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Pet News Link Round-Up: Pet-Friendly Cities, Rescue Stories, Tips for Finding a Pet Sitter

Friday, October 12, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Happy Friday! Here's a quick rundown of the top pet news stories from the past few days.


The pet travel industry is expanding all over the place.

The top ten dog-friendliest cities, infographically revealed.

This golden retriever didn't leave his brother behind.

Can't bring your pet with you this time? Here are some tips for finding a good pet sitter.

It's almost that time of year -- dog Halloween parties.

Are San Diego, Portland, and Chicago the pet-friendliest places to visit?

Pets may get...

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Pet Move Customer Story: Kelsey's Move to Panama

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Lauren
Pet's Name: Kelsey
From: New Hampshire
To: Panama

I'd like to offer a GIGANTIC thank you and shout out to PetRelocation.com for helping me move my 12-year-old best friend from her home in New Hampshire to sunny Panama.

I accepted a position in Panama City only after confirming Kelsey would be able to accompany me. It wasn't until after I set the ground work for my move that I realized how traumatic the experience would be for me and likely also for her. She has lived in New England...

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Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets to the UAE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Laurie
From: Florida, USA
To: Dubai, UAE

How many animals can I take to United Arab Emirates for one year? I have one dog and four cats. Can I take them on the plane?

Hi Laurie,
Thanks for your question! Here are the pet import requirements for the United Arab Emirates. As you can see you'll need to take care of a few arrangements (vet visits, vaccines, paperwork), and at this time only two pets are allowed into the country per person. If you're traveling with someone...
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Pet Travel Question: Worries About Flying Safely with a Pug

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Vasantha
From: New Delhi, India
To: Johannesburg, South Africa
Pet: Mr Jones, Pug, 4 years old

I will be relocating to South Africa and would like to take my four-year-old pug with me, but I am very worried about him making the journey safely. I will be taking him to a vet for a full medical check-up tomorrow but I would like to hear about other experiences of flying pugs on a journey of roughly the same journey duration. Also, could he fly on the same flight as me?

Hi Vasantha,
Thanks for...
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Pet Travel Question: Organizing A Military Move to Puerto Rico

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Carlos
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: English Bulldog
From: Salt Lake City, UT
To: San Juan, Puerto Rico


I am currently in the process of a military movement and I have never moved my dog overseas. I would like more information about the process and requirements/rules. Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated -- thank you so much for your support.




Hi Carlos,

Thanks for your question -- we're happy to offer some assistance. First, take a look at the pet...

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Pet Travel News Links: Pet Wellness, Hotel Amenities for Pet Lovers, China Pet Tips

Friday, October 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

What happened in the world of  pet news this week? Glad you asked.


Neat-o animal tourism in Japan.

Goldfish companions as hotel amenities?

Researchers find that looking at cute animal pictures improves productivity. (We like this study.)

Tips from our experts: all about shipping pets to China.

Are you tuning in to DogTime's Pet Blog Awards?

October is National Pet Wellness month.

Here in Austin we have a Dogtoberfest that includes a DogTrot-- do you have something similar in your town?

Taming exoti...

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Pet Relocation Specialists Discuss China Pet Shipping At Relocation Council Meeting

Friday, October 5, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

As we mentioned before, two of our expert Pet Relocation Specialists were invited to an industry council meeting last month to share their knowledge of pet shipping -- in particular, how to ship pets to China.

Ashley and Cara's appearance at the Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council quarterly meeting rounded out a program presented in the form of a playful but informative newscast that was hosted by "Liv A. Broad" and "Emma Gration."

The day's discussions included a "The Road to China," a...

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Pet Move of the Month: Boris & Mia's Globetrotting Adventures to the UK and Back

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

About a year and a half ago we helped Boris and Mia move to the UK with their family, and when life beckoned everyone back to the United States recently, we once again assisted with the relocation. Both moves required careful attention to detail and time to adjust, but the pups did well and the whole family learned a lot from the experience.

The dogs' owner Adrian was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about their relocations, so read on to find some great information about moving pets.


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Pet Travel Update: USDA Pet Fee Increases Now in Place

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

International Pet travelers departing from the United States should be aware that the USDA has increased endorsement fees as of Oct. 1, 2012.

Pets requiring no tests will pay $38, and those requiring titer tests are responsible for a $121 fee. View the entire fee schedule below, and be sure to contact a Pet Relocation Specialist if you have any questions about traveling with your pet.


New USDA Fee Schedule Implemented 10-01-2012

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Pet Travel Question: Flying Snub-Nosed Breeds

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Devon
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Brussels Griffon
From: Boston, USA
To: London, England

I have a Brussels Griffon and have heard that sometimes pug-like dogs are not allowed to fly due to their nose and possible problems getting enough oxygen. I was just wondering if this is true and if there is any way I can bring my Brussels with me? I can't bear to leave him behind. Thank you!


Hi Devon,

Thanks for contacting us! Flying with snub-nosed breeds can be a little tricky, so there...

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Pet Travel Question: Shipping a Cat to Aruba?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Eesha
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: West Bloomfield, Michigan
To: Oranjestad, Aruba

Hey there. A year back, I moved to Aruba to do some foreign studying down here. I'm still here for a while. My cousin (who also lives with me) has been wanting a kitten for the past few years. I spent the past three weeks looking for a Persian kitten on the island, but it's difficult and I couldn't find any.

The next thing I'm resorting to is actually having my family back home buy and...

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Pet Travel Question: Figuring Out the Rules for Importing Pets to Hawaii

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Terri
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Aussie
From: Washington
To: Hawaii

I am confused about one aspect of the rules for direct airport release. I have received two different answers from the DoA and the info on their website sometimes refers to "most recent or current" or "second."

Does the requirement that the most recent rabies vaccine be given no earlier than 90 days before arrival in Hawaii apply to all vaccinations or only to the second vaccination? My dog's...

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Pet Travel Question: Importing A Persian Cat to Kazakhstan

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Sultan
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: United States
To: Kazakhstan

Are there any requirements by US Department of Agriculture/ US Customs to move pets from the US to another country? Any specific vet exams or necessary certificates?





Thanks for your question, we're happy to help. Yes, exporting pets from the United States will require making a few arrangements. Here's a link going over the basic pet import requirements for Kazakhstan as well as a link...

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Seeking Safety in the Skies: How to Minimize the Risks of Pet Air Travel

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

You may have come across a couple of unsettling news items recently regarding pet travel. Two dogs -- both reportedly young and healthy, both United passengers -- died during their respective cross-country U.S. flights. As their owners search for answers, other pet owners have found themselves with plenty of questions about pet air travel safety, as well.

Given the current lack of clear information available about these particular incidents, it can help those who need to travel by air with their...

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Pet News Links: Pet Travel Behind The Scenes, Cutting Pet Ownership Costs & Fun Pet Stories

Friday, September 28, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Here are a few fun pet news links to brighten up your Friday. Have a great weekend, pet lovers!


This New Mexico town has only one police officer -- and it's a dog.

The Atlantic discusses service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

JFK will soon expand and improve their pet shipping facilities.

Gypsy the cat was somehow found in Scotland, almost 1,000 miles from his home in Germany.

How to cut the costs of pet ownership.

Summer is basically over, but... When do summer pet travel embargoes end?


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Pet Travel Update: When Do Summer Airline Embargoes End, Anyway?

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Summer is technically over, but the weather can remain unpredictably warm in many regions through fall. If you're planning to fly in the next few weeks, it's important to continue to make careful travel choices when moving your pet and to be aware of airline regulations.

Many airlines altered their pet flight procedures over the summer to ensure safety, and some will continue to observe modified rules and schedules for a few more weeks. In particular, Delta says it will continue to operate the...

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PetRelocation Culture Club: Learning About Pets in Italy

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Here at PetRelocation we're hard at work shipping pets all around the world, but we also set aside some time for fun stuff, too. Our Culture Club was recently created in order to provide activities that might complement our regular work day schedule, and every now and then they sneak something educational into the mix, too.

Following communications expert Dr. John Daly's visit a couple of weeks ago, on Tuesday we welcomed another special guest to our office --  Antonella Del Fattore-Olson, a...

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Pet Travel Question: Exporting A Dog From Ireland

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Andrea
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Labrador
From: Republic of Ireland
To: US


Since Ireland is considered to be a rabies free area, I assume that there is only a need for a health certificate within 10 days of traveling, is that right? The dog is born in Ireland and it is one year old, but there's no birth certificate or other papers available. Is there a need for evidence that it is born and lived all time in Ireland? Does the dog have to get chipped as well? Do I have to...

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Pet Travel Behind The Scenes: How United Airlines Transports Cats

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Caitlin Moore


Last week we helped a pet owner move her two cats from the United States to Oslo, Norway. She happened to be on the same plane as her felines (usually this isn't the case since we're handling the logistics -- human travelers can schedule their flights whenever they please), and as they departed from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), the owner actually caught a few pictures as United PetSafe attendants put the cats onto the plane.

As you can see from these photos, the cats were...

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Pet Travel Question: Health Concerns & Shipping Pets

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Joanna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Westie cross
From: Melbourne, Australia
To: Michigan, USA

Is it ok/safe for a middle-aged (6-year-old) dog to be relocated during January from an Australian summer to a US winter?




Hi Joanna,

Thanks for your question. While we can tell you that we've moved thousands of pets safely to and from many destinations during all parts of the year, it sounds like this is an issue you should really discuss with your vet. Travel can be too...

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