Help Me Move My Pet

Pet Travel From China to the United States

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Vicki
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix
From: China
To: Kansas, USA

Dear PetRelocation,

My husband is working in Handan, China and found a stray puppy that needed medical treatment and he wants to bring it back home to join our family.

The puppy was taken to a vet and was malnourished with a severe eye infection. She was treated for 5 days and was picked up yesterday. He is currently keeping her at the office with him.

Could you please tell us exactly where to get information on what exactly needs to be done for him to bring this dog home? The vet is planning to give the first set of vaccines next week, but I read somewhere that vaccines were not supposed to be given by a privately owned veterinarian in China to be able to be transported internationally.




Hi Vicki,

Thanks for the question; we also applaud your kind-hearted plans!

Please take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States for an outline of what you'll need to do. The good news is that the United States has pretty simple requirements -- the dog will need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a health certificate stating she is healthy and fit to fly (the airline requires this and it should be issued within 10 days of departure).

You can take a look at the USDA website for more details or give our office a call if you're concerned that your vet is not properly certified -- since China is listed as a country affected by screwworm, you'll also need to show proof (by means of the vet's signature) that your dog has been inspected and found to be free of the condition.

Hope this helps... Please contact us if you have further questions and good luck with your new dog!


Puppy Travel to Europe

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Pascal
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: American Bulldog
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Amsterdam, Holland


Dear PetRelocation,

My friend has a puppy and he is 5 weeks old now. I would like to bring him to Holland, but what are the requirements and at what age can I ship him to Holland? Or if I fly with him are the rules different then?




Hi Pascal,

Thank you for your question. We recommend that dogs fly only after they've reached the age of 16 weeks. At this point they're stronger and better able to handle the experience of travel and can also receive the necessary vaccinations for international import.

As far as the rules you'll need to follow, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Holland. It's not necessary for you to be on the same flight as your dog, but either way the import rules will be the same and we do recommend choosing a pet friendly airline (KLM and Lufthansa are often good choices for European pet travel).

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions, and if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services, please fill out our free quote form.

Thanks again, and good luck with everything.

Dog Travel from Florida to California

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Sandra
From: West Palm Beach, FL
To: Los Angeles, CA
Pets: German Shepherd

Dear PetRelocation,
We have a very large puppy that we want to give to a family member. What is the safest way to transport him (he is 8 months old and 85 lbs)? We would like to send him unescorted, if possible.
Any information you can share would be helpful, thanks!
Hi Sandra,
Sure, we'd be happy to offer some advice. To move a pet domestically you need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and also have a vet health certificate (here are the pet import requirements for the United States). The most important tips we can offer are these:
  • Choose a pet friendly airline, such as United
  • Make sure your travel crate is large enough and airline approved (find more info here)
  • Work to help your dog feel comfortable in his travel crate in the weeks before your move
  • Look over these frequently asked pet travel questions for more information


Hopefully this helps to get you started. Please contact us if you have more questions or would like a free quote for our services. Thanks again for the note, and good luck!

Multi-Step Pet Moves to New Zealand

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Collie
From: Mainland China
To: New Zealand


Dear PetRelocation,

Can you please advise what my options are for relocating my dog from near Shanghai back to New Zealand? I understand it is likely he will need to go via another country, as direct import to New Zealand from China isn't possible. It would be good to get an idea about what I can do and the time frame, so if it is feasible I can start making plans for it now.



Hi Kirsty,

Advance planning is a very smart idea when it comes to pet travel, especially for strict rabies-free countries like New Zealand. And you're right, you can't take your dog directly to New Zealand from China so you will need to arrange a six month stay in an approved country.

Here is a link to the official New Zealand site that should help you put together a timeline of steps and requirements (which will include undergoing microchip implantation if necessary along with a series of rabies shots and parasite treatments).

If you'd like some additional assistance with your move, feel free to contact us for a free quote. We have helped pets make multi-step moves such as yours before and would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Hope this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Planning Pet Travel to South Africa

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kristin
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: 2 dogs, 2 cats
From: US
To: South Africa


Hi There,

I am going to be moving to South Africa, and have a dog and two cats. My boyfriend has one dog. I was wondering if there is a list of things that need to be done and what the correct timeframe/checklist is to do them? Also, dogs and cats don't need to be quarantined, correct?

Any and all information you can give would be very much appreciated. Also, are you able to help me move my pets when it comes time? I'm in California.




Hi Kristin,

Thanks for your question. You're right, you'll need to take a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa and follow them carefully to make sure your pets make a smooth transition. And that's correct, there isn't a quarantine provided you meet the rules you'll find by following the above link.

Even if you're not moving for awhile, there are a few things you can start to do now, including getting your pets accustomed to their crates and talking with your vet to make sure he or she is USDA-certified and will be able to assist with the necessary paperwork correctly.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call or fill out our online quote form to receive an estimate of price from one of our Africa specialists. We've helped several pets move to South Africa safely (including Petrie and Spike) and would be happy to assist you as well!

Pet News Round-Up: SXSW Pet Tips & Cat Dynamics

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Going to SXSW and/or visiting Austin this week? Here's our pet friendly SXSW guide filled with tips and insider info.

Traveling to Australia with a pet? Be aware that the rules have changed.

Ideas for having a happy Spring Break with your pet.

Five ways cats bring families closer together.

What should you know about dogs and separation anxiety.

Finally, don't forget that this weekend is #PuppyHour, hosted at our office with GoBank, Barkbox and Austin Pets Alive! There will be puppies up for adoption and refreshments -- what more do you need, really?


Happy Friday!


Are The Rules Different for Frequent Pet Travelers?

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cheryl
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Canine
Pet Breed: Lab
From: Greece
To: US

Dear PetRelocation,

We recently moved from the US to Greece due to my husband's work. My question is, what do I need for our dog if we will be traveling back and forth? I currently obtained a vet here in Greece and now have a pet passport. What else do I need?

Coming to Greece I had to have tons of paperwork completed from the US and Greece.




Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for checking in! It's great that you already have an idea of what moving a pet entails, and we're happy to fill in the blanks where you have questions.

These are the pet import requirements for the United States. They're much easier than the requirements for Greece -- basically you just need to show proof of an updated rabies vaccine and have a vet health certificate.

Now, if you want to go back to Greece, you'll have to meet all of the Greece requirements once again. If you keep your dog up to date on all vaccines it may be a little easier than the first time, but you'll still need to obtain the same paperwork and endorsements from the USDA, etc.

Each time you cross back and forth from the US to Greece, you'll need to look to the requirements once again and make sure you meet them, visit your vet for a new health certificate, and make sure everything is in order.

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks again, and good luck with everything!

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!

Microchip Questions & Pet Travel to the UK

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Denise
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: West Highland Terrier
From: Canada
To: England


Dear PetRelocation,

I read last year that the microchip used for the United Kingdom has to be a specific type or it might not read once in the United Kingdom. Is this correct, and what type of microchip do I need to use from Canada?




Hi Denise,

Thanks for the question! The microchip is an important part of the process so it's smart to double check the details before you get too far.

First, here's more information about the UK pet import rules as a whole. Canada is an approved non-EU country, so that means you'll be following the Part A requirements as listed. As far as the microchip, per www.gov.uk you should have a microchip that meets ISO standards, and if you have one that isn't ISO-compatible, you need to provide your own microchip reader.

Here's all you need to know about pet microchips and the UK. Also, here is more information from our blog about various types of microchips and which ones are ISO-compatible.

Hopefully this helps, Denise. Please let us know if you have any more questions about your upcoming move, and good luck with everything!



Are There Dog Breed Restrictions for Flying to the United States?

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Blakley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Alaskan Malamute and Staffordshire Terrier
From: England

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there any reason why my breed of dog could not come into the United States? We're military.




Hi Blakley,

The United States does not have any dog breed restrictions, and in fact it's one of the easier places to bring a pet. In summary, you'll need an International Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure and a rabies vaccination and certificate. Here's an overview of the requirements.

Other considerations include obtaining an airline-approved travel crate (it sounds like your dog might be pretty big so you  may need a custom travel crate), and we highly recommend choosing a pet-friendly airline.

If you have any further questions about the process and think you might like to find out more about our door-to-door services, feel free to fill out our quote form.

Hope this helps to get you started. Have a great move!

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Tech Trends & Travel Insights

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Brain scans show similarities between dogs and humans.

Keep up with these pet tech innovations.

Want to help Kickstart a travel guide for pet owners?

Learn more about life as a pet shipping specialist from our very own Joe.

Cats have amazing vision.

You're invited to a #SXSW #PuppyHour sponsored by GoBank, Austin Pets Alive!, Barkbox and us!

Buying a kitten? Don't fall for a scam.


Happy Friday!


"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.)

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!


Pet News Round-Up: Olympic Adoptions, Pet-Friendly Hotels and Travel Lessons

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet Dottie, our Pet Move of the Month!

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be?

If you're a dog, you probably want to stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels.

Several Olympic athletes are adopting stray dogs in Sochi.

This woman traveled the world with her dog for months. Here's what she learned.

Are you coming to SXSW? Here's a #PuppyHour event not to be missed!

And because it's Friday, cute before and after pet pictures.


Have a relaxing weekend!

Questions about Flying with a Nervous Dog

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Shayna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Large Dog
Pet Breed: Staffordshire Terrier
From: California
To: Honolulu, HI


Dear PetRelocation,

What airlines would you recommend to transport a large dog with separation anxiety issues? Also, what options do I have to calm down a nervous dog that I won't be able to fly with?




Hi Shayna,

Great questions. Not every pet is naturally travel-ready, but there are things you can do to help prepare him or her for a flight.

First, you'll want to secure the right-sized airline-approved travel crate (you may need to order a custom crate) and start helping your dog get used to it. If pets can see the crate as a safe and comfortable place, then their overall stress level will be much lower on the day of travel. This could take several weeks to accomplish, but it will be well worth the effort. You can find out more about crates and crate-training here.

Note that we do not recommend sedation -- in fact most airlines will not fly a pet who has been sedated. Suppressing a pet's natural ability to regulate their temperature and move freely within their crate could be dangerous, so as an alternative for anxious dogs we recommend the above-mentioned crate training along with plenty of pre-flight exercise. A tired pet makes for a better traveler.

As far as airlines, we recommend a pet-friendly carrier such as United, who we often use for our pet clients. When traveling with a large dog, it's important to check with the airline when you make your reservation to make sure your dog can get on a plane able to accommodate the crate.

Finally, since you're moving to Hawaii you'll want to research their import rules. The Hawaii pet import process is a little more complicated than it is for other states, so you'll need to do some advance prep work.

Please let us know if you have questions about any of this. We'd be happy to assist with your move if you're interested -- just fill out our free quote form if you'd like to know more.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!


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!



Questions About Dog Travel to China

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Jacqui
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
From: Cologne, Germany
To: Shanghai, Pudong, China


Dear PetRelocation,

We are leaving for China at the end of this year and I was wondering if my dog needed to be put in quarantine before entering China.

If so, would this be done in Germany or China?

Many Thanks,



Hi Jacqui,

Thanks for your question. You can take a look at an overview of the pet import requirements for China here. There is no definite answer to your question of quarantine, as whether or not your dog will need to fulfill one depends on your port of entry and a few other factors. 

That being said, we have experience moving pets to China and have helped several pets move safely to Shanghai, including Lucy and Milo. We'd be happy to offer you further guidance about your options; if you're interested you can fill out our free quote form or give our office a call.

Thanks again, and we hope to speak to you soon!

Pet Move of the Month: Dottie's Relocation to Dubai

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Recently we helped Dottie, a Papillon, travel from Atlanta to Dubai. Such a long move can be complicated to plan, so we were happy to step in and assist when Dottie's owners contacted us after a new job prompted their relocation. Dottie did a great job with the move and her story (graciously shared by Dottie's "mom" Laura) reveals some excellent information and tips for other pet travelers.

Read on to find out more about pet moves to Dubai, and congrats to Dottie for being a great traveler!

Have you ever moved a pet internationally before this?

We have lived overseas before but not with a pet, so this was our first experience. We have friends who brought pets with them so I knew it could be done but I didn't yet know how.

What were some of your initial concerns?

I wanted Dottie to be safe -- I was really worried about all the terrible experiences you read online. I also had to be able to justify the cost. We have family that Dottie could have stayed with but I really wanted her with me. I did a little shopping around to get a best guess on what it would cost and decided if we could do it safely for a reasonable price we would do it.

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Dubai?

I was really pleased that Dottie was able to take a flight that stopped over in Amsterdam with KLM and then rest at the pet hotel there. I had read how wonderful that was but I didn't have any idea how to make it happen. I was also relieved and grateful that in the process PetRelocation also got Dottie registered with the municipality. That was just one more bureaucratic process I didn't have to worry about.



How did Dottie handle the transition?

When Dottie arrived she was in her crate, alert and wagging her tail. I thought she would be a little traumatized and maybe shy but she just bounced right out and started exploring the house. She was not sick or tired at all. Now she seems totally at home.

Is Dubai a pet friendly place to be?

Pets -- especially dogs -- seem to be a rather contentious issue. Some people are militantly pro-dog -- determined to have a dog even when and where they are not welcome -- and others are firmly opposed to dogs of any kind. There are a lot of people here from other places where people don't have dogs as pets and they are actually afraid. And, unfortunately there are some people here who believe dogs are "unclean" according to their religion.

So, it is very important when finding a home here that you live somewhere that dogs are welcome. Dottie lives happily in a house with her own fenced yard and no one minds. She takes walks around the neighborhood on leash with no problems. We just don't go where we aren't supposed to go. There are excellent vets, kennels and groomers as well as specialty pet stores. Interestingly, cats are very popular.



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

If you want your pet to move with you and you are going somewhere like Dubai where you have to clear customs and other processes, professional pet relocation is the only way to go. I read a lot of stories about people trying to do it themselves and it can be terribly stressful for you and your pet and possibly even unsuccessful in a place like Dubai. Start planning early -- I started preparing Dottie about 6 months ahead -- figuring out everything she would need and planning her vet visits to get it all done so there are no last minute problems.

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

I Googled around to learn about accreditation and read a lot of reviews. I even seriously contacted two other accredited and well recommended companies. I got an email about a week after I called from one saying they were really busy and would call in three days -- they never did. The other sent me an email quote but I never heard from them again despite answering the email back. But as soon as I contacted PetRelocation I got a real person -- Sarah -- working on my case. She called me every couple of days, updating me and working with me on a good plan at a price I could afford. I was stressed but she really put me at ease. And all that service before I even paid a penny! I felt I had first class service for Dottie and a caring sensitive person to work it out for me.


Please contact PetRelocation if you have questions about your upcoming pet move!

How to Travel Safely with a Pug

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Clea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug
From: Florida
To: Minnesota

Dear PetRelocation,

My elderly parents are moving back to Minnesota from Florida. They are too old to drive so have booked a one way airline ticket. Here's my question: the airlines have policies about shipping Pugs due to breathing issues. My mother has an elderly pug she is trying to get back to Minnesota. We are considering various options and your organization has come to mind.

Does PetRelocation offer non-airline means of travel? Have you encountered this issue before?



Hi Clea,

Yes, we've assisted with various snub-nosed breed moves and would be happy to talk to you and your mother about your options.

We do work with ground transport agents in the US who transport pets in safe, pet-friendly vehicles. We're also accustomed to arranging flights for pugs and keeping the conditions as safe as possible by choosing a pet-friendly airline, selecting a travel crate that allows plenty of good airflow, and working with clients to make sure their pets are as well-prepared as they can be for their flight.

We'd be happy to discuss the move further, so please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services. You can give our office a call or fill out our free quote form.

In the meantime, feel free to look over a few things on our blog that may shed light on the travel process: Frequently asked pet travel questions and how to minimize the risks of pet air travel.

Thanks for your question, and we look forward to hearing from  you!

Moving Pets to Australia: How Long is the Quarantine?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sharon
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Miniature Tea Cup Terrier and Miniature Yorkshire Terrier
From: UK
To: Western Australia



Can you please tell me how long my doggies would have to stay in quarantine in Western Australia?

Many Thanks,



Hi Sharon,

Sure, we'd be happy to offer some information. The best place to start is the Australia Department of Agriculture website, which should have the most up to date directions regarding which pets are allowed and what the timeline is for their import.

Australia has recently changed its quarantine rules -- it used to be a standard 30 day requirement and now it's 10 days. The UK is classified as a Category 3 country, and on the site you'll find a drop-down tool that will outline each step you need to take.

In terms of where your dogs will be fulfilling the quarantine, there are two options: Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility in Sydney and Spotswood Quarantine Facility in Melbourne. There is no longer a quarantine facility open in Perth, so if you're moving to Western Australia you'll need to make travel arrangements for your dogs after they've finished quarantine in either Sydney or Melbourne.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these logistics, Sharon. Here's a link to our free quote form if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services.

Thanks for the question, and good luck with everything!

How to Help the Stray Dogs of Sochi

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

You've probably heard the sad stories coming out of Russia regarding the existence and treatment of stray dogs near the Olympic Village in Sochi.

After learning that dogs were being rounded up and killed by local authorities, many kind-hearted souls (some very wealthy) and rescue organizations have sprung into action. If you're wondering how you can help, here are a few options.

Donate to the Cause

Sometimes, due to distance and your own life situation, the best and most realistic thing to do is locate a worthy group and send them a donation. This can be a wonderful and very beneficial way to make a difference, so check out the Humane Society website for more information about the shelters that have been set up in and near Sochi and also find out how you can donate to help street dogs all over the world.

Adopt a Dog

Adopting a Sochi stray is probably most feasible for nearby Russian citizens who won't have to worry about air travel, but if you're curious about what the process would entail, read on to start educating yourself.

International travel generally requires bringing the pet to a vet in order to obtain rabies vaccines and the necessary paperwork, an airline-approved travel crate needs to be purchased, and a reservation needs to be made with an airline equipped and willing to transport pets from Point A to Point B. You'd also need to get the dog from Sochi to an international airport, so it's likely the whole relocation would involve a few people and cost several hundred dollars, at least.

This process can't be completed overnight and there are several considerations at play, including whether or not the dog is crate-trained. Again, this may not be a realistic choice for everyone, but if you have questions about anything, feel free to ask!

Good News Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, several Olympic athletes have decided to adopt dogs they met in Sochi. Read more about it here.

Have you made a donation to help the stray dogs of Sochi? Has this story inspired you to help homeless dogs in your own area? Tell us what you think.


Stray dogs wrestle outside the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)