Seeking Help With A Pet Move: Top Reasons to Choose Pet Transport Services

frenchie dogThe beginning stages of a pet move can be pretty confusing. There are many things to consider, including your pet's safety, the legwork (and paperwork) involved, and how much it's all going to cost.

Some people choose to handle their moves on their own (and we're happy to offer tips for how to keep pet moves affordable, etc.), but ultimately many pet owners realize they'd rather have someone else handle everything. Whether due to stress, time, or basic logistics, hiring professional pet transportation services will bring some relief to the situation.

Here are a few reasons that many pet owners, including our own PetRelocation customers, choose to seek assistance with their moves.

Conflicting Information

“We had no idea how to go about organizing the move ourselves, and for a dog we loved so much, we felt secure in paying someone to do things correctly.” -Michelle, who moved her dog Chunk to Australia

Thanks to the internet this has become a very DIY world, but that doesn't mean it's easy to pull off something like a pet move. Unfortunately it's the case that many government websites don't keep up-to-date information regarding animal imports, and a lot of the advice you'll find out there is just plain wrong. When your pet's safety is at stake, it's better to trust the experts who do this every day.


“The list of things to do before a move is a long one. Having assistance with Cole took a huge burden away from us and allowed us to spend more time on preparing ourselves and getting our travel arrangements in order.” -Mike, who moved from California to Brazil

Whether moving for work or for pleasure, the effort of relocating all your belongings, organizing the details and trying to make a home in a new place can call for huge time demands. Adding another set of concerns just isn't possible for some travelers, so that's why they call pet relocation companies like us.

Special Conditions

“Large dogs present more difficult travel scenarios, so getting assistance was very important for us.The overall safety and well-being of our pet outweighed our ability to handle the move on our own.” - Mike, Cole's owner

Flying with an older pet, an especially large one, a snub-nosed breed or an exotic animal can all present special challenges. Again, the rules can be confusing and the internet can be a jumble of misinformation, so passing the reins to a relocation specialist who knows how things work is often the best choice for many pet owners.

Military Moves/PCS

“I had enough stress just trying to get me, my daughters and my house ready all while worrying about my husband, who was still gone (overseas in the military). Once I decided to hire PetRelocation it was like a huge stress filled ball was lifted off me.” -Tarnna, featured as our most recent Pet Move of the Month, moved from the US to the UK

Families serving our country who have to move frequently, often without as much notice or time as they'd like, can find themselves feeling particularly overwhelmed.

As you can see, there's nothing wrong with seeking some help! For more information about how to relocate your pets, check out our blog or take a look at our Facebook page to connect with other travelers who have done it all before.

You can also contact PetRelocation directly to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist about what your options may be. No matter how you go about it, here's wishing everyone many safe travels!


PetRelocation Team




United States


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By Mike Rink on June 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm

We are moving from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to the Tampa area and we have 6 cats. I’d like to know how much it would be to have a professional service move them rather than us making multiple round trips.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 25, 2018 at 9:26 am

Hi Mike! We'd love to help. There are a number of variables that impact the final cost of a pet relocation and all of our moves are customized to fit the needs of our clients. We do not currently have an office in St. Thomas, so it would take some research to determine the best move plan for your kitties. Please reach out to us here so we can discuss your options! Thanks!

By Damaris Rocha on April 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Very understanding blog. Hiring pet mover is better, they know how much you care about your pet, and most pet shipping companies will send you regular updates on how the journey is going.

By Lisa Mackay on January 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Hi,I am looking into transporting my moms dog of 10 months, from the UK to Canada (Vancouver). Do you recommend a way of doing this and have any sort of budget I can except in doing this?Thanks in advance.

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Hi Lisa!

Thanks for your question. If you’re thinking about preparing for this move on your own, we have some resources you may find helpful:

How much does it cost to move my pet?
Regulations importing pets to Canada
Choosing the Right Travel Crate for Your Pet
Pet Cargo Myths and Facts

Or, if you’d like to speak with someone about PetRelocation’s services for a move like this, we’d love to help! Just fill out our Arrange a Move form and a pet relocation consultant will contact you as soon as possible.

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