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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 veterinarian certificate saying that the cat is healthy.

We are going to travel to the Netherlands by ferry. Do we need any additional documents, documents translation or tests?

We appreciate your answer.

-Vladimir
 

 

Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for getting in touch with us. Here is an overview of the pet import requirements for the Netherlands. Along with what you've done already, your cat will need to be up to date on all the vaccinations listed in addition to rabies (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

If you're planning to travel by ferry you'll also want to check with the transportation company regarding their pet polices, required travel crate, etc.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you have more questions or are interested in hearing more about our relocation services. Good luck with your trip.

 

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?

Thanks,

Megan

 

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 he is fit to fly (this is required by the airline).

Find out more about what goes into moving pets domestically here. The costs will depend on a few factors, and we'd be happy to talk to you about all the details.

You also need to buy the correct airline-approved travel crate and double check the airline rules to be sure you're in compliance. Please take a look at our blog for more info about pet travel -- many people begin with lots of questions but soon find that their concerns are easily cleared up.

Just let us know if you have more questions about our services, and feel free to check us out on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the latest.  Thanks again, and we hope to hear from you soon!

 

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,
Colin

 

Hi Colin,

Thanks for your message, we'd be happy to assist. Start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States (they're actually pretty straightforward and not as strict as many other countries). As you can see, your dog will need an updated rabies vaccine and an international health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. A microchip is not required but we do recommend it.

Contrary to popular belief, it's not a problem for you to fly separately from  your dog. Many people do this and it makes the  move transition much easier; you'll just need your friends or a move agent to bring your dog to the airport and handle the check-in, and someone will need to be on the arriving end to pick up the dog and arrange customs clearance.

If you'd like to find out about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. You're also welcome to research the pet travel process on our blog and/or check out IPATA.org for more info about finding agents, etc.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you need anything else, and good luck with the trip.

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?

Thanks,

Claudette

 

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 find more info here).

According to IATA, Air Jamaica will not transport pets in the cabin, so that's another thing you'll want to check out by calling the airline.

Hopefully it all works out for you, Claudette! Let us know if we can be of further service, and good luck with everything.

 


 

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?

Thanks,

Perle



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 preparation process. Your cats will need to be brought up to date on their rabies vaccine if not already and you'll need the correct paperwork (including a health certificate) in hand, as well.

As far as cost, this will depend on a few factors -- such as where in Russia you live. PetRelocation does offer door-to-door services to our clients, and with a few more details we will be able to give you a move plan and cost estimate. Please fill out our free quote form if you're interested in hearing from one of our specialists.

Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please let us know how we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

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,

Marianne

 

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 certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of departure (this is required by all airlines and states your cat is fit to fly). You can view the US requirements here.

Please take a look at our blog if you have more questions about pet travel, and let us know if you're interested in our door-to-door pet transportation services.

We'd be happy to assist you further, and either way, have a good trip!

 

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,

Erika

 

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 an idea of the steps you'll need to take.

Aside from these details, you'll also want to book your dogs' flight with a pet friendly airline (we often use airlines like KLM and Lufthansa, who have established pet policies and good records of safety). You also need to make sure your dogs have the correct travel crates and are able to acclimate to them before the move if they're not used to traveling.

For peace of mind, it helps to read the stories of pet owners who have moved their pets internationally. Pet travel can be overwhelming at first, but you'll see that thousands of people have moved pets safely and with the right amount of planning it can all go smoothly. Here are a few of our pet customer stories to help give you an idea of what to expect.

If you'd like to find out more about the pet transportation services we offer, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks again for the question, and good luck with everything!

 

"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?

Thanks,

Roland

 

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 permits, and proof of updated rabies vaccines for your pets.

You'll also want to secure the correct travel crates for your pets, and check with the airline you'll be using to find out what their policies are regarding pets. As you can see, this will all take a little time and attention to detail so it's a good idea to start planning well in advance of your move.

If you have further questions and would like to find out more about our services, please fill out our free quote form. Thanks for checking in with us, and good luck with everything!

 

"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?

Thanks,

Juliann

 

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 out what you'll need to do.

Here are the pet import requirements for the Dominican Republic according to the USDA. It sounds like you're aware of the rabies vaccine rules, etc., and no, there is currently no quarantine.

As for the travel details, you'll want to book a flight with a pet friendly airline and check with them to find out their latest preferences and regulations when it comes to bringing pets on board. We often use carriers like United, KLM and Lufthansa due to their established pet policies and safety procedures.

You'll also need to secure the correct travel crates for your pets. Check out our website for more information about choosing the right travel crates.

Hope this helps! Please contact us if you'd like a free quote for our services, and good luck with everything.
 

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 that I can bring him with us on our move? I really don't want to leave him behind, please help me figure out how to bring Fester with us!
 
All advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Cheers,
Laureen
 
 
Hi Laureen,
 
Thanks for your question. Bird travel is indeed more tricky than moving a dog or a cat in most cases, but the good news is that we've moved many birds and would be happy to offer some guidance.
 
Here's some information about how to ship a bird. Since you're not sure where you're going yet it will be hard to prepare exactly, but it's still a smart idea to research a few things and look into securing the right travel crate for Fester.
 
If you have questions about determining your bird's CITES status and are interested in our transportation services, please contact us for a free quote. Finally, take a look at some of the birds we've moved in the past. Here is Cocoa, who moved to Italy, and here are Washington and Jefferson, who moved to France.
 
Thanks again for contacting us, and good luck with everything!
 
 
 
 
Bird travel can be tricky.
 

 
 

 

"How Should I Prepare my Dog for our Move to Louisiana?"

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Julie
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
From: Newfoundland, Canada
To: Mandeville Area, Louisiana

Hi - wondered if you can help.

I have a 6-year-old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is a family pet. He moved with us from the UK to Ontario, Canada in August 2011, and then across to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in April 2012.

He has a valid Rabies vaccination given on 27th April 2011, which is valid until 26th April 2014. Blood tests were carried out a month later and were all in order. He has an up-to-date booster against DHPP and an up-to-date kennel cough vaccine. He is also given Advanatge Multi-55 on a monthly basis.

Can you confirm to me that these are all the requirements that he needs to access Louisiana State?

I have also read that all dogs/cats in Louisiana are to be spayed or neutered. Does this just apply to animals that are being rehomed from adoption centres or in general? Our dog is un-neutered. He is always on a leash or in the house so there has never been an issue prior to this. Can you confirm how we stand in this situation?

Also, can you recommend any good carriers to organise his transport over to Louisiana from St. Johns Airport in Newfoundland.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Julie

 

Hi Julie,

Thanks for your questions. It sounds like you're a savvy traveler and take great care of your dog!

First, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. Compared to the other places you've been, these are probably easier rules to follow -- the only things your dog really needs are an updated rabies vaccine (which you seem to have) and an international health certificate, which should be issued by your vet within 10 days of departure.

It looks like Louisiana has a spay/neuter law for pets from "releasing agencies" (shelters). According to our research it's not a statewide law for all dogs, but as you get settled in and locate a vet in your new town, it would be wise to double check with him or her about any local regulations you should be aware of.

Finally, if you're interested in door-to-door transportation services, please fill out our free quote form. We specialize in getting pets safely from one place to another and would love to speak to you more about your move. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!



 

"How Do I Move My Dogs from Thailand to Spain?"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Cross Breeds
From: Thailand
To: Spain

Hi,

What forms do I need to complete to move my dogs to Spain?

Thanks,

Sandra

 

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your question. Take a look at the pet import requirements for Spain. There you will find the health requirements as well as the corresponding documentation your dogs will need in order to travel to Spain. Your accredited veterinarian should be able to provide all of these documents. Documentation may also be required in order to export your dogs from Thailand. Check out this page for more information about the process of exporting pets from Thailand.

Relocating a pet internationally can seem confusing, and many people choose to hire a pet shipping service to help navigate the rules and requirements of countries and airlines. If you think you might like help moving your dogs to Spain, fill out our quote form for a free price estimate and to be in contact with a pet transport specialist. And if you have any more questions about pet travel, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your question and good luck with your move!

PetRelocation Included on 2013 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

For the fifth year in a row, PetRelocation has made the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. With this achievement, we join companies like Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit and Zappos.com, who have all been included over the years. We're pretty excited that, as we continue to learn and work hard every day, our growth can be measured alongside such successful businesses.

This year PetRelocation ranked #2509 overall, #73 in the Logistics and Transportation category, and #54 in the Austin Metro Area. Best of all, we've achieved 141% growth over the last three years and doubled our staff! Here's a link to our Inc. 5000 profile page for all the details.

This is what Eric Schurenberg, Editor in chief of Inc. Magazine had to say about this year's list:

“For 32 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. Make no mistake: The Inc. 5000 was harder to get into this year than ever in history. The median company on the list increased sales more than 140 percent since the start of 2010, while the average honoree grew a mind-boggling 468 percent. Those are results most companies could only dream of in the economy of the past three years.”

Thanks to everyone who has helped us along our journey so far. Recognition like this reminds us that the job we do is an important one, and we plan to stay focused on our customers and dedicated to offering the best pet relocation services possible. Cheers, everyone!

 

 

Pet Move Customer Story: Sydney's Big Adventure

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Laura and Ben
Pet's Name: Sydney Valentine
From: Sydney Australia
To: Austin, Texas via Houston, Texas

Well, our Australia Chapter has come to a close and we needed to find the best route for Sydney Girl to travel to her new home -- TEXAS. We asked around, and PetRelocation kept coming up in conversations. Three of our friends used this service to get their pets to Australia so I thought, "if they are good coming this way then they must be good going back!"

I looked them up on Facebook and their website; I liked the following facts: They are from Austin, Texas, our sales guy Mike (who I requested) was from Australia, and then our client care specialist Amber (again, I did some website stalking) has a Vizsla. All pluses in my book!!!

The PetRelocation team was great on both sides. They sent pictures and made sure that Sydney had enough water and food before all of her travels. The pet transporters (the Rosenbaums) were great! My Aunt and Uncle have Sydney until we get to the states, and it just shows you what a small world it is that my Aunt and Mrs. Rosenbaum had a couple of friends in common! They had a nice visit when they dropped off Sydney. Everyone really communicated well, which was very important to me because I am still in Australia and my Aunt is in Houston.

Sydney is settling well, playing with her cousin Jackson, a Lab mix, swimming in the pool and receiving daily treats from her Auntie! She is not going to want to come with us to Austin!

To the team at PetRelocation: Thank you so much for getting Sydney to the United States with no dramas! Everything was super smooth. It really showed during the whole process how caring and understanding you are about pets really being part of the family.

See you in Austin in October! I will bring Sydney to the office to meet the team.

Ta!

 



 

Pet Travel Question: Moving a Ferret to the United States

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sandra
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Ferret
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
To: Portland, Oregon

Hi,

I'm having a hard time trying to find what all needs to be done in order for me to bring my little guy back to the States with me, please help with any advice or tips you may have! For example, do I need to have him chipped?

Thanks a million!!!

Sandra

 

Hi Sandra,

You're right to notice that there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about moving ferrets (but plenty about cats and dogs). According to the USDA, the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service currently has no health requirements for the importation of ferrets.

That being said, it is probably best to play it safe and meet the US pet import requirements when bringing your ferret to Portland. These requirements are relatively simple, and all you'll need is proof of a current Rabies vaccination and an International Health Certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of travel. Additionally, we always recommend that owners have their pets microchipped before traveling.

You should be sure to contact your chosen airline directly to make sure they accept ferrets and to confirm whether your pet will be traveling in-cabin or as cargo. You will also need an airline-approved crate for your ferret to be sure that he will travel safely and comfortably.

Moving a pet (especially one that isn't a cat or dog) can be confusing, so if you think you'd like the assistance of a pet shipping specialist, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about pet transport, be sure to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Shipping a Dog to the Philippines

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese
From: Virginia, USA
To: Philippines

Hello,

What are the requirements for moving our dog overseas?

Thanks,

Kathy

 

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your question. Check out the pet import requirements for the Philippines to get an idea of what documentation is necessary in order to bring a dog into the Philippines. You'll notice that it's a relatively short list, and that all your dog will need is a microchip, a rabies vaccination with certificate, and a health certificate issued by your vet within 10 days of your dog's flight. The trickiest part about the Philippines' import requirements is the fact that you'll need to get these documents endorsed by the USDA. Check here to find the location of your local branch of the USDA.

In addition to meeting these national import requirements, your airline will likely require you to purchase an airline-approved travel crate for your dog if you don't already own one. This is to ensure your dog's comfort and safety on the long flight to the Philippines.

If you'd like to learn more about our door-to-door pet transport services, fill out our free quote form. And if you have any more questions about moving your dog, feel free to contact us. Good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Bringing a Dog to Canada

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Hayley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
From: UK
To: Canada

Hello,

We are looking to move out to Canada next month permanently and want to take our dog but have not got a clue where to start. I have asked vets and they can't even help. Does he need any injections, does he need a passport? Please help.

Many thanks,

Hayley

 

Hi Hayley,

Traveling with pets can be confusing, but it becomes a lot easier once you know what's required. Check out the pet import requirements for Canada. There, you'll find all of the health requirements and documentation your dog will need in order to enter Canada. You'll notice that most of the requirements consist of documentation, and that the only required vaccine is for Rabies. You can find more information about importing dogs on the government of Canada's website.

In addition to these requirements, pet air travel requires an airline-approved travel crate. Also, if you haven't already purchased plane tickets, you should try to book with a pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, Lufthansa, and United). These airlines have established pet policies which ensure the safety of your dog—an especially important concern when flying during the hot summer months.

If you are interested in learning about our door-to-door pet moving services, please fill out our free quote form. Additionally, if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Flying a Boxer Across the US

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lauren
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Boxer
From: Boston
To: Los Angeles

Hi,

I have a 6-year-old Boxer and we are looking to fly him across country but will be returning in three months. Last time we did this we drove, but really are hoping not to! Do you have an airline you recommend using? Would you be concerned about a Boxer flying between November and February?

Thank you!

Lauren

 

Hi Lauren,

Pet air travel can seem daunting, but when properly planned, flying can actually prove simpler than a cross-country road trip. For domestic US flights, we usually recommend United Airlines. United has a program called PetSafe which employs specially-trained pet-handling professionals and policies which have been specifically designed to ensure the safety of pets flying as cargo.

Flying between November and February shouldn't be a problem, but your dog's breed makes air travel a bit more complicated. Because Boxers are a brachycephalic (short-snouted) breed, they are prone to respiratory problems and extra precautions should be taken to ensure their safety. For example, your dog will need a crate that is one size larger than what would normally be required by his size. Check out United's pet restrictions page for their policies, or for more general guidelines on pet travel safety, check out this post on how to minimize the risks of pet air travel.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet shipping services, fill our quote form for a free price estimate. Additionally, if you have any more questions about pet transport, feel free to contact us. Thanks for your questions and good luck with your trip!

Pet Travel Question: How do You Move a Dog to Alaska?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Dapple Dachshund
From: North Carolina
To: Alaska

Hello,

What are the recommended shots that my dog will need to get before moving to Alaska?

Thanks,

Kristin

 

Hi Kristin,

Luckily, pet transport within the United States is relatively simple. Check out the requirements for traveling with a pet within the United States. You'll notice that the only required vaccination is for Rabies, and that your dog will need to get that shot at least 30 days before traveling. You will also need a health certificate from your vet stating that your dog is healthy enough to fly and issued within 10 days of departure. We also recommend microchipping your pet before travel, though it's not required.

Now that you know what health requirements your dog will need to meet, all that's left is the logistics of getting your dog to Alaska. If you have any questions about pet shipping or pet air travel feel free to contact us. Additionally, if you're interested in learning about our door-to-door pet shipping services, fill out our quote form for a free price estimate. Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!

Pet Travel Question: Shipping a Dog to Puerto Rico

Monday, July 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Rafelina
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Pinscher
From: Albany, NY
To: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

Hi,

What pet requirements are needed to send my puppy to Puerto Rico and how much will it cost?

Thanks,

Rafelina

 

Hi Rafelina,

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Puerto Rico. As you can see, because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, pet shipping from the continental United States is not considered international and you will only need domestic health certificates and proof of current vaccinations. Be aware that we recommend waiting until a dog is at least 12 weeks old before traveling.

The cost of your dog's move will depend on a number of factors. The bulk of your costs will be related to pet air travel, as you will need to book a plane ticket for your puppy on a pet-friendly airline and you will need to purchase an airline-approved travel crate if you do not already own one. Additionally, depending on your travel arrangements, you might need to hire a ground transportation service to take your puppy to the airport in New York and pick him up in Puerto Rico.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet relocation services, fill out our quote form for a free cost estimate. Additionally, if you have any more questions feel free to contact us. Thanks for your question, and good luck with your move!