Moving is stressful for everyone, but when it comes to your pet, moving can be really difficult. That’s why when you’re making the move internationally with your pet, it’s a good idea to work with a professional pet transporter who can coordinate your pet’s travel planes, making sure to accommodate all their needs throughout the trip.
If you choose to work with a professional pet transporter, it’s important to do your research. Your pet is family, and you want to find a qualified company to take care of their travel plans. Air Animal, a partner of RelocateUSA, offers tips for choosing your pet transporter.
1. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask the company as many questions as you wish about your pet’s travel plans, care, and the company’s procedures. Find a company that is willing to answer each question thoroughly.
Important Questions to Ask:
1. Ask how many animals the company moves each year and inquire about their credentials.
2. Ask about their experience with the destination and origin countries.
3. Ask how they streamline documentation and international pet health certificates, which may be needed.
4. Ask how they will communicate with pet owners and how pet owners can reach their pet move specialists.
2. Years in Business
Pet transportation is a complex industry, so you will want to find an established company that has lots of experience.
Find out if the company has a relationship with all of the major airlines, and if they regularly manage moves to one specific geographic region, or if they manage moves around the world. It’s important that they understand the region you are moving to.
Reputable companies are usually members of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, Animal Transportation Association and International Air Transportation Association as a baseline. Ask if the company is registered with the U. S. Department of Agriculture as an Intermediate Handler or Transporter complying with the USDA and its Animal Welfare Act. These relationships help top-flight pet movers stay up-to-date with regulation changes, new trends, products, and best practices.