We know that decisions about relocating your pet can be very stressful. The laws, regulations and guidelines relating to the importation and exportation of animals vary in different countries and the process can be very complicated and time consuming.
We recommend that you start thinking about your pets early in your relocation planning. You will want to ensure that your cherished furry family members do not have to spend time away from you in quarantine. Talk to us for advice as soon as you start thinking about your move.
Here are some of the questions you will want to consider when thinking about relocating your pets overseas:
- Are my pets healthy? Can they endure the trip?
- Are my pets up to date with vaccinations? What types of vaccinations are required in the country I am going to?
- What are the customs regulations in the destination country?
- What is the cost of transport?
- What are the procedures at the destination?
Pet transport costs
We can provide relocation costs and arrange the shipment. We can assist during all steps that you will need to take in order for us to relocate your pet safely to a new home.
When do you want your pet to travel?
Note: it is preferable to ship your pet on week days, as full staff will be on duty making liaison easier along the route.
Transport of snub nose dogs, such as boxers, pugs, bulldogs and Pekinese, during the Summer is not recommended. These animals have difficulty in maintaining a normal body temperature.
Some airlines restrict the number of animals on a flight so the more advance notice you give us, the better we will be able to plan the travel.
Where is your pet traveling to?
Is your pet going to travel within your own country, or will it be traveling internationally? Do you intend to break the journey, or stopover at an intermediate station? What is the pet’s final destination?
Do you have a suitable container for your pet?
It is important you purchase the right container for your animal. Airlines use the following IATA regulations to ensure each animal has enough space to turn about normally while standing, to stand and sit erect, and to lie in a natural position.
It is important to ensure that all locking mechanisms function properly and that the animal cannot distort, gnaw at or push in or out through the door. So, the mesh must be firmly attached to the door, not stapled.
Food and water containers (troughs) accessible from outside the container are required. The carrier, or government agency, may require that additional food be provided in a pouch attached to the container with feeding instructions.
How many animals will be traveling?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Welfare Act (AWA) states that “no more than two live puppies or kittens, 8 weeks to 6 months of age, that are of comparable size and weighing 20 lb. (9 kg) or less each, may be transported in the same primary enclosure via air carrier.” This is a good practice to follow for all animal shipments, no matter what country they are traveling in.
Remember, animals may become stressed and aggressive when traveling by air and should not be placed in the same container unless they are young puppies or kittens. Animals which share the same household may become stressed and aggressive towards each other when traveling by air.