Help Me Move My Pet

Pet Travel and Microchips

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sylvain
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: French Toy Puddle
From: France
To: Boston, MA


My dog is currently tattooed (as an identifier). Some other dogs have a microchip to identify them. What is the recommendation to identify dogs in Massachusetts? Is a chip mandatory or is an ear tattoo okay?

Thank you,


Hi Sylvain,

Thank you for your question! Technically you do not need to have a microchip to import your dog to the United States or meet Massachusetts laws. Here are the requirements; essentially, to travel to the US, you need a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

That being said, we often recommend that dogs and cats receive microchips for safety's sake. In the event of a separation (though hopefully that never happens), microchips holding updated information make it more likely that a reunion will occur. Also, if you ever want to to go back to France (or to another country with stricter requirements for pet import), you will need to have your dog microchipped.

Here is more information about microchips from our blog in case you have further questions about them.

Hopefully this has been helpful, Sylvain. Good luck with everything, and please let us know if you require further assistance.

Cat Move Story: Mega's World Travels

Monday, June 2, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Debora
Pet's Name: Mega
From: Flyinge, Sweden
To: Northern Colorado, USA

I am writing to thank PetRelocation for its work in relocating Mega from California to Sweden in June 2013, and from Sweden to Northern Colorado this past April. In particular, I thought Anna Wasim did an outstanding job responding to a last-minute schedule change which could have been a disaster!

Mega's travel schedule had been confirmed several weeks in advance of our planned departure from Sweden. As we were moving to an empty house in Colorado, I had planned to arrive a day earlier than Mega in order to have things ready for her arrival. A few days before Mega's flight, Anna learned of the Lufthansa pilot's strike, which could have stranded Mega in Frankfurt for several days. Anna quickly came up with an alternate plan, which included having Mega fly a day earlier and boarding overnight in Denver.

As you can imagine, a household move of this distance is very stressful, to say the least. When I landed in Denver (on a different airline, at a later time) I was thrilled to find an email with a photo of Mega, showing that she had arrived safely at the boarding facility in Denver. Your local agent delivered Mega to our new home safely the following afternoon.

I truly appreciate your help with both moves, especially your guidance in ensuring the paperwork was in order for all the countries involved. I plan to stay put for quite some time, but should I ever need to move a pet in the future, I would not hesitate to call you again.



Would You Take Your Cat on Summer Vacation?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: House cat
From: Spain


My girlfriend lives in Spain. She wants to bring her cat to the United States for the summer vacation. Is this possible?




Hi David,

Thanks for your question! We often receive similar queries from pet owners wondering about the pros and cons of bringing a furry family member along for a vacation (here's a recent example from the blog). Moving a pet due to a permanent relocation makes it an easier decision (most people go with "yes"), but when it's a relatively short trip it can be tougher to decide.

First, it's important to know what this vacation would entail. In this case you would need to follow the pet import requirements for the United States, and then upon your return, meet the pet import requirements for Spain. Your cat will also need to have an airline-approve travel crate (and hopefully feel pretty comfortable spending time in it). Also, you should choose a pet friendly airline and research their particular procedures for booking a flight, etc.

It will take a significant amount of time and effort to make this round trip with your cat (not to mention the cost of the flights and vet visits), so it all depends on what your girlfriend is prepared for. Also important to consider is the cat's point of view. Will he/she transition easily and deal with two long trips without too much anxiety? Would it be better to leave her/him at home under the care of a trusted pet sitter?

So, the short answer to your question is "yes, it's possible" but as you can see there are many factors to consider here. We hope these details have been helpful in assisting with making a decision, and if you have any further questions, just let us know.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck with everything!

Cat Travel to Indonesia

Monday, June 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maria
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Short hair cats
From: USA
To: Jakarta, Indonesia

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am planning to move permanently to Jakarta, Indonesia with my three cats. I am really confused about where to begin and am uncertain about how to search the internet to find answers.

I am wondering what are the requirements and which airline allows to carry them into the cabin (I'm hoping to able to put them underneath seats). Please kindly advise.

Thank you so much and I greatly appreciate your help!



Hi Maria,

Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to provide some information. First, you can take a look at the pet import requirements for Indonesia. Your cats will need a veterinary health certificate and you'll need to follow the procedures as outlined regarding the rabies titer test, etc. Here is more information from our website for you to look over.

We suggest booking a flight with a pet friendly airline -- we often use KLM for pet flights in this part of the world. You can check out their options to decide what may work best for you. Flying pets in the cargo area often sounds scary to people who have never traveled with a pet before, but when handled correctly this is a safe option. Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions along with these common misconceptions about pet travel to help you better understand the process.

If you think you'd like some assistance and want to know more about our door-to-door pet transportation services, please fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck, and let us know if we can help with your cats' move.

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Trends & A New Pet Adoption Tool

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Relocation related: will your cat's identity change if you move to a different place?

Due to an increase in quarantine fees, moving a pet to Australia just became significantly more expensive.

Have you heard of BarkBuddy? It's like Tinder for choosing a dog.

Brands are targeting owners who like to cook their own pet food.

Still though, many pets are overweight.

It's been busy around here! Read about a few of our recent pet moves, a.k.a. #IncredibleExperiences.


Happy Friday, Y'all


Travel Tips to Help Nervous Cats

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Veronika
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: Mexico City, Mexico
To: Budapest, Hungary


Dear PetRelocation,

My cats are very nervous, stressed and afraid when transported and I know they shouldn't be sedated during the flight. They are also too big to travel in the passenger cabin. I don't know what the best option is. I am afraid it will be too stressful (long flight plus connecting flight) to move them with me. What should I do?

Thank you,


Hi Veronika,

Thanks for your questions -- you're not alone in having concerns like these! Many people think it's impossible to move a pet (especially a nervous cat), but there are ways to minimize stress.

  • First, if you decide to go forward with the move, you'll want to help your cats get used to their travel crates as much as possible. Once they can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place to be, they will be much calmer travelers. Here is an overview of our tips for how to crate train a cat.
  • Second, choose a pet friendly airline. This is an extremely important part of minimizing the risks of pet travel, and we often KLM and Lufthansa for European trips due to their pet policies and good safety records.
  • Additionally, talk to your vet, educate yourself as much as possible, and consider hiring professional assistance for your move. All of these things will help to put you into a calmer frame of mind, which will in turn help your cats to feel less anxious.

A final word: we have helped thousands of pets move safely and, again and again, we hear from our customers that the transition is much smoother than they expected it to be. Hopefully this (and the information above) helps you to start your way in the right direction.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and good luck with everything.


Pet News Round-Up: Heroic Cats & Travel Updates

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

See the video of a little boy's hero cat who fought off an attacking dog.

Speaking of high-achieving cats, Millie goes rock climbing with her owner and he says she is the best partner ever.

Exploring the bond between people and animals.

More about the Amtrak pilot program -- would you travel by train with your cat?

Cats and dogs dressed as people (100 years ago).

This journalist took her rescue cat to a pet psychic.

Moving a pet doesn't have to be stressful -- sometimes it's an incredible experience.


Have a relaxing weekend, pet lovers!

Seeking Answers About Cat Travel from Kazakhstan

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Bombay Mix
From: Almaty, Kazakhstan
To: Atlanta, GA, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

I need your help. I am having difficulty finding information about what I must do to bring my cats to the US. The vet clinics here don't have much information and lack organization regarding the sequence in which I must do vaccinations, rabies shots, etc.

The embassy is also without info on this. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Kind regards,


Hi Julia,

Thanks for checking in with us. Luckily, bringing cats to the United States is a pretty straightforward process. You need a health certificate from your vet stating that your cats are healthy (this should be issued within 10 days of flying), and they should be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before you fly. Here is an overview of the pet import rules for the United States. It sounds like you may need to contact additional veterinarians to track down the health certificate, as not all vets may know about them. You can also contact the Ministry of Agriculture for information about exporting your cats.

You should also check with the airline you're planning to use to find out about their requirements and procedures. We recommend choosing a pet friendly airline (we have used Lufthansa to fly pets out of Kazakhstan) and helping to get your cats acclimated to their travel crates well before you go.

If you have any further questions, please take a look at our blog for guidance or, if you'd like some assistance handling this move, you can fill out our free quote form. Thanks again, and good luck!

Cat Travel Story: From NYC to Paris to Los Angeles!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Dominique
Pets' Names: Peanut, Mushroom, Rocky
From: Paris, France
To: Los Angeles, USA

Thank you so much for moving our three kitties from New York City to Paris. We lived in Paris for one year and then decided to move back to the United States, to Los Angeles.

With three cats and a toddler, there was no way we could have moved the kitties ourselves overseas, so of course I chose PetRelocation again to safely deliver Peanut, Mushroom, and Rocky.

They are all doing well and happy to be in the sunshine!



Domestic Cat Travel Questions

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cari
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: New Hampshire, USA
To: Florida, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

My cat is traveling with me in the cabin. Do I need health certificate for this trip?




Hi Cari,

Yes, you will need a health certificate to show the airline that your cat is healthy and fit to fly. It should be issued by your vet within 10 days of your trip.

It's a good idea to have proof of updated rabies and any other basic health paperwork with you whenever you travel with a pet. Often you won't need to show it, but it's worth it to have just in case.

Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for more information, and just in case it's helpful, here are some ideas for how to crate train your cat. We know that not all felines are excited about traveling, so it never hurts to read over some basic advice about how to handle it smoothly.

Feel free to contact us or peruse our blog if you have more questions. Thanks for reaching out to us, and good luck with everything!

Five Pets Travel From Ireland to the United States!

Monday, May 5, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Fudge, Houston, Penny, Whitney and Zoey... We helped these five pets (three cats and two dogs) move from Ireland to the United States last month!


Ready to go, guys?


Over the weekend we were happy to receive an update via Facebook about this menagerie, and it sounds like they're all doing well in their new home.

Their owner writes: "Zoey is enjoying the sun in her new home. PetRelocation provided safe travels for her and our other 4 four-legged crew members from Ireland to Delaware in April (here's two of them chilling on the bed)."


Sun-Loving Zoey


Kitty Cuddles


Thanks to another great pet family for sharing an incredible experience with us! Have questions about moving your own pets? Please contact us to discuss your options.

Cat Travel to Romania

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Gabriela
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Bucharest, Romania
Pets: Porto (cat, domestic short hair, 8 years, 8kg); Cody (cat, tabby cat, 7 years, 8 kg)

Dear PetRelocation,
I would like to know an estimated cost to relocate two cats to Romania and also would like to know if I am required to have any medical checks or tests for the cats.

Hi Gabriela,
Thank you for your question. For an idea of what to expect, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Romania. Pets moving to the EU need to have microchips, full vaccinations and the proper import paperwork, so you'll need to allow a few weeks of preparation time before you go.
We'd be happy to tell you more about the door-to-door services we provide, which entail pre-move guidance as well as delivery to and from the airport. Our costs usually begin at around $2500 USD for one small pet to move internationally, but with a few more details we'll be able to give you a more precise estimate. Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you'd like to find out more.
If you're thinking of organizing the move yourself, we recommend IPATA.org as a great source for hiring local agents to assist with part of the process. Please take a look at this information and then lets us know if you have any further questions.
Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your upcoming cat move!

Peace Corps Adventures: Exporting a Cat from Cameroon

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
From: Cameroon, Africa
To: Tallahassee, Florida


Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter is in the Peace Corps and wants to bring home her new cat, as she is afraid for its safety. Please advise me if she can bring the cat home or not. Thank you so much -- it's hard to get an answer.



Hi Sue,

Thank you for your question. We've helped a few pets move home from Peace Corps assignments -- we know that it's easy to fall in love with a pet friend made overseas! Here's a recent story in particular: Parasy's move from Madagascar.

We've also helped pets move from Africa and would be happy to assist you with the information you need. The good news is that's it's a pretty simple process to bring a pet into the United States -- cats just need a health certificate issued within 10 days of departure and proof they're up to date on rabies. It will probably be trickier to settle things on the Cameroon side; for example in addition to the paperwork your daughter will also need to acquire an airline-approved travel crate.

For more details, here's an overview of the US pet import rules and a few helpful tips for moving pets by air.

If you'd like further assistance arranging this move and are interested in our services, please contact us for a quote. Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you!

Pet Travel to and From Australia

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: Australia
To: Europe


Hi PetRelocation,

I want to move to Europe for 12 months, either to Italy, Hungary or London. I am hesitant, as I have to take my 2-year-old dog and possibly a 2-year-old cat (mostly about cost and coming back in to Australia).

Can you assist me?



Hi Kirsty,

Thanks for your question! It's possible to do what you're proposing, but it will take quite a bit of planning, time and money. We'll go over a few of the details to give you an idea of what to expect.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and also for Australia (you can find a full list of country requirements here). Each time you cross into a new country you'll need to follow their particular rules, even if you used to live there and only left for a few months.

Australia is stricter than going to a European country, as Australia is rabies-free and requires a quarantine for entering pets. The process to plan a pet move to Australia generally lasts about 180 days, so you'd need to be aware of all the steps and start preparing for your trip back just a few months after you leave. If you decide to make this trip with your pets, we recommend researching the above information very carefully and then building a detailed timeline to follow.

If you think you'd like some help arranging all of this, feel free to contact us to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hiring help does add to the overall cost (for us, moving one small pet internationally generally begins at around $2500 USD -- here's why), so you may decide to handle the move yourself or find local agents to assist with part of the move.

Pet owners facing temporary moves often decide it's not worth the time, effort and expense to move their pets and instead opt to leave their furry friends with a trusted family member or friend. It can be a tough decision, but sometimes it's the right thing to do (especially for pets who aren't crate trained and/or who are especially nervous travelers). It's always a good idea to talk to your vet for further enlightenment or if you have any concerns. If you do decide to bring your pets with you, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help with making the trips as safe and smooth as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions as you go forward, and good luck!

Amtrak Introduces Pilot Program for In-Cabin Pet Travel

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Answering the wishes of many pet owners who dream of more travel options for their four-legged companions, Amtrak will initiate a trial program next week that allows pets to travel in the cabins of select trains.

The program, which includes the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains between Chicago and Quincy, Ill., will run for six months beginning on May 5. If the test run is successful, pet travel options may be expanded nationwide.

Here are a few highlights of the Amtrak carry-on pet pilot program:

  • Passengers will pay $25 for each pet brought on board, and only dogs and cats are allowed.
  • Pets must be secured in travel carriers and stored under the seat (just like in the cabin of an airplane).
  • Pets and carriers should together weigh no more than 20 lbs.
  • Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and have proof of updated vaccines.
  • There will be no comfort breaks for pets on this four-and-a-half hour route.
  • Pets must be "odorless and harmless, not disruptive, and require no attention during travel."


Currently service animals are allowed to travel in Amtrak cabins, but this is the first time pets have been permitted to do so. Citizens and legislators around the country have been lobbying for Amtrak to allow pets on board for months, and now travelers will have a chance to prove that a program like this can be successful.

If Amtrak allowed pets on all trains, would you take advantage of that option? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more Amtrak pet updates as they develop.


Cat Travel Story: Danny is Home!

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a client we recently assisted with a move from New York to Athens. Glad to see Danny is doing well!


Dear Keith,

Thank you so much (and PetRelocation) for taking care of everything that needed to be done to get Danny safely to his new home. After a long flight and a first afternoon filled with anxiety, he is settling in really well and is interested in all the new smells, sounds and even food!

Thank you,




Advice About Traveling With Older Dogs

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: James
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog and Cat
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel & Tabby
From: Ecuador
To: Alabama, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

Is there an age limit for international travel? My dog is 10 years old.




Hi James,

Deciding whether or not to travel with older pets will be up to you and your vet. Airlines and countries do not impose a particular limit, but you will need to obtain the correct paperwork and a health certificate signed by your vet stating your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

We have discussed this issue on our blog before; here is more information about what to consider when traveling with older pets. It can often be done safely when the right precautions are taken, but it's also important to realize that some amount of risk is always involved. Again, talk it over with your vet and feel free to give our office a call if you'd like to speak to one of our Specialists. We have flown many older pets and would happy to discuss the situation with you.

If you decide to go, to come from Ecuador to the United States you'll also need proof that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines and they'll need airline-approved travel crates, as well. Here is an overview of pet import requirements for the United States.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything.

Link Round-Up: Pets + Science + Fun + News

Friday, April 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet these amazing animals with bionic limbs.

Neurochemically speaking, do dogs and cats really love you?

Lucey is Iowa's Most Beautiful Bulldog.

LAX's dog greeter program has been keeping fliers calm for a year.

Want to protest the proposed Australia quarantine fee increase? Sign this petition!

Pet products successfully funded via Kickstarter.

Have two minutes to spare? Please take our summer pet travel survey!



Happy Friday!

Cat Move Check-In: Yumi and Miho in London!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

A few days ago we helped Miho and Yumi travel from New Jersey to London. (You may remember being introduced to them on our Facebook page.) Well now they're busy settling in and even sent us a photo update! Check it out below.


Here's what the (sleepy) cats' owner had to say:

"Here is a picture of our kitties in their new home! We all had some time to adapt and now everyone is doing fine, as you can see ;)"

Thanks to Miho, Yumi and their family for sharing their move with us. We wish them lots of luck over in London!


Interested in door-to-door assistance with your upcoming pet move? Contact us for a free quote.

Planning Cat Travel to Florida

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Debby
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Yellow Tabbies
From: St. Martin
To: Florida, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

What does the state of Florida require to bring in to cats from St. Martin to live in Florida?




Hi Debby,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. Importing pets to the United States is pretty straightforward; the process just requires that you have proof of updated rabies vaccines and a vet health certificate. You can look over these rules in more detail here.

Once you're in Florida you'll need to keep up with your cats' vaccines. Here's an outlined suggested vaccine schedule from the Florida SPCA for more guidance.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you have more questions about cat travel or think you might like some help arranging the move, feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. Our door-to-door services aren't the best choice for everyone, but if you'd like to hear more about what we offer, we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

Either way, good luck with your cats' relocation!