Last update: July 15, 2020


IPATA Pet Shipping Experts at Rome Conference

Mission Statement

"The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is a non-profit trade association of independent members who are dedicated to the safe and humane transport of pets and other animals"

IPATA - Founded in 1979 to provide professional, competent and caring pet transportation relocation services throughout the USA and around the world, The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is a network of concerned pet shippers representing years of experience in the transportation and care of animals.

IPATA's membership has grown from six U.S. pet shippers to over 485 members in over 90 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.

Using a professional to assist in relocating your family's VIP (Very Important Pet) answers all of your questions including some you didn't even know you had!

Our Pet Relocation Specialists and Goods and Services Providers work together to provide professional pet transportation products and services worldwide such as:

  • Animal Handling
  • Pet Airways
  • Boarding Kennels
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Pet Travel Insurance
  • Pet Moving
  • Animal Transportation
  • Port Holding Facilities
  • Quarantine Operations
  • Veterinarians
  • And other many other Supplies and Goods specifically for the Pet Shipping Industry

A professional facilitates the process with their knowledge and expertise in flights, flight regulations, airways pet policy, flight container requirements, pickup and delivery arrangements, quarantine, boarding, import and export arrangements, and proper identification. And as requirements, regulations and restrictions change, a professional stays abreast of these changes and makes the necessary adjustment to your pet's travel arrangements.

IPATA has more than 485 Members Offices in 90 Countries.

IPATA Conference Stats


Chicago, Illinois, USA

171 Companies
290 Attendees
46 Countries


Melbourne, Australia

131 Companies
201 Attendees
35 Countries


Dallas, Tx, USA

147 Companies
247 Attendees
38 Countries


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

114 Companies
193 Attendees
41 Countries


Rome, Italy

134 Companies
232 Attendees
42 Countries

IPATA Timeline Art, displayed at the 2019 IPATA 40th Anniversary Icebreaker Reception in Chicago.

Click the year to download each panel by decade (PNG):