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Pet News Round-Up: Pet-Friendly Travel on the Rise

Friday, February 6, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Master

Behind the Scenes: One of our seasoned Pet Relocation Consultants talks about life as a busy pet shipper.

It's now cheaper and easier to travel between France and Spain via Brittany Ferries, and several of the cabins are pet-friendly.

Let's revisit the 2015 Puppy Bowl, shall we?

Why do cats love sitting in boxes?

One of our recent clients has an awesome blog.

Are pet expenses tax deductible?

 

popeye

Happy Friday!
 

Behind the Scenes at PetRelocation: Sarah's Four Year Pet Shipping Journey

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Core Values

sarah & rebaEmployee Profile: Sarah Smith, Senior Pet Relocation Consultant

by Kelley Barnes, Director of HR

Sarah Smith will be celebrating her four year anniversary with PetRelocation this March. In 2014, she helped more than 200 clients by creating customized move plans to safely transport their family pets and guiding them through the selection process to determine the perfect solution to meet their specific needs.

The intricacies of international requirements for the import and export of live animals is not knowledge that can be picked up quickly and easily. Undergoing the same educational process that all our Consultants experience, Sarah started her career with PetRelocation focusing on domestic US moves but she now serves as one of our experts regarding pet transport that originates or terminates in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The complexities of permits and timelines for that region can take over a year to master, given all the countries involved.

When asked about her role in the company, Sarah said, “We send pets to more exotic locations than ever before. Planning can take days or weeks, so even if you apply the same thought processes, it’s never the same day twice.”

Not only does Sarah excel in providing expert advice to prospective clients, she also understands what is means to embody our company values, including commitment and wisdom. When asked to be the subject of our first employee profile in 2015, Sarah demonstrated her dedication to teamwork by making the time to answer the following interview questions.

What’s your first memory of working at PetRelocation?

They took me and Christina (she started on the same day and worked here for about 1.5 years) out to lunch EVERY day that week. And there was beer at lunch!! I remember it was a VERY relaxed atmosphere and I loved that right away. There were no micromanagers breathing down your neck. Everyone was friendly and genuinely cared for one another.

What drew you to the company initially?

PETS! I was looking for a job that somehow incorporated animals. I am an animal lover and I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew at that point in my life I wanted it to involve animals. I was looking for a supplemental job, just something to pay a few fun bills here and there. And after starting, I found myself needing to rely on this job for financial stability. After I had worked here for a few months, I knew I wasn’t leaving! I got to use my love for animals and my passion for helping people while having fun with puzzle-solving logistics!

How has the company changed during your tenure?

Sooooo much has changed. The company has grown in sales, maturity, processes and people. We have more resources and processes in place to support our work. It helps us to do our jobs better.

The two most notable changes? 1) Moving from our Spicewood offices to Downtown Austin. 2) We used to handle the entire move for each client from building the plans to the actual shipping. We really improved the overall process by having the task split between two people, allowing us to really focus on best practices.  

 

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The PetRelocation team on a recent outing

What’s your favorite client story?

I have too many to pick one!! I’ve moved pets for professional UFC fighters and professional European basketball players. I have several clients that are “threepeats.” One duo of Rottweilers moved with us from Laos to the US, then the US to Mongolia, then Mongolia back to the US. Probably some of the best world travelers we have!  

One “story” that touches me involves at least three different clients. In 2013 we moved a sweet family to Dubai. They had a few cats and a dog. I had another potential client contact me about moving his dog and cat to Dubai, but he was terrified of what would be life for his Golden Retriever in a foreign country. I connected the two clients -- past and potential.

They hit it off and Kim (past client) took Jim and his family (potential client) to breakfast while they visited Dubai on a house hunt. He hadn’t even hired us yet! Kim convinced him that Dylan (his Golden) would be just fine and that we were a great company to work with. They hired us, and now the two families are fast friends in Dubai! Kim also had a hand in easing the fears of another client whose pets just moved, and now Jim and his family are paying it forward to a new potential client! I think we’re starting a group of friends in Dubai and that really warms my heart.

 

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Dylan the Golden in Dubai

What has been your proudest moment while working PetRelocation?

Generating $1.2 million in revenue in 2014, which resulted in lots of beautiful reunions!

What do you think will change about pet travel in the next five years?

It’s hard to say. Country requirements will change, as they always do. For example, the European Union has a new rule that started being enforced on January 1 requiring that a pet traveling to the EU arrive within five days of the owner. It’s a huge change and will impact not only our clients, but anyone headed into the EU.

I also think companies will start realizing their employees won’t leave their pets behind, and we can expect more organizations to regularly factor pets into their employee’s relocation reimbursement plan.  

What advice to you have for people who want to join the company?

You MUST be able to work strange hours. You MUST be able to deal with stress -- a high level of stress. You MUST care about animals, first and foremost! Decide if the stress and hours are worth it for you. It’s not for everyone and that’s ok, but don’t waste your own time by “trying it out.” It will be MORE stressful than they tell you! But so rewarding and worth it!

Everyone here helps each other. There will be a team of people willing to help you solve the client’s problem. You’re never on your own. The culture here has always been one of fun and caring. In fact, I think the team tries to focus on those qualities when hiring.

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Reba, Sarah's dog, helping out at the office

What do you wish other people knew about the company?

Two things: 1) We don’t rescue and/or find pets a new home: our purpose is focused on relocation pets who already have an owner. 2) Our clients constantly tell us how this was the least stressful part of their whole move, and we’ve had others tell us that they wish we had handled their personal belongings as well because we made things so easy on them. We may cost more than other similar services, but we provide quality, professional service to every client, every day.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am a super social person, but some of my favorite times are sitting on my couch in pajamas with Reba (my dog) and a glass of wine. Even better if my sister is in town!! Family is #1 for me.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Read, take Reba to the dog park, lift weights, swim, eat and drink, travel and anything involving water, sand and sun.

Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life. Who do they cast to play you?

Laura Prepon -- but not from Orange is the New Black. Laura Prepon from a few years ago when she was playing Donna from That 70’s Show (redheaded tomboy, goofball).

Editor's Note: We interviewed Sarah back in 2011, too -- take a look what she had to say after working at PetRelocation for just a couple of weeks, and read about some of the incredible experiences Sarah and the rest of the PetRelocation team have recently arranged.
 

Watch out, It's a Pet Scam (Monkey Edition)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Magan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Monkey
Pet Breed: Capuchin
From: MN, USA
To: GA, USA

 

Hello,

I am taking to someone about getting a monkey, and all she wants is a shipping fee that she says is $280. She said she would be using your services. I am just wanting to make sure this isn't a scam.

Thanks,

Magan

 

Hi Magan,

That is definitely a scam. Anytime someone you don't know is offering to give you a pet (especially a high-demand breed or exotic species) and only wants to charge you transportation fees, you can assume the animal doesn't exist and they are just trying to take advantage of you.

Read more about how to avoid pet scams and know that these tactics apply to dogs, cats, birds, and yes, monkeys. We strongly advise against dealing with unknown parties online when looking to add a pet to your family, and remember that anytime you're asked to wire money for "transportation fees,"  you're in danger of falling for a well-worn scam.

For reference, moving a small pet domestically typically starts at around $1200 (this covers airfare, health documents, vet visits, travel crate, etc), so this suggested fee of just $280 serves as another red flag. Monkey travel also requires a little more planning than dog and cat travel, so if something sounds too easy to be true, it probably is.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Magan (and hopefully you haven't sent any money yet). Please let us know if you have further questions, and good luck out there!

Planning Safe Pet Travel for a 10-Year-Old Dog

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Duda
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cockapoo
From: Toronto, Canada
To: Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

Hello,

I am moving to Guatemala this summer for a job and I am bringing my dog with me. He is 10 and I am a bit worried about his age when flying. Will this be a problem? Cockapoos do tend to live longer, so this isn't really as as old as if he were another breed.

Is there an alternative to shipping him in a regular cargo area on the plane? I am worried about their temperature restrictions since we are traveling in the summer and have to stop over in Houston or San Salvador.

Thank you!

Duda

 

Hi Duda,

Thanks for submitting a question to us! Before traveling with an older pet, we recommend discussing any concerns you have with your vet and also reading over these travel tips for older dogs. We've helped many dogs and cats 10 years old and older move safely, and with the right preparation and care, it is most likely a possibility for you, too.

As far as air travel, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their pet safe policies, for example). Airlines with solid pet procedures in place are less affected by temperature, however in the heat of the summer it's possible that you'll run into various embargoes. Since the rules and ports at which they apply change each year, we recommend checking directly with the airline to find out more.

You're also welcome to fill out our consultation form to hear back from a Specialist and discuss your move options, and we also recommend reading over these basic pet travel tips. The more you learn about the process, hopefully the more comfortable you'll feel about your dog's flight.

Just let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck!

Incredible Experiences: Max Becomes a Kiwi

Monday, January 26, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Catherine & Mark
Pet's Name: Max
From: New York City, New York, USA
To: Christchurch, New Zealand

My husband and I moved from New York City to Christchurch, New Zealand with our cat, Max, by way of 3-month stint in Bangor, Maine. New Zealand has strict rules on animals entering the country and require a pet relocation company to assist with the move. Max would live in St. Louis, MO with my mom for 3 months while he finished up relocation vet requirements.

I chose PetRelocation not only based on their customer feedback but also because of the amount of detail, care and attention I received when I made my first call to inquire. I felt that my cat would be treated not just humanely, but lovingly, from one phone conversation with Paul.

Max's care and travel planning was assigned to Brooke, who not only had to deal with my anxiety, but my mom's as well, as Max lived with her for 3 months after my husband and I relocated to New Zealand. Brooke was patient, attentive and available whenever we needed her (which was often).

 

max sleeping



There was no "easy" part to this move. I was anxious to have my cat back in my care, and when he was 6 hours into a 15 hour plane flight, there was no amount of nail-biting that made me feel better. Max of course missed his connecting flight, and my email immediately lit up with emails from Brooke updating me with all advances in his plans. She was even able to ensure that Max would not have to wait at the airport, but rather with an actual human in a quieter setting, which settled the butterflies in my stomach. Max finally arrived to the quarantine facility just a few hours later than expected.

Max is a lover. He would give us up in a heartbeat if someone else was offering a better chin rub or a few Greenies. In his world, everyone is his friend and the quarantine facility was no exception. The ladies at Canterbury Quarantine loved playing with him and thus he received great care (not to mention he was the only cat onsite at the time). When I went to pick him up he was eager to get out of his "prison" (he does not like to be confined, he's an explorer!) and on to the next adventure.

 

max hanging out

 

Now he enjoys watching the birds in our garden from our many windows and sleeping in the sunlight. He is no worse for the wear and still has all 9 cat lives (though I may have lost a few!). Moving is never easy and moving across the country with a fur baby is definitely tougher.

Without PetRelocation I think this process would have taken a great toll not only on Max, but an emotional one on me as well. I am grateful for their expertise, care, and love of animals, which helped reunite me and my husband with our beloved Max!

Thanks to Catherine and Mark for sharing their move story with us! Interested in cat travel to New Zealand (or pet travel in general)? Please contact us for a consultation.

Pet News Round-Up: Realizing Your Pet Travel Potential

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Will New York be the world's future pet travel hub?

Do your cats get cabin fever in the winter?

Dog training advice for 2015.

More about the new upscale pet boarding facility opening near the Orlando airport.

Cats to New York, dogs to the United Kingdom... Read all our latest pet travel Incredible Experiences!

Dog talk: off-leash etiquette.

 

cappie

Happy Friday!
 

It's True: Barbados Has New (Easier) Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Joanne
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
From: South Africa
To: Barbados

 

Hi There,

I recently read somewhere that from 1st January 2015, Barbados will accept pets from most countries so long as they have conformed with the necessary tests and protocol.

Could you confirm if this is correct or do we still have to go via the UK?

Many thanks in advance,
Jo

 

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your question! We're happy to report that yes, Barbados has relaxed its pet import rules and there is no longer a need to route through the United Kingdom (provided you meet the necessary requirements).

We recently discussed the new Barbados pet import rules on our blog and would be happy to answer any further questions you have. Additionally, here is a video from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture that goes over the process:

 

New Dog Cat Promo from Ministry of Agriculture Barbados on Vimeo.

 

If you'd like to find out more about hiring some assistance with this move, please fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps you to start the planning process, Jo. Feel free to peruse our blog for more pet travel tips and pet travel stories, and good luck with everything!

How Do Pets Handle Long International Flights?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Laura
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Eurasier
From: Europe
To: Boston

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have never had a dog flown before and I wonder if there are calming medicines that are administered? How are their basic needs cared for (thinking here about the intake of food and water as well as the excretion of the same)? What are the conditions in the hold (thinking temperature, light, presence of other animals)? What happens during layovers if there is no direct flight to be had (Copenhagen-Boston)?

Thanks,

Laura
 

 

Hi Laura,

These are all great questions. The idea of putting your pet onto a long international flight can definitely feel daunting at first, but we find that the more that a pet owner learns about the process, the more confident they can begin to feel about planning a successful trip. We have helped thousands of pets move safely and would be happy to share a few tips and facts with you.

First, please know that sedation is not allowed or recommended during pet flights. Crate training is a better way to help your dog feel calm during a flight and it's a practice we do highly recommend. Helping your dog to see the crate as a comfortable and safe place is very important -- please read more about crate-training here (these tips apply to both dogs and cats).

It's also important to choose a pet-friendly airline with dedicated staff and pet safe practices. We often use KLM, Lufthansa, United and British Airways for our clients' pets due to their level of attention to their pet passengers.The cargo area of the plane is pressure and temperature controlled and, with pet-friendly airlines pets are the last to be loaded and the first to be removed upon arrival. They are situated securely and carefully with the pet's safety and comfort in mind.

Layovers can be a good thing for pets, as this will allow for a bathroom/stretch break that makes a long journey more comfortable. We often schedule our clients' flights so that they can stop at an animal hotel for a few hours or even overnight where they are tended to by professionals. The layover situation will depend on the route you ultimately choose, and we'd be happy to further discuss your options with you if you'd like.

Please fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to find out more about our services, and in the meantime you can also read over these basic pet travel tips and these recent pet move stories from our clients. Again, hopefully the more you learn the better you'll feel about your pet's travel experience.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Incredible Experiences: Moving Two Cats from the USA to the UK

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Sharon
Pets' Names: Duke and Kimmy
From: Walnut Creek, California, USA
To: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
 

Sarah and Penney were both terrific. They responded to questions and requests without delay and implemented whatever was necessary very professionally and with care and consideration for our two cats.

We would definitely use them again (although we hope we don't need to!) and recommend them to anyone needing to take their pets overseas. Our cats are very happily with us again and were calm and clean when we picked them up.

THANK YOU!
 

Thanks to Sharon for sharing this update! Need help moving a pet internationally? Please contact PetRelocation for a consultation and read more pet travel stories here.

Pet News Round-Up: Rescue Stories and Cat Cafes

Friday, January 9, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Argentina's dog-adoring president just made travel more pet-friendly in her country.

Learn more about New York City's first cat cafe.

Pet travel to Barbados just became a bit easier.  

Twenty-three dogs were saved from a Korean meat farm and brought to the United States.

Because it's Friday, here's a super cute dog video.

 

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Have a lovely weekend

Pet Travel Requirements for Norway

Friday, January 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tracey
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs and 2 cats
Pet Breed: Golden Retrievers and domestic cats
From: USA
To: Norway

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Do we need to have the rabies titer testing of the animals prior to the move? Are there any other tests required other than the health check and tapeworm treatment??

Thanks,

Tracey

 

Hi Tracey,

Moving pets to Norway does not require a titer test. Your dogs and cats will need microchips, rabies vaccines administered at least 21 days before departure, and the dogs will need a tapeworm treatment within one to five days of departure. As you mentioned, you'll also need a health certificate.

Take a look at an overview of the Norway pet import requirements via the USDA website, and it may also help to take a look at a few typical pet travel questions and answers to find out more about crate-training, cargo travel, and choosing a pet-friendly airline.

Finally, if you're interested in hiring some assistance with your pet move, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form.

Hopefully this helps to point you in the right direction, Tracey. Thanks for submitting a question to us, and good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Update: Barbados Relaxes its Pet Import Rules

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

dog chillinThe pet import requirements for Barbados have been relatively strict in the past, but as of January 1, 2015, pets from all countries can now be imported directly into the country without quarantine provided that all import requirements are met.

Import requirements vary depending on the country of origin, but certain standards apply to all pets. All dogs and cats will need to have an ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785 microchip and must be vaccinated with rabies after the microchip has been implanted. An Import Permit is also required; this is obtained from the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture and applications are available here. Dogs and cats also need an Export Permit endorsed by the Official Veterinary Services from their country of origin.

Per the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, pets coming from rabies-free or low-rabies countries (these 'Category 1' countries include the United States, EU countries and Australia, for example) must meet the following requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty-five (35) days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados;
4. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
5. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative;
6. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

For pets coming from 'Category 2' countries (all those not considered low-rabies or rabies-free), these are the health requirements:

1. The pets must be microchipped;
2. The pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
3. Thirty (30) days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml
4. Ninety (90) days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados
5. Within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
6. For countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found negative;
7. Within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

All pets traveling via commercial airline must arrive in Barbados via cargo and clear customs upon arrival with the help of a customs broker. Arriving without proper notice or outside of regular business hours may incur extra fees or delays. For a full overview of the requirements as well as a list of Category 1 and Category 2 countries, please refer to the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture website.

As you can see, though the Barbados import process is now more inclusive, it still requires several careful steps and precise attention to detail. Feel free to contact PetRelocation if you have questions and would like more information about enlisting door-to-door assistance with your move.

Planning Cat Travel to New Zealand

Monday, January 5, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Andrea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Siamese
From: Oregon, USA
To: Auckland, New Zealand

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Where can I find an accurate guideline for bringing my cat to Auckland with me in March?

Thanks,

Andrea

 

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for the question! Please take a look at the New Zealand pet import requirements on our website and also on the official New Zealand government website. As a rabies-free island nation, New Zealand does require quite a bit of planning to bring a pet into the country, so it's a good idea to start the process early.

Because it's a multi-step process, many pet owners decide to hire assistance with their moves. If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form. You can also read true stories of recent pet moves to find out what you might be able to expect; if you'd like a New Zealand story, here is one about Wednesday the cat, whose move we planned a few months ago.

This should help you get started, but we certainly understand if you have more questions! Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with your cat's relocation to Auckland.


 

Pet News Round-Up: Happy New Year!

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Caitlin Moore

Reminder: changes to the pet travel scheme have been introduced.

New Year's resolutions for cat owners.

Winter outdoor safety tips for dogs.

Read the latest true stories of traveling dogs and cats.

Do you have questions about pet travel? We offer answers to common queries here.

Catch up with a few incredible pet move experiences from 2014.

 

fernando

Happy 2015!

Tips for Safe Pet Air Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janeth
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador Retriever
From: Tampa, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA

Hi PetRelocation,

I've been reading some horrible stories about animals dying when they fly, and it doesn't give me any peace of mind about flying anywhere with my pet. I have to fly to California because I'm moving there, but I want to find at least five top airlines that I can trust with my pet. She will be in the cargo area since she is 60 pounds.

What airlines are the best? What things could I do so my dog gets there safely with me?

Thanks,

Janeth

 

Hi Janeth,

Excellent questions! First of all, read this. Though it's common to come across news stories about pet travel mistakes and mishaps, the fact of the matter is that most pets fly safely. When you look at the numbers and realize that there are things you can do to minimize the risks of pet travel, hopefully you'll begin to see the situation a little differently (which will help you start to breathe a little easier).

What are the things you can do to help your dog travel safely? First, work on crate-training. If your dog is comfortable with her crate and even enjoys spending time in it, you'll be off to a great start. Here are a few tips for helping this to become a reality (they apply to both dogs and cats). Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We have helped thousands of pets fly safely, and our most frequently-selected airlines include United, KLM and Lufthansa.

It usually helps to read the stories of pet travelers who have gone through this all before, so we recommend taking a look at these PetRelocation client experiences for some insight and education. Finally, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions that might help you pick up a few tips, as well.

If you think you'd like some expert help carrying out your move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form. We'd be happy to assist you!

Thanks again for reaching out. Hopefully this information sheds light on the more positive realities of pet travel and helps you to plan a safe and low-stress trip. Good luck with everything and let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

Can Bengal Cats Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yudha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: Medellin, Colombia
To: Sydney, Australia

 

Hi,

We have a Bengal and we are currently living in Colombia. We have plans to move to Sydney, Australia around April 2015. We understand that we cannot transport our cat directly to Australia from Colombia. However, we are planning to stop by Los Angeles for one week.

Is there a possibility of bringing our cat to Australia from Colombia via USA? If yes, what will be the procedure and cost?

Regards,
Yudha
 

Hi Yudha,

Thanks, great question! First of all, Bengal cats may not be imported into Australia unless they are at least five generations removed from their purebred, non-domestic ancestors. Please read more details about import restrictions regarding breed here

If you can proceed, then we'll continue: yes, moving pets to Australia from a non-approved country will require first spending time in a second, approved country, and the United States does qualify. You'll need to follow the pet import requirements for the United States to move your cat there, and then you'll need to follow the Australia pet import requirements from the United States. You can find the overview of steps on the Australia Department of Agriculture website.

Unfortunately you will need to arrange your schedule so that you are in the United States for more than a week. You have a couple of options -- you can either go to the US for the initial rabies vaccine and testing, go back to Colombia, then go to the US again before moving on to Australia, or you can just move to the US for the full vaccine preparation process and then go to Australia.

Typically the entire pet import process to Australia takes 190 days from the start to the finish (including the 10-day quarantine upon arrival). Finally, the costs of a pet move to Australia vary from one instance to another and are significant; you can probably expect to spend at least $3500.

If you think you'd like some assistance with this move and want to find out more about our services, please fill out our online consultation form. You're also welcome to take a look at our blog for more information about international pet travel

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Good luck with everything!

 

Pet News Links: Preparing Pets for the Holidays

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Holiday home safety tips for dogs.

Have you heard of the Million Cat Challenge?

The CEO of PetRelocation talks relocating pets with the Houston Chronicle

Vet-approved holiday travel tips

This California Cat Cafe promotes adoptions along with cuteness and coffee.

PetSmart was just sold in an $8.7 billion deal.

Tuna, the famous traveling dog. 

 

el bulli

Have a good weekend!

 

Cat Travel to Australia from Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Beverley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tabbie
From: Papua New Guinea
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Please advise what is required before my cat can travel from Papua New Guinea to Australia.

Thanks,

Beverley

 

Hi Beverley,

Thanks for your inquiry! Australia is a rabies-free country with fairly strict import requirements, however you will be able to bring your cat there by following the stated rules.

Papua New Guinea is a "Category 2" country, so you'll need to use the Australia Department of Agriculture website to determine the timeline of pre-import steps and follow those carefully. Upon arrival, your cat will need to undergo a 10-day quarantine, which you can also find out more about on the official site. 

Many pet owners understandably feel stressed out by the idea of quarantine and international pet travel in general, but the more you learn about the process, the more comfortable you'll hopefully feel. Please take a look at these common pet travel questions, these cat crate-training tips, and these pet travel experiences straight from pet owners who have gone through the process already.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our consultation form. Thanks for reading, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance!
 

'Paradise 4 Paws' at Denver International Airport

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airports

Denver International Airport has recently opened a new facility that answers the need of busy travelers looking for a convenient, crate-free pet boarding option -- it's called Paradise 4 Paws and it's located at the airport. In our experience, pets often travel before or after their owners during a big relocation, and a place like this might make life easier when boarding is necessary for globetrotting pets.

This facility allows pet owners to drop their pets off right before they start their trip, and it offers 24-hour access, spacious dog suites and play areas, a dog splash pool and a separate gated area for cat houses and a kitty playground. Pet owners can park at Paradise 4 Paws and take a shuttle to Jeppesen Terminal. 

Paradise 4 Paws also operates facilities at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and near Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports, and we wouldn't be surprised to see this business expand to other locations. The pet industry is showing no signs of slowing down, and services such as this are, and will continue to be, in high demand. 

Read more about Paradise 4 Paws, and let us know in the comments if you've ever used one of these facilities -- either for boarding while you're traveling or for filling in the time before/after a move (when timing is tricky).

 

paradise 4 paws

Photo via the Paradise 4 Paws Facebook page

Dog Travel to China & the UK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Talia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Guangzhou China, then London, UK

 

Hello,

Can you please provide as much information as possible. I will be moving in two months (I just accepted an offer, thus I could not begin the process until I knew where I would be going). I will only be in China six months, and then will relocate to London.

Any information you give will be greatly appreciated!

Talia

 

Hi Talia,

Thanks for your questions! To start, it will help to look over the pet import requirements for China and the pet import requirements for the UK. Both countries require lots of careful preparation, so you're smart to be starting the planning process right away (congrats on the new job!). 

Many pet owners who go to China end up hiring professional assistance, as the rules can be confusing. Quarantine requirements will depend on your port of entry, and working with an expert tends to make the process much easier. Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

As far as entering the UK from China, you'll have to meet several particular requirements and also undergo a three-month waiting period because China is an "unlisted" country. Find more details here

For reference, here are a few basic pet travel tips as well as two recent client stories featuring a cat move to China and a dog move to London. As you can see, as complicated as pet travel can sound sometimes, with the right planning it's possible to carry out successful moves to countries around the world.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and thanks again for reaching out!