Pet relocation is often so stressful that pet owners frequently feel more anxious about their animals than they do about themselves. After all we humans can care for ourselves, ask for directions, or file complaints, but we don’t know what our pets are going through “down in the cargo bay” or how they’ll be treated upon arrival. Much of this anxiety about pet travel can be laid to rest by preparing far in advance.
Pet shipping can be complex and requires you be well informed and plan well in advance! Thankfully, there are now more and more pet movers available and as time goes by, their experience adds up to less stress for you!
We’ve done some of the legwork for you too. The following are websites of expert pet transport companies. Most offer much more than mere pet relocation services. Their websites are full of information on how to plan your trip, how keep your pet healthy during transport, what to pack when traveling with pets, how to find out what documentation and vaccinations you will need, and much more. Even though you will eventually choose only one pet shipping specialist, it’s truly worthwhile to visit all of the websites below as each offers very useful information to help you prepare, both literally and mentally.
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Pet Movers and Shipping Specialists
Headquartered in Austin, TX, PetRelocation.com offers full-service arrangements for the domestic and international transportation of live animals, with a strong emphasis on assisting companies with relocating employees who are pet owners. The PetRelocation.com mission focuses on creating the most comfortable, safe and stress-free environment possible for each pet transportation and exotic animal transport experience. For more information, visit www.petrelocation.com or call 877-PET-MOVE (738-6683). Pet Relocation.com is probably the best known pet transport company in the world.
PetTravelCenter.com is an online community that provides worldwide resources for pet-friendly hotels, attractions, destinations, RV parks, dog parks, campgrounds, airline pet policies, pet travel tips, veterinarians, emergency pet hospitals, and a wide variety of pet travel products through its online pet store. PetTravelCenter.com Public Relations Dept. Phone: 336-712-1205
PetTravelCenter has this AMAZING page where they list every major airline in the world’s Pet Travel Policies one by one. So all you have to do is scroll down the list, find the airline you’ll be using, click on it’s name and read what you need to do to ensure your pet complies with the airline’s policy. Man did they put a lot of work into that! See the list.
PetTravelCenter.com announced on November 29, 2008 that it has partnered with PetRelocation.com, an industry leader of providing quality, door-to-door pet relocation services to people who travel with or relocate their pets worldwide.
PetRelocation.com will provide domestic and international pet travel and pet relocation advice through a new feature on PetTravelCenter.com called “Ask the Pet Relocation Expert.” People who have questions about how to transport their pets, what pet health certificates or country documentation is required and other concerns can submit their questions via an online form on PetTravelCenter.com. Rachel Farris, an expert in the field of pet relocation, will respond to site visitors’ questions that will be posted on the site.
Pet Airways is a pet only airline where pets fly in the main cabin. Not in Cargo! Pet Airways is a pet airline that believes that travel for your best friend should be a comfortable, safe and pleasant experience. Cats and dogs fly in specially equipped planes that are climate controlled for their comfort, and pets are always under the watchful eye of a trained Pet Attendant. Pet Airways offers pet travel done right!
Destinations are only in the US for now, but they encourage you to let them know what destinations you would love to see added! They even have a pet travel guide with great tips which is worth checking out even if you can’t use their services right now (South America is not among their destinations yet).
DogTravel Company, launched in 2007, is the first full service travel club for dog lovers who want to travel with their dogs! Members enjoy a variety of benefits, including access to dog-friendly, in-cabin, crateless flights, train service and cruises for dogs of all sizes.
Your dog will never travel in a cargo hold or on a cargo plane, train or truck. In fact, your dog will never leave your side throughout your entire journey! This company is ONLY for traveling with DOGS. However, they custom arrange ANY TRIP to ANY DESTINATION in the world.
The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International, Inc. (IPATA) An international network of concerned pet shippers, the collective membership of IPATA represents many years of experience in the transportation and care of animals. IPATA's membership has grown from six U.S. pet shippers to over 280 offices in over 60 countries with services to all major airports worldwide.
IPATA members are registered with the applicable organizations within their own country and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Live Animals Regulations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). All U.S. Active IPATA members are registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and adhere to the rules and regulations of the USDA's Animal Welfare Act.
On this page of their website you can search for an IPATA member pet relocation expert by country, company name, or airport name see it here or, you can download a printable listing of all their members: print it here.
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Please be advised that BoliviaBella.com does not recommend or endorse any single pet relocation company. This page is provided for informative purposes only. Some of the information on this page is quoted textually from the above websites.