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Pet Travel: Ground Transport vs. Flying

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chadd
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Small Dog
From: Houston, TX
To: Marshall, WI

 

Hi PetRelocation,

My friend doesn't want her dog to fly. Is there a service that provides car transport within the United States?

Thanks,

Chadd

 

Hi Chadd,

Thanks for the question. It's understandable to feel nervous about pet air travel, and ground transport options do exist. Doing a Google search or using IPATA.org to find a local pet transport agent who is willing and able to make long road trips is probably your friend's best bet if that's what she is interested in doing.

That being said, if your friend learns more about air travel she may be surprised to find how safe it really can be. Here are a few links that serve as good starting points for building an informed idea of how things work:

 

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions and good luck in finding a good solution for your friend's dog move.

 

 



 

Where to Start When You're Nervous About Pet Travel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lori
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: South Africa
To: Canada

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My Husband and I are in the process of trying to move to Canada, but our dogs are our first priority and we will not move without them.

Our Yorkshire Terriers are 9 months old and they weigh 2.5kg and 3.5kg, respectively. We would like to know the process of relocating them to Canada, i.e how do they travel, what about food and water, do they need to stay in quarantine when they arrive, do they travel the same time that we travel, or is their a waiting period before they can travel?

They are both microchipped and their vaccinations are up to date.

Kind Regards,

Lori

 

Hi Lori,

Thanks for your question -- we completely understand what it's like to feel that dogs are part of the family!

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada to see what you'll need to do to prepare. In addition to getting the paperwork ready (health certificates, etc.) it's important to book their flights on a pet friendly airline and make sure you have the correct size/style travel crates for them. You don't need to travel on the same flight as them, but you will need to have someone who is able to check them in and clear customs on the other side.

As for your other questions, it may help to read over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these pre-flight preparation tips. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but the more you can educate yourself, the more empowered you will begin to feel.

If you think you'd like to hire some professional assistance, we'd be happy to discuss our services with you. Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

 

International Travel with a Shih Tzu

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Lydia
From: Seattle, WA
To: Shanghai, China
Pet: Lucy
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
My husband and I will be relocating to either Shanghai, China or Amsterdam, and I was wondering if I would be able to take my one-year-old Shih Tzu with me to fly overseas. Which airlines are most friendly to fly? Would they allow her to fly? She's healthy!
 
Thanks,
Lydia
 
 
Hi Lydia,
 
Thanks for submitting a question to us, we'd be happy to offer some advice.
 
Every country is different when it comes to import requirements for pets, so take a look at the specific rules for China and for the Netherlands. China may require a quarantine depending on your port of entry, and the Netherlands does not have a quarantine if you meet all the requirements.
 
As far as airlines, it's important to choose a pet friendly carrier (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example). It will also help to make sure that your dog is comfortable spending time in her travel crate, as this will make the trip less stressful for her (and for you).
 
If you have questions about any of this, please give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to discuss costs and logistics if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
 
Either way, good luck with everything and travel safely!
 
 

Researching Dog Travel to India

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dr. A.
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pomeranian
From: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
To: New Delhi, India

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter, who is working in Hartford, CT, wants to send her pet dog permanently to India. Is this possible? How would it work?

Thanks,

Dr. A.

 

Hi Dr. A,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to India requires quite a bit of careful paperwork and preparation, as the country made changes to their policy last year and now operate with strict rules meant to target animal breeders. Please take a look at this overview of India pet import requirements for an idea of what to expect.

We also recommend double checking with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out about the most current policies, as they could change at any time. As always, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline and discussing specific procedures and policies with them, as well.

Many people decide to hire pet travel experts to assist with relocations like this, especially if you'd like the dog to fly unaccompanied. If you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call. You're also welcome to visit IPATA.org to locate local agents who may assist you.

Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Breaking Down (and Understanding) Pet Travel Costs

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Robin
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Vancouver, Canada
Pet: My baby is called Leo, he is a Spoodle and will be 6 years old in October
 
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I am very nervous, as I am not sure how my dog will cope with such a long flight. I am also getting very expensive quotes from companies in Australia, however my friends are paying a lot less for transporting their Spoodle from London to Vancouver.
 
Could you please tell me if you could assist? What will be the costs involved? I am already in Canada. Lastly, is it safe for him to travel, and are there any requirements that I need to be aware of for Canada?
 
My main concerns are that pricing seems to be high and I'm worried about Leo's well-being in the hold. Also, once I go back to Australia, will it be easier for him to go back? He is a very healthy and a bubbly dog -- all he wants is attention.
 
Thanks,
Robin
 
Hi Robin,
 
Thanks for contacting us with your questions -- hope we can help!
 
First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. There is no quarantine, but you'll need to make sure your dog's paperwork is in order. If you ever decide to bring him back to Australia, you'll need to meet a much stricter set of rules and there will be a 10-day quarantine (based on current requirements). You can find more information from Australia's official website.
 
Second, many people do feel nervous about flying their pet in the cargo area, but if you choose a pet friendly airline and learn about how things work, you'll hopefully become more comfortable with the idea. We fly pets in the cargo area of a few select airlines all the time. Again, with pet friendly airlines it's very safe (here's a more in-depth explanation of how it works).
 
It's also smart to talk to your vet about how diet and exercise are important to your pet travel preparations, and you'll need to work to help Leo get used to his travel crate (if he's not already). This cuts down on his overall stress level and will make the flight safer and smoother for him.
 
Choosing a door-to-door service provider to handle your move won't be cheap, but arranging all the moving parts does require quite a bit of time and expertise. If you'd like a quote from us to see how we compare to the other providers you've talked to, please fill out our free online quote form. Typically an international move for one small pet begins at around $2500 USD (but the actual cost will depend on a few more factors). Here's a post from our blog discussing the costs of pet travel
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. If you have further questions just let us know, and either way, good luck with everything!
 
 

Relocating a Dog Across the United States

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel mix
From: Tomah, WI
To: Phoenix, AZ

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My aunt is no longer able to care for her dog and I have offered to take her, but am not sure of the best way to get her here. Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks,

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question. It sounds like you're wondering about the logistics of pet travel and are probably hoping you'll be able to send the dog without a human escort. The good news is that this is definitely possible.

We help pets move every day, most of them unaccompanied. You can arrange a flight on a pet friendly airline for the dog (we recommend United) and either have a friend or family member or a hired agent check her in and then you (or someone you enlist) pick her up on the other end.

We arrange door-to-door pet moves and would be happy to assist with this process. We'd help oversee the necessary paperwork (which primarily includes proof of a rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate), help you make sure you have the correct airline-approved travel crate, and help you with any other questions you have.

Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in finding out more, or if you decide you'd like to handle the move yourself, hopefully you can use our blog and website as helpful resources.

Hope this helps, Susan. Please contact us if you have any further questions, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Move of the Month: Sam and Gretchen's Move to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sam and gretchenThis month's featured pet move puts the spotlight on two Weimaraners, Sam and Gretchen, who moved from Texas to Saudi Arabia when the family relocated due to a work transfer.

It was the first big pet move for them, and so they decided to enlist our help to assist with a smooth transition.

Read on to find out more about dog life in Dammam, and join us in wishing these sweet pups all the best in their new home!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our initial concerns were around the safety of our dogs from the time they left our house in Texas to Saudi Arabia. We wondered if they would be able to handle a trip that long, would they get hungry, scared, lost or stolen, etc.??

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Saudi Arabia?

From our perspective it was a pretty easy process. We would caution people to be very patient with the Saudi side of things. It moves kind of slow over here, so things might not get done until the very last minute. Just be ready!

 

 

How did Sam and Gretchen handle the transition?

They actually handled the whole transition much better than we expected. They did really good on the flight over from Houston, TX, even though I was a nervous mom!

The other big issue we thought would be challenging is the fact that we really don’t have much grassy areas in our compound and no dog parks. Our dogs were used to a very large, fenced-in yard and lots of freedom to run whenever they wanted. Now they are on a leash at all times, go for walks every day, and are just fine with that. We really think they just love that we are all living together again!

 

 

Is Saudi Arabia a pet friendly place to be?

I think in general Saudis prefer cats to dogs. On our compound most of the people are Americans and Europeans except for the compound maintenance and security staff. We have big dogs, and everyone is pretty much afraid of them. Most people are really intrigued by our dogs, probably due to their size, but once they get comfortable with seeing the dogs around they are better.

We have not had them off our compound yet except to go to the vet/boarding facility. In our area, it is hard to locate vets, boarding, pet stores and supplies. All of this is about an hour away from us.   

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

Trust PetRelocation staff to handle everything, they all did an outstanding job for us! We had the dogs picked up at our home, driven an hour to the airport, flown from Houston to Amsterdam and on to Dammam KSA, then delivered to our home about an hour from the airport.

Our dogs came out of their crates just as happy, healthy and safe as they could be. PetRelocation and KLM really did a great job handling our dogs. We have already recommend them to others and we would certainly use them again.

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

We liked the way the staff talked to us -- like our dogs were their dogs. And we have to say that not only did they talk that way, they performed that way too. They answered all our questions and made us feel more comfortable about our dogs' long journey.

 

Thanks to Sam and Gretchen's owners for taking the time to answer our questions! As always, please contact PetRelocation if you're looking for some assistance with an upcoming pet move.

Beagle Travel to the United States

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Terri
From: Frankfurt, Germany
To: San Francisco, California
Pets: 3 beagles ages 4, 7, 11

Dear PetRelocation,
 
Last year I moved from California to Germany with my 3 beagles. I had all necessary documentation, microchips, etc. I am now returning to California. Since moving to Germany, I got a pet passports for my beagles. What do I need in order to take them back to California without any problems? They will travel in the cargo area of the airplane.
 
Thanks,
Terri
 
Hi Terri,
 
Thank you for your question. Importing dogs to the United States is relatively straightforward -- you'll need proof that they are up to date on the rabies vaccine and also a health certificate is required stating they are healthy and fit to fly. You can find an overview of the requirements here.
 
Since you've traveled before you're probably pretty informed, but please let us know if you have any questions about travel crates, airline procedures, or anything else.
 
Thanks again, and good luck with everything!
 
 

More Questions About Australia Pet Quarantine

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Nicola
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Scotland
To: Australia

 

Hi,

I am looking to take my dog Barney to Australia. He has had his rabies injection and is waiting to get his antibodies blood test. The problem is I am now going in June -- is there any way he can enter Australia before the 180 days even if it means staying in quarantine longer?

Thanks,

Nicola
 

Hi Nicola,

Australia is very particular about its pet import procedures, and you'll need to follow them exactly (so no, unfortunately you won't be able to bring your dog as early as you'd like).

It sounds like you have a handle on the requirements, but just in case, here is the link to the official rules as well as the drop-down tool that outlines your dog's move schedule based on when you started the process.

Know that pet owners often move before or after their pets (it's often better for the pet to arrive after the owner has had a chance to move into the new place and settle in). You may need to enlist the help of a boarding facility, friend or family member to keep your dog in Scotland (if you end up deciding to go first) and help you finish out the requirements before Barney can eventually fly to meet you and then spend the required 10 days in quarantine.

Please let us know if you'd like further advice from us -- we'd be happy to help. Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

Pet News Links: Dog Friendly Hotels and Spring Health Advice

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A cute cat cartoon (made by one of our clients)!

Very strange animal laws.

The best San Francisco hotels for dogs.

Spring safety tips for pets.

Travel snacks for dogs.

Photos of Karma and Reiki, cats we've helped with two international moves.

Things you learn when you get a puppy.

 

Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

Common Concerns About Dog Travel

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Pyrenees Puppy
From: Dallas, TX
To: Erlanger, KY

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I need to transport a puppy from my home in Dallas, TX to my sister's home in Erlanger, KY. I have never done anything like this before and would like to know how your services work.

I am concerned the dog will be scared during transport. Do you have ways to minimize the trauma they experience during travel?

Thanks,

Jan


Hi Jan,

Thanks for your question -- it's certainly normal to feel uncertain about how a pet will handle a cross-country move, but we hope we can help dispel a few myths and worries.

In terms of what we do, we provide door-to-door transportation services that include overseeing the completion of travel paperwork and arranging the flight and/or ground transport from the old home to the new one. We work with pet friendly airlines and will also guide you to make sure the right travel crate is chosen. For a domestic move, your dog will need to have proof of updated vaccines and, if the dog is flying, a vet health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.

Sedation is not recommended and highly discouraged, and if you have a nervous pet you can help them prepare through crate training and exercise. Take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for a better idea of the process; when the right choices are made, most pets handle moves (even longer international ones) with no lasting effects to their health or happiness.

We're happy to discuss the particulars in further detail if you'd like -- please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you're interested in talking to one of our specialists.

Thanks again for reaching out to us, and good luck with everything!


 

Relocation Preparation: Training Pets to Love Their Travel Crates

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Big parts of a pet move -- completing the vet paperwork and booking the flight -- are certainly important, but it's easy to overlook another essential element: the travel crate. Not only do you need to pick the right size and airline-approved model, you need to help your pet learn to see it as a safe and normal place to be so that, on travel day, stress is kept to a minimal level.

Sound impossible? We've had many clients whose pets started out unacquainted and downright suspicious when it came to the travel crate, but by the day of departure they were happy as could be. Getting from skeptical to relaxed does take some time, but with step-by-step actions and a bit of patience, you won't believe what's possible.

Take a look at these crate-training tips for cats (they work for dogs, too) as well as this move snapshot of Karma and Reiki's pet crate journey. Finally, see the pictures below for a good illustration. Using toys and treats seems to be working for this kitty; maybe that could work for you, too.

As always, please contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about an upcoming pet move!

 

The Early Stages of Travel Crate Training

Discovery

 


Acceptance Begins...

Can Dogs Move to Saudi Arabia?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Davina
Number of Pets: one
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Dachshund Mix
From: Cyprus
To: Saudi Arabia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Could you please advise everything that I will need to do and get in place for taking my dog to Saudi Arabia?

Thank you,

Davina
 

Hi Davina,

Thanks for the question. Moving pets to Saudi Arabia is a little tricky due to the paperwork involved -- also, only "working dogs" are allowed into the country so you'll need to classify your dog as such. Here's an overview of the requirements for your reference.

We've helped many pets move here and would be happy to talk to you about your options (though it may sound daunting, with the right preparation it's not an impossible task). Feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form if you'd like some assistance.

For a little better idea of how it all works, read the stories of Bronte and Daisy, Abby and Ginger, pets we've moved to Saudi Arabia.

Hope this helps to get your pet move process started. We hope to hear from you, and either way, good luck with the trip!

State-to-State Rabies Requirements for Cats

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Seattle, WA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What documentation does Washington require on arrival to the Seattle airport, if any, for my house cat?

Thanks,

Emily

 

Hi Emily,

Thanks for your question. Moving cats within the United States is pretty straightforward -- mostly it's a matter of meeting the airline requirements.

Take a look at this overview for guidance. You'll need a vet health certificate stating your cat is healthy and fit to fly, and a rabies vaccine (along with proof) will be needed, as well. Rabies laws vary from state to state but Washington does require that dogs, cats and ferrets stay vaccinated against rabies.

Hopefully this helps, Emily. Please let us know if you have any more questions about your upcoming move, and good luck!
 

Dog Travel from Florida to California

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Sandra
From: West Palm Beach, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA
Pets: German Shepherd

Dear PetRelocation,
 
We have a very large puppy that we want to give to a family member. What is the safest way to transport him (he is 8 months old and 85 lbs)? We would like to send him unescorted, if possible.
 
Any information you can share would be helpful, thanks!
 
-Sandra
 
Hi Sandra,
 
Sure, we'd be happy to offer some advice. To move a pet domestically you need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and also have a vet health certificate (here are the pet import requirements for the United States). The most important tips we can offer are these:
 
  • Choose a pet friendly airline, such as United
  • Make sure your travel crate is large enough and airline approved (find more info here)
  • Work to help your dog feel comfortable in his travel crate in the weeks before your move
  • Look over these frequently asked pet travel questions for more information

 

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please contact us if you have more questions or would like a free quote for our services. Thanks again for the note, and good luck!

Multi-Step Pet Moves to New Zealand

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Collie
From: Mainland China
To: New Zealand

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you please advise what my options are for relocating my dog from near Shanghai back to New Zealand? I understand it is likely he will need to go via another country, as direct import to New Zealand from China isn't possible. It would be good to get an idea about what I can do and the time frame, so if it is feasible I can start making plans for it now.

Regards,
Kirsty

 

Hi Kirsty,

Advance planning is a very smart idea when it comes to pet travel, especially for strict rabies-free countries like New Zealand. And you're right, you can't take your dog directly to New Zealand from China so you will need to arrange a six month stay in an approved country.

Here is a link to the official New Zealand site that should help you put together a timeline of steps and requirements (which will include undergoing microchip implantation if necessary along with a series of rabies shots and parasite treatments).

If you'd like some additional assistance with your move, feel free to contact us for a free quote. We have helped pets make multi-step moves such as yours before and would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Hope this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Planning Pet Travel to South Africa

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristin
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs, 2 cats
From: US
To: South Africa

 

Hi There,

I am going to be moving to South Africa, and have a dog and two cats. My boyfriend has one dog. I was wondering if there is a list of things that need to be done and what the correct timeframe/checklist is to do them? Also, dogs and cats don't need to be quarantined, correct?

Any and all information you can give would be very much appreciated. Also, are you able to help me move my pets when it comes time? I'm in California.
 

Thanks,

Kristin

 

Hi Kristin,

Thanks for your question. You're right, you'll need to take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa and follow them carefully to make sure your pets make a smooth transition. And that's correct, there isn't a quarantine provided you meet the rules you'll find by following the above link.

Even if you're not moving for awhile, there are a few things you can start to do now, including getting your pets accustomed to their crates and talking with your vet to make sure he or she is USDA-certified and will be able to assist with the necessary paperwork correctly.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call or fill out our online quote form to receive an estimate of price from one of our Africa specialists. We've helped several pets move to South Africa safely (including Petrie and Spike) and would be happy to assist you as well!

Are The Rules Different for Frequent Pet Travelers?

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cheryl
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Canine
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Greece
To: US

Dear PetRelocation,

We recently moved from the US to Greece due to my husband's work. My question is, what do I need for our dog if we will be traveling back and forth? I currently obtained a vet here in Greece and now have a pet passport. What else do I need?

Coming to Greece I had to have tons of paperwork completed from the US and Greece.

Thanks,

Cheryl

 

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for checking in! It's great that you already have an idea of what moving a pet entails, and we're happy to fill in the blanks where you have questions.

These are the pet import requirements for the United States. They're much easier than the requirements for Greece -- basically you just need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and have a vet health certificate.

Now, if you want to go back to Greece, you'll have to meet all of the Greece requirements once again. If you keep your dog up to date on all vaccines it may be a little easier than the first time, but you'll still need to obtain the same paperwork and endorsements from the USDA, etc.

Each time you cross back and forth from the US to Greece, you'll need to look to the requirements once again and make sure you meet them, visit your vet for a new health certificate, and make sure everything is in order.

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!
 

Pet Move of the Month: Charlie's Relocation to Hong Kong

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Charlie is one of those dogs who you can immediately tell would be a fun guy to hang out with. From his snappy accessories to his adventurous demeanor, he's a pup that fits in well with pet parents who are up for anything, too.

This is why we decided to feature Charlie as our Pet Move of the Month! He went from the United States to Hong Kong and is having a great time in his new home. Read on to find out more about his move, which was the first international pet move for the family.

Thanks to Mallory for answering our questions!

What brought about your move to Hong Kong?

As a corporate pilot my husband had been commuting to/from the Middle East from the States. With a pretty dramatic change in schedule, we took it as an opportunity to pursue something we have wanted to do for quite a while -- a move overseas. We visited Hong Kong during his job interviews and confirmed it to be a perfect fit for us all, including Charlie.

What were some of your initial concerns?

Basically the stress on the dog; both in the long distance itself, transiting, possible delays and missed connections, and how to deal with possible quarantine issues on the other end. And of course, paperwork being correct upon arrival. We wanted to minimize the period of stress for Charlie and feel confident there would be no controllable issues we would create if the myriad of paperwork wasn't filled out properly.

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Hong Kong?

The hidden details among the preparation and boxes to check. For example, Hong Kong required a specific type/brand of microchip implanted in Charlie. Perhaps not so much surprise, but relief that we didn't have to navigate the myriad of forms, prep and vet visits on our own while wondering the entire way if all would be in order when he arrived.

 

 

How did Charlie handle the transition?

Very well! He hopped out of his crate at our apartment just a couple hours after his flight landed, gave us a hug and went over to his food and water for a quick snack as if he'd been living here all along. Aside from a little jetlag, he was in perfect shape.

Is Hong Kong a pet friendly place to be?

It seems to be very pet friendly -- especially in the neighborhood we live. But almost any area we have visited in Hong Kong, we have found people with their dogs, pet shops etc... And everyone seems to be very fond of Charlie and always stops to ask how old he is and are surprised to learn he isn't a puppy!  My favorite experience was when a little girl (probably about 2 years old) stopped to blow bubbles in Charlie's direction and she and her grandparents laughed as Charlie chased after the bubbles -- it was so cute!

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

Do your research. Consult PetRelocation if you have concerns about which airlines would be used, quarantine and basically any silly question you can think of!

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

After talking to Sarah and Amber on the phone, we knew that this big move would go smoothly. Everyone really seemed experienced and let us know exactly what to expect -- we really had no stress worrying about Charlie's safety and proper documentation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about moving a pet to Hong Kong, and congratulations, Charlie!