The world of pets and pet travel is never a dull place. As people continue to make cats, dogs, and other animal friends a more important part of life, industries like airlines, hotels, and relocation providers are realizing that they must evolve if they want to stay relevant.
In 2013 we kept an eye on various trends as we did our best to provide top notch services to our traveling clients. We learned a lot, and will use our pet moving experiences to continue to offer pet owners the attention and care they seek when it's time to plan a move.
Here are just a few notable moments and stories from 2013 that we're sure will play a role in the future of pet travel.
1. Australia announced it will be shortening the length of its pet quarantine beginning in Feb. 2014. Long known for its serious pet import requirements and rabies-free status, Australia is taking steps to make things a little less stressful for pet owners moving there. You'll still need to follow a series of careful requirements, but a shorter post-arrival quarantine (it'll be 10 days rather than 30) should make the overall experience a bit easier to handle.
2. San Diego Airport's fancy new pet relief station. It's a trend popping up all over the place: Airports are becoming more aware of and more welcoming to pets. Don't be surprised if new and improved pet relief stations are simply commonplace within a few years.
3. Qantas reversed its travel ban affecting American Staffordshire Terriers. Breed restrictions have long been a thorn in the side of many pet owners, but many countries, government entities and businesses are beginning to show signs that they're open to reversing breed discrimination.
4. EU pet travel rules were relaxed. In 2012 the UK brought its pet import rules in line with the EU, and this year the EU made small changes to its overall policies regarding the number of pets a person can import. Standards must be researched and followed for smooth pet travel to happen, but in general it's becoming less challenging and more common for pets to travel.
5. A disaster preparedness guide for pets. Climate change means that the incidence of natural disasters is likely to increase, so it's a good idea to have a travel plan in place for your pet if you live somewhere that may be affected by extreme weather. It's a downer to think about, but it's important to have a pet evacuation plan.
6. Don't be like Justin Bieber. We saw that, when it comes to pet travel, rules are rules and everyone must comply. In the 21st century even the rich and famous (who are trying to bring a monkey into Germany without the right paperwork) aren't exempt from following the pet import requirements of various countries. Do your research before you go to avoid problems -- even if you're a pop star.
7. The dos and don'ts of bringing dogs to work. More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work. We agree that it's pretty great, and have found that it's helpful to have a few easy rules in place to keep people productive and pets happy.
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