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Pet Move of the Month: Mahalo's Happy Hawaii Reunion

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Though there's something special about each and every pet move we carry out, some stories are especially memorable. Meet Mahalo the cat, our featured pet move this month. After enduring a natural disaster (the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan), Mahalo's owner Marian sent her beloved cat to live with friends in Colorado while she left Japan and searched for a new place to live. When she was able to get settled in a cat friendly condo in Hawaii she knew it was time to bring him home, and of...

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Pet Travel Question: Importing a Dog to Japan

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Christian
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
To: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Pet: Richie, Chihuahua mix, 8 years old, 12 lbs

What vaccinations, paperwork, and other miscellaneous things do I need to send the dog to Japan from San Francisco?
Hi Christian,
Thanks for your inquiry, we'd be happy to offer some advice. These are the pet import requirements for Japan (including instructions for shipping dogs unaccompanied), and we always recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline....
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Pet Travel News Links: Pet Wellness, Hotel Amenities for Pet Lovers, China Pet Tips

Friday, October 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

What happened in the world of  pet news this week? Glad you asked.


Neat-o animal tourism in Japan.

Goldfish companions as hotel amenities?

Researchers find that looking at cute animal pictures improves productivity. (We like this study.)

Tips from our experts: all about shipping pets to China.

Are you tuning in to DogTime's Pet Blog Awards?

October is National Pet Wellness month.

Here in Austin we have a Dogtoberfest that includes a DogTrot-- do you have something similar in your town?

Taming exoti...

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Don't Rush It: Why It's Important to Allow at Least 30 Days to Plan a Pet Move

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


When it comes to planning important (and complicated) things like relocations, it can feel like time is speeding by. Before you know it it's moving day and you're trying to make sure that everything is taken care of, and at this point all you can do is hope you didn't forget anything too important.

If you're moving a pet with you and haven't taken the time to investigate all the import rules and regulations that may apply, it's all too easy to discover that you've overlooked something that...

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Papua New Guinea Pet Moves: A Pet Relocation Specialist Shares Her Story

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


The following post was written by Pet Relocation Specialist Sarah Smith. Find out what she had to say about a recent (and pretty complicated) pet move to Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is an island off the Northern coast of Australia. It is culturally diverse, and over 850 languages are spoken here. With most residents making less than $1.25 US per day, it’s hardly a place I thought I would be sending any expats and their pets, but this is exactly what happened!

Sophie, a Dachshund from...

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Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Josh's Move to Singapore!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Amanda
Pet's Name: Josh
From: Japan
To: Singapore

We chose PetRelocation.com because of their home-to-home delivery service. It was our first time moving Josh and we were very paranoid about this. We read many stories online about how dogs died on the plane so we wanted to ensure that everything would go smoothly.

Our Pet Relocation Specialist, Sarah,  was a great specialist to us. She was empathetic and patient to our inquiries, and she made herself available to us at all times. Even though...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Exporting Rats from Japan

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: K.
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rat
Pet Breed: Dumbo Rat
From: Japan
To: Maryland (though Washington, Dulles airport)

I am leaving Japan in the summer (expecting to leave in the last week of July) and want to take my two fancy rats home to the US with me. I have contacted the CDC in both countries and they have said there are no specific regulations for pet rats, however I am having a difficult time just getting a list together of everything that I am going to need at the airport. As time starts...Read More

Pet News Update: Changes to Korea's Pet Import Requirements

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

UPDATE: These rules were originally scheduled to change this month, but will now take effect next year. Also, it was originally stated that the titer test should be done between 90 days and 24 months before the date of departure, but the time frame has now been specified to be between 30 days and 24 months.

Nothing stays the same for too long in the world of pet travel. For example, beginning December 1, 2012, a titer test will now be required when bringing pets to Korea. This is important...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Great Dane

Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: David
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Great Dane
From: Florida
To: Either England or Japan

I may be assigned overseas and wanted to see how to go about getting my Great Dane overseas with me. He is a year old and weighs 150 Lbs.


Hi David,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. First, here is some general information about moving large dogs. You'll probably need to acquire a custom crate for your Great Dane, and it's important to check with your airline ahead of...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Can Rats Move to Japan?

Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Rats
Pet Breed: Fancy Rats
From: United States
To: Japan

Is it possible to move my rats with me to Japan? If so, what sort of documentation do I need? How long will the process take for me to get them ready to move?


Hi Sarah,

Thank you for contacting us with your question! Japan has specific pet import requirements applicable to a variety of situations, and your best bet is to take a look the official website.

Here's a link to the Japan Animal... Read More

Friday Pet News: Snakes on Trains, Monkeys with Cameras and Joyful Pet Reunions

Friday, July 8, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

It's Friday! Check out the pet news of the week as you prepare for what'll hopefully be a fun, safe and happy weekend.

-If you have a pet you know how it is -- they have a magical way of absorbing the stress in a room and they bring laughter to life without even trying. A Doctor in psychology further explores this phenomenon and also asks, is your pet the emotional "third" in your relationship?

-Sometimes pet travel isn't as structured as it should be. Find out what happened when a snake ended... Read More

Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs to the Philippines

Monday, June 13, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Edna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Long-Haired Daschund
From: Tokyo, Japan (Itabashi-ku)
To: Noveleta, Philippines

How can I ship my pet in the most economical, safe, fast and convenient way?

Thank you,

Hi Edna,

Your question certainly touches on all the most important elements of a great pet move, and we'd love to help you achieve these goals. First, here are the pet import requirements for the Philippines. You'll need to obtain a few vaccines and a microchip, and to streamline...Read More

Moving Pets to Japan: Minnie's Pet Move

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Rosa
Pets Name: Minnie
From: Massachusetts
To: Tokyo

I flew ahead to Tokyo in January to get settled and arranged for my 13lb Miniature Pinscher - Minnie - to join me in April.

Although I did most of the paper work ahead of time, PetRelocation.com was immensely helpful in tying up all the loose ends. Japan is very strict about proper and accurate paper work!

Minnie arrived at Narita Airport as scheduled, with staff from Tokyo calling me a few days earlier to make sure I was ready to pick...Read More

Top Pet Travel News: Mascots, Argentina and More

Friday, April 1, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

As usual, this was a busy week in the world of pet news. Catch up with the headlines, and have a wonderful Friday, everyone!

-Here's an update on pets in Japan -- including what life is like three weeks after the earthquake and how recovery efforts are taking pets into account.

-Have you ever consulted an animal behaviorist to deal with your pet's bad habits and anxiety? Many people have found this to be an expensive -- but helpful -- thing to do.

-Men's NCAA fans and four talented teams are...Read More

From Japan to Guam: Recovery and Relocation

Monday, March 21, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

As Japan continues to deal with the effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami, many people have made the tough decision to leave. This choice is certainly stressful and relocating with pets can make things all the more complicated, so if you've decided to make a move it's important to educate yourself regarding up-to-date import requirements and travel tips.

Like Japan, Guam is rabies-free. This might make it a natural choice for Japanese citizens who want to return home at some point,...Read More

What You Can Do to Help Pets in Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011 by Rachel Truair

If you're a pet lover who's been following the devastation in Japan, you've probably found yourself wondering how you can help.  This heart-wrenching video of a Spaniel refusing to leave another injured dog's side during the aftermath of the tsunamis hit at the bone of the issue that many pet lovers feel: our pets' loyalty is enduring and we can only attempt to be as loyal as they are to us.  If you haven't seen the video, you can watch it below, but be prepared: it's pretty hard to watch.

Everyon...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Dogs to Dubai

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lana
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Japan
To: Dubai

Good day. I need to move my dog from Japan to Dubai. Problem - I need to have my dog in the kennels/dog sitter from June (as my visa in Japan expires) and can only leave for Dubai around the middle August (when my new visa in Dubai begins). In that time my dog will need injections done, blood tests and all the papers to get her out of Japan and to Dubai. Could you please give me any advice? I cannot take her...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Dogs to Ecuador

Monday, February 14, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Johanna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu Mix
From: Narita, Japan
To: Quito, Ecuador

Could you please advise me about whether or not I need an export permit to take my pet out of Japan (she was born here), and about how I go about importing her to Quito, Ecuador? Your time is much appreciated. Yours sincerely, Johanna.

Hi Johanna,

Thanks for the question! Start by taking a look at the Pet Import Requirements for Ecuador. Here at PetRelocation, we...Read More

Pet Travel Question: A Japan Layover

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Basenji Mix
From: Washington D.C.
To: Bangkok, Thailand

We're relocating from the Washington D.C. area to Bangkok, Thailand with a 3 to 4 hour layover in Tokyo's Narita airport. Will there be any quarantine required for her in Tokyo? Thanks, -Emily

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the question! It's generally not necessary to meet the import requirements of a country if you're only spending a layover there (as long as you're not switching airlines), but...Read More

Pet Travel Question: Figuring out the PETS Scheme for a Military move

Monday, January 31, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephanie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Australian Shepard/Lab and Chihuahua/Dachshund
From: Japan
To: England

We are moving with the US Air Force and are currently stationed in Japan. We will be moving to England but they require us to fly back over the states and then over to England. Will it be possible to get the dogs on these flights following the DEFRA PETS Scheme? I know that they have to fly on specific airlines so I'm a little confused if they can start out on one and...Read More