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Pet Travel Q&A: Shipping a Dog to Puerto Rico

Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

What pet requirements are needed to send my puppy to Puerto Rico and how much will it cost?




Hi Rafelina,

Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Puerto Rico.

As you can see, because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, pet shipping from the continental United States is not considered international and you will only need domestic health certificates and proof of current vaccinations.

Be aware that we recommend waiting until a dog...

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Pet Travel Question: International Dog Travel

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: P.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Xoloitzcuintle
From: Seattle
To: Oslo

Please tell me what airlines carry dogs to Oslo from Seattle, I'd like to ship my dog as cargo.

Thank you,


Thanks for the question! It's definitely important to choose a pet-friendly airline for your trip. We often fly with Lufthansa, KLM and Continental, as they're dedicated to making pet safety a priority.

Please contact us if you'd like more advice or if you need a free quote for our services. We'd...Read More

Pet-Friendly Airline Update: The Continental and United Airline Merger

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by PetRelocation Team

continental logoIt's the nature of the travel world: nothing stays the same for too long. You may have recently heard about the planned merger between Continental and United Airlines, and we wanted to update you about what this will mean for pet travel.

Due to their excellent safety record and PetSafe program, Continental is one of our top choices when it comes to shipping pets. We're therefore happy to hear them report that the current practices will be transferred over in a few months. All of Continental's...

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Pet Travel Question: Shipping Cats, Keeping Calm

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Fernanda
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Maine Coon
From: Las Vegas
To: Brazil

My flight to Brazil from Las Vegas is 13 hours, I have another flight that lasts about one hour, then it's about a three-hour drive to my final destination. Will my cats be ok? One is four years old and the other one is seven years old. what about food and water?


Hi Fernanda,

Thank you for submitting a question to us! Your concerns are certainly understandable, as international travel can...Read More

Pet Travel News Briefs: Volcanic Ash and Summer Policies Could Affect Pet Flights

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by PetRelocation Team

It's not quite summer yet, but we can certainly see that things are heating up in the land of pet travel! We recently heard about a few changes and thought we'd pass them along to you...

Volcanic Ash Disruptions
Due to residual ash from the eruptions of two different volcanoes, there have been some schedule disruptions in various cities.

Flights to and from Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires may continue to be affected depending on the developing conditions. If you're flying between...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Summer Dog Travel to Venezuela

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Leo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Irish Terrier
From: Indianapolis, IN
To: Valencia, Venezuela

1) I am running into the airline "85 degrees and above no ship rule." I understand the safety concern, but is there an airline that provides special handling for a price?
2) What are the best pet-friendly airlines that go to Venezuela?
3) I have a friend who can babysit him and bring him to me when it is cool, but I am not sure of my job situation down there. What suggestions do...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Pet-Friendly Airline Choices

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cristina
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog ; Cat
Pet Breed: Lab mix dog, 58 pounds; small black and white cat
From: near Roanoke, VA
To: San Francisco

We need to move at the beginning of July. I'd really appreciate if you help me decide between those two options:
1) Drive 4 and 1/2 hrs to Dulles Airport in DC and fly non-stop with United Airlines to San Francisco at 9:30 pm; the dog will come to the check in as extra baggage and then fly in cargo.
2) Drive 6 and 1/2 hrs to Cleveland, OH,...Read More

Summer Pet Travel: Questions about Travel Restrictions and Dates to Remember

Thursday, April 28, 2011 by PetRelocation Team

Pet travel always requires plenty of planning and attention to detail, but as summer approaches it's important to make pet safety an especially high priority. Everyone involved in the pet travel process (pet owners, airline employees, pet taxi drivers, etc ) must be vigilant and well-informed.

If you're planning a trip anytime soon, here are a few questions you may have as well as a few important deadlines to keep in mind.

Why can pet travel be more complicated in the summer?

The demands of travel...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Summer Air Travel with Dogs

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amanda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: dog
Pet Breed: Corgis (21 lbs, 26 lbs)
From: Dallas, TX
To: Alaska

I am having trouble finding what kind of travel bag to get to transport my fur kids in the cabin with me. It will be too hot in Dallas for the Airline to allow us to ship the pets in cargo, meaning that they will have to go in the cabin with me. Do you have suggestions on what type of bag to get and where? Also, what should I do to prepare them? Is there anything we can do to help calm...Read More

Learning about the Pet Shipping Business: My First Week at PetRelocation.com!

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Sarah R. Smith

Sarah and BaileyMarch 15th marked a new beginning for me when I started my job as a PetRelocation Specialist here at PetRelocation.  Upon first hearing of my new gig, people typically had a few different reactions.

“What will you be doing?”

“I have a cat I want to get rid of. Can you find him a new home for me?”

“What is PetRelocation.com?”

It turns out I will be relocating pets all around the world. I will not be able to “get rid” of your cat for you. And what is PetRelocation? It’s a company with amazing...

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Pet Travel Update: More Severe Weather Means More Delays on the East Coast

Thursday, January 27, 2011 by PetRelocation Team

Severe winter weather just won't leave the East Coast alone. Another set of storms has rolled through, causing possible worries and delays for pet travelers.

Both Continental and United have canceled flights scheduled yesterday and today, which has impacted passengers and cargo shipments, as well. Here's an airport-by-airport summary:

-Newark Airport was closed this morning, but will resume shipping on-hand cargo at 5 p.m. Thursday evening (EST). Other scheduled shipments will begin departing on...Read More

This Week in Pet Travel News

Friday, January 21, 2011 by PetRelocation Team

There's always something going on in the wild and wonderful world of pet travel. Here are a few of the most intriguing news items of the week:

-AOL Travel recently published a round-up of pet shipping info and tips. Find out what A Day in the Life of a Pet in Airline Cargo is like, and for more information about pet-friendly Continental Airlines, take a behind-the-scenes look at their cargo operations.

-Planning a pet move to Switzerland anytime soon? Be aware that the Swiss Import... Read More

Breaking Pet Travel News: New TSA Directive Restricts Live Cargo Imports to US

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Effective yesterday (Nov. 8, 2010), a new directive issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been put into place that will affect cargo shipments -including live animals - coming from other countries into the US.

Preceded by little notice, the information issued thus far has been somewhat limited. In brief, however, this security directive places an embargo on the import of live animal cargo unless it can be documented that an "established business relationship" has...Read More

Harley's Pet Move to Australia: Day One

Friday, October 8, 2010 by Scotty Walkwitz

5:00 AM CST

A bright (well, okay, still pitch-black) start to head down to Houston to pick Harley up and get us both checked in on our Continental flight out to Los Angeles.  I've been helping Harley with her move to Australia and today is part one of her big trip!  You can read more about shipping pets to Australia on my first post about Harley here.

9:00 AM CST

I arrived at Harley’s family friend’s house to pick her up, since her owners had already moved down to Perth. A few minutes after...Read More

Pet flights to the UK: What airlines participate in the DEFRA Pet Travel Scheme

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tracy J.
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
From: Kansas City, MO
To: England

I would like for our pets to fly on the same flight as us. Our tickets are booked with United (we cannot change our airline). However, I called United about shipping our pets and they stated they do not participate in the DEFRA Pet Scheme program and my pets would be quarantined for six months. Do I have to ship my pets on an airline that participates in the DEFRA Pet Scheme program to avoid quarantine? If I ship my...Read More

Moving Pets to Nigeria - New Nonstop Continental Pet Flight Service

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

Warning:  If you have been contacted by someone wanting to ship you a puppy, kitten or bird from Nigeria and they are asking for you to send a Western Union, it is a scam - do NOT send any money.  Please see here and here on puppy scams for more information.

One pet friendly airline, Continental, will soon begin offering flights from Houston, TX to Lagos (LOS) Nigeria. IAH-LOS Beginning Nov. 10, 2011, subject to government approval, Continental will offer service of daily nonstop flights to Nigeria....Read More

Delta Announces Summer Pet Transport Program

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

Delta Summer Pet Transport ProgramLately we've been talking quite a bit about pet airlines like the Continental pet shipping program and KLM Cargo's program which offers safe pet flights to and from Europe.
While we don't use Delta airlines because we don't consider them to be entirely pet friendly (see "Help PetRelocation Find Paco"), they have announced their summer pet transport program for 2010 and we thought we'd share it with pet owners who might be considering flying using Delta. 

From Delta:

Benefits of the Summer Live...

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The Evolution of Pet Travel Crates

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by PetRelocation Team

The question that the Continental rep had is very common within the show community too because nobody trusts the plastic folding dog crates due to their terrible design, but there is a massive difference between ours and the plastic dog crate folding style.

Way back in the 1960s when the folding style was developed and patented, they used the same style of latches that we and others still use today. Oddly enough, they were actually designed for use specifically within the aircraft industry - they...

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Airlines shipping pets - A hot summer topic that benefits the pets

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by PetRelocation Team

Yesterday, the new airline being marketed as the first pets-only airline, PetAirways, was on Good Morning America.  You can watch the video here.  In actuality, there was another pet airline that got similar buzz called Companion Air,  a few years ago. Unfortuantely, this Florida upstart, after a large amount of initial funding and press, was not able to get off the ground.

PetAirways will start flying pets from regional airports domestically beginning next week.  In the meantime, other...

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Continental's PetSafe - Video!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by PetRelocation Team

Here's a great video detailing the Continental PetSafe program and how it works. Continental is one of the "pet-friendly" airlines we use at PetRelocation.com to relocate pets domestically within the United States, and also internationally to places like London, Hong Kong and Frankfurt! Because of this program, we are able to ship pets year-round with no temperature restrictions!  Working with Continental, we're able to provide outstanding customer service to our clients and ship pets safely...

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