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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.

 

Incredible Experiences: Fattie's Big Move to Jakarta!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Ashley
Pet's Name: Fattie
From: Washington, DC
To: Jakarta, Indonesia

When we learned that we were moving to Jakarta, one thing that was a top priority was bringing our cat, Fattie, along with us. We had a very short timeline (only two months) from accepting the job to our move, so we felt that we really needed help facilitating the move.

PetRelocation was great from start to finish. They were true to their word and really saw the entire move through. We mostly worked with Sarah and Tobi and they were both friendly and helpful and always promptly replied to our emails, which was a really big help considering our super short timeline.

I definitely can't say enough about the actual flight and relocation process. We felt like our cat was in good hands during her travels and the service was truly door-to-door, which is something that we really needed.

Fattie is doing great here at her new home in Jakarta and is loving all of the tropical plants and wildlife. Thank you again to Tobi, Sarah, and everyone at PetRelocation for making our (and Fattie's) transition to Jakarta that much smoother! You guys are the best!
 



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 Move of the Month: Tessa's Journey to Brunei

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

tessaOur latest Pet Move of the Month qualifies as a true relocation adventure -- an exciting location, a long but ultimately smooth journey, a happy release from quarantine, and of course, an adorable and well-loved dog.

Meet Tessa, who we helped move from Houston to Brunei, and thanks to her owner Joe for kindly answering our questions!

What brought about your move?

My work transferred me to Brunei. 

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No.

What were some of your initial concerns?

My foremost concern was how Tessa would do in a crate on the long flight (food, water, exercise, comfort, maintaining a clean crate, etc.).  Another concern included how she would react to strangers handling her crate.  

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Anything notable about Brunei and the quarantine process there?

No real ‘surprises’ with the travel process itself, that was explained in great detail before Tessa traveled.  I just had a heightened sense of anticipation from the time she departed the States until I saw her again in Brunei.  The only hiccup came when she got delayed in Amsterdam due to local holidays on her onward travel route.  I was very happy I was provided daily updates on her from Amsterdam and every arrival and departure along the way.      

 

tessa

Tessa and her impressive digs

 

Brunei is very strict about pet importation. Travelers coming to Brunei with pets must obtain a permit prior to importation of the animal by requesting entry from the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Office.  Brunei law requires a 6 month quarantine for all animals entering the country.  That rule may fluctuate depending on status of the owner (diplomatic personnel, military personnel, etc.).

In any case, pet owners can apply for early release from the quarantine facility, but the pet is required to serve the remainder of quarantine time in ‘home confinement’.  A colleague of mine whose pet arrived in Brunei just before Tessa applied for early release and had his pet home in one week.  I applied as soon as Tessa arrived, limiting her time in the quarantine facility to just over a week.  

How has Tessa handled the transition so far?

Tessa has been great throughout this entire process.  She has remained friendly and very inquisitive about her new environment.  As soon as she got to her new house, she checked the whole place out then found a spot on the bed for a nap.  Our pets really are more resilient than we give them credit for.  

Is Brunei a pet-friendly place to be?

Being a predominantly Muslim country, dogs are usually not kept as pets in Brunei.  The locals do understand, though, and accept that Westerners will have dogs in and around their homes.  Strict local Muslims will not enter a home where a dog resides.  However, there are enough local places for her to run and play and there is a growing expat community of people who also have dogs, so Tessa will have playmates.   

 

omar ali saifuddien mosque with stone boat and lagoon at night

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

 

As Brunei is mostly jungle, there are still many wild animals in close proximity to homes that can cause serious injury or death to pets. Most common are monkeys and monitor lizards. Monkeys may be scared of dogs, but the monitor lizards are known to be aggressive when hunting food.

I thought about that one night as she and I were on a walk on a road near the house. All of the sudden the trees seemed to come alive with screaming monkeys. They didn't like having Tess around. When she got close to the trees they climbed higher but followed us and stayed vocal the whole time we were in the area. Kinda cool actually, and Tess stayed calm and didn't see what the big deal was all about.

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

Be sure to do research on the country where you intend to take your pet, including social norms/customs, support network (i.e. veterinarian, boarding facilities, etc.) and the type of food available locally.  I have traveled extensively and seen many times where the host government may approve or allow the importation of animals but the reaction from the community may not always be welcoming.  This can strain relations with neighbors and acquaintances and limit the experiences you can share with your pet.      

 

tessa

Making herself at home

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I contacted several transport services when I learned I was going to move, including transport services recommended by my employer.  These companies could not provide detailed answers regarding the shipping process or their support network to ensure Tessa arrived safely and on time.  PetRelocation was able to provide all these answers and followed up with calls and emails to ensure I was up-to-date and comfortable with the entire process. 

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Great story and excellent advice! Want to know more? Read about other pets we've moved and please contact us if you'd like some assistance making your own relocation an incredible experience.

Pet-Friendly Airlines for Travel to Singapore

Friday, August 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Maira
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Maltipoos
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
To: Singapore

 

Hello,

I found your rules on relocating to Singapore! Thank you so much for such a helpful post. I am currently working on finding a vet that has the specific microchip you mentioned on your site.

My question is: What are the top airlines to travel with pets to Singapore? I know Singapore airlines offers an air conditioned space for pets, but I would like to know from someone like you who is very experienced in this. What airline should I fly with since my dogs will be checked in as baggage, and what other tips can you provide?

Thank you for your attention regarding the above matter.

-Maira

 

Hi Maira,

Thanks for reading, and great question! We've helped many pets move to Singapore and would be happy to help you with some information.

We typically use KLM or Lufthansa to move pets to Singapore (and many other destinations). These airlines have established safety guidelines for pets and continuously meet our standards of service.

As far as general tips go, please take a look at these common pet travel questions. If you think you'd like some assistance with this move, feel free to contact us to discuss our door-to-door services and receive a free quote.

Hope this helps! Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with everything.
 

The Costs and Procedures of Air Travel with Dogs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jacy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Mutts (40 & 50 lbs)
From: Austin, TX, USA
To: San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Hey There,

My boyfriend and I are heading to San Francisco from Austin for work for 3 weeks. We want to bring our dogs but are a little nervous about checking them on an airline. Are some airlines better than others for this? What are your thoughts on this? Is it safe? Is there a better option?

Thank you for your help!
Jacy
 

Hi Jacy,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some advice. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for bringing pets to California and then back to Texas. To fly, your dogs will need to have updated rabies vaccines and a health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is to tell the airline your dogs are healthy and fit to fly).

We certainly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline (we often use United for domestic flights) and making sure you have travel crates that are airline-approved and the correct size. Allow some time to research the airline rules so that you understand all procedures, fees, etc. and to adequately prepare your dogs for the trip (here are some quick tips that will help).

Honestly you may find that taking two medium/large dogs on such a short trip may require more time and effort than you expected. You'll end up spending several hundred dollars when it's all said and done. It's up to you, of course, but in our experience we've found that leaving pets with a trusted sitter is often a better solution.

Please contact us if you have more questions, and good luck with whatever you decide!

Cat Travel from Egypt to the United States

Monday, August 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Baher
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian Doll Face
From: Egypt
To: United States

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I have two twin Persian doll face cats, weighing 6.6 and 9 pounds. We're in Egypt and will be moving permanently to the United States next year. We've never transported pets before and don't know the first thing about it.

What are we supposed to do? I am very anxious about this and am desperate for any information. How do I transport them and do I take them with me on the plane like cabin baggage? Also, what is the necessary paperwork?

Thanks a lot,
Baher
 

 

Hi Baher,

Thank you for your inquiry. First, please take a look a these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as the import requirements for the United States. The information found here will give you a basic understanding of what to expect regarding your cats' move.

To summarize, you'll need to make sure your cats have up-do-date rabies vaccines (and the documents to prove it), airline-approved travel crates, and you'll want to book the flights on a pet-friendly airline. Helping your cats to get used to their crates beforehand will be a big help. Most likely your cats will fly in the cargo area of the plane, which is pressure and temperature-controlled.

If you're interested in hiring some door-to-door assistance with your move (we help with pre-move paperwork, flight booking and transportation to and from the airport), you're welcome to fill out our free quote form.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

Air Travel with American Staffordshire Terriers

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sonja
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: American Staffordshire Terriers
From: Aberdeen, NC
To: Rio Rancho, NM

Hello,

I'm super nervous about this... what are the guarantees that my dogs will be safe? How long will the trip take? Can you recommend any other companies if you can not accommodate my dates?

Thanks,

Sonja

 

Hi Sonja,

Just about every pet owner we talk to is pretty nervous in the beginning stages of moving a pet. No one likes separating from their furry family members and dealing with a system that's unknown to them, but the good news is that, when the right steps are taken, pet travel can be very safe and streamlined.

Here are a few tips and bits of information that will help you on your way:

  • The domestic travel requirements for dogs are pretty simple, and you'll primarily just need to have them up-to-date on their rabies vaccines and secure a vet health certificate stating your dogs are healthy and fit to fly (as required by the airline).
  • Choose a pet-friendly airline -- we often use United for domestic flights because of their well-established PetSafe program.
  • Because it sounds like you're traveling with bigger dogs and they are Staffies, double check the crate requirements with the airline. United does require this breed to use a reinforced travel crate, and not all routes can accommodate oversize crates.
  • In the weeks before the move, it's important to help your dogs to get used to their travel crates if they are not already, talk to your vet about any health questions you have, keep them as fit as possible, and finally, before, during and after the flight they should be well-hydrated.

 

We would be happy to discuss your move with you and tell you more about our door-to-door services if you'd like. The length of the trip will depend on a few factors, but with a few more details one of our specialists will be able to tell you more about your options and work to fit the move into your desired schedule. Let us know, and either way, good luck with your trip!

 


 

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!

 

Microchip Questions for EU Pet Travel

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kerstin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Alabama
To: Netherlands

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am traveling in August, first to the Netherlands and then to Germany. I had my 5 1/2 month old dog microchipped last week and he had a rabies vaccination in May. There seems to be confusion online and I am not sure now if everything is in order -- does he need to be re-vaccinated for rabies or is the vaccination in May enough?

Some comments lead me to believe that he needs a new vaccination now and that I have to wait 21 days after that before we can travel. I have read the German authorities website and it is nowhere stated that the rabies vaccination is only accepted if it happened after microchipping the dog. Can you please clarify that for me?

Thanks,

Kerstin

 

Hi Kerstin,

Sure, we'd be happy to provide some information. The USDA website states that pets going to the Netherlands must be microchipped first, then given a rabies vaccine, and then a waiting period of at least 21 days must elapse. (The same is true for Germany.)

In terms of general pet travel advice, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure your dog is comfortable spending time in his travel crate in the weeks before departure. Hydration is also very important.

Please feel free to peruse our blog for more information regarding international pet travel, and let us know if you're interested in finding out about our door-to-door services.

Good luck with everything, and thanks for your question!
 

Pet News Round-Up: It's a Pet-Friendly World

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Ikea's brilliant pet adoption program.

The DOT has issued new reporting rules for airlines regarding pet travel.

Video: Dogs in wheelchairs playing fetch.

Dogster's Editor's Picks.

Dog Fancy has named Austin, TX (where we're based!) DogTown USA 2014.

Home builders are adding rooms just for pets.

Examining dog-human connections (in therapy).

 

cat on records

Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.

 

pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)

 

 

Dog Travel from Australia to Canada

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Keiran
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Blue Staffy
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Banff, Alberta

Hey there,

I'm moving from Sydney, Australia to Banff, Alberta on the 15th of October 2014. I would love to take my American Blue Staffy over to live with me. I was just wondering what I need to do to get him over there and also would like to know how much it will cost?

Any help would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Keiran
 

Hi Keiran,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Canada. Via the official government website, you'll see that you'll need a rabies vaccination certificate or a vet health certificate. Be sure to look over these details carefully to avoid any problems or delays.

In terms of additional pet travel information and tips, you're welcome to take a look at our blog. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and finding out what their particular requirements are, helping your dog to be well-acclimated to his travel crate, and discussing any health-related questions with your vet.

One further thing to note: some airlines (including Air Canada) require that American Staffordshire Terriers and other "strong breeds" travel in reinforced crates, so you'll want to double check with the airline you're planning to use to find out if they impose this rule.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. Generally our international moves begin at around $2500 USD, but with more details will be able to give you a more precise estimate.

Thanks for reaching out, and good luck!

Cat Travel to Australia from Non-Approved Countries

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kariem
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: Saudi Arabia
To: Australia

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am in Saudi Arabia and planning to bring my cat to Bahrain. Could you offer some guidance about how to export her to Australia?

Thanks,

Kariem

 

Hi Kariem,

This is a good question, as Australia is a rabies-free country and moving pets here requires following particular processes very carefully.

It sounds like you know that cats can't move directly to Australia from Saudi Arabia -- here is more information about moving from a non-approved country. If you choose Bahrain as your country of departure, you'll need to follow the rules as outlined and complete all rabies vaccines, examinations, etc. in Bahrain.

The official Australia Government website also offers detailed instructions and a planning tool that will help you arrange the steps punctually and correctly. There have been a few recent rule changes regarding pet imports to Australia, and we've been hearing reports that some people have been encountering delays and extra fees due to not following procedures carefully enough.

Other than that, we can offer a few basic pet travel tips: choose a pet-friendly airline, help your cat to become acclimated to her crate, make sure she's well-hydrated before, during and after flight, and consider hiring professional assistance if you're unsure of anything.

If you'd like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with your move!

Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Doberman
From: New York, USA
To: Puerto Rico

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm going to be staying in my new home in Puerto Rico for 2-3 months over the winter and need to take my dog because it's too long for me to be separated from her. She is a rescue dog and she has been through a lot of abuse before I took her into my home, so I don't want to put her through such a long separation. Besides, I'm going to be living there permanently sometime soon and I need her to get used to her new home.

After doing a lot of research on the Internet I'm finding out that it's a lot more difficult as I thought. What if any advice do you have for me??

I always fly JetBlue because that is one of the best and cheapest airlines to Aquadilla, PR but they are not very pet friendly when it comes to my size dogs!

I would appreciate any good advice and thank you for your time!

Regards,
Pia

 

Hi Pia,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. Pet travel can definitely seem overwhelming at first glance, but after spending some time learning more about the process it's common to start feeling a little more at ease.

Here are a few links that will help to get you started:

 

In terms of airlines, it's very important to choose a pet-friendly carrier. We often use United, for example, because they have an established PetSafe program.

Please know that it can be demanding and expensive to travel long distances with pets, and many pet owners decide that, while a permanent relocation warrants bringing their furry family members along, shorter trips or vacations often don't. Often it's in the pet's best interest to leave them with a trusted sitter rather than put them through the travel process repeatedly, but that's something that's up to you, of course. Feel free to discuss the issue with your vet as you work towards making a decision.

Hopefully this information points you in the right direction, Pia. If you're interested in finding our more about the door-to-door services we offer, please fill out our free quote form.

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


 

Pet News Round-Up: Money Saving Tips and Travel News

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Money saving pet travel tips.

These police dogs are trained to sniff out hard drives.

Meet Wednesday, the cat featured as our Pet Move of the Month.

This cat video is adorable.

Twelve dog-friendly beaches.

New reporting rules address pet safety on planes.

 

monty

Happy Friday!

 

Are There Breed Restrictions for Dogs Traveling to the United States?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Henry
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
From: Venezuela
To: Miami, FL

Hi,

I would like to know if i need any specific paperwork to bring my Rottweilers into the United States. Also I just need the screwworm proof, rabies vaccination, and a veterinary certificate, right?

Thanks,

Henry

 

Hi Henry,

Thanks for your question, it sounds like you're on the right track. In addition to the items you mentioned, you will not need any kind of breed-specific paperwork. The United States does not make distinctions between breeds when it comes to importing pets, and in general it's one of the more straightforward countries when it comes to pet travel.

Flying with large dogs may require you to seek out custom crates -- here is more information about pet travel crates as well as the answers to a few basic pet travel questions. We recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and researching their policies well in advance so as to avoid any surprises.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you think you'd like to enlist some help with your relocation, and either way good luck with everything.
 

Pet Move of the Month: Wednesday's Journey to New Zealand

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

wednesday the catThis month's featured pet move is Wednesday, a cool cat we assisted with a move to New Zealand. We featured her several weeks ago in a post about cat crate-training techniques and were also happy to discover that her owners have a blog for her, too.

They were kind enough to share a few more details about what it's like to move a pet to New Zealand (hint: it can be tricky), and now the incredible experience is complete and they're one happy family again -- ready to explore their new home!

What brought about your move to New Zealand?

A great job offer working on Linux computers (and the largest super computer in the Southern Hemisphere) prompted our move, and...it's New Zealand!  We both always hoped to at least visit New Zealand, so when the opportunity came up to move here we just had to take it.

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

No, this was our first time and we were absolutely terrified!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our move was a bit complicated, we didn't know we were moving until two months before we were scheduled to be on a plane.  Because of waiting periods between shots and when she could be cleared to travel internationally, Wednesday had to stay behind in the States for five months after we had already relocated to New Zealand.  This lead to our biggest concern being if she would remember us at all.  Other fairly large concerns were, "Is this what's best for her?" and "Will the long flight scar her for life?"

What surprised you about the pet travel process?

We were both shocked to discover that the hardest part isn't the move itself, it's getting your pet's paperwork in order prior to the move. The move itself was very smooth, and after they picked her up PetRelocation kept us apprised of where Wednesday was and how she was doing every step of the way. 

 

wednesday with crate

 

How did Wednesday handle the transition?

Honestly, she adjusted more quickly than we did.  I work from home, so the first week she spent glued to my side, cuddling up next to me any time I was sitting down.  After some much needed time together after so many months apart, she easily fell back into her usual routine.  Also, those fears we had about her forgetting us were simply foolish, when Wednesday finally arrived in New Zealand she was purring before we could even get her out of the crate.  She knew exactly who we were and that she was home.

Is New Zealand a pet friendly place to be?

New Zealand is very pet friendly, but in a different way than the States.  Here there are no screens in windows and doors are often left open.  It is not uncommon for a cat to wander into a shop and make themselves at home.  We even had a late night break-in of the feline variety when we first arrived, a neighbour cat sneaked in through an open window and then couldn't figure out how to get back out.  Wednesday is strictly an indoor cat, so this aspect of Kiwi life is something we wish we had known about prior to moving.

It may be different in more remote areas of New Zealand, but here in the city pet shops seem to be in good supply and are often paired with vet and grooming services.  Pet food and cat litter can be awfully pricy, though most stores offer their own home brand for significantly less than Purina or Friskies.

wednesday hiding

 

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

First of all, don't panic. The moment you think you might be moving abroad, start looking into what might be required to move your fluffy family member.  Every country has different requirements for importing animals and some of them have lengthy quarantine times, so definitely begin preparing at least six months in advance.

What made you decide to hire help with your move?

Because it is such a long journey, New Zealand actually requires you to use a relocation service to move your pet.  We found out about PetRelocation online and when we contacted them for more information, Heather was friendly and informative; she even stayed on the phone with us when we took Wednesday to her first vet appointment, and we hadn't even officially signed up with PetRelocation.com yet. After that, we knew we didn't need to look any further for relocation services, and we were right.

wednesday sleeping

 

One more thing: you all sent us a photo of Wednesday when she touched down in California and had an overnight stay before continuing on through the journey. That really put us at ease, and something that really wasn't something you had to do.

You just did it, and it made a WORLD of difference.

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Thanks to Wednesday's caring owners for sharing this story with us! Have an international move coming up? Please contact us if you think you'd like some help.

 

Preparing Pets to Relocate to Australia

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Tyler
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador, Shar-pei
From: United States
To: Australia

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are planning on moving to Australia this fall and want to take our two dogs with us on the trip. We recently lived in Korea for a year with the two dogs (the dogs are from USA originally) so they have had the rabies blood work (summer 2013), microchip, and all of that good stuff. Are we going to have any major problems moving them to Australia with us?

Thanks,

Tyler

 

Hi Tyler,

Thanks for your question. Moving pets to Australia is a process that takes several weeks and it requires carrying out a series of steps very carefully. It sounds like you may be in good shape (especially because your dogs are used to traveling in general), but you'll want to visit the official Australia Government website and use the information and planning tools they provide to make sure everything is in order to meet your desired departure date. Take a look here.

Also, in case you weren't aware, Australia recently increased the costs associated with importing pets. Here is more information about the new price structure.

Aside from that we can offer the standard advice: choose a pet-friendly airline, make sure you have the correctly-sized travel crates (and if they've been in storage make sure they are still in good shape), and help your pets to be as healthy and hydrated as possible before the trip. If you think you'd like to hire some assistance, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote for our door-to-door services.

Hope this helps, Tyler. Let us know if you have further questions, and good luck!

How to Start the International Pet Travel Process

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab Mix
From: San Diego, CA.
To: Sicily, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I am so lost about where to even begin to plan travel for my four-legged baby. Any help you can provide would be wonderful!

Thanks,

Ashley

 

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! We'd be happy to offer some assistance -- most people begin the pet travel process feeling pretty anxious but the more information you have, the easier it becomes to put together a safe trip.

To start, here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You can also check the USDA website for additional details. Your dog will need to be microchipped and then receive the basic vaccines as listed. You'll also want to choose a pet-friendly airline, help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate, and possibly hire an agent or pet relocation professional to help you.

For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers. Hopefully this will help to get you started, and if you have more questions or would like to find out more about our services, you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with the trip!!