Dear Pet Lovers,
We've been receiving lots of inquiries about questionable pet transportation arrangements and want to remind everyone to watch out for pet scammers! If you're in contact with a company offering a free or low-cost puppy, kitten, squirrel monkey or other cute pet, and all they are asking for are "transportation costs," we suggest cutting off communication immediately.
Unfortunately, pet scammers often build websites and logos that resemble real pet transportation service providers (like us), but when you do a little research you'll soon discover that they are not legitimate. If you feel any doubts, think carefully and consider dealing locally with people you can meet, instead.
Here are a couple examples of the questions we've been receiving. If you find yourself in a similar situation, stop replying and certainly don't send them any money!
I am looking to transport a dog from Thomspon, Canada to Steinbach, MB and I was wondering what the costs would be for that?
I was also wondering if you have heard from the company Aircargo Pet Express? the reason for that is that I want to purchase a dog but the situation seems a little fishy to me since the owners of the dog say they don't want any money for him and that I would only have to cover $125 for the delivery.
Our Response: This is far too low of a fee to cover the relocation costs, and there is no such company as "Aircargo Pet Express." This is a scam!
Hello, my name is Alexander. I agreed to the delivery of two squirrel monkeys, and I received a letter from your website about my order. I wanted to check on the validity of this letter:
You are Welcome to PETS-AIR-TRANSPORT-INTERNATIONAL navigation. We thank You for using our service, and we look forward to your cooperation. We sent this message, assuming you Mr. K. of Russia. We suggest you to read this message. We recorded today, Monday, December 08, 2014, two squirrel monkeys (SOFIE and JOEL), put on Mr. Andrey Fedorov. He said he wants to send monkeys into a new house in Russia, in the name of Mr. K.. He presented all the necessary documents required to send monkeys. He gave us all the information and the address at which the monkey must be transported and delivered, in which he used to book the ticket for monkeys. Below is the full address is given to us...
Our Response: This is definitely a scam. If our company was handling a pet move, we would be in touch with the client directly. Also, you can often be tipped off that something is a scam when the grammar, punctuation and general feel of the email are imprecise and inaccurate. Again, there is no such company as "Pets-Air-Transport-International" -- those are just words strung together.
The owner states that the English bulldog puppy has all shot records, and they are requesting 50 dollars for the relocation. Is this possible from Mexico to Texas for this price?
Our Response: Fifty dollars is not nearly enough to cover the costs of a pet move from Mexico to Texas, as the airfare alone would be much more than this. This is a scam.
Please read more about pet scams in order to stay smart and informed. Good luck out there, and please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or advice for your fellow pet lovers!