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North America Pet Travel Spotlight: How to Get Started

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

North America Part One

Whether moving a pet from state to state or country to country, it's important to start with the basics. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed in the beginning stages of a pet move when you don't know what you don't know, but the more you start to learn about the process, the more empowered you'll be to make the right choices for your pet.

Based on advice from PetRelocation's domestic logistics team, our North America Pet Travel Spotlight will primarily focus on US domestic moves (moves from one...

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How to Obtain a Rabies Titer Test for Pet Transport

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Pet Travel News

Among other things, preparing for international pet travel means understanding the pet import rules for your destination country, securing an airline approved pet travel crate, and booking a flight on a pet friendly airline.

It also means making sure pets are up to date on their rabies vaccine, and in some cases -- when going to Australia, Singapore, and other rabies free countries -- a rabies titer test is also needed.

The titer test is administered 1 to 30 days after the rabies vaccine and is...

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Australia Pet Travel Spotlight: Why Does It Cost so Much to Move Pets to Australia?

Monday, October 19, 2015 by Top Pet Travel Destinations

Australia pet travel spotlight part two

After starting our Australia Pet Travel Spotlight with a look at the Australia quarantine process, we now turn to another key issue: costs. Australia tends to be more expensive than many other countries when it comes to importing pets, but the more you know up front, the more you can prepare and manage some of those expenses.

Read on to find out why Australia pet travel isn't cheap and learn a few of our tips for keeping costs lower. Want to discuss these issues in more depth with one of our...

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Choosing a Pet Safe Airline for International Cat Travel

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

We purchased tickets on Singapore Airlines thinking that we could put our cats in approved carriers in the cargo hold during the duration of our flight. Unfortunately, we've just discovered that Singapore Airlines will not transport the cats for us.

What airlines will fly cats in the cargo hold from USA to France or Germany? We're having trouble finding the answers online and we don't want to make the mistake of booking another flight where the airline will not allow the...

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Incredible Experiences: Wyatt's Move From Ireland to California

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

"Cork Dog Wyatt Comes Home To California"

I was not thrilled at the thought of having to send my Labrador, Wyatt, on an international journey by himself, but with the timing, this was the only way possible.


Straight away PetRelocation replied to my initial inquiry – a few competitors still haven’t return my call or email. My first contact with Whitney Ballou, the Pet Relocation Consultant, was perfect. Whitney scheduled a call, she gave me a detailed list of what to expect, she said that she would...

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PetRelocation Announces August 2015 Office Move

Monday, August 17, 2015 by Core Values

AUSTIN, Texas, August 17, 2015 -- PetRelocation, an international pet travel and pet transportation service provider, has announced that it will be moving its downtown Austin office to a new location effective August 31, 2015.

The address of the new office is 1121 E. 7th St., Austin, TX, 78702. All other contact information, including telephone numbers, will remain the same.

The new location, situated less than a mile east of the previous building, will allow PetRelocation a larger space within...

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International Pet Travel with a Service Dog

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

How does pet relocating work for a registered service/therapy dog? I'll be moving from the United States to the United Kingdom.




Hi Kirstie,

Thank you for your question! Each airline has its own rules regarding international pet travel and service animal transportation. We recommend checking the website of the airline(s) you're considering or giving them a call to find out the details.

For example, we often use British Airways when going from the US to the UK and...

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Pet Move of the Month: Lilly, Ashes & Cinders' Trip to Alaska

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

LillyOur June Pet Move of the Month features a repeat client returning to the United States after some time spent in Indonesia. Melissa and her pets (Lilly, Ashes and Cinders) learned a lot while overseas, and after this trip they can definitely call themselves experienced globetrotters.

Read on for some excellent pet travel advice and details about their great international adventure!

What brought about your move?

We moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2010 due to a job relocation. We expected to be...

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Why Choose a Pet Transport Service?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

What does your service do exactly? How does it work? What is the price? Is it better to use a service or to just take my dog with me on the flight from Israel to the United States?




two pupsHi Sophie,

Great questions. Choosing whether or not to hire help with a pet move is a big decision that will depend on several factors, including how much time you have to spend, what your budget is and where you're traveling with your pet.

First, gauge the situation by getting to know the p...

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Questions About Dog Travel to Italy

Monday, May 11, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

Do you know what I need to do to get my dog to Italy? We are moving for a year for school and would really like to bring her with us.

What do I need to do to prepare my dog for this trip?




Hi Karoline,

Thanks for your inquiry, we're happy to help with some information and tips about international pet travel to Italy.

To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Italy for a rundown of the vaccines and paperwork needed, etc. Note that, depending...

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Minimizing the Costs of International Pet Travel

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Dear PetRelocation,
We are wanting to take our ragdoll cat from Melbourne to Macau, and we're finding pet relocation costs ridiculous. Can we do this ourselves without it costing a fortune? We also need to make sure we have the right paperwork for bringing our cat from Melbourne, Australia to Macau.
Hi Dyan,
Thank you for the question! This does sound like a tricky route and pet travel in and out of Australia and China tends to be on the expensive side, however we're happy to offer...
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Pet Travel to Australia: Bedding & Pet Crate Questions

Monday, May 4, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Hi PetRelocation,

I've just learned that you can't have kitty litter inside the cat's travel crate during transportation. This concerns me greatly, as my cat has historically suffered from a urinary tract problem.

Are there exceptions? Are there absorbent fabrics that can be used as an alternative? Any suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated.



Hi Emma,

Thanks for your question! Concerns about this particular aspect of travel are common (we all want our pets to be as...

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Pet Transport Rules for the United States

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Dear Pet Relocation,
What is the process to relocate our cat with us from South Africa to Houston, TX, and is there a quarantine period for cats? What are all the requirements and risk factors? Is it very traumatic for the animal?

We are unsure what type of accommodation we are relocating to as of yet but want to figure out the pet travel details.

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your question! Pet travel to the United States is fortunately not as complicated as shipping pets to many...
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Wrap-Up: IPATA Latin American Regional Meeting

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Rachel Truair

People are sometimes surprised when they find out just how many pet relocation companies exist worldwide. In actuality, there are hundreds of companies that PetRelocation works with to provide incredible experiences for pets moving around the globe. The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, or IPATA, is a trade association dedicated to helping pet relocation companies gather to improve their knowledge, build strong alliances, and achieve common goals. In addition to hosting...

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How to Plan International Rabbit Travel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Lop Eared
From: London, UK
To: New Canaan, CT, USA


Hi PetRelocation,

I'm just wondering what I need to do documentation-wise to ensure Willie gets to move to the US from London as we corporate relocate back home. Also, I'm clueless about how to physically move him. Does he go under the seat, in a luggage/pet area or what?

Thanks! Look forward to talking with you. Have a good day!



Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question! Per the USDA, the United...

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Pet Travel Barriers: Puerto Rico's Pit Bull Ban

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Erika
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Texas
To: Puerto Rico


Hi PetReloction,

My family has had our dog for 5 years and we will be moving to Puerto Rico soon. Can we take her with us?




Hi Erika,

Thanks for your inquiry -- unfortunately Pit Bulls are not allowed to be imported into Puerto Rico at this time.

Per the USDA website:

All breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull terrier, and hybrids produced by...

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Behind the Scenes at PetRelocation: Sarah's Four Year Pet Shipping Journey

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Core Values

sarah & rebaEmployee Profile: Sarah Smith, Senior Pet Relocation Consultant

by Kelley Barnes, Director of HR

Sarah Smith will be celebrating her four year anniversary with PetRelocation this March. In 2014, she helped more than 200 clients by creating customized move plans to safely transport their family pets and guiding them through the selection process to determine the perfect solution to meet their specific needs.

The intricacies of international requirements for the import and export of live animals is...

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Flying Internationally with Restricted Dog Breeds

Friday, January 30, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Biggie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull mix (though hasn't had DNA testing)
From: Chicago, USA
To: Bulgaria



I've been researching individual airline guidelines for transporting dogs, and have found that the restricted breeds are often subtitled "brachycephalic or snub-nosed breeds," which I thought referred to dogs such as pugs and English Bulldogs. However, pure bred or any mixed breeds of Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are listed in the...

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Pet Move of the Month: Lucy's Journey to Hong Kong

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Lucy on the beachMore and more people are choosing Hong Kong as a relocation destination, and with each pet move comes another chance to learn something about the process (and about pet travel in general).

On that note, we're happy to share Lucy's pet move story to Hong Kong as our latest Pet Move of the Month! In the following interview, Lucy's owner shares lots of great information about the logistics and emotions involved with international pet travel.

What brought about your move?

My company offered me a...

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Can Bengal Cats Travel to Australia?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Yudha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: Medellin, Colombia
To: Sydney, Australia



We have a Bengal and we are currently living in Colombia. We have plans to move to Sydney, Australia around April 2015. We understand that we cannot transport our cat directly to Australia from Colombia. However, we are planning to stop by Los Angeles for one week.

Is there a possibility of bringing our cat to Australia from Colombia via USA? If yes, what will be the procedure and cost?


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