Happy Tails Alerts

  • COVID-19 Travel Impacts

    Updated November 6, 2020:

    As a result of COVID-19, at this time only two domestic airlines are able to offer pet air travel within the contiguous U.S. Flight options remain limited as airlines work on resuming services as usual. As an alternative to air travel we are able to offer our By Ground Safe and Sound Service within the contiguous U.S. Pricing is based on distance/mileage and is ideal for large breeds, restricted breeds, multiple pet families or pets traveling to/from rural areas.

    If you are still interested in air travel, pet air travel is limited to specific routes and aircrafts and therefore there are not many options at this time. Breed and size restrictions also apply.

    Air travel becomes more difficult as for pets to fly temperatures must be below 80° and above 45° Fahrenheit, unless a letter of acclimation is provided for temperatures between 20° – 45° Fahrenheit, for all cities on their itinerary.  If the temperatures reach below 20° or above 80° Fahrenheit, your pet’s reservation may be canceled.

    Please note that many flights are still being canceled the day of travel due to low demand. Therefore, air options are extremely limited and cannot be not guaranteed.  If air is an option for your pets, they may require additional transportation to get to and from airports which can accommodate pet travel.

    We at Happy Tails Travel, Inc. are closely following the Coronavirus updates across the country and around the world to be sure that your pets and their travel plans are taken care of appropriately.

    If you are not yet a client and need assistance with your pets' travel plans, please fill out our Pet Travel Form for more information.

    We appreciate our loyal clients, employees, and all of our furry friends.  We wish for everyone to be safe and healthy!

    To read a recent client testimonial and her excellent experience with us during the Covid-19 outbreak, click here.


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

Hodges 2 (2)Hodges 1 (2)

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

Bohemian Rhapsody  Jumping Jack Flash (3)

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

Water & Fire

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Jun 14, 2016

Summer is here! While hot temperatures are very important to consider, summer time brings around many more factors which could pose threats to your pets’ safety!


  • While the odds of a pet drowning are about 1 in 1,028, it is still possible! Make sure your furry family members are always supervised if they are going for a swim.
  • Many people assume all dogs know how to swim, and in fact most can doggy paddle. However, swimming classes can be a good idea for your pets! Such classes can teach your pets to recognize how long they can swim for and help them find safe ways to enter and exit the pool.
  • If you have a pool in your back yard, make sure it is fenced off so that your pet cannot swim unaccompanied or accidentally fall in.
  • Make sure your pool has stairs or a ramp, making it easy for your pet to get in and out. Train your pets to know where the exit point is, so they are able to recognize it and swim to it on their own.
  • Make sure your pets have a water bowl by the pool; it is not good for their health if they drink chlorine.
  • If you have a pool cover, make sure it is hard and not soft or floating. Pets cannot distinguish between a hard or a floating pool cover; therefore, if they see a surface over the water, they may try to walk on it. If it is a floating cover, then your pet will unexpectedly fall in which can make it harder for them to find an exit in the panic of the moment.
  • Heat stroke is also possible. The water keeps your pet’s body temperature down so it is harder for them to tell when they are too hot or tired. Make sure to limit your pet’s activities and balance it with plenty of rest in the shade.

Lakes & Oceans

The same rules as with pools apply, but there are also other factors to consider:

  • If you are playing a game of fetch, you need to make sure you do not overwhelm your pets with lots of different toys; some dogs are retrievers by nature and will keep swimming further and further away after a toy or another object in the water. You want to make sure to keep them close so they do not swim too far away and get exhausted or pulled even further by the current.
  • If you are taking your pets out on a jet ski or boat, make sure they are wearing a life vest! Even if your pet knows how to swim, a sudden turn of the boat could throw them overboard, so it’s always best to be prepared. A life vest will help your pet stay afloat and make it easy for you to find them.
  • Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water nearby. Drinking lake or ocean water can make your pets prone to certain infections or diseases.


The summer time brings about holidays; many of which involve fireworks. Fireworks are often something new and scary for your furry family members so here are a few tips on how you can protect them and keep them calm should any fireworks be set off by your house!

  • Keep your pet safety away from fireworks; leave your pets indoors especially on the fourth of July. The flashes and booming sounds will often frightened pets and they will try to escape to get away from such noises and lights.
  • If you think your dog will do OK in the yard, think again! They may jump the fence, nudge the gate, or dig a hole under the fence in fear of the firework noise, especially since it is louder outside.
  • Keep a TV or radio on inside to help distract your pets from the loud noises outside.
  • Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. Identification collars as well as microchips help ensure your pet can safely get back to you should they get out. Make sure their identification includes their name, a contact phone number and a home address. This will help whoever finds your pet get in touch with you, or a shelter will be able to look up your information easier so that you may be reunited with your furry family member.
  • If your pet is probe to anxiety you can speak to your veterinarian about techniques that may help alleviate your pet’s anxiety.

Contact us at www.HappyTailsTravel.com if you have any more questions or concerns regarding the safety of your pets during the summer and holiday season. Your pets comfort and safety is our number one priority!


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