Happy Tails Alerts

  • COVID-19 Travel Impacts

    Updated January 29, 2021:

    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. Many flights have to be reserved by a certified pet shipper, such as Happy Tails Travel, Inc.

    Flight options remain limited as airlines work on resuming services as usual. This is because not all aircrafts can accommodate live animals. Breed and size restrictions also apply. Your pets may require additional ground transportation to get to and from airports which can accommodate pet travel. Direct flights are very rare.

    As we are in the winter months, 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.   

    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.

    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

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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

Fall is Here - Pet Tips for the New Season

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Sep 23, 2016

Fall Pet Tips

Fall is finally here! Bring on the changing leaves, pumpkin spice, apple cider, and cooler weather!  However, as the weather changes there are also things you need to keep an eye out for to make sure your pets stay safe and healthy as the holiday season approaches.


The fall season brings about a lot of warm foods, such as roasts and soups. Many of the key ingredients in these dishes can be poisonous to your pets if they get ahold of them; onions and mushrooms especially can be lethal to dogs if ingested.  Most people are already well aware that chocolate is just as dangerous to your furry family members.  As Halloween approaches make sure to keep the chocolate and other sweets out of their reach!

Another factor to keep in mind is feeding your pets scraps from the dinner table.  It may be very tempting to want to share your food with your pets, especially when they look up at you with big, round, begging eyes.  However, it is not a good idea to get your pets accustomed to eating from the dinner table; this can lead to bad behaviors in the future and your pets overstepping boundaries.  In addition, you need to monitor how much food your pets are eating. Frequently receiving human food, is an easy way for pets to overeat which can cause weight gain and lead to other health problems.


In most parts of the country, fall is also associated with a decrease in the temperature outside.  This means you have to take extra precautions to protect your pets. Make sure to not leave your pets outside for extended amounts of time, especially not overnight!  If you would not want to be outside, neither does your pet.  Make sure that while they are outside they have a safe place to hide from the outdoor elements if needed, but this should not be a substitution for your heated house.

Fall also results in less hours of daylight.  For this reason, make sure your pets have reflective collars and pet gear while you are out on walks. This will help ensure you and your pet are seen by others.  

The cooler weather also may defer you from walking your dogs as often as you had in the warmer months.  While this is okay, it is important to make sure your pets are still getting out and getting their daily exercise! You may consider alternatives such as playing in the house, or shorter, more frequent, walks outside.  Keeping a steady routine is key to helping your pet release their energy and can also counterbalance all of the holiday food!


People typically use the autumn season to prepare their houses and cars for the winter; most commonly with antifreeze and other chemicals. According to the SPCA, “many animals like the sweet taste of antifreeze and will readily consume it when given the opportunity. However, antifreeze, even in the smallest amounts, can have a very harmful and often fatal effect on your pet.”  As the human, it is up to you to protect your pets.  You can easily do this, by not working on your cars while your pets are around and also by keeping the chemicals out of reach and sealed tightly.  Consider using an animal-friendly alternative to traditional antifreeze, such as a variation that is made with propylene glycol, instead of ethylene glycol.


As with the hot summer months, cooler temperatures can also pose unique challenges to pet transportation. While there may be some restrictions to pet travel, Happy Tails Travel works with the best airlines that have certain policies in place to ensure your pet can travel safely and comfortably.  An example is United Airlines Pet Safe Program.  Pets are transported to/from the aircraft in air-conditioned or heated vehicles and before and during the flights they are kept in climate controlled live animal facilities.  The pets are always the last ones on the plane and the first ones off, to avoid waiting on the tarmac.  While flying, unaccompanied pets are below the aircraft, and while many people refer to this as “cargo” this is a separate area for live animals away from the luggage.  This area is fully temperature controlled, pressurized, and oxygenated.

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


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