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Moving Pets to South Africa

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chip
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador/Pit Bull mix
From: Chicago, USA
To: Cape Town, South Africa

Hi PetRelocation,

What is the easiest way to transport my dog to Cape Town? We are moving in early January for at least a year to Cape Town and would hate to leave our dog here. Also, I am disabled and our dog is a service dog, but only 7 months old (will be 9 months at travel date).

Thanks!
Chip
 

Hi Chip,

Thank you for submitting a question to us. We've helped several pets move to South Africa and typically use KLM for their flights, as they area a pet-friendly airline. For an idea of the preparations that will be necessary, take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa, which you'll need to follow carefully.

Next, here are a few pet travel tips to get you started. Generally speaking, we advise that you start the pet travel process early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, and work on crate-training your dog. If your dog is a certified service animal and you'd like her/him to fly in the cabin with you, contact the airline you'll be flying with to discuss the procedures (here are KLM's animal travel guidelines, for example). We recently discussed typical scenarios for service dog travel on our blog if you'd like to take a look.

If this sounds overwhelming and you think you'd like some help with your move, please fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to further assist you, just let us know.

Either way, good luck and have a safe trip!

Incredible Experiences: "The Big Kahuna"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Neilla
Pet's Name: Kahuna
From: New Jersey, United States
To: Hawaii, United States
 

We weren't sure when we moved to Hawaii if we were going to be able to find a place that would be good for our 93 lb Labradoodle named Kahuna. We had heard that a lot of vets in Hawaii were filled up and wouldn't take new clients, and we also read that it was hard to find a house to rent that would take pets.

So in terms of finding a vet for him, on the Big Island of Hawaii it is very remote and we needed one that could not just take him but could also attend to his very special medical requirement of having Addison's Disease, which means he needs a shot once a month and he needs a pill every day.

 

kahuna

 

Also, we planned on renting at first and we needed to find a place that would take a rather large dog. So we left Kahuna in foster care in New Jersey until we could make sure we could provide a place for him. Fortunately for us, everything did work out and we were able to contact our foster family with the news that we would be starting the process of getting Kahuna shipped out here. Now the hard part began.

I personally quickly became very flustered and stressed thinking I might make a mistake on the paperwork that might in some way keep Kahuna from reaching us in a timely and efficient manner. Especially with his medical issues, high stress situations can be hard for an animal with this condition, which only gets harder because he is such a large animal.

Kahuna actually needed crate extensions on his XL crate, which his foster mom gladly helped attach in New Jersey. I was also relieved beyond measure to find PetRelocation; they coordinated everything from the crate extensions to the vets, the airfare to the forms and instructions about how to receive your pet. It was flawless.

Kahuna's plane went from NJ to CA to Honolulu to the Big Island of Hawaii. I received updates all along the way, and Kahuna had someone meeting him at each stop to make sure he was okay. I felt so safe having Kahuna's care in Sarah and Penney's hands. They took care of EVERYTHING! It was by far one of the greatest experiences I've had as a customer.


 

Kahuna is now in Hawaii and has adjusted really well. He does miss the snow but he is enjoying the fresh water streams.

I highly recommend PetRelocation to anyone who wants to have peace of mind. They take as much care as you would yourself in transporting your pet on your behalf.

"Should We Bring Our Dog on Vacation Abroad?"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Denise
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lakeland Terrier
From: (Traveling internationally in general)
To: (Traveling internationally in general)

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My husband and I would like to travel abroad on vacation for two weeks to four months with our Lakeland Terrier and wonder the best source of information on how to travel with your dog. Can we take him on the plane with us under certain weight restrictions for an international flight? Do animals get passports?

Thanks,

Denise

 

Hi Denise,

Sure, we'd be happy to help with some information. For general country requirement details, take a look at our resources page or check out the USDA website (assuming you're starting in the United States). To drill down further, it's typically a good idea to contact the Ministry of Agriculture of the country you're interested in for the most up-to-date info about pet import rules there.

Here are a few answers to frequently asked pet travel questions that may help shed light on the pet travel process, as well. In summary, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline, asking your vet to do a health check before you go, and teaching your dog to be as comfortable as possible in the travel crate through crate acclimation.

It sounds like your dog may be too large to fly in the cabin with you (typically only small dogs have this choice), so this trip may entail cargo travel. This is a safe option when you choose a pet-friendly carrier like KLM, Lufthansa or British Airways, but it can also be expensive and taxing for your dog to experience multiple times in a short period.

Along with the paperwork and vet visits, you may find that the logistics of bringing your dog with you as you travel to several different places may be more complicated than you first imagined. It definitely makes sense to bring pets along on a permanent move, but often people find that vacationing with a pet just doesn't make sense for them. It might be better to leave your dog with a trusted sitter, instead.

It's up to you, of course, and hopefully the suggestions and links above will help you find your way to the right decision for you and your dog. Let us know if you have more questions, and good luck!

Understanding the New EU Pet Import Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Georgina
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 dogs and a cat
Pet Breed: Rottweiler, Border Collie & Staffordshire Terrier, Norwegian Forest Cat
From: Canada
To: England

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to prepare my animals to be relocated with me to England? Could you please send me the current requirements, as I don't want my animals to have to deal with being in quarantine.

Thanks,

Georgina

 

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for reaching out -- there are a few upcoming changes to the UK pet import process so your questions are timely.

First, take a look at the official announcement and information regarding the changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Beginning in December of 2014, the rules for incoming pets will be adjusted. The primary difference involves when the pets can fly in relation to the owners (the owner must travel within five days of the pet), and a few other modifications have been made, as well.

These new rules are being closely examined by affected parties, and various pet travel companies and advocates are working hard to educate themselves and manage these new procedures. Anyone who has experience with pet travel knows that these rules could once again be adjusted, but for now it would be best to plan according to these guidelines and consult the help of experts as you move forward.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please complete our free quote form. You can also keep following our blog for more updates on this matter -- changes are frequent when it comes to pet travel import rules, and we do our best to keep readers updated.

Good luck and happy traveling!
 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Owner Quirks & Holiday Travel Tips

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How much does it cost to own a Pit Bull in the city?

This sweet dog is a nanny for kittens.

Weird things all dog owners do.

Gift idea for cats/cat lovers: a felt kitty cave.

Planning to travel with a pet over the holidays? Read this first.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the Lufthansa Cargo Animal Lounge in Frankfurt.

Meet Rocco, the tall dog featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

andy the cockatoo

Happy Friday!

 

Video: Get to Know the Lufthansa Cargo Animal Lounge

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Want to know more about the Lufthansa Cargo Animal Lounge located at the Frankfurt Airport? A new video is now available that takes you behind the scenes of this busy and unique place, which is known as "the world's most modern animal station."

Watch below to learn more about how the facility works, what it looks like, and which animals typically transit through this pet-friendly travel hub.

 

 

Moving a pet internationally? Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about how to plan a safe, smooth trip.

Four Ways to Make Your New Home Pet-Friendly [Home Depot Guest Post]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You've moved your belongings, yourself and your pet, but the work isn't done yet. Here are a few tips from Home Depot's Sarah Kellner that can help you make your new house a warm and pet-safe home.

4 Musts for Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly

Being a pet owner is a lot like being a parent. The responsibility of feeding, protecting and caring for your pet falls solely on your shoulders, and when they look at you with their big, sweet eyes, how could you not want to give them the world?

Just like toddlers will find every dangerous nook and cranny in a new home, so, too, will pets -- especially curious puppies and kittens. Pets can find places in your home you didn't even know existed! That's why it's so important when relocating with your pet to a new city that you take the proper precautions and pet proof your new digs.

Look at the new space from your pet's point of view: where would you hide; what would you scratch or chew?

While a certain amount of pet proofing happens through trial and error, there are many things you can do to make your home safer, regardless of where you live or what type of pet you have.

kitty on the fridge

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of possible dangers for your pet. Be sure to keep your furry friends out of the cabinets by installing child-proof latches on them and block any small spaces like gaps between cabinets where small pets could get lodged. Since dogs are heavily driven by their sense of smell, be sure to keep your trash cans sealed with covers or secured away from pets inside a latched cabinet or pantry. Also, be sure to keep all food off the ground and out of reach, because while the food itself may not be harmful to your pet, the packaging easily could be.

Chemicals & Harmful Substances

One of the most important aspects of pet proofing is identifying all of the potentially poisonous liquids and substances in your home and keeping them well out of reach. These kinds of common household substances include cleaning agents, laundry detergents, medicines, toiletries, cosmetics, and even toilet bowl water. If you have houseplants, do your research to ensure that they are not harmful to your pet. Common examples include lilies, corn plants, jade plants, and aloe.

Your garage can also contain a staggering number of harmful chemicals like fertilizer, pesticide, paint, gas cans and antifreeze. Even one taste of antifreeze can be fatal to pets, so be sure to store it on a high shelf and keep it off of your garage floor and driveway, too.

Appliances

Household appliances are another area to add to your pet safety checklist. We all know that cats are attracted to warm hiding places, so it only makes sense that they gravitate toward clothes dryers. All you need to do to avoid tragedy is to always check inside the dryer before turning it on. When cooking, try to get in the habit of using back burners to keep curious noses away from the heat and always turn your pot and pan handles in toward the middle of the range.

dudley the dog

Cables & Cords

Every pet owner can attest that animals love chewing on and playing with cords. As part of your cable management system, use cord cover kits wherever possible to keep entertainment center cords, desk cords, and other hubs organized and secured away from pets. You should also keep dangling lamp cords fastened to the furniture or wall, run under the carpet, or enclosed in chew-proof PVC pipe.

What pet-proofing tricks do you use in your home?

Sarah Kellner is a pet lover and likes to share great DIY advice and tips for The Home Depot. She comes up with some creative solutions to make your life with pets easier. To find cord covers and other cable management products, visit The Home Depot website.

Rabbit Travel Rules and Tips

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ella
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dwarf Rabbits
From: South Africa
To: Montana, USA

 

Hello,

Can I take my dwarf rabbits with me to Montana?

Thanks,

Ella

 

Hi Ella,

Thanks for the question! According to the USDA website, the United States does not have any particular health requirements for pet rabbits entering the country. An import permit is only required if the animals have been "inoculated with any pathogens for scientific purposes."

You will want to contact the airline you're planning to use to find out if they have any particular requirements for you to follow, however, and you'll also need to make sure you have secure travel crates for your rabbits.

We have moved rabbits in the past and, in order to promote their comfort and safety as much as possible, paid close attention to proper hydration (among other things). Please talk to your vet for more information about best travel practices to keep in mind.

Please contact us if you think you'd like some help with your move. Thanks again, and good luck.

Will Tomorrow's Lufthansa Strike Affect Pet Travel?

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Update: The planned pilots' strike for 9/16 has been cancelled. Lufthansa flights should be operating smoothly tomorrow.

Lufthansa pilots are planning an eight hour strike on Tuesday, Sept. 16, however the airline has announced that no cancellations are anticipated and pet flights will still take place. Some intercontinental flights will run earlier or later than originally scheduled, but Lufthansa aims to keep delays and irregularities to a minimum.

The strike is set to run from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. CST, and long-haul flights departing from Frankfurt (Lufthansa's primary hub), will be affected.

Pets flying internationally are often routed through Frankfurt, where they can take advantage of Lufthansa's Animal Lounge. Whenever a delay occurs (due to a strike, weather or other reason), the staff on hand is trained and ready to take good care of pets until they are cleared to move forward to their next destination.

If you or your pet will be flying with Lufthansa tomorrow be sure to check the current schedule carefully, and please contact us if you have any questions.

 

Photo Credit: Reuters/Joe Skipper

Pet Travel News from Around the World

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Explore the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC).

Underwater pictures of cute puppies.

Again, luxury dog travel.

Pet Move of the Month: Gordon the horse moves across the United States.

Check out the latest issue of Family Dog magazine. (They profile PetRelocation!)

Despite protests from pet owners, Eurostar still does not allow pets on board.

RIP Zeus, who was the world's tallest dog.

Read about two cute Chihuahuas who moved from California to Australia!

 

darcy

Have a good weekend!

Traveling Internationally with Dogs and Turtles

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Paula
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 2 turtles
Pet Breed: Dogs: very small mixed breed (similar to Chihuahua); Turtles: semi-aquatic
From: Portugal
To: South Africa

Hi!

I've looked through your wonderful site but didn't find the answers to these questions:

  • Is it advisable to subject the dogs to so many travel hours?
  • Will we have to take a direct flight or will our dogs be allowed in an airport for a connecting flight?
  • Are turtles allowed to be taken overseas? Do they also need veterinary clearance, etc?

Thanks :)

Paula
 

Hi Paula,

Thanks for the kind words! We'd be happy to go into a little more depth to try and answer your particular questions.

First, you'll want to take a look at the official pet import requirements for South Africa. As you'll see, your dogs will need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, and an Import Permit and a Veterinary Health Certificate are also needed. They won't need to go to quarantine if all rules are followed correctly. (Please read the linked document carefully to find out all the details.)

Turtles are trickier -- based on the online information it's not clear whether or not South Africa allows turtles and it also depends on the exact species you have. We advise that you contact the Director of Animal Health to find out about the most up-to-date policies. You'll also want to ask the airline what their rules and regulations are regarding traveling containers, etc.

For our pet clients traveling on long trips, we do often schedule them a flight with a comfort stop (pets traveling on Lufthansa can often have a layover at the Animal Lounge in Frankfurt, for example). No matter what you'll want to follow a few best practices to help make your pets' flight a smooth one. Here are a few basic pet travel tips to get you started.

Hope this is more helpful, Paula. If you think you'd like some assistance with this move, please fill out our free quote form so that a PetRelocation Specialist can get in touch to discuss your move options with you. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

 

 

Exploring The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airports

heathrowIn order to meet the import rules of the United Kingdom, all pets entering or re-entering the country must pass through one place: the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). It can be hard to know what to expect from facilities like this, but luckily there is quite a bit of information out there if you know where to look.

To save you some time, we've compiled several details about the HARC so that families going to the UK with pets will know what to expect. Hope this helps!

First, here's the process: upon arrival at Heathrow, pets are transferred to the HARC for their vet check and customs clearance -- a process that usually takes about 2-3 hours. After the check is finished, pets are released into the care of the designated pet owner or agent, who shows a photo ID.

The Centre is open every day (even holidays), but note that at busy travel times (around the winter holidays, for example), it can take longer to clear customs.

Here are a few fun facts about the HARC:

  • Around 13,000 dogs and cats pass through the Centre ever year.
  • About 2,500 birds (mostly pets) also visit.
  • 40 dogs can be held here at once.
  • The HARC employs about 30 full-time employees.
  • The Centre can also hold large animals (like horses) and exotic species (think lions and large reptiles).
  • A waiting room with sofas, TVs and vending machines is available for families waiting for their pets.

 

Here is where the HARC is located in relation to the airport (click on the map for a better look):

 

heathrow map

 

Want to know more? Take a look at a couple of videos touring the HARC:

 

 

 

For additional information, here's a list of frequently asked questions and tips relating to the HARC, and if you like cute pet reunion pictures (who doesn't?), follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Please contact us if you have more questions about moving pets to the UK (or anywhere else), and happy traveling!

Photos & Info: Pet Quarantine in Brunei

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lim
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shih Tzu
From: Kuala Lumpur
To: Brunei Darussalam

 

Hi,

I understand that dogs from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have to be quarantined for a month at the quarantine centre in Brunei. I would just like to ask if you have had any clients who have moved their pets to Brunei before and used the quarantine centre?

I'm quite worried as to what the facilities are like and how it would be for my pet when he gets here. I don't even know how it looks like in there, which worries me quite a bit.

It would be great if you could offer me some insight into Brunei's quarantine facilities to ease my worries a bit before relocating my pet to Brunei.

Thanks,

Lim
 

Hi Lim,

As a matter of fact, we just recently moved a dog to Brunei and found out quite a bit about the quarantine facilities. You can read about Tessa (she was our August Pet Move of the Month) for an idea of what the process and post-move conditions are like for Brunei.

Quarantine is required upon entry, but in some cases pet owners can request and receive a shorter stay (pets can often finish out the quarantine at home). There is no guarantee of this (usually people with government-related jobs have a better chance), but it's worth mentioning so that you can investigate this possibility upon arrival.

See below for a couple of pictures taken by one of our clients (Tessa's owner) of the Brunei quarantine facility. He told us:

"The rooms are open to the weather but do have a fan inside each room. Each room is also equipped with a water hose for bathing and drinking water. Owners can access the holding rooms during normal business hours, and hours are limited during Ramadan and public holidays. There is a small yard in front and larger yard in the rear for the animals to play. In the overall pic of the facility, dogs are housed on the left and cats on the right (no difference in the size of the holding rooms)."

 

brunei

An outside view of the Brunei pet quarantine facility.

 

brunei inside quarantine

Inside one of the holding rooms.

 

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to expect. Please let us know if you have more questions or if you'd like some information about our door-to-door services, and good luck with everything!

Pet News Round-Up: Moving, Exercising and Dating (with Pets)

Friday, August 22, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Pet-friendly dating sites.

Are pets being passed off as service animals for the sake of convenience?

Media coverage of animals is more popular than ever.

After the move: pet relocation experiences.

How to take good care of your canine athlete (they have different needs than humans, you know).

Read about what it's like to be a pet shipping specialist.

 

moose

Happy Friday!
 

PetRelocation Team Member Spotlight: Meet Whitney!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Core Values

The Core Values here at PetRelocation -- Integrity, Teamwork, Wisdom, Commitment and Innovation -- drive the work that we do and are illustrated by the people we hire.

Recently we introduced you to Penney, one of our dedicated Client Care Specialists, and today we'd like you to meet Whitney, another of our hard-working team members doing her best to make every pet move and client interaction an incredible experience.

Want to know more about what it's like to work at PetRelocation? Here's what Whitney had to say about her life as a PetRelocation Consultant.

whitney & maggieMy Journey with PetRelocation (so Far)

Day to Day

Working here is not routine or predictable, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Discussing unusual moves – whether it is a unique pet or less familiar location – with our clients certainly keep us on our toes.

Rats, fish, birds, snakes -- they all have very different needs when it comes to transportation as well as differing import and export requirements! I often still answer calls that initially get me stuck – most recently about how to move a chicken to Vietnam (not easy)!

How I Got Here

When I stumbled upon a job listing for this company, I knew it was right for me. The position seamlessly connected my previous sales, customer service and animal experience. At this point I had no idea that there was such a huge market for this service (and my grandma will never understand: “It costs HOW MUCH to move a cat??” – love you Granny)!

Learning all of the rules, requirements and procedures involved has been quite challenging. We all gain and share knowledge every day. My co-workers have been so helpful and we all strive to provide the best experience possible to each client and their furry travelers!

The Best Parts

The most rewarding part of this job is the reunions – seeing happy owners and pets greet each other after the journey is over. I recently had the pleasure of delivering Bane, a beautiful husky, to his owners who just moved to Austin. Their excitement was contagious. I left with a huge grin and a feeling of accomplishment.

Of course, having pets in the office is a huge perk as well. There’s a dog running around daily, a resident hamster, and we even had a cat in for picture day! My pup Maggie really enjoys this.

Continuing the Journey

Change is inevitable here. This is a very unique industry with ever-changing rules and requirements, and there certainly isn’t a handbook explaining the ABCs of importing/exporting pets to every country in the world. I feel lucky to be a part PetRelocation -- a leader in our industry and a knowledgeable team that makes it all possible.

Meet the rest of the PetRelocation team, and please contact us if you have questions about your upcoming pet move.

Pet Move of the Month: Tessa's Journey to Brunei

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

tessaOur latest Pet Move of the Month qualifies as a true relocation adventure -- an exciting location, a long but ultimately smooth journey, a happy release from quarantine, and of course, an adorable and well-loved dog.

Meet Tessa, who we helped move from Houston to Brunei, and thanks to her owner Joe for kindly answering our questions!

What brought about your move?

My work transferred me to Brunei. 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My foremost concern was how Tessa would do in a crate on the long flight (food, water, exercise, comfort, maintaining a clean crate, etc.).  Another concern included how she would react to strangers handling her crate.  

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Anything notable about Brunei and the quarantine process there?

No real ‘surprises’ with the travel process itself, that was explained in great detail before Tessa traveled.  I just had a heightened sense of anticipation from the time she departed the States until I saw her again in Brunei.  The only hiccup came when she got delayed in Amsterdam due to local holidays on her onward travel route.  I was very happy I was provided daily updates on her from Amsterdam and every arrival and departure along the way.      

 

tessa

Tessa and her impressive digs

 

Brunei is very strict about pet importation. Travelers coming to Brunei with pets must obtain a permit prior to importation of the animal by requesting entry from the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Office.  Brunei law requires a 6 month quarantine for all animals entering the country.  That rule may fluctuate depending on status of the owner (diplomatic personnel, military personnel, etc.).

In any case, pet owners can apply for early release from the quarantine facility, but the pet is required to serve the remainder of quarantine time in ‘home confinement’.  A colleague of mine whose pet arrived in Brunei just before Tessa applied for early release and had his pet home in one week.  I applied as soon as Tessa arrived, limiting her time in the quarantine facility to just over a week.  

How has Tessa handled the transition so far?

Tessa has been great throughout this entire process.  She has remained friendly and very inquisitive about her new environment.  As soon as she got to her new house, she checked the whole place out then found a spot on the bed for a nap.  Our pets really are more resilient than we give them credit for.  

Is Brunei a pet-friendly place to be?

Being a predominantly Muslim country, dogs are usually not kept as pets in Brunei.  The locals do understand, though, and accept that Westerners will have dogs in and around their homes.  Strict local Muslims will not enter a home where a dog resides.  However, there are enough local places for her to run and play and there is a growing expat community of people who also have dogs, so Tessa will have playmates.   

 

omar ali saifuddien mosque with stone boat and lagoon at night

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

 

As Brunei is mostly jungle, there are still many wild animals in close proximity to homes that can cause serious injury or death to pets. Most common are monkeys and monitor lizards. Monkeys may be scared of dogs, but the monitor lizards are known to be aggressive when hunting food.

I thought about that one night as she and I were on a walk on a road near the house. All of the sudden the trees seemed to come alive with screaming monkeys. They didn't like having Tess around. When she got close to the trees they climbed higher but followed us and stayed vocal the whole time we were in the area. Kinda cool actually, and Tess stayed calm and didn't see what the big deal was all about.

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

Be sure to do research on the country where you intend to take your pet, including social norms/customs, support network (i.e. veterinarian, boarding facilities, etc.) and the type of food available locally.  I have traveled extensively and seen many times where the host government may approve or allow the importation of animals but the reaction from the community may not always be welcoming.  This can strain relations with neighbors and acquaintances and limit the experiences you can share with your pet.      

 

tessa

Making herself at home

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I contacted several transport services when I learned I was going to move, including transport services recommended by my employer.  These companies could not provide detailed answers regarding the shipping process or their support network to ensure Tessa arrived safely and on time.  PetRelocation was able to provide all these answers and followed up with calls and emails to ensure I was up-to-date and comfortable with the entire process. 

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Great story and excellent advice! Want to know more? Read about other pets we've moved and please contact us if you'd like some assistance making your own relocation an incredible experience.

Can Rabbits Travel to Japan?

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emma
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Holland Lop
From: United States
To: Japan

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I can't find any information on moving my bunny from the US to Japan, including whatever regulations they may have. Please help!

Thanks,

Emma

 

Hi Emma,

Thank you for your question! When seeking out pet import requirements for various countries it's often helpful to look at official government sites such as the USDA or the Ministry of Agriculture for the country of import.

In this case it looks like Japan's pet import information can be found on the Animal Quarantine Service page, and there is an overview of rabbit travel requirements specifically. You'll find here that you'll need an official health certificate, and upon arrival your rabbit will undergo a one-day quarantine inspection. Here's a link to a few frequently asked questions about importing rabbits into Japan.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you think you'd like some help arranging your move. We've assisted with several rabbit relocations around the world and would be happy to discuss our services with you.

Good luck!
 

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.

 

pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)

 

 

Pet Move of the Month: Wednesday's Journey to New Zealand

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

wednesday the catThis month's featured pet move is Wednesday, a cool cat we assisted with a move to New Zealand. We featured her several weeks ago in a post about cat crate-training techniques and were also happy to discover that her owners have a blog for her, too.

They were kind enough to share a few more details about what it's like to move a pet to New Zealand (hint: it can be tricky), and now the incredible experience is complete and they're one happy family again -- ready to explore their new home!

What brought about your move to New Zealand?

A great job offer working on Linux computers (and the largest super computer in the Southern Hemisphere) prompted our move, and...it's New Zealand!  We both always hoped to at least visit New Zealand, so when the opportunity came up to move here we just had to take it.

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No, this was our first time and we were absolutely terrified!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our move was a bit complicated, we didn't know we were moving until two months before we were scheduled to be on a plane.  Because of waiting periods between shots and when she could be cleared to travel internationally, Wednesday had to stay behind in the States for five months after we had already relocated to New Zealand.  This lead to our biggest concern being if she would remember us at all.  Other fairly large concerns were, "Is this what's best for her?" and "Will the long flight scar her for life?"

What surprised you about the pet travel process?

We were both shocked to discover that the hardest part isn't the move itself, it's getting your pet's paperwork in order prior to the move. The move itself was very smooth, and after they picked her up PetRelocation kept us apprised of where Wednesday was and how she was doing every step of the way. 

 

wednesday with crate

 

How did Wednesday handle the transition?

Honestly, she adjusted more quickly than we did.  I work from home, so the first week she spent glued to my side, cuddling up next to me any time I was sitting down.  After some much needed time together after so many months apart, she easily fell back into her usual routine.  Also, those fears we had about her forgetting us were simply foolish, when Wednesday finally arrived in New Zealand she was purring before we could even get her out of the crate.  She knew exactly who we were and that she was home.

Is New Zealand a pet friendly place to be?

New Zealand is very pet friendly, but in a different way than the States.  Here there are no screens in windows and doors are often left open.  It is not uncommon for a cat to wander into a shop and make themselves at home.  We even had a late night break-in of the feline variety when we first arrived, a neighbour cat sneaked in through an open window and then couldn't figure out how to get back out.  Wednesday is strictly an indoor cat, so this aspect of Kiwi life is something we wish we had known about prior to moving.

It may be different in more remote areas of New Zealand, but here in the city pet shops seem to be in good supply and are often paired with vet and grooming services.  Pet food and cat litter can be awfully pricy, though most stores offer their own home brand for significantly less than Purina or Friskies.

wednesday hiding

 

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

First of all, don't panic. The moment you think you might be moving abroad, start looking into what might be required to move your fluffy family member.  Every country has different requirements for importing animals and some of them have lengthy quarantine times, so definitely begin preparing at least six months in advance.

What made you decide to hire help with your move?

Because it is such a long journey, New Zealand actually requires you to use a relocation service to move your pet.  We found out about PetRelocation online and when we contacted them for more information, Heather was friendly and informative; she even stayed on the phone with us when we took Wednesday to her first vet appointment, and we hadn't even officially signed up with PetRelocation.com yet. After that, we knew we didn't need to look any further for relocation services, and we were right.

wednesday sleeping

 

One more thing: you all sent us a photo of Wednesday when she touched down in California and had an overnight stay before continuing on through the journey. That really put us at ease, and something that really wasn't something you had to do.

You just did it, and it made a WORLD of difference.

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Thanks to Wednesday's caring owners for sharing this story with us! Have an international move coming up? Please contact us if you think you'd like some help.

 

Incredible Experience Spotlight: Jasper's Journey from Texas to Paris

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Tracey
Pet's Name: Jasper
From: Austin, Texas
To: Paris, France
 

I had no idea where to start in arranging Jasper's move from Austin to Paris. I Googled it and up popped a company called PetRelocation. I noticed they were based in Austin so I gave them a call.

I spoke to Matt, who completely understood all my concerns and assured me that they could handle it. He didn't pressure me and only when I was completely happy with all the information did he pass me on to Anna, who could get into the specific details of the move. She too was terrific, no question was too small or too stupid (and I had many). She sent me suggested timelines, and even when the airline we had chosen stopped flying live animals she worked tirelessly to find a suitable alternative (even discarding certain airlines whose reputation with live animals didn't meet their standards).

Anna liaised with the vet all the way and even made herself available at the appointment times in case of questions by me or the vet. All formalities were taken care of both in the United States and in France, and Jasper was delivered to my door exactly as promised. It really is a "door-to-door" service. Even after Jasper arrived, Anna checked in with me to make sure he was settling in and had no ill effects from the journey.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone who had to move a pet overseas. It is such a stressful time, and for someone to take over every aspect of your pet's move is amazing.

Thank you, PetRelocation.

 

jasper on the stairs

 

jasper by the water