Happy Tails Alerts

  • Pet Scam Alert

    Pet Travel Scams are steadily increasing and as a pet shipping company, we hear about them daily. As a potential adopter, it is essential that you do the proper research to verify the company you will be working with.

    If you are a adopting a pet and they ask for payment by Western Union, Money Gram, or Gift Card STOP! Do not send money. It is a scam! We never ask for this type of payment. Our policy is by a credit card after a signed contract is received.

    Never give people money for a pet until you have met the pet or know 100% that you are working with a legitimate organization. Even then, pay via a traceable source so that you can monitor your money and know exactly who is receiving it.

    Happy Tails Travel only works with clients who have returned a contract via DocuSign. Additionally any communication from us will come from an e-mail address ending with @happytailstravel.com

    For more info about pet scams, visit our Tips to Avoid Pet Adoption Scams blog entry.


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

Relocation Running You Ragged?

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Mar 26, 2005

Travel Specialists Can Help Reduce Stress, Anxiety of Moving For Your Pets

Experts agree that relocation is one of the top three causes of stress in individuals and families. Not surprisingly, when pets are an added consideration, the anxiety levels can raise even higher.

While there are many well-known resources available to help with a major move, most people are unaware of pet relocation specialists. Happy Tails Travel, a Tucson, Arizona-based company, has been specializing in worldwide pet travel services since 1995.

Pet travel is regulated by several areas, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Animals must be handled according to specific rules under the Animal Welfare Act and the International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) live animal regulations. Most people are unaware of these restrictions, and oftentimes find out too late that they have not properly prepared their pet for travel.

There are many factors to be considered in determining the necessary preparations for your pet, including destination, airline, type of pet, size, and time of year. However, all pets will require, at a minimum:

  • Veterinarian-issued health certificates.
  • To be placed in an airline-approved carrier large enough for the animal to move without restriction.
  • Access to water.
  • Airline-mandated carrier preparations, which can vary from airline to airline.

If small enough, your pets may be able to travel in the cabin with you. However, oftentimes this isn’t the case. A majority of pets travel unaccompanied without a passenger, and travel in the very specialized cargo area of the aircraft. It is climate controlled, pressurized, oxygenated, well lit, and away from luggage and dangerous goods. Most airlines also have tracking systems that enable you to follow your pet during the trip.

While some vets recommend sedating pets prior to travel, the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), an international network of pet shippers, generally opposes tranquilizing pets. “Tranquilizing drugs decrease respiratory functions,” says Dr. Woolf, veterinarian and owner of Air Animal, Inc., in Tampa, FL.

Another consideration is the time of year. Most family moves and relocations occur between May and August. However, this is when the travel industry makes it most challenging to move pets. With the right pet travel specialist, obstacles to pet travel can be eliminated safely and efficiently.

The best way to ensure your pet travel is handled to the highest standards is to use the resources of an IPATA-certified pet travel specialist. Through the organization’s domestic and international network, your pet travel specialist can arrange reservations; ground transportation to and from the airport; proper documentation; transfer to and from kennels and veterinarians; and procurement of proper pet carriers. Your travel specialist can also help with pre-travel advice and support on preparing your pet for the journey.

Happy Tails Travel has successfully shipped more than 3,000 pets throughout 20 countries. The company serves a variety of clients, and has shipped dogs, cats, gerbils, ferrets, birds and reptiles using a network of more than 20 airlines around the globe.

For more information, please visit our website at www.happytailstravel.com or give us a call at 1-800-323-1718 or 520-299-3315.  We are always ready and happy to discuss how we can help you to provide a smooth move for any member of your pet family.


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