My husband and I, after 3 years of research, finally moved to the southwest from New England. Logistically the hardest part for us, after finding our home, was figuring out how to move our 3 cats. Pearl, the Mom, and Xena, her daughter became quite tame as the years passed, but the son, Cubby, remained essentially a feral cat within the house. It took me 3 days to move him just 30 minutes away and then he lived under the bed except to eat for 2 years. Capturing him for that move was like watching "Animal Patrol: Connecticut!"
When the move to Arizona loomed, I lost sleep over how to relocate our sweeties. I searched on line and read extensively about recommendations for transporting cats. I could not face the idea of driving. They all hate the car, if I could even capture them, and the escape possibilities from stopping to sleep, eat, and pee were overwhelming. I considered renting an RV, but then I found information about flying. It was not the horror show I expected. Some airlines provide separate shipping compartments for animals. Consider all the show animals that go around the nation and the world. They cannot all drive... consider zoo animals, racehorses, and Olympic horses. Someone must know how to arrange this.
I contacted 3 highly IATA -recommended shippers. Bridget, from Happy Tails was the first to call me back. She was so friendly and reassuring, that I signed up with her on the spot. Over the intervening 3 months, we conferred multiple times by phone and email on how best to prepare our particular cats for the move. Bridget and her assistants walked me through the steps from soup to nuts, making sure I bought the best quality crates in the correct size. I considered trying to take the cats to the airport myself, but promptly became overwhelmed, so I called Bridget and asked her to provide the full concierge service.
Bridget's east coast representative picked our cats up at the vet, provided all the proper stickers and documents for security, and drove them to Newark airport for a non-stop flight. Bridget tracked the flight to Phoenix, where her Arizona representative collected the cats and drove them straight to my house.
The stresses of the preparatory vet check, car trips and flying were minimized and, judging by the cats' quick emergence into the new house, were well tolerated even by our semi-feral geriatric cats. I cannot thank Bridget and the staff of Happy Tails enough for the personal time, practical advice, and diligent logistics.
Leslie Weiss Gordon
Waterbury CT to Tucson AZ