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 2 business days from the time they are received. Priority goes to existing clients and those traveling the soonest.
In order to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction, and give our full attention to each client, we require at least 10 business days to accommodate domestic ground transport, and 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.
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!
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
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.”
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!"
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!”
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!”
Currently there are no open employment opportunities with Happy Tails Travel. Please check back later.