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Bengal Cat Travel to Costa Rica

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Icelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: MA, USA
To: Costa Rica

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Does Costa Rica have any travel restrictions when it comes to domestic Bengal cats? My cat is an F-6 Bengal cat. She has some "wild blood" in her ancestry, but it's very far removed and she is a domesticated pet (like regular house cat).

I know, for example, in Hawaii Bengal cats are not allowed to enter the state at all. Also, is there a quarantine period?

Thanks!

Icelle

 

Hi Icelle,

Thanks for contacting us, we'd be happy to direct you to a few pet travel resources. First, please review the pet import requirements for Costa Rica via the USDA.

As you'll see, there is no quarantine for pets entering the country provided they meet these rules as outlined, and there is no mention of breed restrictions regarding Bengal cats. You're welcome to double check the most up-to-date information by contacting the Costa Rica Ministry of Agriculture, but because your cat is so far removed from her original ancestry, it's very doubtful this will be an issue.

As for general pet travel advice, we recommend looking over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these cat crate training tips (along with choosing a pet-friendly airline, pet crate training is a very important part of pet travel). To enter Costa Rica, cats need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate (as you'll see when you follow the USDA link above).

Please let us know if you think you'd like some assistance with your move, and good luck with your relocation to Costa Rica!
 

ISO Compliant Microchips for Pet Travel to Sweden

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sofia
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Havanese
From: USA
To: Sweden

Dear PetRelocation,

Our dog has just been microchipped with a HomeAgain chip that is 15 digits. Is this chip ISO compatible? Will customs in Sweden be able to scan his chip?

Best,

Sofia
 

Hi Sofia,

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, HomeAgain chips are ISO compatible so you'll be in accordance with this requirement upon entry to Sweden.

For your information, here are the pet import requirements for Sweden as well as a little more information about microchips and pet travel. Now that you have the microchip, you can have your dog vaccinated against rabies (this must happen after the microchip is implanted to be valid). Tapeworm treatment is also required for dogs entering Sweden and we recommend basic vaccinations, as well (you'll see this all outlined in the above link).

If you have any general questions about pet-friendly airlines, crate training, etc., please take a look at these frequently asked questions about pet travel.

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door pet travel services, and just for fun, here are a few pet travel stories from clients of ours who have moved to Europe.

Happy travels!

How to Plan International Rabbit Travel

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Lop Eared
From: London, UK
To: New Canaan, CT, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I'm just wondering what I need to do documentation-wise to ensure Willie gets to move to the US from London as we corporate relocate back home. Also, I'm clueless about how to physically move him. Does he go under the seat, in a luggage/pet area or what?

Thanks! Look forward to talking with you. Have a good day!

Susan

 

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question! Per the USDA, the United States does not impose restrictions on rabbits entering the country, so you'll simply need to follow the guidelines of the airline you choose. Typically a vet health certificate is required to show the airline the pet is healthy and fit to fly.

We often use British Airways to transport pets from London to the United States -- find out more about the procedure here. Pets are not allowed in the cabin on this route; rather, they are transported in the cargo area, which is pressure and temperature controlled.

You'll also need an airline-approved travel crate. Often rabbit owners buy a small pet crate and modify it slightly in order to ensure safety... Please see the picture below for an example.

 

modified rabbit crate

Just let us know if you'd like some help arranging Willie's move, Susan. Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you again!
 

Cat Travel Question: Australia's 10 Day Quarantine

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elleni
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Maine Coon & Siamese
From: Thailand
To: Australia

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have heard the law has changed when bringing house pets from Thailand to Australia, where it used to be that you had to send the pets to Singapore for 6 months including one month quarantine. Now I hear that the quarantine period for a dog or cat is 190 days, where 180 of these days can be completed in the county of origin then there will be 10 days of quarantine in Australia.

Where can I find all the information relating to this? I have house cats who do not go outside my apartment in Bangkok. Where does the 180 days take place? At my home or a special facility?

Thank you in advance.

Kind Regards,

Elleni

 

Hi Elleni,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to offer some information. To start, here is a link to the Australian Government Department of Agriculture website -- here you can find out everything you need to know and build a timeline for your move that will outline when to get each vaccine and permit, etc. You're right that the quarantine time has changed (it used to be 30 days upon arrival in Australia and now it's 10), however you'll still need to make some special arrangements based on where you're starting your journey.

Thailand is not an approved country from which you can directly enter Australia with pets, so you'll have to choose a third country for your cats to spend time in. You'll need to follow these pre-export requirements carefully, and then the cats will fulfill the 10-day quarantine upon arrival (before that they can remain under your care).

For general advice, please take a look at these common pet travel questions and tips for crate-training your cats. If you've never traveled with a pet before the situation probably feels overwhelming, and even if you have it helps to brush up on a few basics.

Please let us know if you'd like some assistance moving your cats to Australia. Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck!

Cat Travel to the United States from Brunei

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cathy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Brunei
To: USA

Hi,

I've seen quite a few examples of moving pets from the U.S. to international locations, but I was wondering if you assist with shipping from outside the U.S. back into the country?

We won't be moving for a few years, but I've been hearing nightmares about shipping pets -- most people end up giving them to new families!

Thanks,

Cathy
 

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for reaching out! We're definitely interested in helping people figure out their move options so that they don't have to leave a pet behind!

We often move pets into the United States from other countries (as well as between non-US countries), and we'd be happy to discuss your move with you. To start, you can take a look at this overview of the pet import requirements for the United States. This is a pretty straightforward country when it comes to importing pets; essentially you'll need a vet health certificate stating the cat is healthy and fit to fly.

You'll also need to find out what the additional airline requirements are, if any (we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and making sure your cat is as crate-trained as possible).

If you think you'd like some help arranging your cat's relocation, please contact us for a consultation. Finally, in order to assuage your fears a little bit regarding the safety of pet travel, please read over these frequently asked pet travel questions as well as our recent client pet travel experiences.

Hope this helps, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Pet Travel Barriers: Puerto Rico's Pit Bull Ban

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Erika
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Texas
To: Puerto Rico

 

Hi PetReloction,

My family has had our dog for 5 years and we will be moving to Puerto Rico soon. Can we take her with us?

Thanks,

Erika

 

Hi Erika,

Thanks for your inquiry -- unfortunately Pit Bulls are not allowed to be imported into Puerto Rico at this time.

Per the USDA website:

All breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull terrier, and hybrids produced by crossbreeding with dogs of other breeds are prohibited to be introduced or imported to Puerto Rico.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Erika. Breed bans are certainly frustrating and can throw a wrench into international travel plans. Be aware as you continue to research Pit Bull travel that many airlines require reinforced crates when transporting this and other breeds, and there are a few other countries that practice breed-specific legislation, as well.

Please take a look at these resources for more information about breed-specific legislation and traveling with Pit Bulls. Please let us know if you have further questions and think we might be able to help.

Good luck!


 

Pet Move of the Month: Kobe the World Traveling Conure

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

KobeWe move quite a few dogs and cats here at PetRelocation, but every few weeks we have the chance to help a feathered friend relocate across the world, too. Today we're excited to introduce you to Kobe, a beautiful green-cheeked conure, as our featured Pet Move of the Month!

Kobe has actually moved with us before -- he went to South Africa back in 2013, and recently we helped him return to the United States with his owner, who says that Kobe is "handsome and he knows it."

Find out more about bird travel and Kobe's journey, and thanks to his mom for sharing their travels with us!

You’ve moved with Kobe before – how did this time compare?

I hired PetRelocation initially to help me move Kobe to South Africa when I decided to relocate there in late 2013. Reading up on the process it seemed pretty overwhelming, but PetRelocation got everything sorted out. Most importantly, Kobe arrived in South Africa in great shape after two months of quarantine.

Bringing Kobe back to the States was a bit easier because he only had to do quarantine when he arrived back in the States, and there was less paperwork to do because he is a U.S.origin bird. The thing that was the same was that Kobe arrived in great shape, seeming unfazed at all by his travels and quarantine.

What were some of your initial concerns about moving back to the United States or about bird travel in general?

My biggest concern in traveling with Kobe was always that he would be overly stressed or frightened by the situation. Those concerns were alleviated quite a bit after his first trip, and I've learned that birds are a lot more resilient than perhaps they're made out to be. Kobe also went on a lot of car rides in both the U.S. and South Africa, so that could have helped.

 

kobe

 

What surprised you about the bird travel process?

Everything this time around was pretty routine after the first move, but going back to the first time around, it's important for people to consider whether their bird is a CITES bird (protected species), which I believe most parrots, including Kobe, are. That made for  a lot more paperwork and headaches (mostly for the PetRelocation folks, not so much me or Kobe!). It also amazed me first time around how long it took for everything to come together. Fortunately I wasn't on a strict timeline at the time, but someone wanting to move with their bird should get started on the paperwork about six months before they intend to move!

How did Kobe handle the move and how did he settle in?

Amazingly well. I called the quarantine facility about once a week during his time there and only ever got positive reports, and once we were finally reunited after eight months apart a few weeks ago, it was like we'd never been apart. Like I mentioned before I've always been conscious to take Kobe out of his comfort zone (taking him for car rides, having other people handle him, etc.) so perhaps that has helped, but I want other bird owners to know that they don't necessarily have to be worried about their bird's well being if they want to bring their bird on a move; the bird can handle it. I think the expense and short time apart is well worth it in the end. 

 

kobe

 

How do South Africa and the United States compare in terms of bird-friendliness (any thoughts about cultural attitudes, amenities, etc.)?

South Africa is a very bird-friendly place -- in fact, I got the idea to add a bird to my family after a visit to South Africa a few years ago. I think birds are possibly a more common pet there than they are in the U.S.

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

As I mentioned before, start as early as you can, and have patience -- a lot of the paper work takes time. And once you decide your bird will make the move, make efforts to take him out of his comfort zone. A few car rides in his travel crate (he will need a special travel crate approved by the TSA -- PetRelocation will give you all the details -- would be a great idea, and letting him spend time in the crate before he has to fly in it. 

And if you're on the fence at all because you're worried it won't be in your bird's best interest to move him, know that Kobe has handled two transatlantic moves incredibly well, and none worse for the wear. Birds love their people, and I think a short time apart and a bit of paperwork is better than the worry and heartache of having to re-home them.

 

kobe

 

What made you decide to hire assistance with Kobe's move?

When I first began to research moving Kobe, it became apparent pretty quickly that everything had to be done to an exact standard, and if you arrived at the airport with your bird and something wasn't right, you could be turned away, which would be horrible! I had enough to think about with getting myself moved, so I decided to entrust Kobe to PetRelocation. It was a great decision -- I wish they could have handled my paperwork, too! Mandy and the team were so thorough with updates that I knew Kobe would be completely taken care of every step of the way, and that proved to be true.

Thanks again to Kobe and his awesome owner! Please contact PetRelocation with your questions about how to move a bird domestically or internationally.

Cat Travel to the United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kate
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: N/A
From: Cambodia
To: UK

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I would like to find out how I can take my cats home when I move back to the UK - no date set yet but just finding out information now for the future. What are the requirements before leaving Cambodia and upon arrival in the UK?

Also, I've seen that some airlines allow pets in the cabin as long as their carriers can fit under the seat. How does that work in terms of them going to the toilet, on a 10+ hour flight?! Or is it better to put them in the hold, especially as there are two of them? Any advice gratefully received.

Thanks,

Kate

 

Hi Kate,

Thanks for your questions, we'd be happy to offer some information. It's usually best to review the official government website of the country to which you're traveling -- in this case the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Here you'll find information about the Pet Travel Scheme as well as how to import pets to the UK from "unlisted" countries -- which Cambodia happens to be.

Many international flights will only allow pets to travel via cargo. Though this sounds scary to many at first, it's actually a safe and even preferred method of traveling when cats are well crate-trained and when you choose a pet-friendly airline. Please find more information in this pet travel overview.

Ten or more hours seems like a long time for a pet to withstand, but as you can see from our client pet travel stories, pets travel safely all the time and tend to return to their normal schedule and temperament pretty easily. Again, crate-training is very important and we do recommend placing an absorbent material in the bottom of the crate to help keep it as comfortable as possible during the journey.

Please contact us if you have any questions and would like some assistance with this move. We'd be happy to help.

Either way, good luck with your cats' trip!


 

Flying With Pets: Cat Travel to France

Monday, March 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Karen
From: Bellingham, WA, USA
To: France
Pets: Pursia (Cat, American Shorthair, 16 yrs, 9 lbs); Kimba (Cat, American Shorthair, 3 yrs, 12 lbs); Zuri, (Cat, American Shorthair, 3 yrs, 13 lbs)
 
 
Hi PetRelocation,
 
We plan to move to the South of France (near Montpellier) this fall with our three cats. We'll probably fly out of Seattle or possibly San Francisco. Would it be better to fly direct to Paris, then drive to South, rather than taking two separate flights?
 
Pursia is getting old and a bit frail. We are worried that the trip will be to hard on her. Also, just juggling 2-3 cats plus all our other luggage will be a challenge as well as the fact that there are no direct flights from the US West coast to the South of France.
 
Thanks,
Karen
 
Hi Karen,
 
Thanks for your questions! First, please take a look at the pet import requirements for France if you've yet to do so. It may also be helpful to look over these basic pet travel tips, and, just in case your cats are not big fans of their travel crates, these cat crate-training tips.
 
We encourage you to research the airline rules regarding cat travel so that you're clear about what your options are -- for international flights it's often necessary that your cats fly in the cargo area (this makes your own trip easier, also). When our clients have very long flights, we often schedule a layover that allows time for pets to take a break and exit their crates, which allows for a less strenuous trip overall.
 
Truthfully there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to the scenarios you're proposing -- both can work out just fine when the right steps are taken to prepare (these steps include crate-training and choosing a pet-friendly airline). Please read over the links we've provided above, talk to your vet about any concerns you may have, and gain some further insight into the pet travel process by reading over some of our recent client pet travel stories.
 
If you think you'd like some help arranging this move, please fill out our online consultation form. We've helped many pets travel long distances safely and would be happy to help you, too.
 
Good luck with whatever you decide!
 

Cat Travel from Mexico to the United States

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Merri
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: Mexico
To: Washington State, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

We are moving from Mexico to Washington State, USA. We want to bring our cat, but have never traveled with a pet. We are not sure about veterinarian documentation and if we can carry the cat inside the plane with us.

Thanks,

Merri

 

Hi Merri,

Thanks for reaching out! We'd be happy to offer a few pieces of advice.

First, please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions. When traveling with a cat to the United States, you'll need a vet health certificate, an airline-approved travel crate, and we recommend helping your cat to be as acclimated to the travel crate as possible (here are some cat crate training tips). An updated rabies vaccine is technically not required, but we do recommend that your cat is current.

The answer to your cabin question will depend on what airline you use. Typically international flights do not allow pets to travel in the cabin, so you'll need to do some research regarding possible exceptions. Here at PetRelocation, we book cargo flights for our clients' pets using pet-friendly airlines (United, KLM and Lufthansa are a few examples). When planned mindfully, cargo pet travel is a safe option.

For reference, here are the pet import requirements for the United States. If you think we can be of further assistance, please fill out our online consultation form. Finally, to learn more about the pet travel process from the pet owner's point of view, we invite you to read through some of our recent client stories.

Hope this helps to get you started! Again, let us know if we can help with your move, and good luck with your cat's relocation!
 

Employee Profile: Joe, PetRelocation Corporate Account Manager

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Core Values

joeBy Kelley Barnes, Director of HR

If you have a ‘Joe Fraser type’ in your company, then you know how lucky you are.

What do I mean by that – a ‘Joe Fraser type’? In this case, it means to have that outgoing, social personality who also has the uncanny ability to get things done. In the offices of PetRelocation, in addition to being the point of contact for a number of our corporate accounts, Joe is the driving force behind our well-attended, regular monthly outings to experience Austin culture and fun. (Of course it doesn’t hurt that our offices are one block over from Austin’s legendary Sixth Street Entertainment District).

Joe is someone we can always rely on to have a smile on his face and to generally rally the troops when a cheerleader is needed. It’s clear he draws on his skills in Improv and Comedy on a daily basis. It’s also no accident that he sits next to the office gong.

For Joe and the other members of our Corporate Accounts team, the end of February is the start of high season. More and more requests will come to us for clients who are being moved around the world by their companies during the start of summer as they plan ahead for the big life change.

Before things get hectic for Joe, he was able to take a few minutes to answer the profile questions below. I hope his answers will bring a smile to your face as they did to mine.

Why did you decide to apply to PetRelocation initially?

I applied for the Sales Consultant role right before I got married in 2011. At that time, I was managing a Segway tour company in downtown Austin. While it was one of the most fun jobs I had ever had, it didn’t provide me the means to provide my soon-to-be wife the life that she needed. So I was searching for a “cool job” that paid more than the Segway job and also had benefits. When I found PetRelocation, everything just fell into place. February 1, 2015 marked my 3-year anniversary with the company.

What’s your first memory of working at PetRelocation?

My first memory of PetRelocation in general is when I interviewed for the job and had to give the presentation. I was so nervous that I showed up for the interview 1.5 hours early, so I sat in my car and gave the presentation to my steering wheel for an hour. It ended up paying off because the presentation went very well. After I finished, the CEO told me that I basically got the job. So when I left the office, I did Kung Fu kicks all the way to my car. Little did I know, all of the windows on the building face the street that I kicked my way down…

 

joe's dogs

Joe's dogs Django & Gypsy

What’s your favorite client story?

My favorite client story was when I moved a Ball Python named Jesus for a corporate client. I was nervous throughout the entire process because snakes are so sensitive. I was afraid that something would go wrong and I would be “the guy who lost Jesus.” Fortunately, the move went off without a hitch and Jesus was safely reunited with his family.

What was your most challenging move/client?

My most challenging move to date was for a 13-year old epileptic Yellow Lab from the US to the Dominican Republic. The dog was so large that she required a custom travel crate in order to meet international airline standards. The size of kennel required ended up being too large to fit on any standard commercial aircraft that serviced Santo Domingo. The result is that we had to drive the dog to Miami and take a cargo flight to Santo Domingo before driving 3 hours to the client’s home. Fortunately, all went well and Molly is now home safe with her family!

You started as a Sales Consultant and moved into Corporate Accounts. What is different about the two roles?

The difference between the consulting role and managing accounts really comes down to the types of clients you are dealing with. When working with clients on the web, anyone can “walk into our store” and request service. These clients come from all types of situations, backgrounds and locations, which always kept me guessing before each call. When managing the accounts, we are typically dealing with high-level corporate executives, HR professionals and 3rd party relocation companies. So in the corporate business, I must be accountable to two or more parties for each move and there are no set “regions” of the world that I work with. But I love that account management keeps me on my toes!

What do you think will change about pet travel in the next five years?

I think that the major changes in pet travel in the next five years will come from the airlines and government organizations of the world. The western attitude towards pets is rapidly spreading to countries all over the world and more people are moving pets internationally than ever. I believe this will spur more and more airlines to implement pet safe programs so as to cash in on this industry trend. I also believe that the governing bodies of the world will begin working to standardize import requirements across the world. This will allow pets to travel more freely by streamlining airline and country import requirements.

Emily & Joe

Joe and his wife Emily

What do you wish other people knew about the company?

I wish people knew what a small group that we are. From the outside looking in, we look like a multi-million dollar corporation that moves an unfathomable amount of pets around the world. In reality, we are 30 committed pet-shipping professionals changing peoples’ lives in a way that has never been done before.

What’s your best hidden talent?

My best hidden talent is my skill at singing R&B karaoke. I love getting up on stage, pretending to be nervous and watching people immediately assume that I am going to sing country music or be a poor performer. Then Brian McKnight kicks on and I blow their expectations out of the water. #KaraokeSwag

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my wife and two little Chihuahuas. During the warmer months here in Texas, you can find us floating the river, diving into Central Texas’ many swimming holes and attending the endless number of festivals in the Austin area. From SXSW to The Texas Renaissance festival, from Carnaval Brasileiro to the X Games, we do it all and enjoy the Austin lifestyle to the fullest.

What was the last book you read for fun? What did you enjoy about it?

The last book I read was Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon. I am a lover of everything Horror (movies, books, etc.), so Clive Barker and I are old buddies. I love the imagery he uses to paint a picture in my mind of the hellish nightmares in his novels.

Hollywood wants to make a movie about your life. Who do they cast to play you?

Hugh Jackman... obviously. :)

 

Read more about Joe and the rest of the PetRelocation team here. Want to work at PetRelocation? Take a look at our current open positions.

Tips for Traveling Safely with Aggressive Dogs

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Judy
From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To: Sydney, Australia
Pet: Casper (Pekingese, male, 5 years old, 13kg)

Hi PetRelocation,
 
We have moved to Australia and are eager to now bring our pet Pekingese here. How safe will it be for him to travel in cargo for the entire flight of around 9 hours? Which airlines can we use, as Malaysian Airlines do not take snub-nosed dogs? Also, he is aggressive to strangers and other dogs -- will this be an issue?
 
We appreciate your kind assistance and thank you in advance.
 
Regards,
Judy

 
Hi Judy,
 
Thanks, these are all great questions! First, please review the pet import procedure for bringing pets to Australia -- the official government website offers a tool to help you build a timeline and learn about quarantine facilities, etc. Note that there is a minimum 10-day quarantine required for all pets entering Australia.
 
As far as airlines, we often use Qantas for pets traveling between Malaysia and Australia. You're welcome to contact us to speak to a Specialist if you'd like to discuss your options further and find out more about what constitutes a pet-friendly airline.
 
Though cargo pet travel does sound a little scary at first, with a little research you'll see that it's actually very safe when the right steps are taken to minimize risks. Crate-training your dog is extremely important, as is proper hydration, choosing a pet-friendly airline, and discussing any health concerns you have with a vet.
 
For dogs with aggression issues, we suggest labeling the travel crate with a note explaining that Casper is wary of strangers. During the travel process only trained professionals will be handling him so his personality quirks should not preclude him from completing a safe flight, but it helps to do as much as you can to notify everyone involved.
 
Again, you're welcome to fill out our online consultation form if you'd like to discuss your move options with one of our Specialists. We've helped many pets (including ones with aggression issues) relocate safely internationally, and we'd be happy to help you, too.
 
Either way, good luck with everything and thanks again for reaching out!
 

Options for Safe and Cost-Effective Cat Travel

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Cherie
From: Murrieta, CA
To: San Rafael, CA
Pet: Cali (cat, calico, 7 years old, probably 6 or 7 lbs.)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
What would be the approximate price for a cat her size to travel from Murrieta, CA to San Rafael, CA? I am going to be out of town for about a month and my daughter is in college up there. I am moving when I get back and I don't want her to be with strangers in a boarding kennel.
 
She's very sweet and lovable. She has to be right next to me all the time. She loves my daughter, too, and I don't think she'd do well being kenneled.
 
Thanks,
Cherie
 
 
Hi Cherie,
 
Thanks for the question! It looks like you're wanting to move your cat a distance of about 470 miles. The two options we see are to transport her by car or to fly from San Diego to San Francisco and arrange transportation to and from the airport on either end.
 
Either way you end up choosing, we recommend helping Cali to become as acclimated to her crate as possible so that she won't feel overly anxious during the trip. Here are a few tips for crate training a cat. If you decide to drive her and can't do it yourself, we suggest using IPATA.org to possibly find a local agent who is available for pet ground transportation.
 
Alternatively, you can look into booking a flight and having Cali fly with you (or a friend) in the cabin or unaccompanied in the cargo area (this second option can be done with the help of a professional pet travel service, as well). Based on the geography, it looks like a fair amount of car travel will still be involved with this pet relocation, so you'll either need to devote time to this endeavor or money towards hiring someone else to assist. Note that cats need to have a vet health certificate when flying in order to assure the airline they are healthy and fit to fly. Find out more about domestic pet travel here.
 
Making the drive yourself would probably be the least expensive option, but we understand that it's not always possible to easily handle something like that. If you'd like to learn more about our door-to-door pet travel services, please fill out our consultation form. We'd need a few more details to arrive at an accurate price estimate, but generally speaking our costs to move a small pet domestically begin at around $1200.
 
Hopefully this gives you an idea of where to begin, Cherie. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance!

2014 DOT Data Reveals Positive Trends in Pet Air Travel

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

According to recent government data, pet air travel is growing safer.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its February 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report, which presents the DOT's overview of air travel data from last year and leads to an encouraging conclusion: of the approximately 2 million animals who traveled by air in 2014, there were 17 deaths and 26 injuries -- numbers that reflect a decrease from previous years.

As we've discussed in the past, though tragic pet travel stories seem to make the news every few weeks, overall the numbers of negative pet incidents are low, and statistically speaking, pet travel is quite safe.

Many of the incidents that do occur happen when pets injure themselves while trying to claw or bite their way out of the travel crate, illustrating the importance of crate acclimation. Other incidents are often due to natural causes or pre-existing issues, which is why it's also a good idea to talk to your vet before a trip in order to discuss concerns and schedule a health screening. Choosing a pet-friendly airline is also highly suggested.

No matter what, it's a good idea to spend plenty of time preparing for a pet move by researching requirements and helping your pets be as ready and as healthy as possible. There's always some amount of risk involved with pet travel (same goes for human travel), but with the right approach those risks can be minimized.

Read more about the pet travel data from 2014, and as always, please contact PetRelocation with any questions you have about traveling with your pet.

 

plane / enrique via flickr

enrique / flickr

Cat Air Travel to the United States: Surprisingly Straightforward

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Dee
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: United Kingdom
To: United States

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I am currently living in the UK. My cat moved here with me and my family about 3 years ago, in 2012. We moved here from the US. We will be moving back to the US this summer. I want to make sure that everything runs smoothly and I have done everything that needs to be done.

It appears that I only have to have a current rabies vaccine and a health certificate issued within 10 days of our arrival in the US. Are there any other requirements? Also, will my cat be able to travel in the cabin of the plane with me? Coming into the UK he had to travel as cargo.

Thanks,

Dee
 

Hi Dee,

Believe it or not, coming into the United States with a cat is a pretty clear-cut process. As you'll see outlined here, your cat will need a vet health certificate showing the airline he is fit to fly, and proof of an updated rabies vaccine is also recommended. As the Centers for Disease Control website states, though rabies vaccines for cats are not required for successful import, the state you live in may ultimately require one (and many people agree it's a good idea to vaccinate your cat against rabies either way).

Other than that, we suggest checking with the airline to find out about additional rules and regulations. We typically use British Airways or United for pets going between the United Kingdom and the United States, and these airlines both require pets on this route to fly via cargo. To prepare for this, we recommend making sure your cat is well-hydrated and as acclimated to the travel crate as possible.

You're in a great place since you've traveled before and generally know what to expect, but if you have any further questions or think you'd like some help carrying out the move, please contact us for a consultation.

Thanks for your question, good luck, and welcome back to the United States!

Q&A: Exporting Pets from Singapore

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Angela
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Working Cocker Spaniel
From: Singapore
To: Charlotte, NC, United States

 

Dear PetRelocation,

How easy is it to move my dog from here in Singapore to Charlotte in the United States? How long does it take? What will he require in terms of paperwork, vet checks and vaccinations, etc.?

He was originally born in the UK and moved to the Netherlands after 18 months, had a pet passport and traveled via the car across the water. He then moved again after 12 months to here in Singapore and required a flight, more paperwork etc.

He is now 5 years old and also had a metal plate inserted into his knee about 8 months ago.

Thank you kindly,
Angela

 

Hi Angela,

Thank you for your question! Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. We typically recommend starting to prepare at least 30 days in advance, as you'll need to gather a vet health certificate and proof of an updated rabies vaccine.

We also recommend helping your dog to become acclimated to the travel crate if he's not already. The fact that he has a metal plate in his knee should not cause a problem, but either way we highly suggest discussing any concerns you have with your vet.

Finally, choosing a pet-friendly airline is an important part of the process, as well. We often use KLM, United, British Airways and Lufthansa, for example, as these carriers have established pet procedures and place a high priority on safety and comfort.

Please let us know if you think you'd like some help organizing your move; one of our Specialists would be happy to discuss your relocation options with you.

Hope this helps, good luck!

International Rabbit Travel to Italy

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laura
From: Honolulu, HI
To: Rome, Italy
Pet: PJ, Rabbit Holland Lop, 11 months, 4 lbs
 
 
Hi PetRelocation,
 
What are the regulations and required documentation to bring a domestic rabbit into Italy?
 
My husband is in the Air Force and we will be stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy at the end of this summer. We have an 11-month-old rabbit, and I am trying to figure out what the exact regulations are for bringing a domestic rabbit into Italy. I have been searching numerous websites and I've emailed several Italian consulates across the country, but I have been unable to get any answers.
 
Please help! I've already found airlines that will allow me to bring him there, but I don't want to get turned away at customs in Rome.
 
Thanks,
Laura
 
 
Hi Laura,
 
Typically we turn to the USDA for official information about importing various pets into countries around the world. On the Italy pet import page, there is a link to a health certificate specifically for rabbits.
 
The Ministry of Agriculture is another source we often double check with, and for general information about pet travel, please take a look at our blog where we've posted a few frequently asked pet travel questions. For rabbit travel, hydration and using the right travel crate will be important details to attend to.
 
Hope this helps, Laura! Thanks for getting in touch, and please contact us if you have any further questions or think you'd like some help with your move.

Cat Travel from Australia to the United States

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Caroline
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: DSH
From: Australia
To: Arizona, United States

 

Hello :)

I am totally up the creek without a paddle with no clue of what is needed to relocate my cats. Do they need vaccinations, and if yes, what sort? Would there be a very simple way of relocating them other than using very expensive companies that specialize in this?

Any information you could send my way would be appreciated.

Have a great day :)
Caroline

 

Hi Caroline!

We're happy to help shed some light on your creek-sans-paddle situation. Unless you've moved a pet before, there's no reason you would even know where to begin (which is completely understandable).

To start, please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. Your cats will need a vet health certificate (for the airline) stating they are healthy and fit to fly. A rabies vaccine is technically not required, but since you might want or need to have your cats vaccinated once you're settled in Arizona, it wouldn't hurt to take care of this before you travel and have that documentation handy, also.

Furthermore, here are a few basic pet travel tips that we suggest looking over. It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and to help your cats become as acclimated to their travel crates as possible in order to help ensure a smooth trip.

It's not necessary to hire professionals to handle this trip and many people choose to book the flight, take care of the vet visits and paperwork, etc. on their own. If you do decide to enlist support, however, we'd be happy to tell you more about our door-to-door services.

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

Pet Move of the Month: Fred & Wilma's Trip to Japan

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by PetRelocation.com Customer

fred & wilmaThis month's featured pet move shines the spotlight on two very cool cats: Fred and Wilma. This charming duo has moved with us before (their mom is a busy world traveler), so they're becoming pros when it comes to relocating internationally.

Their latest trip took them from Germany to Japan, and now that they're settling in we thought we'd catch up and find out how things are going. Read on to find out more about Fred and Wilma!

What brought about your move?

Due to my job, I move every 2 to 3 years. I got the cats in Australia in 2007 and since then I moved them to the States, then to Germany and now Japan.

How did this particular move compare?

Both of the moves were the easiest, smoothest I ever had with the cats.

What were some of your initial concerns?

No matter where you are headed, the paperwork can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. I was worried that since I was overseas, it would be hard to get everything done on time.

What surprised you about the pet travel process? Can you discuss any particular challenges or interesting details?

The best advice I can give is to plan early. Lots of countries have strict rules about the importation of animals. In my case, I was taking my cats from Germany to Japan and had to have a 6 month “at home” quarantine. Also, lots of airlines have restrictions on the time of year the pet can travel based on the temperature.

How have Fred and Wilma handled the transition so far?

My fur babies are known for being “fraidy cats,” but as soon as they got to me here in Tokyo and out of their crates, they have just taken over the apartment. They found their box, their food and my couch for a nice nap. I just cannot get over how easily they have adapted. 

How do Japan, Germany and the United States compare in terms of pet-friendliness?

Both Germany and Japan are known for their love/obsession with their pets. The Germans LOVE their dogs and the Japanese LOVE their cats (see Hello Kitty). In Germany, I was lucky enough to have a vet that made house calls! I get my pet supplies online or from a military base, as my cats are used to American products. I know I could get anything I need here in Japan if I had to.

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

As I say, plan early. Pets are part of your family and SO important to you, so I know the process can be stressful because you just want them to be comfortable and happy. It can be done (and be done smoothly) if you plan ahead.

 

fred & wilma settling in

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I did my research, believe me. I went with PetRelocation because they were super responsive and totally understood how important my cats are to me.  I was encouraged by the testimonials of other clients. Also, I immediately felt at ease with my PetRelocation consultants. 

My situation was hard, as I was moving from Germany to Japan with a stop in the States in between. Turned out I had to leave the cats with my brother in the States for 6 months due to a Japanese regulation for an “at home quarantine.” My consultants treated my brother with as much respect as they gave me and constantly kept us both informed.

They walked us through all the paperwork and worked out a great timeline. I also LOVED that they offered a point to point delivery. They picked up the cats at my brother’s so that he would not have to tackle the nightmare of the airport processing, and they delivered the cats to me at my place in Tokyo. I have done this by myself and trust me, this was priceless!!!

Another highlight was that they tracked the cats the whole way from beginning to end so I had peace of mind the whole time. I honestly cannot recommend them enough. From beginning to end they made this process as easy and as stress free as possible. I will be using them again for sure!!!

 

Congrats to Fred, Wilma and their loving owner on another successful move! Thinking about relocating with your own pets? Feel free to contact us to speak to a Specialist about your options.

Planning International Pit Bull Travel

Monday, February 16, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Margarita
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
From: Colombia
To: Florida, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

I have a 60 pound Pit Bull and I need it to bring it here to United States. I would like to know if this is possible (and can your company do the moving)?

Thanks,

Margarita

 

Hi Margarita,

Thanks for your question! The United States does not have any particular breed restrictions when it comes to importing pets, and it's actually one of the easier countries in terms of rules and regulations. Please take a look at the US pet import requirements for an overview of what to expect.

We also recommend reading over these basic pet travel questions and answers. Here you'll see that it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and help your dog to be acclimated to the crate as well as possible. You'll also want to review the airline requirements very carefully, as Pit Bulls often face different rules. If you're flying with United, for example, your dog would need a reinforced travel crate.

If you're interested in hiring help with this move, please fill out our online consultation form. With a few more details we'll be able to tell you more about your move options.

Hope this helps, and we hope to hear from you soon!