• I want to thank everyone involved in the transportation of my dog Hoover. The pickup was right on time. Excellent arrangements were made. I received  regular updates during his trip. I will definitely use Happy Trails Travel again. Thanks you so much for making it a wonderful experience for me and for Hoover.

    I rated Happy Tails 5 paws out of 5 paws! 

    Darlene Colon & J.E. Hoover
    Buffalo, NY to Wichita, KS

  • Bo Roman dog - Pet travel services from Cleveland, Oh to London, England

    Thank you very much for your assistance with Bo's travel arrangements from Ohio to England! Initially we were both hesitant on sending Bo overseas considering he had a slight case of separation anxiety, but talking with you gave us the reassurance we needed.

    Being that Bo was also staying with my parents temporarily, you still kept both parties informed and guided us through all the appropriate steps needed. There were so many questions and concerns we had regarding his travel, and Happy Tails promptly and thoroughly answered every one of them. We definitely could not have imagined or even thought of attempting this ourselves. With your help, Bo arrived safely and in high spirits. He is settling very well in his new home and even enjoys the snow. Once again, thank you for the safe arrival of our "black ninja". We will definitely recommend Happy Tails to anyone needing pet transport."

    Israel and Felicia Roman
    Cleveland, OH to London, England

  • Shipped a dog and brid from Redondo Beach, CA to Vienna, VA

    I wanted you all to know that Patty and Babatunde were safely delivered last night. Both of our pets’ were very happy to see us and have quickly adapted to their new environment.

    Thank you very much for helping us with this important and stressful part of our move. I can’t imagine how it would have been if we had tried to handle this ourselves.

    Gena and Lou Rodi
    Redondo Beach CA to Vienna VA

  • Here are some photos of our Ellie (female dog) and Hapa (male cat) after their very long trip from Maui to Maine. They are enjoying their Happy Tails cowboy bandanas.

    You did a fantastic job getting them to us in very good condition. They were no worse for the wear and as happy as ever to see us. They settled into our their new home like they had been here all along! We are so grateful for your service!

    Our best to you,

    Michael and Leanne Caires
    Makawao, HI to Portland ME

  • I just wanted to take some time to thank you for taking such good care of Mya and bringing her safely home to me. She had quite the traumatic experience before leaving Virginia in April of 2013, so I really can't say thank you enough for the amazing work that Happy Tails Travel does for pets all over the country. After Mya saved my life during an unfortunate domestic violence incident, I was devastated when I arrived at the airport only to find out that the airlines would not allow her to travel with me on such short notice. I had no other choice but to leave Virginia as soon as possible, and unfortunately that meant I had to leave Mya behind. I was heartbroken and completely devastated because as the saying goes Mya really was my best friend and life-saver! I was so excited when I found the Happy Tails Travel website and I was immediately relieved in finding comfort that I would be able to get Mya home safely. We arranged her travel within 24 hours thru Happy Tails Travel, and she was home with me after 3 days. She was well taken care of and is as happy as could be today! Since her home-coming Mya has enjoyed being in the desert, but also spending time at Clear Creek in Winslow, AZ, as she absolutely loves to swim. I don't know what I would have done without Happy Tails Travel, because Mya is such an important part of my life. She recently has gotten a puppy brother and takes such good care of him as well. Our family would be incomplete without Mya so again thank you for keeping her safe and returning her home to me. Mya is thankful and also would like to say "ruff ruff ruff" which means- "I love Happy Tails". Thanks again; we very much appreciate all of your hard work!

    Nicole Buonviri
    Leesburg, VA to Phoenix, AZ

  • I have finally settled her in and she is resting. They took such good care of her the whole way. Thank you for all your help and reassurance. She was so excited but I know she is also exhausted even though she may not realize it! I will be sure to leave a stellar review of your services!
    My fiance has been at work all day so he will get a wonderful surprise when he gets home!

    Once again, thank you for all you have done! We will be sure to use happy tails again when the time comes!

    Ashley and Jade
    Guam to Des Moines, IA

  • Rambo the dog shipped from Fort Campbell, KY to Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Rambo made it all the way to Germany and to the house. Here he is right next to the fire place in this photo I just took of him. He recognized us right away and almost jumped off the handlers arms, as he was so excited to see us.

    I gave him a treat and slept all the way home which was an hour and a half. Thanks for your help in all of the whole process. The Family is back together again!

    Wilfredo F., Jr.
    Fort Campbell, KY to Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • Hal the Dog shipped from Houston, Texas, USA to Dubai, UAE

    My family and I would like to sincerely thank you and Happy Tails Travel for your expertise in relocating our dog, Hal, to Dubai.

    Considering the challenges of moving a dog to this part of the world, we are very relieved and grateful that our pet arrived safe and well as planned.

    We appreciate your service, care and genuine concern for our dog's welfare. It was reassuring that you maintained constant contact with us, airline staff and all involved with this move and made you well worth the fee and highly recommended by this family!

    The Herington Family.
    Houston, Texas, USA to Dubai, UAE. August 2010.

Pet Relocation

Pet Relocation is Our Passion!

Shipping pets is an important service, and thousands of ‘pet parents’ all over the world need shipping for their dogs, cats, as well as birds and other small animals for different reasons, including a home relocation, a new job, family vacation, attending school, new ownership over the internet from rescue shelters or adoption agencies, and PCS (Permanent Change of Station) for military members.

Planning a pet move can be overwhelming and time consuming task. Happy Tails Travel specializes in animal transportation, and we set the standard in quality pet relocation. We keep the discomfort and stress to a minimum for both you and your pet. Your peace of mind matters to us.

Many times your career causes you to shift your home and family to another location or even another country. Of course, you do not want to leave a member of your family behind. There are so many differences between people and pet travel. Let us do the phone calls and wade through the lengthy, sometimes confusing and frustrating process for you!

Happy Tails Travel is your Animal Transportation Professional --- Let us help you make your pet’s move smooth!

  • Relocating dogs, cats, birds and other small animals is a more technical process than you realize. We specialize in arranging animal freight / animal cargo and provide for your pet’s  travel safety and comfort from door to door or airport to airport.
  • At Happy Tails Travel we stay abreast of all the up-to-date travel requirements and documents that could be required for your animal air transportation. This ensures pet travel will go smoothly and safely!
  • We will arrange all the necessary documentation to be completed for the entire animal freight/animal cargo process from start to finish.
  • Pet Relocation has a standard set of procedures and regulations to be followed when shipping pets. We are experts in the field and have the national and international contacts to accomplish the task efficiently and with care.
    • When shipping pets internationally, import permits may be required as well as special licenses and other legal documentation and we help you with these details.
    • Happy Tails Travel transports pets throughout the United States and around the world, working with other professional pet agents and agencies every step of the way.
    • Happy Tails Travel is the most efficient alternative to working directly with the airline industry and a better alternative to your pet's relocation for your peace of mind and your pet's safety.

Trust our Experience!

animal relocation dog and cat

Since Happy Tails Travel was established in 1995, we have been working as a team with the live animal freight, shipping and animal cargo industry. We treat each pet’s relocation as if we were moving our own furry four footed family member.

We have the professional experience needed to work with the airline/veterinarian/professional transportation industry. We arrange safe pet transportation daily, and we want your Pet Transportation Experience to be a happy event!

Why you can trust our Experience & Respected Reputation:

  • We have experience working with Military Pet Relocation due to PCS (Permanent Change of Station).
  • We have national and international contacts with all the pet transportation related organizations including airlines and professional pet travel agents. We are well aware of the legal formalities, regulations and laws pertaining to import and export of animals to or from other countries.
  • We regularly attend the IPATA Conference to keep up-to-date on the latest important changes in the industry.
  • We have a 100% safety record with pet arrivals.
  • We are experienced with new ownership over the internet from rescue shelters or adoption agencies.
  • As a professional pet relocation specialist, Happy Tails Travel makes sure all aspects of a pet relocation are covered even those details you don’t even know to think about!
  • We provide you with a 3 to 4 page detailed and customized Flight and Prep Info for each of your pets which will explain to you the entire procedure of animal relocation.

How to get Started with your Pet's Smooth Move

 The first step after inquiring about Happy Tails Travel is to talk with our Pet Travel Specialist about all of the details of your upcoming move. We will be able to assess your individual needs to customize a plan that works best with you, your pet and anyone involved with your move. Our goal is peace of mind for you, and safety and comfort for your pet. We strive to give you peace of mind by providing details and answers to all of your question and concerns.

The second step is to provide you an estimate and help you determine the scope of services you need for your pet. The estimate will provide a breakdown of all services for the complete move. This allows us to agree on the proposal prior to hiring us.

The third step is once we agree on the proposal and estimate, we send you a contract via email that you sign and fax or scan and email back. Once we get the signed contract back, with photo ID, we start the comprehensive service for your VIP pet!

Our service provides a Pet Travel Packet, mailed to the person who will be taking your pet to the airport. It includes:

  • Detailed Relocation Instructions including flight, crate and documentation requirements
  • The ticket for your pet, typed up on an AWB (Air Waybill)
  • Feeding Instruction Stickers
  • Live Animal Stickers
  • Airport procedures for pickup and delivery
  • Crate tag with pet/flight info
  • Special gift for your pet

While planning and assisting with your pet travel plan we are available to you, your vet and anyone involved with your pets’ move from start to finish by phone or email.

Our service is complete once we hear that the pet has arrived at his/her final destination AOK and is Home Sweet Home!

Please visit our pet travel testimonial page to hear from other ‘Pet Parents’ who have happily hired us!