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How to Help the Stray Dogs of Sochi

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

You've probably heard the sad stories coming out of Russia regarding the existence and treatment of stray dogs near the Olympic Village in Sochi.

After learning that dogs were being rounded up and killed by local authorities, many kind-hearted souls (some very wealthy) and rescue organizations have sprung into action. If you're wondering how you can help, here are a few options.

Donate to the Cause

Sometimes, due to distance and your own life situation, the best and most realistic thing to do is locate a worthy group and send them a donation. This can be a wonderful and very beneficial way to make a difference, so check out the Humane Society website for more information about the shelters that have been set up in and near Sochi and also find out how you can donate to help street dogs all over the world.

Adopt a Dog

Adopting a Sochi stray is probably most feasible for nearby Russian citizens who won't have to worry about air travel, but if you're curious about what the process would entail, read on to start educating yourself.

International travel generally requires bringing the pet to a vet in order to obtain rabies vaccines and the necessary paperwork, an airline-approved travel crate needs to be purchased, and a reservation needs to be made with an airline equipped and willing to transport pets from Point A to Point B. You'd also need to get the dog from Sochi to an international airport, so it's likely the whole relocation would involve a few people and cost several hundred dollars, at least.

This process can't be completed overnight and there are several considerations at play, including whether or not the dog is crate-trained. Again, this may not be a realistic choice for everyone, but if you have questions about anything, feel free to ask!

Good News Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, several Olympic athletes have decided to adopt dogs they met in Sochi. Read more about it here.

Have you made a donation to help the stray dogs of Sochi? Has this story inspired you to help homeless dogs in your own area? Tell us what you think.


Stray dogs wrestle outside the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Dog Travel from Italy to the United States

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carole
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cane Corso (110 lb.)
From: Sicily, Italy
To: Atlanta, GA


Dear PetRelocation,

I need cost estimate, where to buy a large pet kennel for the flight, any special paperwork that's required, etc. I already know about getting the Health Certificate from an authorized Italian vet, and the CDC said they don't require any special papers, but I don't know things like, if it's better to fly the pet via Delta, Alitalia, etc. or are there special pet transporters?

My son has been in Sicily for 11 years and is returning to the US. He asked me to find out how to transport his dog.




Hi Carole,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The US requires that you have an international health certificate and proof that pets are up to date on the rabies vaccine.

You can review this information about choosing the correct travel crate, as well. Many people visit a pet store to "try on" the travel crate before they buy and then buy the crate there or, if no pet stores are available to your son, he can buy one online. It sounds like his dog may need a custom crate (we have information about custom crates that you'll find through the above mentioned link, and if you have questions we can tell you more).

The price of our door-to-door services depends on a several factors, but in general international moves begin at around $2,500-$3,000 USD. If you'd like to continue to research your options, another great resource for pet travel information and finding local pet agents yourself is IPATA.org.

Finally, in terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly airline. We often use KLM, Lufthansa and United due to their established pet policies. Since you're flying a large dog, it will also be important to check with the airline ahead of time to make sure the cargo space in the plane will be able to accommodate the crate.

This is a lot of information, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about anything, including our comprehensive services. Thanks again, and we hope to hear from you soon.


Dog Travel to The Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marcus
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Akita
From: England
To: Dominican Republic


Dear PetRelocation,

Do I need an import certificate for this move? Once I have this info then I can proceed to the vet for a full vaccination, including rabies jab. I am applying for the export travel certificate, too.




Hi Marcus,

To move your dog to the Dominican Republic you'll need a health certificate signed by your vet and proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine should be administered at least 30 days before your day of departure, and the health certificate should be issued not more than 15 days before departure. Here is more information about moving pets to the Dominican Republic.

We recommend taking the time to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also want to make sure your travel crate is airline approved. Here is more information about how to choose the right travel crate for your dog.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. Good luck with your trip!



Dog Travel to Costa Rica

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maxi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shepard Mix
From: San Diego, CA
To: Costa Rica


Dear PetRelocation,

What forms/certificates do I need to get my dog to Costa Rica?

Thank you,



Hi Maxi,

Thanks for contacting us. Take a look at the pet import requirements for Costa Rica as outlined by the USDA. Among other things, you'll need to have your dog vaccinated against rabies and you'll need to fill out the APHIS 7001.

We recommend flying with a pet friendly airline and working with your dog beforehand to make sure he/she is comfortable in the travel crate. You can find lots of general information and answers to frequently asked pet travel questions on our blog, and if you have more questions or would like to receive an estimate for our services, you can fill out our quote form.

Hope this helps! We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck with everything.

How to Take a Dog Friendly Road Trip

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rebeca
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier mixed with a Chihuahua
From: California
To: Arizona


Dear PetRelocation,

What is necessary to bring my dog to Arizona by car? How long can my dog stay in Arizona with all the required info?




Hi Rebeca,

Good questions! Travel by car within the United States isn't nearly as strict as international travel, but it's smart to prepare for any challenges or rules that you may encounter.

Primarily we recommend that your dog is up to date on the rabies vaccine and you have proof that this is the case (either with tags or vet paperwork or both). Rabies laws vary from state to state, but in general you should always make sure your dog is current on all major vaccines when you travel (and if they are you can stay as long as you need to).

A microchip will not be required for your trip but we do recommend one. When you're on the road it's best to be prepared for anything, so in addition to bringing plenty of supplies, an extra leash, a first aid kit and a sturdy travel crate, it's a good idea to double check that your contact information is up to date on your dog's tags and, if you do have a microchip, the data is correct.

Here are a few more tips for a dog road trip. Hope this helps, and good luck with everything!


Pet Client Story: Buster & Milo's Move to China

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We love hearing updates from recent clients! Here's one from Chris, who just moved with his dogs Buster and Milo...


Dear PetRelocation,

In the beginning of 2014 my family, including our two beloved King Charles cavaliers, were relocated to Shanghai, China from Connecticut.

Upon learning of this corporate transfer, one of my greatest anxieties surrounded the travel of my dogs. Beyond the amazing amount of paper work, I feared how the dogs would handle the very long journey and how the dogs would be cared for along the way.

PetRelocation provided us door-to-door service and all logistical paperwork and planning. They reassured me through every step in the process and I never doubted that all the logistics would be handled and the dogs would be safe, happy and well cared for during the journey.

At the suggestion of our agent, over a month before the travel date I got the dogs used to the travel crates they were to be shipped in. They moved from sleeping in the bed with us to sleeping in the crates at night. I also made a point to drive them around in my car in the crates. By the time they left I am pretty sure they enjoyed the crates, frequently sleeping in them during the day. I think this step helped a lot.

On the day they arrived in China, my expectations were to have two traumatized dogs, tails tucked between their legs, needing lots of love. Instead the pups arrived with tails wagging as though nothing had happened. I credit this to the amazing care they were given during the long journey.

I can't thank PetRelocation enough and only wish I worried slightly less about their relocation. 




Pet Travel Facts: Addressing Air Travel Safety Concerns

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Though we have arranged thousands of safe pet moves over the years, we here at PetRelocation still understand that the process of relocating a pet can be very stressful. Trusting others to take good care of your pets isn't easy, and we often receive questions about airlines in particular.

One concerned pet owner recently wrote us an email that we thought was worth discussing. In essence, she worried about recent news stories telling of pet deaths on airlines, and she wondered how she could ever feel comfortable facing the possibility of international travel with her dog in the future. 

Specifically this pet owner asks, "How can people truly know that their dogs will be safe and comfortable during a flight?"

This is a great question. In the past we have discussed how to minimize the risks of pet travel and we continue to stand by a few basic bits of advice. It's important to plan well and plan early, talk to your vet about any health concerns you may have, take extra caution with snub-nosed breeds, choose a large, well-ventilated travel crate, and of course, consider enlisting expert help.

Even pet owners who take the process seriously and follow the above advice may still feel nervous, and we totally understand that. There are no guarantees in life, and the fact remains that there is some amount of risk involved in pet travel, human travel, and just about everything else we do.

We respect people who decide not to fly their pets, but if a permanent or long-term move exists on your horizon and you can't imagine leaving your furry family member behind, here are a few more things to remember.


  • In the year 2011, United flew more than 110,000 pets and reported two deaths (that's an incident rate of 0.00180 percent). Alaska Airlines flies more than 80,000 pets per year and in 2011 reported seven overall incidents and four pet deaths (incident rate = 0.00875 percent). This is not to diminish the heartbreaking events that do occur, but when considering pet travel it's important to remember that, by far, most pets fly safely. (Source: 'Few Pets Experience Trouble on Airlines' via Air Cargo World)


  • Pet deaths associated with United always make the news due to the PetSafe program’s policies, but these instances actually occur more often with other airlines. United is the only airline who has worked for years to develop safe pet practices, and many experienced pet owners and pet relocation companies choose to fly with them regularly for this reason.


  • We know through our communications with top PetSafe officials that situations that are a direct violation of United’s PetSafe protocols are thoroughly addressed. They, like us and like you, want pet travel to be as safe as possible.


  • The USDA investigates every commercial pet death on US soil to determine who is responsible. The USDA has the power to impose massive fines, as well as to prevent an airline from transporting pets should they decide it is warranted.


  • Pet relocation companies like ours are typically more demanding when it comes to safety and comfort, and our feedback can be important. We are sure to make our voices heard when it comes to setting standards for our pet moves, and hopefully this carries over to benefit all pet travelers. 


Hopefully these details make it easier to form a bigger and more accurate picture of pet cargo travel as a whole. While it may not be realistic to make a 100% guarantee when it comes to pet travel, there are certainly ways to plan every step as safely as possible using all the resources and expert knowledge available.

Please contact us if you'd like to discuss your pet move with an experienced PetRelocation consultant. We'd be happy to talk!


Photo: Flickr/Vox Efx



Dog Travel to Canada

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Heather
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Thailand
To: Canada

Hi There,
I was wondering what exactly I have to do to bring my dog from Thailand to Canada.




Hi Heather,

Thanks for your question. It's wise to start planning an international pet move well in advance, as meeting all the requirements can take a little bit of time.

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to get started. You will need to make sure your dog is up to date on the appropriate vaccines and has an International Health Certificate that has been issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

We recommend making the effort to choose a pet friendly airline and working with your dog to make sure he is comfortable spending time inside the travel crate. This may take a few weeks of advance preparation if he's not used to traveling, but the results are well worth the energy put into it.

Please feel free to peruse our blog for more information and tips about pet travel, and if you think you'd like some assistance with your move, contact us for a free quote.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us, and good luck with your pet relocation.

"Should I Sedate my Dog during Travel?"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Patricia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Philadelphia, US
To: Puerto Rico

Dear PetRelocation,

We are traveling soon and our dog has never been crated. What are your suggestions? Do you recommended giving him a mild sedative?




Hi Patricia,

Thanks for your question. For pets who have never traveled before, it can seem pretty overwhelming to think about how they'll do inside a crate for several hours. With the proper planning, however, pets with all kinds of backgrounds and experiences are able to fly safely every day.

First, you'll want to help your dog get used to the travel crate by slowly introducing it to him one piece at a time (first just the bottom, then add the top, then the door, etc.). Place blankets, toys and treats inside the crate to make it an appealing place, and keep it out in a common area of your your home so he sees it often. When you've made it this far, start to practice leaving him inside it for increasing amounts of time.

Over time this should make the crate feel like a normal part of his life, and by the time you have to travel it shouldn't be too stressful. Note that we do not recommend sedatives, and in fact airlines will not accept a pet who has been sedated. Sedation can dangerously affect a pet's ability to breathe and function normally, so crate training in advance is the very best way to go about it.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck with your travels!


Traveling by Air with a Husky

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Doris
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Siberian Husky
From: Israel
To: USA (near Washington, DC)


Dear PetRelocation,

What's involved in moving a two-year-old Husky from Tel Aviv to the United States?

If he has his rabies, what other shots are needed? Does he need to be quarantined when he gets to the USA or can he come straight to the house? What does all this cost?




Hi Doris,

Thanks for your questions! Moving your Husky will necessitate meeting these pet import requirements for the United States. Good news: there is currently no quarantine.

To travel smoothly, you will need to have proof that he's up to date with the rabies vaccine and will also need an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure. We recommend taking the time to choose a pet friendly airline and making sure your dog is accustomed to being in a travel crate (we recently answered another question about crate training dogs before travel).

If you'd like some assistance and are interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. PetRelocation's international services generally begin at around $2500 USD, but we'd need a few more details from you to offer a more precise quote. If you're interested in handling the move independently, we suggest searching for local agents using IPATA.org.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything.

2013 in Review: 10 Memorable PetRelocation Moments

Thursday, December 26, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

Not only did we notice several emerging pet travel trends and interesting stories in 2013, we had our fair share of notable events as a company, too. From professional achievements to lighter moments, it was an eventful year all around.

If you want to know more about the people of PetRelocation and what some of our favorite memories were, take a look at these fun highlights.

1. We celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day, of course. We're firm believers that pets make a great addition to the workplace. That being said, it's important to have a few simple rules in place to help keep things under control.

2. Pet Moves by the numbers: Top breeds moved by PetRelocation. We stopped to take a look at which species and breeds are most commonly relocated by our company.

3. We hosted a Yappy Hour during SXSW. Austin turns into one big party every March, and in 2013 we decided to join the fun and raise some money for a good cause by throwing a shindig of our own.

4. PetRelocation makes the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. The pet industry is growing rapidly and we are, too. Once again this year, we had the honor of being recognized by Inc. Magazine as a quickly growing company. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

5. Meet the "dogglegangers" of PetRelocation. Do you kind of look like your pet? Some of us here at PetRelocation certainly do...

6. Awesome dog video: Rossie is reunited with her family. This is just one example of the many heartwarming reunions we arranged this year. This is what it's all about, no doubt.

7. PetRelocation was featured in the Austin American-Statesman. Our local paper wrote a business profile about the history of our company and where we're headed.

8. PetRelocation ranked #39 on the ICIC list of fastest growing inner city businesses. It's fun being a globally-oriented company but we do love being headquartered in downtown Austin.

9. We were introduced to the most stylish cat travel crates we've ever seen! Our clients can be pretty cool people -- just take a look at how this cat lover brightened up the travel process with some color and creativity.

10. PetRelocation Trivia. What better way to use the specialized world pet travel info we have in our brains than for a little friendly competition?


Stryker, one of our office pups.

Air Travel with a Pug

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Felipe
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Stockholm, Sweden
To: San Francisco, CA, USA


I'm considering the possibility of relocating to San Francisco, CA in 2014, but one of my main concerns right now is that I have a pug and I would never leave him behind.

From my previous research I found out that it can be really problematic to take dogs with flat noses in airplanes, specially in such a long journey.

Have you guys ever done such a thing? Is it possible to do it with no risk? How can it be done?

Thank you very much!



Hi Felipe,

Thanks for your questions! Traveling with snub-nosed pets isn't necessarily impossible, but it does require extra care and attention to detail. We've helped many pugs and other brachycephalic breeds relocate and would be happy to offer some advice.

Please start by reading over these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as a few tips for flying with a snub-nosed dog. You will need to do some airline research if you decide to go forward, as many carriers have restrictions when it comes to flying certain breeds and flying pets during times of extreme temperature.

It's very important to choose a pet friendly airline, and you'll also need to have a travel crate that's large enough to allow plenty of good airflow. Of course, it helps to talk about all of this with your vet, as well.

We would be happy to further discuss your options with you, Felipe. Please feel free to fill out our quote form or give our office a call to learn more about how to move your pug safely. You're also welcome to peruse our blog for stories about snub-nosed breeds who have traveled all over the world (you can start with Coco, Simba and Virgo's story.)

Thanks again, and good luck with everything!


Dog and Cat Travel to New Zealand

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Erika
Number of Pets: 6
Pet Type: Five dogs and one cat
Pet Breed: Chihuahuas & American Bobtail
From: Midland, Texas, United States
To: Auckland, New Zealand

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm really confused about moving all of my animals to New Zealand. Is there a certain number of animals that I can move? Do I have to wait a certain number of days after all shots before importing them? Really desperate for help!!




Hi Erika,

Here's a good resource for you to check out: it's the official government guide to bringing cats and dogs into New Zealand. Since there are several steps (vaccinations, documents to secure, etc.), it's important to set up a timeline and follow it closely.

You will also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets and check with the airline about any restrictions they may have. It's likely that, since you have so many pets, they will end up traveling on a couple of different flights. Keep in mind: for most of the pet relocations we arrange, pet owners and pets fly separately (and that's just fine).

If you'd like to find out about the services we offer, please fill out our free quote form. Hopefully these links help to get you started... Be sure to let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything!


United States Pet Travel Rules

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Robb
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dalmatian
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
To: Crossville, TN

Dear PetRelocation,

Are there any special fees for the dog traveling by air through cities like St. Louis, and are there any special vaccinations (shots) other than normal rabies/parvo, etc?




Hi Robb,

Thanks for your question. Domestic pet travel isn't nearly as complicated as traveling with pets internationally, but it's still a good idea to allow some time for planning and to make sure you have everything you need.

To go from Utah to Tennessee, your dog will need a vet health certificate issued within 10 days of departure stating she's fit to fly, and you'll also need to show that she's up to date on her rabies vaccine. Here's link with the information you'll need about traveling with your dog to Tennessee.

Beyond that, you can contact the airline you're using to find out about their pet travel rules and fees, secure the correct travel crate, and then you should be good to go. Please contact us if you have any remaining questions, though, and if you're interested in our door-to-door services you can fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again, and have a great trip.


Dog Travel to Canada

Monday, December 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Aissa
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Terrier Mix
From: Philippines
To: Canada

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the documents that I need to have or secure if I want to bring my pet dog with me from the Philippines to Canada?




Hi Aissa,

Moving pets to Canada means following these pet import requirements. In addition to the documents listed, your dog should have proof that a rabies vaccine has been administered at least 30 days before departure (but not more than one year). We also recommend a microchip, thought this is not explicitly required.

We also suggest taking the time to choose a pet friendly airline and helping your dog get used to the travel crate in the days and weeks before the flight. Acclimation helps pets experience a less stressful transition overall.

If you have any more questions about your upcoming pet relocation, feel free to contact us for a quote for our services. Hopefully this helps you along your way -- good luck with everything!

Traveling with a Special Needs Dog: Scooter's Story

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Relocating a healthy pet can take quite a bit of time and effort, so imagine the stress the caretaker of a special needs pet might feel at the beginning of a move.

We've helped to relocate older pets and have assisted a few with minor health concerns, but until recently PetRelocation had never had the chance to meet a dog like Scooter. Born with only two legs, Scooter was blessed to find his way to a loving home as a puppy and last month moved with his family to Malaysia.

Scooter's owner Kim was kind enough to share the story of moving Scooter and their other dog Harley from Texas to Malaysia, and she offers some excellent info about crate training, quarantine, and dealing with the stress of a move. It's a great read for anyone planning to travel with a pet!

Tell us a little bit about Scooter.

He was born from a litter of three puppies, and two out of the three were born with no front legs. My Aunt Sharon, a breeder, informed me about Scooter and his special needs and I told her that I would take him. She agreed to let me have him knowing I would give him the best care. So we took him in and he joined our family with our other hairless, Harley.

The first few months were difficult. Scooter was so tiny and could not move. His back legs were like rubber. In time, after working with him and using popcorn to entice him, he began moving. Soon he would be hopping like a bunny rabbit and walking on his back legs. He grew into a wonderfully happy and healthy guy. Now he is loved everywhere we go and he gets lots of attention.

What were your initial concerns about moving Scooter?

My husband took a job overseas in Malaysia. We were here before a few years back and left the dogs at home. It was heartbreaking for me and I missed them terribly, so this time around I refused to go without my babies. I began to do some research and found PetRelocation online. After speaking with Cara and Tyler I decided I would go for it.

I had a lot of reservations and anxiety, as Malaysia is not a very dog friendly country. As time got closer I became more and more apprehensive about the whole thing. I had fears about the long flight, and wondered if Scooter would be okay. I guess my biggest fear was that since Scooter was special needs they would think he was sick and take him away. Tyler reassured me this was not the case. I have to admit that in the back of my mind It was still a big concern for me.



What would you say to someone who was getting ready to move a special needs pet?

If you have a special needs pet, do not let that stop you from taking them with you. They are part of the family and you shouldn't leave them behind because of this. Start making the preparations for them early on. PetRelocation will definitely help in making sure you have what you need for your babies.

Tyler called the quarantine ahead of time and let them know about Scooter, so they were expecting him. I highly recommend taking your pet in cabin if you can. There are about three airlines that allow you to take your pet in cabin internationally if they are small. I also started early with using the kennels for the dogs. I went out and bought the kennel that I would be using for them to travel in. At first it wasn't an easy process -- I started putting them in for a couple of minutes and worked my way up to a few hours. I left the kennels open, and before long the dogs would go in there on their own to sleep during the day.

I HIGHLY recommend starting this process early. Take pee pads and pet snacks on the flight. Put pee pads in the kennel in case of an accident. We did have one so it was good we were prepared.

What was the biggest surprise you encountered during this process?

I guess the biggest surprise for me was how well the dogs did on the trip. I worried myself sick about how they would do on the long flight. The actual flying time was about 24 hours and three different flights, so including the 12 hour layover in Frankfurt and Thailand it ended up being about 40 hours of travel time.

They did really well, though. On the flight they whined very little. When they would get a little loud I would take the kennel to the bathroom and take them out and hold them and offer them a pee pad. I am very proud of them and I was truly surprised at how great they did. No one even knew they were there under the seat. They traveled like they had done it 100 times before, not like this was their very first time to ever be on an airplane.

I have to give a shout out to Lufthansa airlines. When I checked in at the airport with the dogs they were very nice and friendly. The agent had me take the dogs out so she could see them and hold them. They all went nuts over the dogs. I told her I was terrified to fly with them and it was their first time. She reassured me that I should never be afraid to fly with a pet on their airlines. I told her I was afraid they would bark and whine. She said if they do no one will hear them because of the sound of the engine. She was right!



Can you tell us about the arrival and quarantine processes?

Well when we finally arrived in Malaysia 40 hours later, we were all exhausted. I had to go check the dogs into immigration at the baggage claim. The lady at the pet immigration desk was not very friendly. I gave her all my paper work and signed them off. It was VERY difficult to walk away from my babies and leave them in the hands of a stranger.

As I went to my house that night I cried all the way. I could not sleep that night worrying about them. First thing the next morning, I took the one hour ride to quarantine to see my babies. Do not forget to take your passport! I checked in and they told me where the dogs were located. I took the long walk to where they were and was truly relieved when there were my two babies looking out their screen door at me. My heart was overjoyed that they were there and alive and well, and they were just as happy to see me.

The quarantine room they stayed in was big. I went to see them every day except one day. It was very hard walking away from them and leaving them there. The whines and barks always tugged at my heart. The truth is that a week is not bad at all. The quarantine place was pretty good; their room was always clean when I went to see them and they always had a full dish of clean fresh water and food. They took care of their basic needs.

I highly recommend going to see your pets as much as possible if you are able to. Everyone knew who Scooter was. I ran into one of the workers one day, and she told me that when Scooter first came she laid him on a towel and put the food and water right by him. When she came back later to check on him he was in a different spot. She was shocked to know he could move! I thought that was pretty funny. Scooter has no problem getting around for sure :). Although a little scary for us, I want to reassure you that the quarantine will care for your pet. Not like we would, but they will meet their basic needs.



I was ecstatic the day the boys came home. They are now doing well here in Malaysia and they have adjusted very well to life in a condo. The condo we live in is mostly Japanese; they love dogs and there are lots of dogs here in our condo. I have made many friends here because of the dogs.

Scooter is still the talk of the town. Poor Harley gets left in the cold, LOL. I miss the days of putting the dogs in the car and going here and there -- things are different here for sure. There are some nice doggie hotels to leave them when we travel, though.

Overall I have to say our experience was mostly a positive one. I am thrilled to have my boys here with me and I would do it all over again. Thank you PetRelocation, and I want to give a shout out to Tyler and Cara for making this all possible and making it a pretty smooth transition. I'm happy to have my WHOLE family here together at last.

Chihuahua Travel to Peru

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Diana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Estonia
To: Peru



I need to move my dog to Peru. Do I need to have a rabies certificate, or is it enough to just have a vet certificate?

Best regards,


Hi Diana,

Thanks for the question. These are the pet import requirements for Peru. Your dog will need a microchip, full vaccines (including rabies), and an international health certificate. These documents need to be endorsed by local authorities.

You will also need to spend time choosing a pet friendly airline and picking out a travel crate that's the right size for your dog (and airline approved). If you have questions about any part of this process, please peruse the PetRelocation blog for guidance or contact our office for a free quote if you think you'd like some assistance.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Thanks again for your message, and good luck with everything!

Flying with a Dog within the United States

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: New York
To: California


Dear PetRelocation,

How much would it cost for my dog to move from New York to California? How long will it take and what are some of the requirements I need for him?




Hi Megan,

Thank you for your message, we'd be happy to help. Transporting pets domestically is pretty straightforward; essentially you need your dog to be up to date on his rabies vaccine and also have a vet health certificate stating he is fit to fly (this is required by the airline).

Find out more about what goes into moving pets domestically here. The costs will depend on a few factors, and we'd be happy to talk to you about all the details.

You also need to buy the correct airline-approved travel crate and double check the airline rules to be sure you're in compliance. Please take a look at our blog for more info about pet travel -- many people begin with lots of questions but soon find that their concerns are easily cleared up.

Just let us know if you have more questions about our services, and feel free to check us out on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the latest.  Thanks again, and we hope to hear from you soon!


Cat Travel to Angola -- Is It Possible?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Teresa
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Mix
From: CA, USA
To: Luanda, Angola, Africa

Dear PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to prepare my pets for international travel? Can cats move to Angola?




Hi Teresa,

We'd be happy to offer some information. Moving pets to Africa does require quite a bit of research and careful preparation, but it's not impossible. We actually just recently moved a dog and a cat from Canada to Angola, so we know it can be done!

Your cats will need to be up to date on their rabies vaccines and will need a veterinary health certificate stating they are fit to fly. You can find more details about moving pets to Angola here.

It's also important to choose a pet friendly airline and secure travel crates that are airline-approved. If your cats need help getting used to their crates, take a look at our tips for crate-training cats.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you think you'd like some assistance and are interested in our services, give our office a call or fill out our free quote form at your convenience. We hope to hear from you soon, and either way, good luck with everything!


Pet Travel to the United States

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicolle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Panama

Dear PetRelocation,

I am moving from Panama to the USA (Louisiana) and traveling with my pet in cabin. What are the requirements for my pet to enter the country and the state of Louisiana without any issues and without having to put her in quarantine? Will there be any fees?




Hi Nicolle,

Thanks for the question. You can start planning your trip by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. If you follow them correctly there won't be a quarantine, and primarily you'll just need to focus on making sure your dog is up to date on her rabies vaccine and has a health certificate from your vet.

As far as fees, contact the airline you'll be using to find out what they will charge to bring your dog on board, and keep in mind those vet fees that go along with the requirements mentioned above. If you decide to hire a service like PetRelocation to help with customs clearance and door-to-door delivery, it will be more expensive. You can fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about that.

Hope this helps! The United States isn't as strict as many other countries when it comes to bringing pets in, so as long as you cover these basics, meet all airline requirements and secure the correct travel crate, you should be ready to go.

Let us know if you have more questions, and have a great trip!