Happy Tails Alerts


    We love helping pets have a smooth move and want to help you too!

    At this time, generic e-mail inquiries and replies to Pet Travel Form submissions are taking about 3 business days from the time they are received. Priority goes to existing clients and those traveling the soonest.

    Due to our existing clients and transport schedule, at this time we are booking ground transports at least 30 days out from the date a signed contract is received, and we require at least 15 business days to accommodate domestic air travel, from the date a signed contract is received. 

    We regret to inform you that all international services are currently suspended.

    Air options remain limited as airlines work on resuming services as usual. Air travel becomes more difficult for pets to fly as temperatures must be below 80° Fahrenheit at all cities on a pet’s itinerary and many places in the country are already experiencing warmer temperatures.

    If you are interested in working with us, the quickest way to receive a response is to fill out our Pet Travel Form.  It will provide us with the additional details we need to see how we can best assist you.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to working with you!


Popeye is really enjoying himself. He just looks very happy and comfortable being an island dog. The first day he was here we went to the beach and if he could talk I would bet he way saying “THIS PLACE IS SO COOL! THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME HERE!!!” You helped make his trip very stress free and easy. I really appreciated the constant updates, immediately responses and hard work on your end. I felt confident the trip was going to be easy from day one having you on the case. Thank you so much for everything. You and your team really do a great job for people and pets that need help. 

-Anthony and Popeye
Sarasota, FL to Kailua, HI


Happy Tails did an excellent job transporting my high anxiety dog from California to Oregon as part of our family move.  Every detail was meticulously seen to, and the driver, Mia, went above and beyond to ensure that Little Joe was safe, happy and loved throughout the journey.  She was delayed due to weather, but communicated frequently and sent pictures to set my mind at ease that he was safe and comfortable and well cared for.  I highly recommend this service as a way to get your pet to its new home.

Betsey S. & Joe
Oakland, CA - Portland, OR

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The kitties are happy in their new private room and get lots of lovin’ from all of us, especially our little grandkids. Here is a pic of Smokey Lonesome and one of beautiful Bianca- she’s winking and trying to tell you she had a fabulous trip from KY to NH! Oliver was bring camera shy.  Thank you so much for the great service you provided. It was a huge relief to have the cats taken care of so well. We certainly will use your services again if needed, and of course will recommend Happy Tails!

Thanks again,
Karen H.
Lexington, Kentucky - Bradford, New Hampshire

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Hi Bridget, thank you for the incredible amount of work you and your staff have done towards making the shipping of the two pups to Europe a reality. Now they are gaining weight and enjoying their new home. I have heard from Linda who says how thoroughly pleased she is with the soundness, temperament and quality of the two pups.Thank you again for seeing this through from initial contact to a satisfactory ending for all.

Phyllis Lockwood, Willowrun Great Danes
Clarendon NC to Frankfurt Germany

Kaya (2)

Happy Tails Travel was such a huge peace of mind for me during this pretty stressful move. Kaya arrived in Glasgow with no problems, and was so happy to be reunited with us. They answered dozens of questions to ease my anxious mind and made this process so much easier on me.I can't thank you enough! 

We are settling in nicely, and Kaya LOVES her new home and exploring all the beautiful scenery every day! 

Thanks again for all your help,

Mystie and Kaya
Houston, Texas - Aberdeen, Scotland 


Circe is settling in well in our new home thanks to Happy Tails Travel, Inc. They handled everything and guided me every step of the way. It was a very seamless and stress-free process. I was especially concerned because she's 19-years-old and was traveling from Chicago to Seattle, but Happy Tails got her to me safely.

Thank you so much Happy Tails Travel & Kim!

Kenyatta B.
Chicago, IL - Seattle, WA

My family and I were moving to LA and so we needed to fly our labradoodle, Emma. We were moving from Miami and with all the temperature restrictions for flying pets in hot temperatures, we knew that it would be tricky. The folks at Happy Tails were great! They booked Emma on a flight and kept us updated on the temperatures. At the last minute, the temperature soared past 85 degrees and the airport folks wouldn't let Emma on the flight. There were no other flights out in the next 24 hours and my family and I were scheduled on our own flights early the next morning. We were freaking out! Kim, at Happy Trails organized for Emma to be picked up in Miami and driven to Orlando, where she found a flight leaving very early in the morning for LA. She saved us a ton of aggravation! And now Emma is a California dog;) Thanks, Happy Tails!

Diane M. & Emma
Miami, FL - Los Angeles, CA

Moose (2)

Our return was a breeze and we settled back into our home life quickly. Pamela was a huge help and made our departure and return so pleasant - thank you again for recommending her to us! The whole process with Happy Tails Travel was so easy on my end and made our travels stress-free. Both times I picked up Moose from the flights he was safe and sound with his tail wagging. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that he was safe and happy throughout our travels. It means the world. 

Thank you so much for everything you did to help us, we are so appreciative. We will not hesitate to use you guys again for any future travels!

Gabi M. & Moose
Round-trip from Seattle, Washington to Newark, NJ

About Happy Tails Travel, Inc.

At Happy Tails Travel, our team works closely together to ensure our continued success as a professional, well established pet shipping company with outstanding customer satisfaction. This includes keeping up with the latest advances in technology and industry related changes. We communicate as a team with all vendors, airlines, veterinarians and pet families to ensure a smooth move for our four-footed clients.  Our goal is a safe and comfortable traveling experience for the pet. The goal is a pet who arrives safe and sound to their new home sweet home, and to provide a positive experience for the pet parent.

Happy Tails Travel has safely shipped pets since 1995 with a 100% safety record for pets - no loss, death or injury to any of the thousands of pets we have shipped.

To speak to your pet travel specialist, please call 800-323-1718

Our Staff

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Bridget Monrad

RN RET, Business Owner

Hello! My name is Bridget & I started by company in 1995, and 26 + years later, I still enjoy my decision to have a service that helps pets fly by air with care or by ground safe & sound! 

My decision to own a business came after a career as a Registered Nurse, where my specialty was chemical dependency & psychiatric care. My experience is that by working as a medical professional, it then applies to being a successful entrepreneur. Especially pertaining to working with animals & people is the deep understanding of empathy, love of people, & the importance of ethics always. I have a natural ability to own a company, however I had to do lots of research, learning, consulting, trial & error, excellent employees, perseverance, etc. to maintain our excellent reputation, & weather the many changes in our society since the mid 1990’s.  

It also helped that as a little girl growing up, I did things to lead up to a service business such as running MD Carnivals, selling flower seeds door to door, newspaper route, babysitting, & selling paper restaurant placemats door to door in my apartment building for 3 cents each.  A big lesson I learned selling newspapers is that I would be happier with service than the retails side. Giving up tips because I came up short was no fun.  

What also began as a child is my passion for animals, as pets were my brothers & sisters, & now they are my kids! Coming from farming family for generations causes one to have a deep love & understanding of animals big & small.  Having a company that strives for outstanding customer service as well as care, comfort, & safety to traveling pets is a dream come true. It all began when someone asked me “If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?” Working with animals was my answer and four months later I began Happy Tails Travel. I am so happy that I did and am so grateful for all the support I have had through the years, including excellent employees, who make being a boss easy.  

“What I like best about what we do is the sound of relief when people learn we can help them with their special VIP needs for their pet & then on the other end hearing their deep satisfaction with our service & joy when their pets arrive safely to their destination.”  


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Ph.D., Pet Travel Specialist/Project Manager

Elaine has three degrees in hospitality and tourism. She received her Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech and a Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida. Her work experience prior to joining Happy Tails Travel includes working in boutique hotels and working for Walt Disney World handling guest services, events, and reservations.

Elaine started working for Happy Tails Travel in 2014 as a Pet Travel Specialist, arranging both domestic and international pet relocation. Now Elaine has obtained the role of managing the Pet Information Desk and works more behind the scenes. She corresponds with potential clients making sure all of their questions are answered, prepares contracts and sends clients important information such as estimates, country requirements and crate shopping lists.

"I have a passion for travel and am an animal lover, so the opportunity to work for Happy Tails Travel combines the best of both worlds!"

— Elaine

Kim Roland


Pet Travel Specialist

Kim has worked in hospitality, travel, and management for more than 15 years. She has an Associate’s degree in Hospitality Management and a Bachelors in Business Management. Her passions include: travel, animals, and helping people, which is why she chose to come to Happy Tails!

Kim works in all areas of the administrative side of Happy Tails, as well as building up her clientele as a Pet Travel Specialist. She recently returned from living overseas in Japan for 3 years with her husband, 11-yr old mini Schnauzer rescue, Lil Bit, and her 2-yr old Japanese tabby cat sister, Ōjo (pronounced O-joe, meaning Princess in Japanese), who was rescued as a stray.

“My fur babies mean the world to me – I couldn’t imagine life without them! They’ve been my family through thick and thin! I’m so glad to have the opportunities to travel and bring them with me!”

- Kim

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Pet Administrative Assistant

Amanda has worked in management in the hospitality and retail industry for more than 20 years. She achieved her Bachelor’s in Health Information Management in 2008 and worked for 15 years in the healthcare industry. From 2010 to 2014 Amanda participated in dog rescue and fostered 27 sick and injured dogs to health and placement into forever homes sealing her heart to rescue and Pitbulls. In 2015 she took her first trip abroad to Italy and discovered a passion for travel.  She now volunteers at the local animal shelter and has two rescues of her own, a Pitbull named Louie and a Morkie appropriately named Dash. They share their home with her two rescue feral cats, Kat and Ghost!

Amanda began working at Happy Tails Travel at the beginning of 2021 as an administrative assistant, responding to Pet Travel Forms and sending estimates to potential clients.

“So far, working here is so much fun. Helping to get loved pets safely moved all over the country combined with getting to see pet pictures all day makes for the BEST job EVER!”





Melia joined Happy Tails Travel in the spring of 2021.  She comes to HTT with a strong background in museums, logistics, retail, and customer service management and operations, a degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington, and graduate work in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Museum Studies. 

For more than 20 years, Melia lived and traveled in remote coastal Alaska while working in the fishing and transportation industries as well as working as an archaeologist and in museum management. Her interests include volunteer work with conservation organizations and museums, birding, hiking, backpacking, sea kayaking, and travel. She has traveled widely in the Pacific, Asia, and Europe and spent more than a decade living overseas in Palau and in Scotland teaching ESL and working in the Museum sector. 

Melia gained experience in pet relocation moving her own rescue dog and cats between Alaska and the lower 48 States as well as taking her cat, Skelter, from Alaska to Scotland, and years later returning with her cat, Morgan, to Alaska, then Arizona.  She is thrilled to bring her knowledge and skills to HTT to support her colleagues and assist clients with their own pet relocations.

“Moving a household cross-country or internationally with pets can be a complex, stressful, and emotional endeavor.  Having experienced this firsthand, I love knowing that the work I do at HTT relieves that stress for our clients and ensures that their pets arrive home Safe and Sound!”

- Melia

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