The sales consultants of PetRelocation are quick on their feet. Not only do they need to be prepared to discuss pet travel logistics for dogs, cats, and other family pets looking to travel all over the world, they must also stay up to date with constantly changing—and often complicated—pet travel rules and requirements.
In her time at the company, Kathy Wimer our senior sales consultant for team UK, has helped hundreds of pets travel safely in order to be reunited with their families. Kathy dives into each move with enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge that she has accumulated during her time here. On top of all that, she's a lot of fun to work with! Read on to learn more about Kathy!
How long have you worked at PetRelocation and what made you want to apply?
I have been with PetRelocation a little over 3 years now. In my previous role, I worked in the travel and transportation industry. I recall driving past the PetRelocation office on my way to work every day and always wondered what the company was about. When I came across a PetRelocation job post online, I was pleased to learn more about the company and how so many families have been reunited! With my experience in logistics and love for pets, I thought it would be a great fit!
Tell us about your own pets! What are their personalities and how did they join your family?
I have 2 dogs, Bugs the pug and Tucker, a German shepherd/ Australian cattle dog mix.
I rescued Bugs when he was about 2 years old in Houston. Like most pugs, Bugs is very laid back, but he also has a spunky attitude! Most days, Bugs is the manager of our home office and runs a tight ship. His hobbies are snuggling, performing tricks for treats, and sunbathing.
Bugs and Tucker
We rescued Tucker a few years later from the Austin Animal Center. Tucker is an incredibly sweet, smart, and gentle giant! He’s Bugs’ right-hand man and loves to snuggle up with his big-little brother. His hobbies are snuggling, chasing squirrels, and playing fetch (ball is life!).
You've organized so many moves in the last three years, but does any particular relocation story really stand out to you?
One of my most favorite pet moves was a 14-pet family moving from the U.S. to Austria. This sweet pet owner is a true animal lover who rescued her family of 14 pets. She initially wanted to move to Germany but after weeks of communication with the German government, we realized that it would not be possible to move one of her dogs, due to the strict ban on American Pitbull Terrier breeds. The pet owner ultimately decided to move to Austria to keep the family together.
This was my first time moving a family of 14 pets, all on the same flight. As you can imagine, the logistics for this type of move was quite complicated, but the day of departure went smoothly, and we were able to reunite the pet owner with her fur family. I always love seeing reunion photos and videos of our successful moves, but this particular move was incredible to see on such a large scale!
You work on team UK which recently saw some changes due to Brexit. With so many global changes, how do you stay in the know for complicated pet travel requirements?
With COVID-19 & BREXIT causing major disruptions in pet travel, we are constantly keeping up to date on the ever-changing rules and requirements by working closely with our partners locally and internationally.
One of the best things about PetRelocation is our knowledgeable team. Just like our clients, we are all pet owners who can relate when it comes to the stress of planning a move. Although travel planning is not always fluid, we are here to provide our expertise by keeping our clients up to date on the requirements and providing a contingency plan, should we experience any roadblocks along the way!
“Kathy was absolutely brilliant at getting everything started for me. She explained every step of the move and made sure I was comfortable with the plan before moving forward.” - Cat mom, Amy (Marv and Maggie)
What piece of advice would you give a pet parent who is just starting to plan their move to the UK?
I recommend doing plenty of research online, the USDA and DEFRA are two government websites that are great tools in addition to our website, where you can find more information through our blogs and success stories. Planning-ahead and allowing plenty of lead time is just as important, the earlier the better!
When you’re not planning moves all over the world, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love cooking. My family and I actually have a dressing sold in stores here in Texas called Mamma Tang's. I love learning about different cuisines and experimenting with new recipes. When I'm not doing that, I enjoy reading & spending time outdoors with the pups!
A friend recently introduced me to vermicomposting, and I have really enjoyed learning more about this hobby as well as houseplant care, gardening, and ways to go green!
We are all about travel here at PetRelo HQ. Where is your favorite spot you’ve traveled to? Where to next?
The last place my husband and I visited before the pandemic was Glenwood Springs in Colorado. We spent the week exploring the area and hiking Hanging Lake trail.
Our next destination will be Ireland and Scotland! We can’t wait to visit the Highlands (Highland cows are the cutest!) as well as Giant’s Causeway and many more!
Some of Kathy's Happy tails!
- Knight's Move to the UK During a Pandemic
- Moving With a Large Dog: Arnold's Story
- Izzy Move to Germany!
Are you looking for someone like Kathy to help you with your upcoming move? Let us know! Get started today in planning your next adventure!