Help Me Move My Pet

Plush Places for Your Pooch During Dog Travel Days of Summer

Monday, June 14, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet friendly resorts for dog travelGone are the days of crowded boarding kennels and kitty condos.  The Chicago-Tribune recently had a feature about some of the cream-of-the-crop resorts for pets across America:

The black shih tzu presses her nose against the glass overlooking the lobby of Pet Paradise Resort, one of Charlotte, N.C's newest boarding facilities for dogs and cats. ... This Club-Med-for-mutts near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina is part of a growing trend toward luxury pet boarding — where...
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Exotic Pet Relocations: Saving the Bolivian Circus Lions

Friday, June 11, 2010 by Rachel Farris

While most of the time, the "pet" in "PetRelocation.com" is a dog or a cat we're moving, every so often we get to handle some pretty exotic pet relocations.  Once we moved fifty poisonous dart frogs from Switzerland to Texas and another time we handled the pet travel arrangements for one very spoiled Siamese fighting fish!  We're currently working on helping with a pet relocation of two wolf-hybrids from Oregon to the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas.
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Cat Travel Lovers: Recall of Iams canned cat food in North America

Thursday, June 10, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Iams cat food recallThis post is for the cat travel fans of ours.  Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has issued a voluntary recall of specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America.

Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency.

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Summer temperature restrictions for Phoenix pet flights

Monday, June 7, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Temperature restrictions for summer pet flightsIf you're planning on flying out of Phoenix with pets this summer, you're going to run into some scheduling difficulties.

Most airlines that carry pets place temperatures restrictions (or embargoes) on pets going into and out of many airports during the summer.  The best airline for summer pet travel is Continental, as they allow pets to travel year-round in climate-controlled comfort.

However, during the summer months, even Continental will embargo pets from traveling in and out of Phoenix due...Read More

Pet Move of the Month: Pikachu the Guinea Pig

Friday, June 4, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet move of the month PikachuWe recently moved Pikachu the guinea pig from Zurich, Switzerland to South Carolina! Guinea pigs are one of the many pets we move internationally.

The pet taxi that we hired to pick him up in Switzerland took this great photo of him before his flight.

After his move, Pikachu sent us this great email to let us know what he thought - it really is a fantastic PetRelocation customer experience when we get to hear it firsthand from the pet himself!


Dear PetRelocation,
Moving is always a stressful...
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Top Five Pet Friendly Destinations to Travel to with Pets on KLM Cargo

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

We move pets all the time using KLM and have outlined some pet friendly perks of the top destinations accessible on KLM Cargo flights. 

1.  Amsterdam, Netherlands

In addition to hosting the AF-KL Cargo Animal Hotel at its main airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the city of Amsterdam offers pet lovers plenty of pet friendly options.

The Ibis Amsterdam City Stopera hotel is ideally located in the city centre a few minutes from the Stopera Opera House Dam Square Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein....

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How to Book a Flight on KLM Airlines for Your Pet

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Booking your pet's flight correctly is one of the most important parts of your trip.  After all, how else will your pet get to where you're going?  Below is a step-by-step guide to booking a flight on KLM Airlines for your pet.

Accompanied Pets

Please Note:

If you are traveling with your pet to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom, please skip this section and proceed to Unaccompanied Pets.

1)  First you will need to determine whether...

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Behind the Scenes at the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Outside the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel in AmsterdamOutside the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel in Amsterdam

Imagine a place at the airport where you could retreat to your private, air-conditioned room, take a nice walk in a grassy park and grab a bite to eat while you relax and wait for your next flight to take off.  No more loud terminals, uncomfortable waiting area chairs, or worrying about final boarding calls-you're free to relax while your personal assistant makes sure you make it onto your next flight in time.

At Air France-KLM (AF-KL) Cargo's...

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Pet Airline Air France-KLM

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

KLM Pet Flights

Over ninety years ago, KLM's "Variation Live Pets" pet cargo program was started with safety, comfort and pet hygiene being their main focus when transporting a wide variety of pets. After joining forces with Air France in 2004, pets now have the ability to travel on one of Europe's most popular airlines, boasting the largest number of international passenger-miles flown in both 2008 and 2007.

Based in Amsterdam, AF-KL Cargo offers an exclusive Animal Hotel for pets transiting through Amsterdam,...

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Pet Travel In Cabin: Five Things to Remember

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

If you've got a pint-sized dog or cat, chances are you'll want to travel with him at some point in the cabin of the plane.  While it may sound like fun, traveling with a pet can be a lot of work if you aren't prepared.  Here are some tips for in cabin pet travel with a pet.

1.  Practice perfect "Pettiquette. TM

If you're planning on traveling with a pet, you're not just representing yourself-but every pet loving person who wants to travel with their pet!  Looking for a rundown of rules of...

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Three Free Pet Friendly Resources from JetBlue

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

JetBlue JetPaws Pet Travel GuideSince its inception, pet friendly airline JetBlue Airways has allowed pets to fly in the cabin with their owners.  However, in December of 2008, JetBlue began offering their JetPaws Pet Program, which offers pet owners not only a convenient way to travel with their pet as well as pet travel products and information.  Here are three free resources JetBlue offers travelers with pets:

1) The JetPaws Travel Guide

If you're looking for "the what's, where's, when's and how's" of "jetting" with your pet,...

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Pet Friendly Airline JetBlue Airways

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet friendly airline JetBlue Known as a convenient, low-fare service, tails started wagging in the year 2000 when JetBlue began flying customers-and their pets-in comfort and style around the US.  JetBlue's JetPaws Pet Programonly carries four-legged "pawsengers" in the aircraft cabin, said Corporate Communications Manager Alison Croyle.  "When we ordered our aircraft," Croyle said, "We decided not to take the optional aft cargo heat option; for the A320 fleet, and on our newest fleet type, the EMBRAER 190, we decided not...

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Five Things We Didn't Know About Lufthansa's Pet Friendly Program

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

As pet travel specialists, we work with Lufthansa on a regular basis to safely transport our customers' pets all over the world -- so you'd think we'd know everything there is to know about Lufthansa!  However, in the process of interviewing them for our Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight, we found out some surprising facts about the Lufthansa pet program that even we didn't know before.

1.  Lufthansa cares about animal conservation.  Lufthansa Cargo works closely with international zoos and also...

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What is the Rabies Titer Test for Pet Travel?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

If you are planning on transporting pets to the UK, Australia or any other rabies free country, you'll need to get a rabies titer test prior to pet travel.  The steps below explain how someone who is planning on a pet move can obtain these test results from their veterinarian and issuing laboratory.

What is the Rabies Antibody Titer?

The Rabies Antibody Titer or FAVN-OIE Tests (FAVN stands for Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization) is to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided...

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How to: Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Airline pet shipping by LufthansaIf you plan on traveling with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircraft, depending on the pet's weight and size.  Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo.  Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.

Accompanied Pets

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin.  Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft.  If you have a dog or cat, go to...

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An Insider's Look at the Lufthansa Animal Lounge

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Airline Spotlight BonusTake a virtual tour of the Lufthansa Animal Lounge!

The Lufthansa Animal Lounge offers pet friendly services for pets in transit.The Lufthansa Animal Lounge offers pet friendly services for pets in transit.Call it the frequent fliers' lounge for pets, the Lufthansa Animal Lounge, whose thirteen-month construction ended in February 2008, offers state-of-the-art facilities for traveling pets and live animals ranging in species from horses to tropical fish.

The Animal Lounge is located at Lufthansa's main hub in Frankfurt, Germany at the Frankfurt am...

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Pet Friendly Airline Lufthansa German Airlines

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Rachel Farris

No matter where you travel with pets, chances are at some point you're going to consider flying your pet.  One of the most common questions we get is "What airline should I use?"  While many myths about airplanes and pets still exist, there are several pet-friendly airline options for people who need to fly with their pets.

Starting this week, we'll feature a pet-friendly airline each week that we've determined to have the best pet policies in place.  Called the PetRelocation Pet Friendly...

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Delta Announces Summer Pet Transport Program

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Delta Summer Pet Transport ProgramLately we've been talking quite a bit about pet airlines like the Continental pet shipping program and KLM Cargo's program which offers safe pet flights to and from Europe.
While we don't use Delta airlines because we don't consider them to be entirely pet friendly (see "Help PetRelocation Find Paco"), they have announced their summer pet transport program for 2010 and we thought we'd share it with pet owners who might be considering flying using Delta. 

From Delta:

Benefits of the Summer Live...

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"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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Pet moving to the United States - Meet Pikatchu the Guinea Pig!

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Rachel Farris

Pet moving to the United StatesWhen we say "Any pet, anywhere, anytime," we really mean it!  PetRelocation.com has moved dogs and cats to and from Switzerland as well as several birds and reptiles.  Once we moved fifty poisonous dart frogs from Zurich to McAllen, Texas.
Now, here's a picture of Pikatchu, a guinea pig we just moved from Zurich to South Carolina.  Aside from being adorable, he's also a very sweet little guy. 

Pet moving to the United States requires the following paperwork:
  • Pet travel health certificate - Dated...
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