International Pet and Animal Transportation Association Awards Ceremony 2018

Each year awards are given at the IPATA International Conference to companies that further the mission of IPATA in promoting the safe and humane transport of pets and other animals. Each award is only given when a truly deserving recipient is identified, not necessarily annually. The 2022 Awards Ceremony at the Hawaii Anniversary Conference was part of the "Ohana Gala Event", held on the last evening of the conference. Recipients have no knowledge prior to the announcement that they will receive the award and surprise is evident as their names were called.


The Industry Partner Award recognizes a person, organization, or company on behalf of some type of consultancy, business products, or services that pushed the barriers within the industry. It is open to members and non-members of IPATA whose partnership with IPATA has resulted in improved welfare, improved business for IPATA members, or enhanced ability to serve customers.

Qatar Airways Awarded the Industry Partner Award for 2021

Qatar Airways was awarded the Industry Partner Award for 2021 at IPATA's 2022 International Conference in Hawaii.

“During the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020, when many airlines stopped flying, Qatar Airways was one of the only airlines still accepting pets,” says Simon Jackson, former IPATA President, and colleague.

Qatar Airways Cargo, by providing transportation during trying times, was able to provide great relief for pets flying to Australia and other destinations across the world.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose lifetime body of work demonstrates dedication to the industry and to IPATA. This individual is of the highest integrity and worthy stature. This award is not mandated to be presented every year - only when someone has been identified as truly worthy of recognition for their "lifetime body of work."

Guam Department of Agriculture Territorial Veterinarian Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at IPATA International Conference

IPATA honored Dr. Thomas Poole of the Guam Department of Agriculture with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2022 International Conference.

“Thomas has dedicated his life to animal welfare and has made this a priority in all that he does,” says Hazel Imrie, IPATA President. “Whether it was with the U.S. Army and working with the service dogs and military family pets, or working with the Boonie Project and the strays in their care, his knowledge, passion, and endurance is unmatched.”

Dr. Poole, through his position as territorial veterinarian, has worked to ensure that all pets entering and leaving the island of Guam are healthy and free from disease.

(Dr. Poole was unable to attend the event and his award was received by Lisa Schoppa of Lisa Shoppa Animal Travel Agent on his behalf.)

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The Best Operational Service Provider Award honors an individual that provides operational service that is consistent at an exceptional level and is an inspiration to the pet shipping industry and its members. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies professionalism, empathy, compassion, efficient response, accuracy of the information, and customer service.

Pets Lighthouse Singapore was Awarded 2022 Best Operational Service Provider Award at IPATA International Conference

The world's pet shipping experts honored Vivian Foo of the Pets Lighthouse Singapore team with the Best Operational Service Provider Award at its 2022 International Conference.

“Throughout the pandemic when everything was challenging, Vivian never skipped a beat, was responsive and very thorough with quotations, kept clients informed and reassured them that their pets were safe and in good hands and communicated effectively – always with an empathic smile,” says Hazel Imrie, IPATA President. “Her exemplary service takes a lot of the stress off other’s shoulders.”

With more than 16 years of experience relocating pets, Foo started Pets Lighthouse Singapore, which is dedicated to the safe handling and shipping of pets to Australia, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, and many other countries.

(Vivian Foo was unable to attend the event.)

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The Millie Woolf Award is presented in memory of Millie Woolf, one of the six founding members of IPATA, who was a driving force that made IPATA the international network of professionals that it is today. Millie recognized the need for an organization that could provide education in the transport of household pets, and that unified companies into pooling their resources to provide the safest transport of these pets. Millie exemplified her phrase, "I gave it my best." The recipient must be a person, company, or association that exemplifies "I Gave It My Best" by providing, supporting, or developing opportunities that advance the professionalism of persons involved in the safe and humane transport of animals.

IPATA Recognizes MovingAnimals GmbH with 2020 Millie Woolf Memorial Leadership Award at Annual International Conference

This is IPATA’s most prestigious award, and it’s presented in memory of Millie Woolf, one of the founders of IPATA.

“Marcel’s dedication to the safe and humane aspects of pet shipping touches many in the industry,” says Simon Jackson, former IPATA President and colleague. “He strives to provide professional assistance to other service providers, airlines, and partners. He works hard to improve all aspects of pet shipping and expects others to set high standards as well and to follow the rules.”

Since completing his Live Animal Regulations course in 2004, Brozius has been shipping animals all around the world. He served on IPATA’s board of directors from 2010 to 2013 and now serves on the MovingAnimals team to transport and relocate pets.

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The Excellence Award is given in recognition of an individual, company, or organization that has made outstanding efforts to public service initiatives and/or who have contributed to the improvement of animal welfare with substantial impacts on humanitarian or animal welfare efforts.

Boonie Flight Project Team Awarded Excellence Award at IPATA International Conference

“The Boonie Flight team has truly impacted the stray dog population on the island of Guam,” says Hazel Imrie, IPATA President. “Their public service and contribution to improved welfare of thousands of dogs is undeniable.”

The Boonie Flight Project team was started by United States Military wives stationed in Guam, looking for a way to rescue stray dogs found on the island. By flying stray puppies to the Mainland U.S., the Boonie Flight Project has prevented more than 10,000 puppies from being born as strays.

Congratulations to all our wonderful IPATA pet shipping experts for improving the humane transport of animals worldwide!