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After Work, We Play Games (About Work): PetRelocation Trivia Night

Friday, January 25, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


Booking flights, navigating country requirements, and talking to agents and clients around the world are activities all in a day's work for our dedicated Pet Relocation Specialists, and by now their heads are filled with so much knowledge that last week they decided to stage a friendly competition to see who in fact knows the most.

The first ever PetRelocation Trivia Extravaganza was organized by Specialists Tyler and Rebecca, and after a couple hours of heated pet transportation-themed...

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Pet Move Customer Story: Rascal & May's Move to Tajikistan

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Siret
Pets' Names: Rascal and May
Moved From: Washington, DC
Moved To: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
My biggest worry when I received a job in Dushanbe, Tajikistan was how to get my pets, Rascal, a large Shetland Sheepdog, and May, an opinionated cat, to my new home. I had raised both of them from early puppy/kittenhood and they were my family, so there was no way I could have left them behind. 
I knew I wouldn't be able to fly with them since I had to travel via meetings on the other side of the...
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Pet Move Customer Story: Daisy, Abby & Ginger's Move to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Friday, September 21, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Vos Family
Pets' Names: Daisy, Abby and Ginger
From: Las Vegas
To: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Our three dogs went all the way from Las Vegas to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Long journey, but due to the extreme good work from PetRelocation.com (Scotty and Matt), they arrived safely and in a perfect shape to our new home in Jeddah. We strongly recommend using PetRelocation.com.

We heard from quite a few people that they were not successful in getting their dogs in Jeddah by using different pet shippers....

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Pet Travel News Links: Popular Dog Breeds, Pet-Friendly Destinations and Behind The Scenes of Pet Shipping

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Enjoy one last pet travel update before the weekend begins. Have a good one, pet lovers!


Here's a step-by-step account of a pet move to Papua New Guinea.

DogVacay.com, which just launched in San Francisco and Los Angeles, matches private pet sitters with discerning pet owners on the go.

But if you're going to Vail, CO, consider bringing your dog along -- looks like it's a very pet-friendly place to be!

Did you watch the Oscars last week? How about the Golden Collar Awards? Director Martin...

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Continuing our Pet Travel Education: Lessons from the 2011 IPATA Conference

Friday, December 2, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

The 2011 IPATA Conference offered a great chance for Cara and Matt, two of our senior PetRelocation employees, to meet other pet shipping pros, brush up on the latest industry trends, and get some hands on experience, as well (check out Kika's Hong Kong/China border crossing story). They even got to host a pet party at Pet World for some of our past and present clients, and overall found Hong Kong to be a welcoming and enriching place.

Here's a little more about the conference itself, as...Read More

Pet Travel Question: The effects of leaving pets behind (for a few weeks)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Olivia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkie and Morkie
From: Canada
To: Florida

I am moving to Florida for four months and can't bring my pets with me! Having said that I am leaving them with a family member who both dogs love and spend a lot of time with. Even though I know they are in good hands, though, I am worried about the effect it will have on them of me being away so long. Will they forget me? Or not want to come back home to me when I return? I have been struggling with...Read More

APHIS 7001: Entry Requirements for Pets from the US

Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

Pet travel isn't easy, and  -- on top of everything else you have to do -- obtaining all the right documents with all the right endorsements can seem like quite the endeavor. Specifically, we commonly receive questions regarding the APHIS 7001, a Veterinary Health Certificate that comes into play for many international pet moves.

You can learn more about and also download the APHIS Form 7001 on our site. As you can see from the comments on this post, many people have questions about it, so we...Read More

Puppies and the holidays: Avoiding puppy scams and thinking twice about pets as gifts

Friday, December 10, 2010 by Caitlin Moore

Puppy shipping holidayIn some ways it sounds like the perfect holiday scenario: a floppy-eared puppy with a big red bow tied around his collar scampers into the arms of the kids, shrieks of delight fill the room, and everyone lives blissfully ever after.

In reality, there is (and should be) more to it than that. First of all, getting a puppy is a big deal, and the decision to add one to the family - especially during the hectic holiday season - shouldn't be a surprise event. Pets can bring happiness and fun to our...Read More

Rabbit travel to the United Arab Emirates from India

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Keerthi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
From: India

Hi, I am planning to move from India to Abu Dhabi shortly and would like to take my pet bunny with me. I am told that he would require myxomatosis & VHD vaccines to be able to apply for an import permit. Sadly, these vaccines are unavailable in India as per some of the leading veterinary surgeons I have spoken to here. Are these vaccines a must for rabbits entering the UAE? I get different information from different shippers....Read More

Five Pet Shipping Lessons Learned from the 2010 IPATA Conference

Friday, October 22, 2010 by Rachel Truair

2010 IPATA ConferenceA conference for pet shipping experts?  Yes, while it sounds quirky, the pet shipping industry is a tight-knit yet global industry full of people who genuinely care (and, admittedly, get a little bit geeky) about the safe transportation of peoples' furry loved ones.

The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) was established in 1979 by a group of pet transportation professionals looking to increase awareness of pet transportation, implement safety standards and share...Read More

"How much to ship a puppy?" Puppy scams cost pet lovers thousands.

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Rachel Farris

You've gone online to search for a puppy and stumbled across a free Yorkie puppy named "Romeo."  Or maybe an adorable English bull dog puppy with droopy eyes, or a free Pomeranian puppy named "Candy."  It might even be a free Persian or Siberian kitten.  The owners of the puppy aren't asking for any money -- except for the shipping costs. 

Sometimes there's a sad story that goes along with the puppies.  The puppy's owner will tell you that their daughter died, and it was her puppy, or that they...

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Delta Airlines Pet Policy

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Government Regulations

Some states may require a health certificate for your pet travel. Your veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 800-545-8732, or the Department of Agriculture of the state you are traveling to may provide you with more information.

Pets As Carry On

Your pet can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee of 100 USD/CAD/EUR* (to be collected at check-in). Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, and household birds. Monkeys, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs,...

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The Evolution of Pet Travel Crates

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Rachel Farris

The question that the Continental rep had is very common within the show community too because nobody trusts the plastic folding dog crates due to their terrible design, but there is a massive difference between ours and the plastic dog crate folding style.

Way back in the 1960s when the folding style was developed and patented, they used the same style of latches that we and others still use today. Oddly enough, they were actually designed for use specifically within the aircraft industry - they...

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Post-terrorism, pet travel becomes tricky

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet travel after terrorism can be difficult as one bird owner found out.An article in the New York Times this week features a feathery situation in the airport security line.  Joe Sharkey, a Times reporter, was faced with pet flying his two parrots, Rosie (an African Grey) and Petey (a blue-and-gold Macaw) from Newark to Phoenix.  A difficult task under the best of circumstances, Sharkey found himself receiving a long, hard look from the TSA before boarding with Rosie, who would be flying with him in-cabin.  Then the time came for Rosie to be inspected by the TSA,...

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Russell Brand and the Pet Passport: Even celebrities need pet travel help!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 by Rachel Farris

Last week, OK! Magazine reported that Russell Brand, a British movie star (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) wouldn't live with his girlfriend, American rockstar Katy Perry, in the US because "someone has got to feed" his cat.  OK! went on to quote Brand as saying, "I am getting him a pet passport which means he can travel around as much as he likes."  He also quipped a bit about the funny thought of pets having passports, sounding much like the pet shippers around here.  "Unfortunately, they don't do...

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Puppy scam victims finding help through websites, social networking

Saturday, October 3, 2009 by Rachel Farris

Every day PetRelocation.com gets phone calls from people around the world wanting to know how much it costs to ship a puppy.  Our first question is always "Do you know the person you're buying the puppy from?"  Nine times out of ten, people are being scammed by individuals pretending to have some sort of adorable fuzzball that they "just want to give to a good home."  Unfortunately these scammers prey on people's emotions to talk them into sending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to...

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Confusion When Moving Pets to the EU

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Rachel Farris

My family and I will be moving to Poland with two cats. Will they need to have the FAVN test done? I've read so many conflicting requirements while pursuing an answer via the web that I'm at a total loss as where to begin. Thanks for your help! Carolina

Carolina, we hear you.  If you're moving with pets to the EU, you can get so bogged down in bureaocracy that it can make your work permit application process look like a cake walk!

But I can't fully answer your question, because you don't say what...

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Should I tranquilize my pet prior to their move?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Rachel Farris

We here at PetRelocation.com (www.petrelocation.com) come across a lot of different questions and comments that surround the pet relocation process. It is these questions, or what we like to call Myths, that has prompted me to post of few of our answers to these common Pet Moving Myths!

Myth #1: Pets should be tranquilized before shipping because it will be so traumatic.

Truth: Picture two children going to summer camp. The parents of one are happy and excited to see their child taking off on...

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Pet Relocation in the EU - European Union and Pets

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Rachel Farris

Pet Relocation to European Union

Traveling within the European Union is much easier according to the new system. People who own dogs and cats can easily move from one EU to another without much hassle with their domestic pets. It has relaxed the health requirements of the pet traveling with its owner or a caretaker. But the main factor is that the pet should not be relocated for selling purposes. Personal pet keepers will benefit more from such improved and reverted pet relocation schemes.

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Importance of Domestic Health Certificates!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Rachel Farris

I recently received a phone call from a customer who was moving domestically (within the United States) and had asked us why she needed Health Documentation for her pet move. Her main issue was that her cat has never been vaccinated by a Veterinarian, since she believes in Homeopathic Remedies and does all of her vaccinations herself.

This is a great alternative to some, however for the USDA and the various State Laws, it is a requirement to obtain the proper health papers when leaving your...Read More