Happy Tails Alerts

  • Bully Breed Ground Special - Now Extended Through Summer!

    If you have a Bully Breed who needs to travel during the summer, we are offering a discount on our Ground Transport Planning Fee for contracts received until August 31st! This special is valid for the following dog breeds: American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, English Bulldog, and French Bulldog.

    Our Bully Breed Ground Transport Planning fee is $150 (reduced from $250).  In addition to the discounted transport planning fee, you will be responsible for the cost of the transportation itself which is based on mileage and/or timing.

    *Please note our Bully Breed Special is only valid for signed contracts received between May 1st - August 31st, 2019.

Popeye

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

Joe

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

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

Microchips and International Pet Travel

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Sep 06, 2016

Microchips are a great idea for any pet! They can help reunite you with your pet should they ever get lost and some even allow you to track your pet via GPS!  Microchips are small, electronic chips which are about the same size as a grain of rice.  They are read with a scanner which can read your pet’s unique identification number.   

Along with your pet’s ID number, a microchip can keep information about your dog or cat’s medical information.  However, this information is kept private and can only be accessed by people with access to both a chip reader and database, such as an accredited veterinarian.

While pets living in the United States are not required to have microchips for their regular day-to-day lives, having your pet microchipped is a requirement for any international pet move! This is because the immigration officers use it to compare the pet they are scanning to the veterinary documents you have presented.  As there is a lot of paperwork and vaccinations required for international pet travel, immigration wants to ensure the pet arriving is the one who has met the country’s requirements.

There are different types of microchips on the market, depending on the manufacturer. Most commonly within the US microchips are AVID and contain either 9 or 10 numbers. However, these chips are not ISO compatible due to their encryption.  Therefore, before a pet can travel internationally, they must be equipped with a 15-digit ISO compatible microchip, which is the world standard.

What if my pet already has a 9 or 10-digit microchip?  This is absolutely not a problem! Pets can be fitted with more than one microchip; it will not cause any harm to them and both chips will function normally. A scanner may pick up both chips, but they would be read separately should this happen.  You also have the option of purchasing your own 10-digit reader to travel with your pet for when they arrive in customs.  However, this is not recommended as if for any reason the chip cannot be read your pet will be sent right back home as they will be unable to clear customs.  If your pet is already equipped with the 15-digit microchip, before planning your pet’s move you want to bring your pet to the vet and have the chip scanned.  This will make sure that the chip is still working properly.

Having your pet microchipped is just the first of many steps in preparing your furry family member for their move to another country.  Other requirements may include USDA certification, health certificates, rabies endorsement, pet passports, and quarantine.  Each country has its own requirements, and most are very strict in the order in which requirements must be met.  For example, your pet must first be microchipped and then receive a rabies vaccination.  If your pet is current on rabies, but has not yet been microchipped, just getting your pet chipped will not meet the country requirements! 

Planning and making sure your pet has all of the correct paperwork and vaccinations can be overwhelming for an international move.  For this reason, we highly recommend working with a certified pet shipper, such as Happy Tails Travel. We will provide you with a timeline and detailed check list of all of the requirements your pet must meet to be able to travel by your desired travel date.  We will walk you through each step and be on hand to answer any questions should they arise! Our goal is to get your pet safely to their new home, without any delays for reasons such as misfiled paperwork or improper ordering of vaccinations.

Contact us at www.HappyTailsTravel.com if you have any more questions or concerns regarding microchipping your pet or international pet relocations. Your pets’ comfort and safety is our number one priority!

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