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Incredible Experiences: Magnolia's Big Move

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Chelsea
Company: ION Geophysical
Pet's Name: Magnolia
From: Houston, Texas
To: London, UK
 

When my husband was offered a position in the UK, we were thrilled but also slightly worried about the logistics of moving our sweet Magnolia. Being a Boxer with a short little snout, we were concerned about her long journey and how to properly prep her for travel.

Thankfully, after a few days of endless online research we decided to proceed with PetRelocation and we are so glad we did! Maegan and Linda were part of our "team" and we are so thankful for them. The stress of relocating internationally is a job on its own, but when you add a dog to the mix it elevates the stress to a whole new level.

We felt so at ease with the process and never once did we worry about our sweet pup throughout this whole ordeal. The team was professional, courteous, and a joy to work with. We will absolutely be using their service again when we move back to the states!

P.S. Magnolia is doing great and loving this cool London weather!



Sweet Magnolia

Incredible Experiences: "Sam Travels Across The Pond"

Monday, March 9, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Kieron
Pet's Name: Sam
From: Kansas City
To: London, UK
 

PetRelocation offered a comprehensive service that was clear after researching other pet travel agencies. Heather and Anna were very informative, which made trusting them with Sam an obvious choice. The move day went smoothly, and with Anna's regular communication at each step the process was stress-less for us!

Sam is settling into his new home in London and gradually getting to know his two new dog-brothers... might take a bit longer than expected!

We would highly recommend PetRelocation's friendly and thorough service over and above any other agency.

 

Sam

Sam in London

Dog Travel to Canada from the United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Ann
From: UK
To: Toronto, Canada
Pet: Mordecai: Pug/Shepherd mix (Approx, 37lbs, 3 1/2 years old)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
My daughter and her dog left Canada two years ago for Edinburgh, Scotland to go to the university there. Mordecai went through all the requirements for him to travel to the UK from Canada.
 
They now are moving back to Canada in June and I would like to know what the dog needs to come back into Canada. My daughter has a Canadian and a British passport. He is healthy.
 
Thanks,
Ann
 
Hi Ann,
 
We'd be happy to offer some guidance. For the most accurate information, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada via the official Canada government website. As you'll see, Mordecai will need a rabies vaccination certificate or a European Union pet passport outlining all the required information.
 
In addition to these key elements, we suggest choosing a pet-friendly airline (you can read more pet travel essentials on our blog for guidance). Since your daughter and Mordecai have traveled before and probably learned a lot from the experience, hopefully this will be a pretty smooth trip for them!
 
If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our online consultation form. Either way, good luck to them and thanks for reaching out!
 

Q&A: Exporting Pets from Singapore

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Angela
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Working Cocker Spaniel
From: Singapore
To: Charlotte, NC, United States

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How easy is it to move my dog from here in Singapore to Charlotte in the United States? How long does it take? What will he require in terms of paperwork, vet checks and vaccinations, etc.?

He was originally born in the UK and moved to the Netherlands after 18 months, had a pet passport and traveled via the car across the water. He then moved again after 12 months to here in Singapore and required a flight, more paperwork etc.

He is now 5 years old and also had a metal plate inserted into his knee about 8 months ago.

Thank you kindly,
Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for your question! Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. We typically recommend starting to prepare at least 30 days in advance, as you'll need to gather a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

We also recommend helping your dog to become acclimated to the travel crate if he's not already. The fact that he has a metal plate in his knee should not cause a problem, but either way we highly suggest discussing any concerns you have with your vet.

Finally, choosing a pet-friendly airline is an important part of the process, as well. We often use KLM, United, British Airways and Lufthansa, for example, as these carriers have established pet procedures and place a high priority on safety and comfort.

Please let us know if you think you'd like some help organizing your move; one of our Specialists would be happy to discuss your relocation options with you.

Hope this helps, good luck!

UK Dog Travel from 'Unlisted' Countries

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Mrs. Hutson
From: Koh Samui, Thailand
To: London Heathrow
Pet: Bobbi (7-month-old mix breed)

Dear PetRelocation,

We rescued a street pup in Koh Samui, Thailand and put him with a lovely local sanctuary. Now we want to bring him home to England. Where do we start?

We are willing to accompany Bobbi from Bangkok. We just need help on how to start as we don't expect the sanctuary to run around for us (they are a busy place).

Thanks,

Mrs. Hutson

 

Hello,

Thanks for contacting us! To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK. Since Thailand is an "unlisted" country, you'll need to follow those rules as prescribed during a process that will likely take at least three months.

It sounds like you will need to enlist some help if you plan to start the preparation process while Bobbi is still in Koh Samui (the three month waiting period begins when the blood test is taken, which must be done after the rabies vaccine is administered and the microchip is implanted). If you don't have anyone in mind, know that pet owners sometimes use IPATA.org to locate local agents to assist with pre-export paperwork, transportation to the airport, etc.

If you still have questions after reading the information found in the link above and would like to find out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to contact us. We also recommend reading over this basic pet travel information for tips and advice. Hope this helps to get you started, and we hope to hear from you soon!
 

Pet Travel Rules: Moving Pets to Scotland

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Krystle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bichon Frise
From: United States
To: Scotland

 

Hi,

I was hoping to get a detailed list of the export requirements from the USA and import requirements of Scotland. I'm considering using your services and I just want to know exactly what all of the requirements are.

Thank you,
Krystle
 

 

Hi Krystle,

Sure, we'd be happy to point you in the right direction. The USDA is a good source of official information; take a look here for an overview of pet import requirements to the UK (including a link to the new health certificate). As of December 2014, pet import rules to the UK have changed a bit -- please read more about those EU Pet Travel Scheme changes on our blog.

In addition to meeting these paperwork and vaccine requirements, you'll also want to prepare your dog for travel by helping him/her with travel crate acclimation. Choosing a pet-friendly airline and acquainting yourself with all travel procedures is also important. To dive deeper, please read over these frequently asked pet travel questions.

If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services and speak to a Specialist about your move options, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form at your convenience or give our office a call. We've helped many pets move to Scotland (including Bella, for example) and would be happy to help with your dog's move, as well.

Hope this helps to get you started! Please let us know if/when we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 

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!

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!

Year in Review: Incredible Experiences of 2014 (Part 1)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

It was another fast and busy year here at PetRelocation, and we feel lucky that we had the chance to meet so many amazing pets and pet parents!

For a glimpse of what we've been up to in 2014, take a look at some of the Incredible Experiences -- specifically the Pet Moves of the Month -- that we featured during the first half of the year. (And stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.) Enjoy!

 

January: Zap & Guida

These two adorable fluffballs moved from Brazil to San Diego, and they helped us kick off the year with a great story and the cute reunion video above. Read more about their move here.

 

dottie

February: Dottie

Next up is Dottie, a cute Papillon who moved from Atlanta to Dubai with her family. It was a long trip, but thanks to smart planning that included a comfort stop at the KLM pet hotel in Amsterdam, Dottie did just fine and had plenty of energy upon her arrival. Here's the whole story

 

 

charlie

March: Charlie

This well-accessorized pup moved from the US to Hong Kong and immediately started having lots of fun adventures (we hear he loves meeting new people and chasing bubbles when the opportunity arises). Read all about his new life overseas!

 

 

sam & gretchen

April: Sam & Gretchen

Big dogs often need to travel, too, as was proven by Sam and Gretchen earlier this year. These Weimaraner BFFs went from Texas to Saudi Arabia and did a great job adjusting to their new surroundings

 

 

geoff & holly

May: Geoff & Holly

Here's another dynamic duo that we all became pretty smitten with: Holly and Geoff. These snub-nosed pals moved from New Jersey to the UK via Frankfurt, and upon arrival their owner says they seem pretty cool with the whole experience. Read more about these special clients!

 

 

alfie

June: Alfie, Halo & Louis

These three pups left our hometown of Austin to escape the mean Texas summer for cooler temperatures in England. (We understand.) Find out how they're doing post-move. Hint: their owner uses the word "joyous" to describe them.

 

Ready for more pet reunion stories? Here is Part 2 of our 2014 Year in Review Pet Move of the Month series. Bonus: if you'd care to check out the highlights of 2013, here is Part 1 and Part 2.

As always, if you have any questions about organizing an upcoming pet relocation, please contact us.

Not Your Average Pet Travel Question: International Hamster Travel

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Janice
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Syrian
From: Israel
To: UK

Hi PetRelocation,

Do I need any special paperwork to transport a little hamster from Israel to the UK? I am traveling on Wednesday and today is Monday. At the very last minute I would like to give my sister's hamster a new home, as she is struggling to take care of him properly and I would love to take him back to the UK with me.

I know that from the EU no special quarantine is required but what about Israel? Also would there be a large cost? Would the hamster be able to travel in the cabin with me in a small carry box? I am flying with EasyJet. Would it be very pricey? Would it be very stressful for him?

Many thanks,

Janice
 

Hi Janice,

Thanks for contacting us! You'll want to check with UK's official government website to find out about pet import rules. Per this site, it appears that hamsters coming from Israel must must undergo a four month quarantine under the Rabies (Dogs, Cats and other Mammals) Order 1974 and also need an import license. Read more about the process here

If moving forward, you would also want to check with the airline directly to find out about their rules regarding the transport of small animals (every airline is different), and you should check with the Israel Department of Agriculture to find out about export permits, procedures, etc.

As you can see, it sounds like moving a hamster to the UK wouldn't be an easy task (especially in such a short time frame). You're welcome to contact us for more info or use IPATA.org to seek out an alternate opinion, however. 

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

Summer Pet Travel: It's Not Too Early to Start Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Linda
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Beagle and a English Cocker Spaniel
From: London, UK
To: Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We may be relocating around June or July in 2015. Will my dogs be able to fly to Arizona during those months?

Thanks,

Linda

 

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your question! Summer pet travel is definitely an important topic, and it's crucial to educate yourself about the conditions and caveats well in advance.

Since this trip is still several months away and most airlines adjust their summer pet policies at least a little bit from year to year, it's too early to give you a definitive answer. That being said, we can point you in the right direction and tell you where to find the information you need.

Here are some details about summer airline embargoes from last summer, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Since your dogs are not snub-nosed breeds you probably won't face quite as many restrictions, however in the past British Airways (the airline you might be leaning towards using) has implemented flight restrictions for PHX during the summer. Many pet owners end up sending their pets earlier or later than originally planned in order to avoid embargoes like this and keep their pets safe. It may not fit your schedule ideally, but it's an option you may need to consider.

United is another one of our preferred airline carriers for pets all year round because they have solid pet-friendly policies. Even if it's hot, temperature shouldn't be a huge factor because pets are transported to the plane in an air-conditioned vehicle, given plenty of water, etc. Since pet safety is a priority, though, occasional embargoes are enacted.

We recommend checking in with the airlines directly to find out if they have any tips or predictions for you about this summer, and you can always keep an eye on pet travel blogs (like ours!) as your departure draws nearer so that you receive any updates that may be available.

Finally here, are a few safety tips for pets traveling in the summer as well as a link to our consultation page, which you can fill out if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything!

Understanding the New EU Pet Import Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Georgina
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: 2 dogs and a cat
Pet Breed: Rottweiler, Border Collie & Staffordshire Terrier, Norwegian Forest Cat
From: Canada
To: England

 

Hi PetRelocation,

What do I need to do to prepare my animals to be relocated with me to England? Could you please send me the current requirements, as I don't want my animals to have to deal with being in quarantine.

Thanks,

Georgina

 

Hi Georgina,

Thanks for reaching out -- there are a few upcoming changes to the UK pet import process so your questions are timely.

First, take a look at the official announcement and information regarding the changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme. Beginning in December of 2014, the rules for incoming pets will be adjusted. The primary difference involves when the pets can fly in relation to the owners (the owner must travel within five days of the pet), and a few other modifications have been made, as well.

These new rules are being closely examined by affected parties, and various pet travel companies and advocates are working hard to educate themselves and manage these new procedures. Anyone who has experience with pet travel knows that these rules could once again be adjusted, but for now it would be best to plan according to these guidelines and consult the help of experts as you move forward.

If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please complete our free quote form. You can also keep following our blog for more updates on this matter -- changes are frequent when it comes to pet travel import rules, and we do our best to keep readers updated.

Good luck and happy traveling!
 

Pet News Round-Up: Birds, Puppies & Travel Updates

Friday, September 19, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Hundreds of endangered and exotic birds live in one California woman's backyard.

Bella's trip to Scotland!

From Baywoof: Deciphering Dietary Options for Dogs.

From Dogster: An interview with Seth Casteel about his Underwater Puppies book.

Tips for traveling to the UK with an EU pet passport.

Do you like cute pet pictures? Follow us on Facebook to see lots of 'em.

 

merlin

Have a happy weekend!

Exploring The Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airports

heathrowIn order to meet the import rules of the United Kingdom, all pets entering or re-entering the country must pass through one place: the Heathrow Animal Reception Center (HARC). It can be hard to know what to expect from facilities like this, but luckily there is quite a bit of information out there if you know where to look.

To save you some time, we've compiled several details about the HARC so that families going to the UK with pets will know what to expect. Hope this helps!

First, here's the process: upon arrival at Heathrow, pets are transferred to the HARC for their vet check and customs clearance -- a process that usually takes about 2-3 hours. After the check is finished, pets are released into the care of the designated pet owner or agent, who shows a photo ID.

The Centre is open every day (even holidays), but note that at busy travel times (around the winter holidays, for example), it can take longer to clear customs.

Here are a few fun facts about the HARC:

  • Around 13,000 dogs and cats pass through the Centre ever year.
  • About 2,500 birds (mostly pets) also visit.
  • 40 dogs can be held here at once.
  • The HARC employs about 30 full-time employees.
  • The Centre can also hold large animals (like horses) and exotic species (think lions and large reptiles).
  • A waiting room with sofas, TVs and vending machines is available for families waiting for their pets.

 

Here is where the HARC is located in relation to the airport (click on the map for a better look):

 

heathrow map

 

Want to know more? Take a look at a couple of videos touring the HARC:

 

 

 

For additional information, here's a list of frequently asked questions and tips relating to the HARC, and if you like cute pet reunion pictures (who doesn't?), follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Please contact us if you have more questions about moving pets to the UK (or anywhere else), and happy traveling!

Questions about Dog Travel to Indonesia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sam
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Canada
To: Indonesia

 

Hello,

I am in need of help.... I need to understand the impact of a potential move. My dog is 7.5 years old. He is a British dog, with a British pet passport. He lived in UK, then came to Switzerland with us for 4 years, then to Canada for 2 years and now we have a potential move to Indonesia or back to the UK. He is key in our decision making. I worry about Indonesia, I worry about:

- The journey
- The quarantine
- The paperwork
- The cultural difference with regards to pets/dogs
- The return to the UK/EU in a couple of years

Please can you help me with any advice or information to aid our decision making process? This is a company move.

Thanking you so much,
Sam
 

Hi Sam,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer you some information and to help you make sense of your options. For your reference, here are the pet import requirements for Indonesia.

It sounds like travel isn't new to you, but here is some basic information about traveling with a pet -- choosing the right airline, knowing the country requirements, and helping your dog to be prepared (with exercise, crate-training and hydration) are all good ways to help plan a safe and smooth trip. We've helped move pets all over the world, and while the new country is often quite a change, we hear again and again that owners find their pets to be surprisingly resilient.

In terms of living with a dog in Indonesia, you can probably expect pet food to be more expensive and the brands available may be limited. Having pets isn't as common in Indonesia as it is in Canada or the EU, but as in much of the world, attitudes are becoming more welcoming.

Here is some advice we give to all future expats regarding pets: research housing/apartment options before you go in order to find something pet-friendly, check online forums and expat websites for current details and helpful tips, and be prepared to exercise respect and flexibility as you adapt to local customs and learn to follow the accepted pet etiquette in your new home.

For a firsthand account of moving a pet to Indonesia, please take a look at the story of Fattie the cat: we recently helped her relocate to Jakarta. We have moved several pets to Indonesia and would be happy to discuss the process with you in greater depth if you'd like. Note that, to return to the UK or another EU country, your dog will face more stringent requirements than if you were coming from a rabies-free country (but it is possible to do).

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Please contact us if you're interested in speaking to us further, and good luck with everything.

 

International Air Travel with Jack Russell Terriers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lisa
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell terriers
From: UK
To: USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I need help I am emigrating to the USA next year and really need to find out how to take my two small dogs. My new employees are happy for me to bring my dogs but I don't know what kind of certificates, etc. I will need or what type of vaccinations.

Thanks,

Lisa

 

Hi Lisa,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The good news is that, compared to many other countries, the United States has pretty simple and straightforward pet import rules. You can take a look at them here; essentially you'll need health certificates and proof of updated rabies vaccines.

If you've never traveled with pets before, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with a few basic good practices. It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline (we often use British Airways for pets going between the US and the UK), and you'll want to help your dogs grow accustomed to their travel crates if they're not already. Hydration is also key.

Please let us know if you have any further questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. We'd be happy to help you carry out your move.

Good luck with everything, and congrats on the new job!
 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Developments around the World

Friday, July 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The Delhi airport takes steps towards more pet-friendly travel.

Joanie loves Chachi -- a Pit Bull (heartwarmingly) helped an injured Chihuahua to safety.

UK news: A Pug died on a P&O ferry, inciting a petition demanding safer options for pets crossing the Channel.

Can we ever really know a cat?

Are dogs capable of jealousy?

Amsterdam is super expat-friendly.

An unscientific survey explores the question: do big cats like water?

 

pepper

Have a great weekend!

 

Pet Move of the Month: Louis, Alfie and Halo's Move to England

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

AlfieA few weeks ago we helped three dogs, Alfie, Halo and Louis, make their way from Austin, TX to Hastings, England. They were ready for a change of pace and scenery (Austin summers are pretty brutal), and their owners worked carefully with us to make sure their pups would make it safely and smoothly across the pond.

Read on for more details about this three-dog move, and thanks to their owners for sharing the story!

What brought about your move to the UK?

We were concerned at the rate Austin was growing and fell out of love with the city. In the end I really missed being in nature and felt a bit guilty that because of the heat we were really restricted about what we could do with the dogs.

 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

We looked at moving to Uruguay two years ago and went through PetRelocation then. They were amazing from the moment we made the phone call, but our move to Uruguay fell apart and happily we decided to move to the UK. I know from living there before that they are very strict with customs and laws regarding dogs, so I knew I needed help to make sure everything was in order. One mistake can cost you quarantine time and I really did not want that, so I knew from my last experience with PetRelocation that they could get the job done and I wouldn't have to stress myself stupid.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My biggest concerns were that the dogs might die during the trip. When you look on the internet there are a lot of stories about mistakes made -- dogs dehydrating, etc. Other concerns were the expense of getting them from A to B, the paperwork being in order (as I am hopeless with paperwork), knowing the order in which the treatments are given to the dogs... The list went on.

 

 

Did anything surprise you about the pet travel process?

I wasn't surprised by the process. I really was glad that the UK relaxed their laws so we could have the opportunity to bring our guys.

How did your dogs handle the transition?

The dogs have their nose to the ground from the moment we leave the house. The weather is in the 60s and they are allowed off lead in the valleys and on the beach. They really seem to be so joyous when we walk. There is much more freedom on walks with designated off and on leash spots. There are rolling hills, sea views and cold breezes. They are so tired at night, they put themselves to bed around six. Dogs are allowed everywhere in Hastings: pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, inside and out. They're with us all day and have socialized really well. I love that I am always with them.

Is Hastings a pet-friendly place to be?

There are bespoke pet shops here, handmade jackets and hats and vets on every corner, and lots of charity shops to support vets for pets. There are dog shows in the parks in the summertime for the locals, and you will see if you come here that most people have dogs.

 

 

What advice do you have for pet owners planning a move?

If you are planning a move the preparation is stressful, and you really need to research what you need and in what order. My advice is that you use a relocating company so that you can focus on getting everything else in order. But find a good one and see whether or not you like the people you are going to use.

PetRelocation for me was exceptional. Every person I dealt with gave exceptional service, and more importantly, they are good people who were able to put me at ease through all of my freak-outs.

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Excellent story! Have questions about moving pets? Please contact us.

Pit Bull Travel From the United States

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kurt
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Scottsdale, Arizona USA
To: Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I cannot find any rules for pets coming from the United States, only the UK and Euro zone. I need some direction about where to look.

Thanks,

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

Thanks for reaching out to us. The best source of information for finding pet import requirements from the United States would be the USDA. Here is a link with an overview on how to bring pets to Spain from the US.

Please look over these requirements and let us know if you'd like some help organizing your move. In addition to showing proof that your dog has been microchipped before the rabies vaccine was administered, you'll also want to book the flight with a pet friendly airline and follow their procedures regarding crate size/style, etc.

Traveling with a pit bull sometimes presents extra challenges due to breed restrictions you may encounter, so it's worth checking out the most current rules in Spain to make sure you're in compliance. The Ministry of Agriculture, local vets and shelters are sources we often suggest, as they tend to have the most up-to-date information.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know if you require further assistance, and good luck with your relocation.


 

Pet Move of the Month: Holly & Geoff's Trip to the UK

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

You may recognize Holly and Geoff from our Facebook page... These globetrotters clearly have cuteness and charm to spare, and we wanted to introduce you as soon as we started working with them on their move from New Jersey to the UK (via Frankfurt, but more about that later).

Luckily the dogs' owners agreed to answer a few questions for us when we asked if they'd like to be featured as the Pet Move of the Month, so read on to find out more about the adorable snubbies you've already caught a glimpse of. Thanks to the family for sharing their move with us!

What brought about your move to the UK?

After four years of working in New Jersey, it was time for us to return to family and friends in Manchester. Holly (a Boxer) and Geoff (a French Bulldog) are looking forward to the less extreme weather!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

Holly is returning home to the UK. She traveled with us to the US four years ago.

What were some of your initial concerns, and what surprised you about the process of traveling with snub-nosed breeds?

Initially we weren't too concerned -- with Holly being a veteran traveler we knew she would look after Geoff during his first experience of flying! However, our concerns became rather significant when we had contacted about eight airlines, only to be told that they would not carry Bulldogs!  We even looked into a cruise -- but that wasn't successful, as there was an 18 month wait list!  In came PetRelocation to the rescue....

 

 

Our minds were put at ease immediately when we were told that is was possible to get Geoff back the the UK -- but not without a hitch. We would need to fly them back within the next six weeks, before mid-May, as the only international airline which accepts Bulldogs -- Lufthansa -- will not carry them in the summer, when temperatures are above 80 degrees. 

When bringing Holly to the US we were able to fly directly from Manchester, but this time she would now be traveling in a crate too big for Manchester to handle. Holly and Geoff would have to be flown into London Heathrow, and then driven 3 1/2 hours to Manchester.

 

 

Our plans to relocate as a family at the beginning of July were turned upside down, but PetRelocation worked directly with our vet to help us every step of the way and ensured that Holly and Geoff and all their paperwork were ready in time. Holly and Geoff would have an adventure, as their route took them from Newark, New Jersey to Frankfurt, Germany -- where they would have some time for some rest and relaxation at the Pet Lounge -- then on to London Heathrow and finally arrive at their new home in Manchester 34 hours later. PetRelocation arranged the entire trip, door to door, and provided us updates throughout their journey. 

How did Holly and Geoff handle the transition?

Holly and Geoff seemed completely unphased by the whole experience! As soon as they arrived at their new home, they ate some food and stretched their legs and were ready for a long sleep. The following day, it was as if they had never been anywhere else! It was certainly a worrying time for us as parents (especially when the online cargo tracking stated "Cargo Missing" for 40 minutes!), but we were very happy with having them back with us.

Is Manchester a pet friendly place to be?

Soon after arriving, we took Holly and Geoff to their new vet for a checkup -- French Bulldogs seem to be a rare breed in Manchester, as heads turned and Geoff instantly became a talking point. He was even asked to pose for a couple of photos on his first outing! 

 

 

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

Moving pets is a stressful experience for the parents, and having the experienced people at PetRelocation certainly helped us feel confident that at least we wouldn't forget anything and would have all the right paperwork in place. We were initially going to arrange the move ourselves, until we realized that moving snub-nosed dogs is not easy.

We are so glad that we put our trust in PetRelocation to help us. We instantly knew that everyone there was focused on making the move as easy as possible and had Holly and Geoffs' welfare as their top priority.

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Good luck to Holly, Geoff and the rest of the family in Manchester! Moving a pet soon? Contact us if you're interested in talking to an expert about your options.