Once again, it's time to focus the spotlight on one of our recent pet moves! We help move many cats to countries all around the world and Hong Kong is a frequently-chosen destination, so we decided that Benson would be a great choice to feature and learn from. (He's also really cute, so we've included plenty of pictures, too.)
Benson moved from Georgia to Hong Kong and his owners were nice enough to answer our questions and shed some light on the process of how this international journey became not only an incredible experience, but also our Pet Move of the Month.
Read all about Benson's move, and join us in wishing him and his family the best of luck in their new home!
What brought about your move?
My husband's company asked him to take a position in Hong Kong.
Have you ever moved a pet by air before this?
No, this was our first experience.
What were some of your initial concerns, and what surprised you about the pet travel process?
Benson being lost or injured during the move, or worse, getting quarantined for a long period once he arrived. We were really surprised at how much paperwork and coordination with the veterinarian it took to make all this happen.
How has Benson handled the transition so far?
Benson has been adjusting very well. He is growing to love his new home with all the different rooms and places to take naps.
How does Hong Kong compare to the United States when it comes to pet-friendly attitudes, amenities, etc.?
Where we live in Discovery Bay is awesome. There are lots of families with pets here. Interestingly enough, Hong Kong as a whole is okay but most hotels here don't accept any pets at all. It's considered a sanitary concern, which would present an issue for anyone wanting to travel here with pets on a temporary basis. We were fortunate that we were already moved into our house when Benson arrived.
What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?
Definitely use a relocation company, particularly PetRelocation. There's no way to guarantee that you'd get everything right and have your pet not be put in quarantine if you tried to plan it on your own.
For Hong Kong, most of the permits you would need have to be obtained in person. Using a company like PetRelocation, who has a great relationship with the government agencies who deal with pets being imported to the country, makes sure everything is seamless.
What made you decide to hire professionals to assist you?
PetRelocation was suggested by our company. We looked at other ways to relocate Benson, but your company from the very first introduction made us feel at ease and comfortable. Definitely the best in the business, hands down.
Thanks again to Benson's family for choosing us to help and for answering our questions!
Moving a pet to Hong Kong (or somewhere else)? Please contact us to speak to a specialist about your relocation options.