Happy Tails Alerts

  • COVID-19 Travel Impacts

    Updated June 5th, 2020:

    Due to limited flights and increased demand for ground travel, we require at least 2 - 3 weeks from the date a signed contract is received to when your pet can travel.

    Domestic and International airlines continue to offer extremely limited options for pet travel in response to the Coronavirus. At this time there is no set date when air pet shipment will resume as usual. As such, Happy Tails Travel is only able to offer ground transportation services within the contiguous U.S. at this time.

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    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 traveling with us via our By Ground Safe & Sound program, all routes are continuing as scheduled and currently have no delays. 

    Due to the limitations on domestic flights that accommodate pets, we can offer our By Ground Safe & Sound program as an alternative, which is subject to pricing based on the distance and mileage.  An advantage to our By Ground Safe & Sound program is that it limits your pets’ exposure to many factors including other humans and pets and could be a safer alternative to air travel during this uncertain time. 

    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

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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

Back to School!

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Jul 16, 2016

Summer is coming to an end, and school is starting back up.  While your furry family members may not be off to dog obedience class every day, their schedules will surely change.  Over the summer your cat or dog most likely got used to having more people at home, more attention, and maybe they even got to join you on some fun summer adventures!  As your kids go back to school and you return to your normal work routine, this can be a big change for your pets. It is important to continue giving them love and attention and there are some other tricks you can use to help them readjust to the new daily norm.

  • Advanced Preparation – You know your schedule is about to change. Instead of having the change happen overnight, slowly ease into the transition. Begin spending less time with your pets, or not taking them out as often as you did during the summer. This is very similar to getting your pet accustomed to their crate before travel; you want to prepare in advance! This will make the change not as drastic and your pets will feel more at ease.
  • Provide Entertainment – Stock up on treats and other toys that will keep your pets entertained. Try a Kong, or similar toy, which encourages your dogs to be active and use their brain power to retrieve the snacks. The more difficult the challenge, the longer the entertainment. Cats like simple cat toys, cat nip or an indoor ‘cat tree’.
  • Swap Family Time with Park Time - While your schedule may be about to change, it is still important to continue giving your canines time outside and exercise. It is recommended to take your dog to doggy day camps or the dog park, instead of having time alone with the family. This will help train your furry family member to be on their own and not rely on you for constant affection.
  • Start Early – Your day may become busier resulting in less time to spend with your pets. Try getting up earlier in the morning to spend quality time with them and making sure your dog gets all the exercise they need. This will allow your four legged family members to have quality time with their family and can also enhance their behavior while you’re away. It’s typically dogs with built-up energy, who do not get out enough, that end up causing mischief while you are at school or work!
  • Give your pet a “place” – Make sure your pet has a spot of their own while you are away. Give them a nice, comfy, bed, lots of toys, and some treats. Spend time teaching them to hang out in their own little slice of heaven while you are away! This will make sure they know they have a safe spot to curl up in, and can also help prevent them from going places they are not supposed to be. A dog travel crate with a big blanket & pad is a place many dogs love to hang out during the daytime or at bedtime.
  • Keep having your pets and kids spend time together – The biggest change for your pets will most likely be that they do not have smaller humans around as much. Make sure your fur babies and human kids still get to spend quality time together. The kids can help with the pets in the morning, such as feeding them and taking them out, or joining in for evening walks. Training sessions together can benefit everyone; your kids will learn more about interacting with pets and proper care, while your pets can learn some good behavior and new tricks. It can be fun for the entire family!

Have more questions? Contact us at www.HappyTailsTravel.com and we’d be glad to provide more tips and tricks!


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