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Sixty Percent of Pet Owners Traveled with Pets in 2010, Survey Finds

International pet travel survey shows pet-friendly hotels and airlines are gaining influence in growing pet travel plans

AUSTIN, Texas - May 10, 2011:  PetRelocation.com, an international pet travel and pet transportation service provider, today announced the results of their second annual Summer Pet Travel Survey of more than 10,000 pet owners worldwide, finding that 60 percent traveled with pets during 2010.

Summer Travel Trends

Summer pet travel trends remained steady from 2010's survey, with 58 percent of people surveyed during the month of April indicating they planned to travel with their pets within the next three months (as compared to 57 percent in 2010).

Monthly travel frequency varied slightly from 2010. The number of people who travel monthly fell from 38 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2011. However fifty-seven percent (57 percent) of respondents indicate they still travel at least once a year with their pets.

First Class Tastes: Pet Travel Expenditures

The majority of pet owners (48 percent) indicated they spend less than $500 annually on pet travel-related products and services. However, nearly thirty percent of pet owners (28 percent) said they spend $1000 dollars or more each year on products and services for pet travel.

Improved Outlook on Airline Pricing

In 2010, over a third of respondents (38 percent) found airline pet travel fees to be prohibitively expensive for pet travel. This year's survey found that only 18 percent of people indicated they found airline fees to be too expensive. For 2011, the majority of respondents' concerns (32 percent) cited an unsatisfactory selection of pet-friendly hotels, which could be a result of hotels cracking down on pet etiquette and raising pet deposits and fees.

Dogs Leading the Pack

Dogs remained a popular pet travel companion, with 58 percent of respondents saying they travel with dogs. Twenty-two percent (22 percent) indicated they travel with cats, 8 percent travel with birds and 6 percent travel with horses.

Safety First

Safety remains the top priority for traveling pet owners, with 71 percent indicating their pet's safety is the most important aspect when planning pet travel arrangements. Pricing and keeping costs down came in a distant second at 17 percent, followed by convenience to a pet owner's own travel arrangements (12 percent).

Pet-Friendly Influence Rising

Those who chose to stay at hotels because they are pet-friendly jumped by 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, with 78 percent of respondents indicating they had stayed at a hotel because it allowed pets or was considered to be "pet-friendly." Pet-friendly airlines also grew in influence, with the majority of pet owners (58 percent, up from 45 percent in 2010) saying they had chosen to fly on an airline because it was "pet-friendly."

Full results of the second annual Summer Pet Travel Survey are available here.

About PetRelocation.com

PetRelocation.com offers door-to-door pet travel services using pet-friendly airlines for domestic and international pet moves.  Founded in 2004 in Austin, Texas, PetRelocation.com safely moves hundreds of household pets worldwide each year. For more information, please visit http://www.PetRelocation.com.

Contact: Rachel Farris, Rachel@PetRelocation.com / +1-512-264-9800 x 124


Tweet-Sized Statistics

Have pet, will travel: 60% of pet owners surveyed traveled with an animal companion during 2010.

Summer vacation isn't just for kids! 58% plan to travel with their pets in the next 3 months.

About 2 out of 10 pet owners hit the road w/pets at least once a month.

Pampered pets: nearly 30% of pet owners spend $1000+ on pet travel products & services each year.

2010: 1/3 said pet airline fees were too expensive. 2011: Only 18% said it was too pricey to fly.

Room for improvement? 32% say there's not enough of a selection of pet-friendly hotels.

Is pet travel becoming the new norm? 57% surveyed travel at least once a year with their pets.

Top dog: Most people surveyed (84%) travel with dogs. About 1/3 travel with cats.

Traveling isn't just for dogs and cats. 11% said they travel w/birds & 9% travel w/horses.

Safety first! 71% say safety is primary concern when it comes to making pet travel plans.

After safety, keeping costs down is 2nd most important to pet travelers. Convenience rank 3rd.

Wake up call! 78% say they've stayed at hotels b/c they were pet-friendly, up 10% from 2010.

#Airlines, take note: 58% choose airlines b/c they are pet-friendly, up from 47% last year.