarding importing dog breeds, and overall German Shepherds do not typically...

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How to Ship a Cat From Australia to the United States

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I send my cat alone on a plane from Australia to the USA and have a family member pick it up? Is there any quarantine in the USA when the cat arrives?

What are the the requirements for sending a cat from Australia to the USA? What are the estimated costs?




Hi Laurel,

Thanks for your questions! Yes, your cat can travel unaccompanied from Australia to the United States. They will go via cargo, preferably on a pet safe airline (we often use Qantas and United for our...

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How to Crate Train Your Dog for Travel

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Pet Travel News

chase in his travel crateIt's not something you learn until you're facing a long-distance pet relocation: crate training is one of the most important parts of planning a safe pet move.

In our many years of experience helping pets travel around the world, we've found that having a dog who is comfortable in the travel kennel will help ease the anxiety (both your pet's and yours) that this major life event tends to inspire.

By taking a few training steps before your day of departure, much of the potential stress surrounding c...

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French Bulldog Travel to the United States

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetReloction,

Does anyone know a good airline that could ship French Bulldog and as checked in baggage? I only knew Delta, which is well reputed, but they no longer provide pet transport as checked in baggage.

My dog is quite big (weighing 44 lbs) so there's no way he would fit under the passenger seat. Plus, Delta no longer accepts pug-nosed dogs, which most bulldogs are. I don't know what is the reason behind this but I desperately need help finding an airline that could transport my pet.


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How to Export Pets From Australia to the United States

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

We'll be traveling from Australia to Los Angeles. Will my dog spend extended time in quarantine?




Hi Adam,

Thank you for your question! For pets traveling from Australia to the United States, there is no quarantine period required.

The United States has some of the easier pet import rules (as opposed to Australia's, which are quite strict, as you probably know). Not only do you not have to plan for quarantine, you simply need to secure a health certificate and proof of...

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