Help Me Move My Pet

Feeling Nervous about International Cat Air Travel

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: European Tabby
From: Barcelona, Spain
To: Charlotte, NC, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

I will be moving back to the States soon (I'm an American living in Spain) and need to transport my cats to the States. They were born in Spain and have never been to the US. Most airlines only allow one pet per passenger in the cabin on international flights and I need to transport both of them.

If I transport them in the cargo area, will they die? I've been reading...

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Dog Travel to South Africa

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Silvia
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog.
Pet Breed: Saluki Mix
From: Abu Dhabi
To: Cape Town, South Africa


Dear PetRelocation,

Please give me info on all requirement needed to move my dogs without having them in quarantine. I want to be able to pick them up as soon as they land in South Africa.

What are all the requirements and documents I need to ensure a smooth transport?

Thank you,



Hi Silvia,

Please take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa. As long as you follow these...

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Pet Move of the Month: 12 Pets from Thailand to the United States!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

We're used to working with pet lovers, of course, but sometimes a client comes along whose dedication and kind-heartedness is simply unparalleled. Recently we were contacted about moving 12 pets -- 10 dogs and two cats -- from Thailand to California, and the more we got to know the pet owner Margot, the more we were in awe of her loving spirit.

Of course we knew this would be a great move to spotlight for our Pet Move of the Month. Read on to learn more about this menagerie of special pets... As...

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Flying with a Dog within the United States

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Megan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: New York
To: California


Dear PetRelocation,

How much would it cost for my dog to move from New York to California? How long will it take and what are some of the requirements I need for him?




Hi Megan,

Thank you for your message, we'd be happy to help. Transporting pets domestically is pretty straightforward; essentially you need your dog to be up to date on his rabies vaccine and also have a vet health certificate stating...

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Cat Travel to The Netherlands

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vladimir
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: British
From: Russia
To: The Netherlands


Dear PetRelocation,

My wife and I are going to relocate for long term work from Russia to the Netherlands in December. We have a cat, British breed, who is two years old and we would like to take him with us for non-commercial trade.

We did a vaccination against rabies and installed a microchip on the 1st of September 2013. Also we have an international PET passport. Before leaving, we will get a...

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Arranging a Dog Move to the United States

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Colin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed Breed (Half chow)
From: Pretoria, South Africa
To: Newral, Delaware

Dear PetRelocation,

Please advise about the regulations to bring our dog to the US. We leave in December 2013 and would like to first settle in and then transport the dog over a month later. The dog will be with friends during January.

Thank you,


Hi Colin,

Thanks for your message, we'd be happy to assist. Start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the...

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Jamaica's Strict Pet Import Rules

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Claudette
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Hamster
Pet Breed: Female Fancy Hamster
From: Seattle, Washington , USA
To: Montego Bay , Saint James , Jamaica

Dear PetRelocation,

Can I bring my hamster with me to Jamaica?




Hi Claudette,

Jamaica has very strict rules regarding importing pets. Dogs and cats may only enter from rabies-free countries and birds are not allowed at all. To find out the latest rules regarding hamsters, please contact the Jamaica Ministry of Agriculture (you can...

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Pug Travel Questions

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vagner
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To: Stockholm, Sweden

Dear PetRelocation,

Hi! I got so happy to know that there is a company like this to help pet owners... I would like to know if it would be possible to safely transport my 4-year-old pug to Sweden.

All the documentation is fine, but I am so scared about the 11 hour flight from Brazil to Europe. (Especially when I think that there will be one connecting flight in Europe.) Please, I need to know...

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Weighing Cat Travel Options

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Amber
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Cats
From: Montreal, QC
To: Red Deer, AB

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm trying to figure out the cheapest but safest way to transport my cats.Their ages range from 3-8 years. I'm worried that transporting them by plane will be too stressful and dangerous for them and I was told to maybe sedate them (but I read that's very dangerous).

I thought of maybe doing it by train, but how do I incorporate a litter box for them? Do you have any suggestions?




Hi Amber,


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Questions About Cat Transport to Canada

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Perle
Number of Pets: 2 or 3
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Ukrenian Levkoy
From: Russia
To: Montreal, Canada

Dear PetRelocation,

How much would it cost to bring my cats from Russia to Canada, and how do your services work? Can you pick my cats up from my Russia address and get them to the airport in Montreal?



Hi Perle,

Thank you for your question, we'd be happy to discuss your options. First, look over the pet import requirements for Canada for an idea of what to expect regarding the...

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Planning International Cat Travel

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Marianne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: House Cat
From: Denmark
To: California, USA


Dear PetRelocation,

I would just like to know about the requirements for entering the USA. Will my cat need to be in quarantine? If so, for how long?

Thank You,



Hi Marianne,

The United States does not impose a quarantine for pets entering the country (except if you're going to Hawaii), however you do need to show that your cat has an up-to-date rabies vaccine and an international health...

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Preparing for a Pet Move to South Africa

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Erika
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terriers
From: Geoje-Si, South Korea
To: Vryburg, South Africa

Dear PetRelocation,

We would like to inquire about the process of moving our pets to South Africa. Please kindly advise.

Thank you,



Hi Erika,

Thanks for your question. We've helped many pets move to South Africa from various places around the world and would be happy to provide some information. To begin, please take a look at the import requirements for South Africa for...

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"How do I move my pets to Zambia?"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Roland
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: three dogs and two cats
Pet Breed: Boerboel, Jack Russel, Pit bull
From: George, South Africa
To: Ndola, Zambia

How do I go about transporting my animals to our new home in Zambia?




Hi Roland,

Moving your pets to Zambia will mean taking a look at the import requirements and also attending to basic logistics (you'll probably be flying?). Here are the pet import requirements for Zambia -- it looks like you'll need vet health certificates, import...

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Moving to Pet Friendly Scotland with a Dog

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shepherd Mix
From: California
To: Scotland

My boyfriend and I are getting engaged, and he lives in Scotland. I will be bringing my dog out there from California with me to stay. She is 55 pounds and fully vaccinated with the proper paperwork and receipts. I adopted her as a 10 month old puppy, and she is currently 2 and 1/2 years old.

Please provide an idea of cost and any helpful details on how to relocate her.



Hi Julie,


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Signs of a Puppy Scam

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Leticia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Bulldog
From: Ohio
To: California

I received an email stating that my puppy was being transported by airplane from Ohio to California. I was never told that I needed to purchase puppy insurance, and I was told that in order for my puppy to make it to me that I had to pay a refundable insurance payment of $875. Do you think I've been scammed, or is there really pet insurance that needs to be paid?

Thank you for your help,




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Will the US Government Shutdown Affect Pet Travel?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

The government shutdown underway in the United States since early Tuesday morning affects about 800,000 federal employees. As many government agencies are being forced to cease operations, you may be wondering if your upcoming pet flight will be canceled or delayed.

Based on what we've learned, most agencies dealing with freight transportation will not be impacted. In terms of travel in general, most employees of the Department of Homeland Security will report for regular duty and TSA cargo...

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Guinea Pig Travel to the United States

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jeff
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Guinea Pig
Pet Breed: Guinea Pig
From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
To: Rancho Santa Margarita, California


Dear PetRelocation,

We purchased our guinea pig in Canada. Is there any special paperwork required to bring her into the United States?




Hi Jeff,

The United States has pretty straightforward import rules when it comes to pets; in fact, for guinea pigs, the USDA does not impose any animal health requirements (please see here).

That being said, it would...

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"What are the Pet Import Requirements for the Dominican Republic?"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Juliann
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 cats 2 dogs
Pet Breed: mix breeds
From: Tomball, TX
To: Dominican Republic

What is the process for moving my pets from Texas to the Dominican Republic? I have found the info on microchipping and documentation, but will they need to be quarantined? How will they be transported?




Hi Juliann,

Thanks for your question. Every country is different when it comes to pet import rules, so it's smart to start researching well in advance of your trip to find...

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Figuring Out Air Travel With Birds

Monday, September 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laureen
From: Beijing, PRC China
To: Unknown at this time
Pets: Fester -- a little green male parakeet, approximately 2 years old
Dear PetRelocation,
My husband and I are anticipating being transferred to a new assignment from our current one in Beijing, China. It can possibly be most anywhere in the world including returning to our home in Denver, Colorado. Two years ago I purchased a parakeet and of course we have grown quite fond of him. What proper documentation do I need to acquire so...
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Pet News Round-Up: How to be a Better Pet Owner

Friday, September 6, 2013 by Caitlin Moore


Ten dog parenting hacks from DogVacay.

Dogs traveling from Liverpool to Belfast now have a very comfortable option.

These hotels and restaurants make a pet friendly weekend getaway possible.

Info about summer airline embargoes for pet travelers taking off over the next few weeks.

It does exist: pet friendly public transportation.

Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for lots of cute pet pictures (like Gus, the cutie below)!



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