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Pet Move of the Month: Benson's Relocation to Hong Kong

Thursday, October 2, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

bensonOnce 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.

benson

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.

benson

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.

benson

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. 

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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.

Pet News Round-Up: Smart, Stylish Pet Travel

Friday, September 5, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to travel with your dog -- in style.

The top pet-friendly hotel chains.

A boy tried to smuggle his pet turtle onto an airplane (by hiding it in his pants).

Do you suffer from vacation guilt when you leave your pets behind?

Hong Kong pets.

Here are pictures of 101 dogs dressed as Disney characters.

 

monti

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

Hong Kong Pet Travel (and Living There with Pets)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel
From: Brisbane, Australia
To: Hong Kong

 

Hi There,

My husband and I are looking to relocate to Hong Kong with our dog for 2 years. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:

  • What do we need to consider in moving our dog to Hong Kong?
  • Are there good vets, off lead areas and kennels in Hong Kong?
  • Is Hong Kong a good place for dogs?
  • What are the requirements in bringing our dog back into Australia?


Thank you so much for your help, hope these questions don't seem silly.
-Sarah

 

Hi Sarah,

Nope, these questions aren't silly at all! We'd be happy to help you with some information.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. Australia is a "Group One" country, so you'll be following these guidelines in particular. In terms of flying in general, here are a few basic pet travel tips that will help you plan a safe and smooth trip.

As far as life in Hong Kong with pets, based on the news stories we've been reading it sounds like things are getting more pet-friendly than they used to be. Here is an article about a bus that brings dogs to various dog parks in Hong Kong, for example.

Actually a couple of our team members visited Hong Kong a few years ago -- read about a fun place called Pet World as well as what it's like to have a dog to Hong Kong. We advise all of our clients to do some online research before they move internationally -- expat websites are often helpful -- and if you end up working with us, we'd be happy to offer guidance as you settle in.

To return to Australia, you'd be following the guidelines found on the official Australia Government website. Please note that Australia requires a 10-day quarantine for arriving and returning pets, and they have recently raised the quarantine fees (so take this into account when budgeting for this move).

As you can see, moving a pet internationally requires significant time and resources, but it can be done safely. If you think you'd like some help and want to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

Hope this information helps to get you started! Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything.

 


 

Questions About Rabbit Travel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Aaron
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Rabbit
Pet Breed: Mini lop
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Manhattan, NY, USA

 

Hi PetRelocation,

Have you guys moved a rabbit across the world before? Is it difficult, or would it be too hard on the pet?

Thanks,

Aaron

 

Hi Aaron,

Great question. Yes, we have safely moved rabbits internationally (in fact this is Walter, who we recently helped relocate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles). And yes, it is a delicate process that you'll want to consider carefully.

Rabbits are often very sensitive to the stress of travel, so when moving them it's important to keep them well-hydrated before and after and to ensure they have a travel crate that allows plenty of good airflow. They should also only fly with a pet-friendly airline and be well taken care of when boarding and leaving the plane.

If you'd like to talk to one of our specialists about what the process entails, please contact us. It's also a good idea to talk to your vet about any concerns you may have.

Hope this helps a little, Aaron. Let us know if we can be of further assistance, and good luck with everything!

 

rabbit

Pet Travel Story: "Our Sweetest Macaroon"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Michiko
Pet's Name: Macaroon
From: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
To: Hong Kong
 

I cannot thank you enough for how Tobi and Sarah helped us with the move of our Macaroon from Vegas to Hong Kong.

She is a French Bulldog and because of her snub nose most of the airlines won't accept our baby, but luckily Tobi and Sarah helped us out and finally found her the best animal friendly airline. The process was so smooth, well-prepared and organized.

Now we are all relieved and getting ready for our hassle-free relocation. We highly recommend PetRelocation to all who cherish their pets!





 


Globetrotting with Pets in Tow

Thursday, June 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sienna
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Terrier mix, German Shepherd mix
From: USA
To: Australia/Japan/Hong Kong

 

Dear PetRelocation,

We are just considering a move next year that would involve living in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong for 3 months each. Would it even be possible to bring our dogs with us or are the quarantine procedures such that it would be too difficult?

Thank you in advance!

Sienna

 

Hi Sienna,

Thanks for contacting us with your question!

Honestly, these are not the easiest countries when it comes to importing pets and going from one to the next with two dogs would be a pretty big challenge. To undertake this you'd have to spend quite a bit of time researching the details, gathering the right paperwork and making sure you have all logistics (flights, quarantines, rabies vaccines, etc.) carefully scheduled.

For example, Australia requires about 190 days of preparation to bring pets into the country, including 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. Japan and Hong Kong are also somewhat strict when it comes to importing pets, and no matter what order you're wanting to arrange these visits you'd need to find veterinarians in each place to help you obtain the necessary documents/vaccines. Your dogs would also need to be comfortable spending time in their travel crates, and you'd need to be able to spend quite a bit of money on these trips, as the cost of flights and import documents, etc. can quickly add up.

You'd also want to take into account the travel experience for your dogs -- this will be taxing for them, and often pet owners decide it may not be worth the time, stress and expense to vacation with pets (as opposed to bringing them along for a permanent relocation, which most find a much easier decision to make). When handled correctly pet travel is very safe, but in regards to taking relatively short trips, the reality may be that it's better to leave your dogs with a trusted pet sitter.

For your reference, here is more information about bringing pets to Hong Kong, bringing pets to Japan and bringing pets to Australia. Please take a look at what each country entails and let us know if you have more questions.

Hopefully this information will help you make a decision! We also recommend talking to your vet, of course.

Good luck, and please let us know if there is anything else PetRelocation can do to assist you as you move forward.
 

Pet Move of the Month: Charlie's Relocation to Hong Kong

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Charlie is one of those dogs who you can immediately tell would be a fun guy to hang out with. From his snappy accessories to his adventurous demeanor, he's a pup that fits in well with pet parents who are up for anything, too.

This is why we decided to feature Charlie as our Pet Move of the Month! He went from the United States to Hong Kong and is having a great time in his new home. Read on to find out more about his move, which was the first international pet move for the family.

Thanks to Mallory for answering our questions!

What brought about your move to Hong Kong?

As a corporate pilot my husband had been commuting to/from the Middle East from the States. With a pretty dramatic change in schedule, we took it as an opportunity to pursue something we have wanted to do for quite a while -- a move overseas. We visited Hong Kong during his job interviews and confirmed it to be a perfect fit for us all, including Charlie.

What were some of your initial concerns?

Basically the stress on the dog; both in the long distance itself, transiting, possible delays and missed connections, and how to deal with possible quarantine issues on the other end. And of course, paperwork being correct upon arrival. We wanted to minimize the period of stress for Charlie and feel confident there would be no controllable issues we would create if the myriad of paperwork wasn't filled out properly.

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Hong Kong?

The hidden details among the preparation and boxes to check. For example, Hong Kong required a specific type/brand of microchip implanted in Charlie. Perhaps not so much surprise, but relief that we didn't have to navigate the myriad of forms, prep and vet visits on our own while wondering the entire way if all would be in order when he arrived.

 

 

How did Charlie handle the transition?

Very well! He hopped out of his crate at our apartment just a couple hours after his flight landed, gave us a hug and went over to his food and water for a quick snack as if he'd been living here all along. Aside from a little jetlag, he was in perfect shape.

Is Hong Kong a pet friendly place to be?

It seems to be very pet friendly -- especially in the neighborhood we live. But almost any area we have visited in Hong Kong, we have found people with their dogs, pet shops etc... And everyone seems to be very fond of Charlie and always stops to ask how old he is and are surprised to learn he isn't a puppy!  My favorite experience was when a little girl (probably about 2 years old) stopped to blow bubbles in Charlie's direction and she and her grandparents laughed as Charlie chased after the bubbles -- it was so cute!

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

Do your research. Consult PetRelocation if you have concerns about which airlines would be used, quarantine and basically any silly question you can think of!

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

After talking to Sarah and Amber on the phone, we knew that this big move would go smoothly. Everyone really seemed experienced and let us know exactly what to expect -- we really had no stress worrying about Charlie's safety and proper documentation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about moving a pet to Hong Kong, and congratulations, Charlie!

How to Move a Cat to Hong Kong

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Fiona
From: Seattle
To: Hong Kong
Pet: Cat (Rollie)

Dear PetRelocation,
I want to send Rollie back from Seattle to Hong Kong. I read some airline pet info about cat travel to Hong Kong, and it says the cats can only travel in cargo. Does it mean we will not arrive on the same time? Can I go with my cat? Also, I am not sure if there is a direct flight for cargo, which airline is better for the cat, what it costs, etc. I have no idea on how to do all this :(

Thanks,
Fiona
 
Hi Fiona,
It's completely understandable that you feel overwhelmed right now. International pet travel is not something most people deal with every day, and learning how to handle it well takes lots of time and education.
 
First, you can take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong to get an idea of the rules, and you can also read over this list from our blog of frequently asked pet travel questions. It may seem scary, but most of the pets we move do not fly on the same plane as their owners; this is actually the preferable option because it lets you plan your own trip without worrying.
 
When you've chosen a pet friendly airline, the cargo travel process is safe and preferable, as well. Again, many pets have traveled safely this way and it's just a matter of planning everything correctly and well in advance.
 
Because there are so many considerations, many pet owners choose to enlist the help of an expert for a move like this (here are the specific ways pet travel experts can help with a move). If you're interested in finding out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form. You can also check IPATA.org for guidance if you'd like to handle parts of the move yourself and/or hire local agents on your own.
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!
 

"We're Moving Soon. Should We Wait to Get a Dog?"

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Nirupa
From: Hong Kong
To: Toronto Ontario
Pet: TBD
 
Dear PetRelocation,
 
I currently reside in Hong Kong. I am considering adopting a puppy around 6 months in age. My husband and I will relocate to Canada next year and I want to know the best way to relocate the dog without causing any trauma.
 
The flight is direct, 16hrs with Air Canada. I know the have a pet policy and most likely the dog will be bigger which will entail going in cargo. How do I prepare, and is the length of trip advisable for relocation? (If you think I should just hold off and wait to adopt until after we've relocated due to length of trip, I will.)

Thanks,
Nirupa
 
 
Hi Nirupa,
 
Great question; it's very smart to think ahead when it comes to being a responsible pet owner. (Also congratulations on your future dog!)
 
When the right choices are made, it's possible to move pets very safely, so this is mostly a matter of how much time and money you're willing to spend on a possible relocation. For your reference, here are a few basic pet travel questions and answers that may help you understand the process a little better.
 
Here are a few more things to know: the pet import requirements for Canada state that you need to secure specific vaccines and paperwork. You also need to buy a crate that is airline approved and the correct size, and you would need to help your dog feel comfortable spending time in the crate (this cuts down on his/her stress level immensely).
 
It's important to choose a pet-friendly airline and, if you're not traveling on the same plane as your dog (which is common when it comes to pet cargo travel), you'll need to arrange transportation to/from the airport and customs clearance assistance.
 
If you're interested in speaking to one of our specialists, please contact us via phone or by filling out our free quote form. The price for us to handle a relocation like this would begin at around $2,500 USD, but we can give you a more accurate quote once we have a few more details. If you're interested in keeping costs lower, we recommend locating local agents through IPATA.org.
 
Hopefully this helps to get you started! As you can see, it would take a considerable amount of time and money to arrange a dog move from Hong Kong to Canada, so it's up to you to decide if you're willing to do that or if you'd rather wait. Again, when handled correctly the move can be very safe, but it's best to enlist the help of experts and/or allow yourself plenty of planning time.
 
Please let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with your decision!

 

Who Would Win The Pet Travel Olympics (If They Existed)?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

One of the reasons it's fun to watch the Olympics is they allow us the chance to get to know other countries a little better. In Sochi it's been fascinating to see how hockey, curling and skiing (things we don't see much of here in Austin, TX) unite and excite people from around the world, and we couldn't help but apply our own experiences as pet shippers to the idea of international competition.

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be? Based on our observations of pet travel trends -- who goes where and why -- here's what we came up with.

1. Most obscure/challenging country to move a pet: Papua New Guinea (Runners Up: Gambia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Cancun)

2. Cat-friendliest country:  United Arab Emirates

3. Top choice for adventure-seeking pets and owners: New Zealand (Runners up: China and Brazil)

4. Top choice country for retirees: Belize (Runners up: Ecuador, Costa Rica and Hawaii)

5. Most popular winter destination: Thailand (Runner up: Russia)

6. Most popular summer destination: Singapore

7. Most tech-oriented country: Hong Kong and Japan (tie)

8. Country with the highest percentage of sweater-wearing dogs: United Kingdom

9. Country with the most dog-friendly pubs/bars: The Netherlands (Runner up: Hong Kong)

10. Overall easiest/most welcoming to pets: United States

What do you think? Did we overlook any gold medal winners? Let us know!

 

 

Can Bengal Cats Move to Hong Kong?

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Neil
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: UK
To: Hong Kong

Dear PetRelocation,

What are the costs for moving my cat from the UK to Hong Kong? Is there anything in particular I need, information-wise?

Does the breed affect anything? What is the effect on the pets, travel-wise? Would there be a quarantine process, and if so how long?

Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Neil

 

Hi Neil,

Thanks, these are great questions. Moving pets to Hong Kong does require careful preparation -- here is an overview of the requirements. Among other things, you'll need to present a vaccination certificate and an animal health certificate.

According to this document, which applies to Group 1 countries like the UK, Bengal cats can only be imported if you have documentation they are fifth generation or later.

There is normally a quarantine for pets entering Hong Kong, but since you're coming from the UK you could be exempted from it if you follow the procedures outlined by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong.

We've helped thousands of pets move safely to destinations all over the world, and in our experience it helps to start planning early, choose a pet friendly airline, and enlist the help of experts when needed. We find that pets -- even cats -- handle the process just fine if the proper effort is made. For more details, here is a list of frequently asked pet travel questions and common misconceptions about pet travel.

If you have any questions about navigating this relocation and think you might like some help, please fill out our free quote form. The costs will depend on a few factors, but international moves usually start at about $2500 USD.

We've helped many pets move to Hong Kong and would be happy to assist you, so just let us know!

 

2014 Update: Pet Travel to Korea

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

The Korean government has updated the country's pet import requirements, effectively making it easier to move pets there from several places. In the past many pet travelers were tasked with completing a rabies antibody titer test before being allowed entry, but many nations no longer need to fulfill this requirement.

Find out more about moving pets to Korea, and note that, even if a rabies titer test isn't required, several other details need to be attended to in order to complete a smooth pet move. Please contact us if you have questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else).

Now for your reference, if you're moving a pet to Korea from one of the following places, a rabies titer test is no longer necessary:

 

Korea-Designated Rabies Free Regions
 
Andorra French Polynesia Maldives
Armenia Germany Malta
Aruba Guadeloupe Island New Zealand
Australia Guam Palestine
Austria Hawaii Papua New Guinea
Barbados Hong Kong Portugal
Belgium Iceland Qatar
Brunei Italy Reunion Island
Cape Verde Jamaica Samoa
Cayman Islands Japan San Marino
Comoros Kazakhstan Sao Tome and Principe
Cyprus Kiribati Seychelles
Czech Republic Kuwait Singapore
Denmark Libya St. Vincent Grenadines
Djibouti Liechtenstein Sweden
Egypt Macedonia Switzerland
Estonia Malaysia United Arab Emirates
Fiji Martinique United Kingdom
Finland Mauritius Vanuatu
French Guyana Micronesia Wallis and Futuna

 

Cat Travel from the United States to Hong Kong

Monday, September 30, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Peggy
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Ragdoll
From: Seattle, WA
To: Hong Kong

I am planning to send my cats from Seattle to Hong Kong in Dec. I am now in Hong Kong, but I can be back in the States in Dec. Some of the airlines (like EVA) do not accept animals. However, I have looked up Delta, which has a "SHIP YOUR PET IN CARGO" service.

Does the owner have to drop the pets off and pick them up or it can be a different person? How much would it be? They both already have their rabies vaccines. What else I should do? Do you cover all those services? If so, how much would you charge for that?

Thanks,

Peggy

 

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for your questions. Traveling with pets internationally is a process with many moving parts, but with a good amount of planning and attention to detail it's possible to arrange all kinds of complicated relocations. Begin by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong. You write that your cats have their rabies vaccines, but be aware that there are several steps you need to follow and you must do so in a particular order. "Start early" is the best advice we give to pet travelers!

Most of the pets we move fly in the cargo area of the plane on a separate flight from their owner. You need someone to check the pets in for their flight and then meet them on arrival and take them through customs, but it's not necessary to actually fly with them. If you hire us to assist you, we would have our agents take care of these tasks. We would also work to choose a pet friendly airline (one with established pet policies and a good safety record).

The cost of a pet moves depends on a few factors, but with a few more details we'll be able to give you an estimate. Please fill out our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our services.

Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your upcoming move!



 

"Can I Bring Three Pets to Hong Kong?"

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: Three
Pet Type: Two cats and a dog
Pet Breed: Tabbies, Beagle terrier mix
From: Cincinnati, OH
To: Hong Kong, China

I have two cats and one dog. Can I take all three to Hong Kong?

Thanks,

Sarah

 

Hi Sarah,

Take a look at the pet import requirements for Hong Kong to get started. The requirements for dogs and cats require some careful preparation on your part, but it is possible to bring pets here. For example, if they are not already microchipped and aren't up to date on rabies vaccines, you'll want to start planning a visit to your vet soon.

If you have questions about this process or feel like you need some help with your move, please contact us for a free quote. We've helped several pets move to Hong Kong and would be happy to assist you further. Pet travel can certainly be stressful, but we're here to help!
 

Pet Travel Question: Getting a Head Start on Pet Travel to the United States

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Scarlett
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: Hong Kong
To: San Francisco, US

Hi
I have to move myself and my poodle, Teddy, back to San Francisco in six months. What should I do now to prepare?

Regards,
Scarlett
 

Hi Scarlett,

First of all, congrats for being a smart traveler! It's always wise to start planning early for a pet move.

Take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. They are actually pretty straightforward compared to many other countries, but you'll still need to follow them carefully. Most importantly, your dog will need  a rabies vaccine at least 30 days before departure and an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure.

Other than that, just be sure you have an airline-approved travel crate, and when you look at airline options, choose a pet-friendly carrier with established pet policies (we often use United, KLM and Lufthansa, for example).

Hopefully this helps, Scarlett. Be sure to contact us if you have more questions or if you'd like a free quote for our services, and good luck with everything.

Pet Travel Question: "Can we relocate our dog to Singapore after we move there?"

Monday, March 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: McCarthy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Hong Kong
To: Singapore

 

Hi There,

We are relocating in May, and for various reasons, we prefer that our dog relocate two to three months after we arrive in Singapore. Is it possible for him to join us later?

Best regards,
McCarthy

 

Greetings,

Yes, this is possible. We often move pets after a family has already moved, and in fact we often recommend it. If your pet can stay with a friend or at a trusted boarding facility for a few days or weeks, you'll have time to deal with your own move and settle in to your new place without worrying about more than you need to. Welcoming your pet into a home that's been unpacked when you're feeling more relaxed will make the move transition much smoother.

Here are the import requirements for Singapore in case you'd like to take a look. We recommend starting the process early, and if you're interested in our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

Pet Move Customer Story: Patty's Move to Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

 

Name: Michelle
Pet's Name: Patty
From: Los Angeles
To: Hong Kong
 

We are really pleased with the service from PetRelocation. We were nervous about moving our cat Patty from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and I had LOTS of questions about the paperwork required and the process. The staff members I worked with were very helpful and patient, and they made sure we had everything we needed.

Their services were very easy to use and definitely pet-friendly. They made sure Patty was cared for, and sent us updates throughout her travel. She's in Hong Kong now, and is enjoying the windows and the great views from our flat!

I really enjoyed working with the staff at PetRelocation, and if we need to move again, I'll definitely use their service. Thank you!


All About China Pet Travel: Our Pet Relocation Specialists Share Their Knowledge

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

Moving pets to China isn't exactly easy, but with the right prep work and background knowledge, the process can be managed pretty smoothly. We've moved many dogs and cats to China over the years we've been in the business of shipping pets, so when it comes to organizing paperwork, choosing the right port of entry, and making sure pets are kept as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the process, our pet relocation specialists have plenty of know-how.

They're so well-versed on the topic, in fact, that two of our specialists will be traveling to the annual meeting of the Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council tomorrow, Sept. 13, to speak about the basics of moving pets to China. Check out a preview of the event below!

In case you're interested in finding out more, take a look at the links below for a good introduction to moving pets to China. And, always, be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

 

Helpful China Pet Travel Links:

Pet Import Requirements for China

Bringing a Pet from Hong Kong to China: Part I and Part II

Quinn & Shadow's Move to Shanghai

Shimmy & Bella's Move to China

Little's Relocation to Shanghai

 

Pet Move of the Month: Napoe's Relocation to Hong Kong

Thursday, June 7, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Though every pet move is different, most share a few familiar elements. This month's Pet Move of the Month illustrates a perfect example of what the typical pet owner experiences each step of the way: initial nervousness followed by a growing confidence that everything will be fine, and finally the happiness that comes with seeing your pet delivered safely to you.

Mandy is as dedicated a pet owner as can be, and her dog Napoleon (Napoe) is one lucky pup. Their recent move from the United States to Hong Kong was a smooth adventure, and we congratulate them for being stellar travelers.

Read more about Napoe's experience, including some valuable information about pet life in Hong Kong (people love him there!). Thanks to Mandy and Napoe, and good luck in your new home!

 

Is this the first time you’ve ever moved a pet?

Yes.  This is the first time we've ever moved our little guy. Napoe has lived in Arkansas for all 7 1/2 years of his doggy life. He is like our child.  

We've had never boarded him, never crated him, never left him with anyone other than family and close friends. The thought of him flying alone as cargo was mortifying to me. When I learned that the Hong Kong government wouldn't allow him to fly with us in the cabin, I literally had a panic attack.

A friend who had moved from our area to Hong Kong and used PetRelocation.com to help them move their dog Roger recommended you to us. From the first phone call (and I got through the call ALMOST without crying) I felt very comfortable with the care, knowledge and professionalism that every person I spoke to had. Each person seemed to genuinely want Napoleon to make a safe and successful move to Hong Kong.  
 

What were some of your concerns going into the move?

I wanted to know everything about every leg of Napoe's travel. What would he see, hear, and smell? Would there be any chance that someone might mistreat him? Would he be scared? Would he panic? Should I look into sedating him? What would happen if he needed to go to the bathroom, etc etc. I was also concerned with the fact that he is only 3.5lbs and his bladder is tiny. Could he manage a 16 hour flight without having to potty?

Each of my questions was listened to and addressed with care and compassion. I learned that dogs are den animals, and that while Napoe might initially be nervous, he would likely burrow into a blanket and fall asleep to the hum of the plane motor. I worried that he would be cold, but was assured that the place he would ride was temperature and pressure controlled.  

 

Reading about Hong Kong

 

Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process?

Yes. The knowledge of the staff, the follow up, and the ease with which we were able to bring him over to Asia. I was thoroughly and completely impressed with how simple things were, for me and for Napoe. After my first call to PetRelocation.com,  things went smooth as silk.  

How is Napoe adjusting to life in Hong Kong?

When Napoe arrived and was let out of his crate, for about 30 seconds his ears were back and he was a little uncertain. Then, after he realized that it was me, his mom, he was so happy!!  He wiggled his tail and he was happy, playful and thrilled to see me. Napoe explored our apartment and went right to his blanket and found his favorite toy. 

He is still getting used to the fact that most of the places where he is allowed to potty are concrete. But., there are also plenty of places where he can explore. Where we are in Stanley, he is welcome at restaurants, shops and he comes with us just about everywhere we go on the South side of the Island.

Because he's out with us SO much, he sleeps almost all night and when he does wake, he goes to the balcony for a quick pee and then hops right back into bed with us. He misses his large yard at home, but he's adjusting very well to life in Hong Kong. Lots of doggy friends for him here.  

Mandy and Napoe. Napoe loves exploring Stanley in his travel bag.

 

What is life like in Hong Kong? Is it a pet-friendly place to be?

In the city, it's much like it would be in New York, London, etc., however we chose to live in Stanley, which is on the Southern peninsula of the Island. Dogaroo in Stanley Plaza is great for "dog products" like leashes and bowls and poop baggies. There's also a shop in Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chai which sells all things dog!

There is a vet in Stanley that's next to a groomer shop, and both are very reputable. I don't recall the name of the groomers but I believe the vet is simply Stanley Vet Center.  

I've not found a dog-friendly beach in Stanley, but I'm told that they exist. Napoe is welcome in the Taxis, and legally drivers can charge an additional $5HKD for him (less than .80 cents US). Sometimes they do, but most times they just think he's an adorable passenger and don't charge for him.  

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

Relax. Take things one day at a time. It's very likely that someone else has shared the same experience that you are facing. ASK QUESTIONS. Being independent and attempting to figure it all out might be "your style," but allow people to help you. Research and verify what you're told, but learn from the experiences that others have already had. Patience and a sense of humor are two key items!

 

Adventure time

 

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Pet Travel Question: Shipping Pets to Thailand

Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cecilia
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: One British Short Hair, One Persian, Three Domestic Short Hair
From: Hong Kong
To: Bangkok, Thailand

 

Is there a quarantine for Thailand? Can my pets travel on the same aircraft as me?

Thanks,

Cecelia

 

Hello Cecelia,

 

Here are the pet import requirements for Thailand (and you can also find more info here). If all requirements are met there shouldn't be a quarantine.

As far as air travel, we recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline and in that case it's not necessary to travel on the same flight. You may end up hiring someone to help with your cats' passage, but just know that it's typical for pet owners to take separate flights.

Please contact us if you'd like a free quote or if you have any more questions. We'd be happy to assist you with your upcoming pet move!