For your convenience our online request for proposal is available anytime 24/7. No need to call. When you submit a request, your pet move manager will be assigned and reach out to you by email on the next business day. Online requests and calls to Air Animal Pet Movers from relocating pet parents and expatriates returning home increased during the pandemic. Team Air Animal moved nearly 300 pets March through July. Air Animal Pet Movers’ experienced pet move managers are working through the pent-up demand as flight options gradually return. Astro and Milli’s relocations illustrate our team’s dedication to relocating families and their precious pets.
Two families had to leave their best friends behind in China when they returned home at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. As countries imposed stay-at-home orders, Air Animal organized and moved one huge Alaskan malamute and one Havanese out of Shanghai China.
“Astro weighs about 120 pounds and has a custom-built wooden crate. His pet parents had returned to Elmira, New York leaving him with their helper in Shanghai. Astro’s flights cancelled several times, then over a weekend flights connecting through Russia and on to New York City opened up,” said Cory Robinette, Air Animal COO. “I felt good about it because Astro would be well cared for by service partners in Russia. If a flight cancelled, Astro would have the run of a farm in Russia. Everything went flawlessly. Astro arrived in Elmira after a ground transport from JFK in New York.
“Milli’s flights didn’t go as planned. She left Shanghai flying into Russia but the connecting flights to Berlin, Germany cancelled three times. Her owners were thrilled Milli had a fun week on vacation at the farm in Russia. She arrived in Berlin—on a German holiday, no less--happy and healthy,” Robinette added.
“The knowledge and resources we’ve gained since 1977 has been tested during the pandemic. We’ve learned new tricks and we’ve had the pleasure to work with new service partners who treat our clients and their animals like the valued family members they are,” said Dr. Walter M. Woolf, president/CEO of Air Animal.
“The key is selecting a responsive pet mover with proven methods and extensive pet relocation marketplace knowledge. Because the rules for pet transportation change all the time, expertise is critical. Today, pets must fly to many destinations as manifested air cargo. They cannot fly in the cabin. We use time-tested steps for every pet move,” said Dr. Woolf.
- Microchip the pet for identification purposes.
- Rabies vaccinate the pet with an approved vaccine after microchipping, recording the microchip number on the rabies vaccination certificate.
- Wait times before travel or entry vary by destination. Our website has lots of resources about destination requirements.
- Visit an accredited veterinarian within 10 days of flight departure who issues the international health certificate if you are moving overseas.
- For some destinations, pets must be treated for internal parasites or external parasites.
Professional pet shippers like Air Animal know which airlines to use for worldwide pet air cargo flights. And they work with the top bonded and insured ground transporters across the USA. They are familiar with each airline’s conditions for accepting pets, and seasonal weather restrictions. They stay current on the ever-changing pet import rules around the globe. While moving a pet internationally is not low cost, it is high value. Using an expert pet transporter reduces expensive delays and unplanned quarantines. Many countries like Australia have incredibly detailed regulations which can take six months.
“You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where unexpected quarantines and the associated costs are required by the destination country. In addition to the country-required protocols, some pets may receive additional treatments or vaccinations before traveling to keep the pet healthy,” said Dr. Woolf.
When contacting a pet transportation company, ask if they have a health certificate program which makes it simple for local veterinarians to certify their relocating patients. Ask if they offer VIP door-to-door service and other concierge services that meet family relocation budgets. Air Animal offers these services and custom travel kennels.
Air Animal has helped more than 55,000 families move their 110,000 furry, feathered and scaly pets around the globe since 1977. They welcome referrals from major corporations, relocation management agencies, household goods movers, veterinarians, families, U.S. military and government transferees. Get the best in animal care and transportation. Air Animal is an appointed and endorsed IATA air cargo sales agency working with all airlines that move animals. They are an Indirect Air Carrier cleared for tendering live animals to airlines by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. See airanimal.com to learn more about Pet Moving Made Easy®.
“Pet Moving Made Easy is our focus, our passion, our promise and your peace of mind. Always has been, always will be,” added Woolf.