Help Me Move My Pet

Planning Cat Travel to Italy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ray
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Russian Blue & Long Hair Tabby
From: Joshua, TX
To: Arona, Italy


Dear PetRelocation,

Can you provide me details for transporting my two cats? How does the process work to bring them to Italy?




Hi Ray,

Thank you for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Italy to get an idea of what to expect. To summarize, going to an EU country means you'll need microchips, vaccines and the correct documentation for your cats.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline, and your cats will need airline-approved travel crates that they're hopefully okay with spending time in (if you need some crate-training tips please take a look at our blog). It's important to start arranging your travel details a few weeks before your planned departure date.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and if you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, you're welcome to fill out our quote form.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you lots of luck with your move!

Watch Out for Kitten Scams!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shawna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: Nova Scotia
To: Surrey

Hey There,

I recently was in the search of a kitten, and a lady emailed me saying she had a kitten but was in Nova Scotia. She told me she could arrange for the kitten to be transported via pet transporters.

I received an email apparently from your services but the requirement to pay through Western Union raised a red flag. What are your payment requirements and where is your head office? I also received the following client number: 10851.

Does any of this seem to follow your procedures?




Hi Shawna,

That's definitely a scam. We advise that you cut off all communication with that person and don't send any money, as there is no kitten (most pet scammers just use stock photos they find on the internet and never have any animals in their possession).

You can read more about pet scams here to find out about additional red flags. In general, if someone advertises a "free" pet and asks for transportation costs that need to be wired via Western Union, that is a scam. It's much better to deal locally when adopting a pet.

Unfortunately these individuals use the names of real companies (such as ours) to try to lend legitimacy to their claims, so it was smart of you to check in with us. We are not involved in situations like this and would never ask that you wire money!

Thanks for contacting us, Shawna, and let us know if you have more questions. Good luck with everything -- we hope you find a kitten to adopt in your area soon.


Moving Pets to Australia from "Non-Approved" Countries

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Natasha
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 Dogs and1 Cat
Pet Breed: 2 Shih Tzu and an unknown breed cat
From: Salvador, Brazil
To: Sydney, Australia


Dear PetRelocation,

I live in Brazil and I'm going to Australia, but first, according to Australia's law, my pets have to do quarantine in another country for 5-6 months. I've chosen Miami, FL for the place to do this quarantine.

Who can help me with all the paperwork, exams, flights, vet visits, etc. during the quarantine period? How much would this cost? Does your company do this?

Thank you very much!!!



Hi Natasha,

Thank you for your question. We can help!

First, you are correct about the steps you'll need to take. According to the Australia Department of Agriculture, these are the steps for pets hoping to enter from a non-approved country.

In the past we have helped many pets transition to new countries with strict rules, and would be happy to help arrange boarding if necessary as well as transportation to/from the airport, health documents and more.

The costs will depend on a few factors but we'd be happy to provide an estimate. Please fill out our free quote form to send a message to one of our PetRelocation specialists.

Thanks for getting in touch with us, and we hope to hear from you soon!


Flying with a Cat: What Paperwork is Necessary?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jim
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed:
From: Puerto Rico
To: South Carolina

I want to be sure to have all the necessary requirements for transporting my cat to South Carolina. I will be flying Jet Blue and will be taking the cat as a carry on.

I'm not sure if Puerto Rico is rabies free or if I need to get a rabies vaccine. It is my understanding that I will need a health certificate from the vet within 10 days of the flight.

Please advise as to what, if anything I am missing. Thank you.



Hi Jim,

Thanks for your questions. Pet travel from Puerto Rico to the United States can be carried out the same way as a domestic (within the US) move, so all you need is proof that your cat is up to date on the rabies vaccine and you need a vet health certificate, as you mentioned. Here is a rundown of the US pet import rules.

Be sure to contact the airline to find out about any additional details they may require, and let us know if you have any more questions.

Thanks again for the question, and good luck with everything!

How to Plan Cat Travel to Singapore

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Shorthair
From: USA
To: Singapore


I have been doing research on the requirements as far as exporting a cat from the US to SIngapore, but I am trying to get more details on how the flights would work for my cat.

Would I want to book her as cargo in a larger crate so that she could use the restroom and fly comfortably, or should I carry her on? How would she use the restroom during travel and in between flights? Are you able to help with this? She is fine traveling in a car. She has never been on a plane.

How could PetRelocation assist me in transporting her from US to Singapore?

Thank you,



Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us -- we've helped several pets move to Singapore safely and would be glad to offer some advice and assistance. It sounds like you're aware of the requirements, but just in case, here are the pet import rules for Singapore.

As far as the flight, we'd suggest using an airline like KLM for a cargo flight and scheduling an overnight layover in Amsterdam for your cat. This would make the trip more manageable for her by allowing a break in the middle, and it's how we commonly plan our moves. In this scenario you would not need to fly on the same plane as your cat (our clients rarely do, in fact).

If you decided to enlist our help, we would take care of door-to-door (or perhaps just door-to-quarantine) delivery as well as the pre-export paperwork, etc. Please find out more about our services here, and if you'd like a free quote, you can fill out this request form.

We hope to hear from you, Ashley! Moving pets internationally can be a bit stressful and confusing, but we're happy to apply our experience to help make the transition easier for you. Either way, good luck with everything.



Bringing a Cat Home from Brazil

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Arthur Toso
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Siamese
From: Curitiba, Brazil
To: Sacramento, CA, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I’m seeking information about bringing our family pet to the U.S. My family is from Brazil and recently we moved to Sacramento, California and due to airlines issues we couldn’t bring our pet with us.

We are willing now to get the family reunited again so I’d like to know if you provide a way to transport Animals from Brazil to U.S. and all issues associated with that.

I’m sure you guys have the best service for its customers, and in this case, pets.

Thank you,


Hi Arthur,

Yes, we'd be happy to assist you! Here's how it works: Your cat needs to follow these import requirements for the United States, and if you decide to sign up for our services, we would help arrange the details, including the transportation for your cat to and from the airport. International moves generally start at around $2,500 USD for one small pet.

Please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more. A relocation specialist experienced with moves such as this would be happy to speak to you further.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and we look forward to speaking with you soon about reuniting you with your cat.

Feeling Nervous about International Cat Air Travel

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: European Tabby
From: Barcelona, Spain
To: Charlotte, NC, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

I will be moving back to the States soon (I'm an American living in Spain) and need to transport my cats to the States. They were born in Spain and have never been to the US. Most airlines only allow one pet per passenger in the cabin on international flights and I need to transport both of them.

If I transport them in the cargo area, will they die? I've been reading some terrible stories! What are my best options for transporting them? If they travel with me, will I be able to get them through customs, or will I need to have a representative in the first US airport that we land in? We'll have at least one layover to reach our destination (most likely in the US).

I don't mind paying for a transport service if it's not too costly... I just want them to reach the US safely with the least amount of emotional trauma possible.

Thanks in advance!



Hi Sarah,

You have some great questions and we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. This is actually one of the easier countries to bring pets into, as you just need a vet health certificate and proof that the cats are up to date on their rabies vaccines. Some pet owners choose to handle customs clearance themselves while others hire an agent or a pet transport service to assist them.

Regarding pet travel in the cargo area, this is something our company frequently arranges and we've moved thousands of pets safely this way. Hearing about unfortunate incidents in the news regarding pet shipping is extremely disappointing, but it's important to remember that tragedies like this are nowhere near as common as ordinary, uneventful pet transports. These heartbreaking events are often preventable, and operating with expert knowledge is critical.

Not only does our team make use of vast experience and knowledge, we work with pet friendly airlines who have developed strong pet policies over the years. While there are no guarantees in life, we try to ensure that pet travel is undertaken in the safest way possible. Here's a post from our blog about minimizing the risks of pet travel that may help shed light on a few of your concerns.

You're welcome to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form if you're interested in further assistance. It's normal to feel nervous about moving your furry best friends, but remember that you do have choices and resources available to help plan the safest trip possible for them.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. We look forward to hearing from you, and wish you all the best!


Pet Move of the Month: 12 Pets from Thailand to the United States!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We're used to working with pet lovers, of course, but sometimes a client comes along whose dedication and kind-heartedness is simply unparalleled. Recently we were contacted about moving 12 pets -- 10 dogs and two cats -- from Thailand to California, and the more we got to know the pet owner Margot, the more we were in awe of her loving spirit.

Of course we knew this would be a great move to spotlight for our Pet Move of the Month. Read on to learn more about this menagerie of special pets... As you can see they come from diverse backgrounds and are all incredibly lucky to have ended up in the care of a compassionate animal advocate.

Meet a few of the pets:



Laisee was abandoned at a construction site and never had the chance to be socialized with people until Margot came along.



Arun is a proud and talkative tabby rescued from a Bangkok tourist attraction.



Phuan was a young stray with mange when Margot found him and nursed him back to health. He found his way into her garden and never left!



Bijoux is very friendly! This pup came from a breeder and was destined to be euthanized at the age of four due to bad skin problems. Margot didn't let that happen.



Doemer is an "ex-stray golf course dog" who decided that living under the shrubs of Margot's house would be a smart choice. Needless to say, she ended up taking him in.



As a kitten, Ketjil was dropped over the fence of Margot's garden in Bangkok and she's been part of the family ever since.


Dogs Duvel, Ukje, Setha, Lulu, Coco and Lily made the trip, as well. Margot is still busy settling in to her new home, but here are a few words from her:

I knew I was going to be in over my head taking on this adventure but didn't know how else to organize getting my animals to stay with me while starting a new life -- it'll all work out in the end and thankfully I could afford to have them transported by an organization like PetRelocation. I must admit that I did go through a phase of wanting to fly back and forth, taking them as excess baggage with perhaps Lulu and Lily having to be flown as cargo.

Tomorrow morning the movers will start to deliver the contents of the container shipped over from Bangkok with my furniture and all -- really exciting! There is a lot of work to be done yet, but nonetheless it's all moving towards establishing my new home in a very new part of the world to me, together with my beloved pets!


All the pet crates, lined up and ready to go!

In closing, I want to share with you that, while I'm sitting on a couple of dog cushions writing, a gas fire is burning. It's quite chilly outside and windy too, for us especially being used to the tropics. All the dogs are hanging out so very peacefully around me, with a little snore here or there. It beats music or TV and makes things incredibly cozy -- every night it's been like that. It's so very comforting during this huge transition. When I give myself a chance to be mellow, they follow suit and sigh a sigh of peace!

Many thanks again,



Thanks to Margot for sharing her move (and her story) with us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to help keep this wonderful family together. The PetRelocation team wishes them good luck with everything!

Cat Travel to The Netherlands

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vladimir
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: British
From: Russia
To: The Netherlands


Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are going to relocate for long term work from Russia to the Netherlands in December. We have a cat, British breed, who is two years old and we would like to take him with us for non-commercial trade.

We did a vaccination against rabies and installed a microchip on the 1st of September 2013. Also we have an international PET passport. Before leaving, we will get a veterinarian certificate saying that the cat is healthy.

We are going to travel to the Netherlands by ferry. Do we need any additional documents, documents translation or tests?

We appreciate your answer.



Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. Here is an overview of the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. Along with what you've done already, your cat will need to be up to date on all the vaccinations listed in addition to rabies (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

If you're planning to travel by ferry you'll also want to check with the transportation company regarding their pet polices, required travel crate, etc.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you have more questions or are interested in hearing more about our relocation services. Good luck with your trip.


Jamaica's Strict Pet Import Rules

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Claudette
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Female Fancy Hamster
From: Seattle, Washington , USA
To: Montego Bay , Saint James , Jamaica

Dear PetRelocation,

Can I bring my hamster with me to Jamaica?




Hi Claudette,

Jamaica has very strict rules regarding importing pets. Dogs and cats may only enter from rabies-free countries and birds are not allowed at all. To find out the latest rules regarding hamsters, please contact the Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture (you can find more info here).

According to IATA, Air Jamaica will not transport pets in the cabin, so that's another thing you'll want to check out by calling the airline.

Hopefully it all works out for you, Claudette! Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with everything.



Weighing Cat Travel Options

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amber
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Cats
From: Montreal, QC
To: Red Deer, AB

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm trying to figure out the cheapest but safest way to transport my cats.Their ages range from 3-8 years. I'm worried that transporting them by plane will be too stressful and dangerous for them and I was told to maybe sedate them (but I read that's very dangerous).

I thought of maybe doing it by train, but how do I incorporate a litter box for them? Do you have any suggestions?




Hi Amber,

We'd be happy to offer some advice about your upcoming pet move (and  hopefully show you that you can find safe options).

We move pets via air every day, and though it sounds scary at first, once you do some research you'll find it doesn't have to be a big deal. Choosing a pet friendly airline is of the utmost importance, and if you do this and also help to get your cats used to their travel crates beforehand (here are a few cat travel crate tips) then you'll be setting your kitties up for a good trip. Please not that sedation is not recommended or even allowed by airlines. Sedating pets inhibits their normal coping mechanisms and possibly their breathing, so we advise that you don't consider this an option.

No matter how you move your cats you'll want them to be in a secure travel crate. We advise placing an absorbent material in the bottom to alleviate the effects of any accidents (newspaper, an old towel, etc.). If you're considering train travel you'll need to check with the train company to find out if they allow cats on board.

Flying is probably your most efficient option, but some people choose to try ground transportation in order to allow for breaks along the way. If you would like more specialized advice from us, please fill out our free quote form. Since you're flying domestically you won't need to worry about import requirements, but it's a good idea to have your cats up to date on all vaccines and check with the airline (if you end up flying) about their requirements. Most often it's necessary to have a vet health certificate.

Thanks for contacting us, good luck, and please let us know if you have more questions!


Questions About Cat Transport to Canada

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Perle
Number of Pets: 2 or 3
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Ukrenian Levkoy
From: Russia
To: Montreal, Canada

Dear PetRelocation,

How much would it cost to bring my cats from Russia to Canada, and how do your services work? Can you pick my cats up from my Russia address and get them to the airport in Montreal?



Hi Perle,

Thank you for your question, we'd be happy to discuss your options. First, look over the pet import requirements for Canada for an idea of what to expect regarding the preparation process. Your cats will need to be brought up to date on their rabies vaccine if not already and you'll need the correct paperwork (including a health certificate) in hand, as well.

As far as cost, this will depend on a few factors -- such as where in Russia you live. PetRelocation does offer door-to-door services to our clients, and with a few more details we will be able to give you a move plan and cost estimate. Please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in hearing from one of our specialists.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know how we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

Planning International Cat Travel

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marianne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: House Cat
From: Denmark
To: California, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I would just like to know about the requirements for entering the USA. Will my cat need to be in quarantine? If so, for how long?

Thank You,



Hi Marianne,

The United States does not impose a quarantine for pets entering the country (except if you're going to Hawaii), however you do need to show that your cat has an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an international health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is required by all airlines and states your cat is fit to fly). You can view the US requirements here.

Please take a look at our blog if you have more questions about pet travel, and let us know if you're interested in our door-to-door pet transportation services.

We'd be happy to assist you further, and either way, have a good trip!


"How do I move my pets to Zambia?"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Roland
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: three dogs and two cats
Pet Breed: Boerboel, Jack Russel, Pit bull
From: George, South Africa
To: Ndola, Zambia

How do I go about transporting my animals to our new home in Zambia?




Hi Roland,

Moving your pets to Zambia will mean taking a look at the import requirements and also attending to basic logistics (you'll probably be flying?). Here are the pet import requirements for Zambia -- it looks like you'll need vet health certificates, import permits, and proof of updated rabies vaccines for your pets.

You'll also want to secure the correct travel crates for your pets, and check with the airline you'll be using to find out what their policies are regarding pets. As you can see, this will all take a little time and attention to detail so it's a good idea to start planning well in advance of your move.

If you have further questions and would like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!


"What are the Pet Import Requirements for the Dominican Republic?"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Juliann
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 cats 2 dogs
Pet Breed: mix breeds
From: Tomball, TX
To: Dominican Republic

What is the process for moving my pets from Texas to the Dominican Republic? I have found the info on microchipping and documentation, but will they need to be quarantined? How will they be transported?




Hi Juliann,

Thanks for your question. Every country is different when it comes to pet import rules, so it's smart to start researching well in advance of your trip to find out what you'll need to do.

Here are the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic according to the USDA. It sounds like you're aware of the rabies vaccine rules, etc., and no, there is currently no quarantine.

As for the travel details, you'll want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and check with them to find out their latest preferences and regulations when it comes to bringing pets on board. We often use carriers like United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their established pet policies and safety procedures.

You'll also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets. Check out our website for more information about choosing the right travel crates.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like a free quote for our services, and good luck with everything.

Figuring Out Air Travel With Birds

Monday, September 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laureen
From: Beijing, PRC China
To: Unknown at this time
Pets: Fester -- a little green male parakeet, approximately 2 years old
Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I are anticipating being transferred to a new assignment from our current one in Beijing, China. It can possibly be most anywhere in the world including returning to our home in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago I purchased a parakeet and of course we have grown quite fond of him. What proper documentation do I need to acquire so that I can bring him with us on our move? I really don't want to leave him behind, please help me figure out how to bring Fester with us!
All advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Hi Laureen,
Thanks for your question. Bird travel is indeed more tricky than moving a dog or a cat in most cases, but the good news is that we've moved many birds and would be happy to offer some guidance.
Here's some information about how to ship a bird. Since you're not sure where you're going yet it will be hard to prepare exactly, but it's still a smart idea to research a few things and look into securing the right travel crate for Fester.
If you have questions about determining your bird's CITES status and are interested in our transportation services, please contact us for a free quote. Finally, take a look at some of the birds we've moved in the past. Here is Cocoa, who moved to Italy, and here are Washington and Jefferson, who moved to France.
Thanks again for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
Bird travel can be tricky.



"How Should I Prepare my Dog for our Move to Louisiana?"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: Newfoundland, Canada
To: Mandeville Area, Louisiana

Hi - wondered if you can help.

I have a 6-year-old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is a family pet. He moved with us from the UK to Ontario, Canada in August 2011, and then across to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in April 2012.

He has a valid Rabies vaccination given on 27th April 2011, which is valid until 26th April 2014. Blood tests were carried out a month later and were all in order. He has an up-to-date booster against DHPP and an up-to-date kennel cough vaccine. He is also given Advanatge Multi-55 on a monthly basis.

Can you confirm to me that these are all the requirements that he needs to access Louisiana State?

I have also read that all dogs/cats in Louisiana are to be spayed or neutered. Does this just apply to animals that are being rehomed from adoption centres or in general? Our dog is un-neutered. He is always on a leash or in the house so there has never been an issue prior to this. Can you confirm how we stand in this situation?

Also, can you recommend any good carriers to organise his transport over to Louisiana from St. Johns Airport in Newfoundland.

Hoping to hear from you soon.




Hi Julie,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you're a savvy traveler and take great care of your dog!

First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to the other places you've been, these are probably easier rules to follow -- the only things your dog really needs are an updated rabies vaccine (which you seem to have) and an international health certificate, which should be issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

It looks like Louisiana has a spay/neuter law for pets from "releasing agencies" (shelters). According to our research it's not a statewide law for all dogs, but as you get settled in and locate a vet in your new town, it would be wise to double check with him or her about any local regulations you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're interested in door-to-door transportation services, please fill out our free quote form. We specialize in getting pets safely from one place to another and would love to speak to you more about your move. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question: Should I Sedate My Cat for Travel?

Monday, August 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Anke
Number of Pets: Three
Pet Type: Dogs, Cat
Pet Breed: Mastiff, Bloodhound, Siamese mix
From: Austin, TX
To: Denver, CO


I'm taking my cat on the plane but am super concerned about having to take him out at security. He can be aggressive when anxious. My vet prescribed 10mg Acepromazine for my 15.5Ibs cat but I feel reluctant giving it. What are your suggestions? Sedative or not?




Hi Anke,

This is an important question. Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated. However, sedating a pet when flying is dangerous and is one of the worst things you can do for the safety of your pet.

Sedatives can interfere with regular breathing and other bodily responses, and pets may react differently and unexpectedly to medications when they are in the air. In fact, most airlines will not fly a sedated pet, as over-sedation is a frequent cause of animal death during air transport. Check out a couple of posts where we address the dangers of sedating pets during air travel, such as No Sedation when Flying Pets! and Anxieties About Pet Travel: Don't Sedate - Get a Pet Travel Crate!.

The best thing you can do to ease your cat's anxiety is to make sure that he is properly crate-trained. Check out our tips for crate-training cats. The more comfortable your cat is with his crate, the less anxious he will be during travel, and the less likely that he will show aggression at the airport.

Should you have any more pet transport queries, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Ferret to the United States

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
To: Portland, Oregon


I'm having a hard time trying to find what all needs to be done in order for me to bring my little guy back to the States with me, please help with any advice or tips you may have! For example, do I need to have him chipped?

Thanks a million!!!



Hi Sandra,

You're right to notice that there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about moving ferrets (but plenty about cats and dogs). According to the USDA, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service currently has no health requirements for the importation of ferrets.

That being said, it is probably best to play it safe and meet the US pet import requirements when bringing your ferret to Portland. These requirements are relatively simple, and all you'll need is proof of a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. Additionally, we always recommend that owners have their pets microchipped before traveling.

You should be sure to contact your chosen airline directly to make sure they accept ferrets and to confirm whether your pet will be traveling in-cabin or as cargo. You will also need an airline-approved crate for your ferret to be sure that he will travel safely and comfortably.

Moving a pet (especially one that isn't a cat or dog) can be confusing, so if you think you'd like the assistance of a pet shipping specialist, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Move of the Month: Milo and Joe Dirt's Move to Dublin

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

When it comes to planning a safe and successful pet move, nothing is better than working with a client who helpfully communicates with us throughout the process and even shares details about the pet-friendliness of their new city. We recently helped two great rescue cats, Joe Dirt and Milo, move with their family from California to Dublin, and their owner Charlene was kind enough to share plenty of excellent tips and observations with us about the process and about living in Dublin with cats. If you have questions about air travel with cats, read the interview below because you will surely learn something.

Thanks to Charlene for sharing her cats' adventure with us, and join us in wishing Milo and Joe Dirt good luck in Dublin and congrats for being our Pet Move of the Month!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before?

We had the opportunity to move from San Francisco to Dublin, Ireland for a year, as the tech company where my boyfriend works is currently undergoing a European expansion. We had never moved a pet internationally before and we were really worried about how our gentle, sensitive kitties Milo and Joe Dirt would handle the move. I started researching all of the requirements for moving the cats from the States to Ireland and kept reading that it might be a good idea to hire a pet relocation company to deal with all of the logistics involved, such as health certificates, the travel component itself, and customs clearance upon arrival. PetRelocation kept coming up as a recommended company and I visited the website and was impressed with what I saw. There were several articles from well-known news organizations about the success of the company as a small business growing larger and many glowing client reviews. It was very comforting to read all of the happy move stories of past clients and see the care that was put into each move.


Crate training isn't so bad


What were some of your concerns going into the move?

We had heard a lot of negative things about the way airlines treat animal passengers and were really nervous about our cats being transported in the cargo hold of an airplane. When I spoke with Matt Kincaid and Keith Boone, they were both very helpful in walking us through the entire process and they alleviated a lot of our concerns. It was really reassuring to hear that PetRelocation.com had helped to develop the PetSafe program at United and that our babies would be traveling with an airline that had established safety procedures in place  for pets. We were very happy to hear that the cats would have a layover in one of the airports where United has a pet kennel, and that they would get to spend some time out of their crates.

Both Matt and Keith were so responsive and were great about answering my multitude of questions. I was very lucky to have Keith on standby while we were at the vet, as some issues came up where I needed expert pet relocation advice. After four years of successful microchip scanning, Milo's microchip suddenly wouldn't scan at his vaccine appointment and he had to get a new one implanted before his rabies vaccine. I was so glad to have Keith on the phone to reassure me that the timing would still work and ensure that our vet understood the whole process. Our vet was also unsure whether Joe Dirt's microchip would work with international standards, and having Keith there to verify that it would was a life saver.


Joe Dirt loves a lazy day

Matt and Keith were also very understanding of the fact that moving internationally is very stressful and that we needed the flexibility to make last minute decisions. We ended up having them schedule O'Brien Pet Transportation to deliver the cats to SFO instead of having one of our friends do it, and this was a great decision. Their contact knew how to package the cats together at check in to ensure they would next to each other on the flight. She also knew the man who would load them on the plane and told me that he loved animals.

We also received updates on the cats' flight information so we knew where they were at all times. Keith emailed me when they departed SFO, landed in Dulles, departed Dulles and landed in Dublin. It was great to be so informed the whole time. We decided to have the cats delivered to our residence in Dublin upon their arrival. Keith arranged this and it was a really good decision. We were exhausted upon our arrival and it was perfect to have a day to prepare for them (buy food, litter box supplies, etc.) and then have them delivered to our doorstep. A very kind Irish gentleman named Garrett rang my bell and said, "I  have two beautiful cats for delivery." I could tell he really loved animals and that our kitties had been in good hands. Joe Dirt was wide-eyed and sitting up and Milo was totally hidden under his bedding -- he had buried himself kind of like an ostrich. I signed for them and took their crates inside. They were both so happy to see us and began eating and drinking immediately.


Dinner time


Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?

We were really surprised at how unscathed our kitties were by the ordeal of moving, being confined to a crate, being in a loud plane, etc. We thought they would be more traumatized upon their arrival. But instead they were ready to eat and drink and be loved by us. That night when they curled up with us and purred was the best night ever. We could tell they were so happy to be with us and just wanted love.

How are your cats adjusting to the new location?

They are both doing really well. It was a little hard for them to get used to their temporary home where we stayed for two weeks, only to move again to our home where we signed a year lease. They've been a little skittish after the second move, but are still really loving and sweet. We can tell they're settling in and getting used to their new home. Soon we will be able to let them explore our back garden, a secure area where they can get a breath of fresh air!

What is life like in Dublin so far? Do you think it’s a pet friendly place to be?

Life in Dublin has been great so far. When we were still in the States, people had told us that the Irish weren't that fond of cats, which we have found to not be true. We've seen many happy, friendly kitties here and happy pets in general. It's somewhat problematic to be in the city centre without a car and to need pet supplies. We've been told that most of the large pet stores are located in the outlying suburbs. But our small neighborhood pet store has been very helpful, they're ordering the cat litter we like especially for us!


Hangin' around


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

We didn't quite realize how stressed we would be in the final weeks before our move. We thought we'd have everything under control. Then every little thing you need to do becomes five more little things and before you know it, you're totally overwhelmed. It was just so great to be able to rely on PetRelocation's expertise during this time. It meant that we didn't have to worry about one very major component of our move, relocating the cats. And knowing that our babies were in caring hands was absolutely priceless! Milo and Joe Dirt are by far the most precious things that we moved and knowing that we made their move as safe and comfortable as possible was the most important thing in the world to us!


Thanks again to Charlene for sharing Milo and Joe Dirt's move story with us. Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about your upcoming pet move, and happy traveling, everyone!