Happy Tails Alerts

  • Summer Transport

    Temperatures are heating up! That means many pets can no longer fly as it must be below 80 degrees Fahrenheit for all cities on their itinerary.

    If your pet needs to travel in the contiguous U.S. we can offer you our By Ground Safe & Sound
    Service as an Airline Alternative.

    Our By Ground Safe & Sound service includes the following:

    • Door-to-door transportation
    • Transportation in heated/air-conditioned Sedans, SUVs, Mini Vans or Cargo vans
    • Communication with you throughout the trip
    • Comfort stops, walks, and potty breaks along the way
    • Your pets will be fed, given water and are able to bring their favorite toys along for the ride!
    • Any of your pets’ belongings, including bedding, toys, treats, regular food, etc., are encouraged to make the trip with them!
    • Fill out a Pet Travel Form for more info!

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

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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

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

Holiday Pet Travel

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Oct 26, 2016

Halloween is right around the corner! And while the stores may have skipped ahead to Christmas, which many of us find premature, it is not too soon to start preparing for your pets’ travel needs should they be traveling with you this holiday season!

Most often we recommend allowing at least 10 business days to plan domestic pet relocation, and 30 business days for international pet relocation.  This allows your personal pet agent to take care of the logistics of your pets’ travel from start to finish.  This includes helping you select the proper travel crate for them, booking the flight, and helping complete all of the necessary paperwork.

During the holiday season it is important to keep in mind business hours of operation.  While you can fly at any day of the year, the same is not true for your pets.  Most cats, dogs, and birds have to fly in the pet cargo area of the plane, and are therefore subject to the cargo hours of operation.  Many cargo facilities close in observation of national holidays.  Airline animal pet cargo stations’ business hours of operation become even more restricted if your pet is traveling internationally; this is because there are different holidays and certain countries take more time off than others.  Not only are flights more limited, but so are extra services such as ground transportation and quarantine if needed.  Therefore, if you wish to bring your pets with you during your holiday travel it is important to start planning in advance, as your pet family member may have to travel earlier than anticipated so the airlines have the proper staff on hand to care for your furry family members while in transit.  

You also need to think about how long you will be away.    While everyone wants to have their cats and dogs with them for the holidays, if it is a short vacation, it may not be worth it.  This is up to you, however pets can only be booked on a one-way ticket and will require two separate reservations, which will make it more expensive.  Furthermore, travel can be stressful on pets. While they are able to fly safely and are cared for, the long travel day can wear some pets out.  Therefore, you need to think about your pet and their health, before sending them on a flight only to return and do it all over again soon after.

Many people have longer vacation times during the holidays, which makes it worthwhile to bring your pet along instead of hiring a dog or cat-sitter.  If this is the case, you need to make sure that you and your pets will have access to a veterinarian both at home and at your vacation destination.  This is because for domestic travel pets require a health certificate dated within 10 days of their flight.  For international travel, even more paperwork is needed.  Paperwork you used to get your pet to your destination, will not always be valid for when you come back.

Another consideration with longer trips is the weather.  Sometimes the weather may be perfect for pet travel when you leave home, but you also must consider what the weather will be like when it is time to come back.  We work with specific airlines that have certain policies in place to keep your pets warm and safe.  Before flying, and during any layovers, your pets will be kept in a comfortable, temperature controlled live animal facility.  All pets are transported to and from the aircraft in a heated vehicle.  They are also the first ones off the plane and the last on, so that they are not waiting on the tar mac. These policies help ensure pets can travel at any time of the year.  However, there can be delays for natural occurrences such as snow storms and blizzards, so you want to consider all scenarios before you travel with your pets.  If you work with a professional pet shipper such as Happy Tails Travel, then we help monitor the weather and can make any necessary changes in your pets’ flight plans should an unexpected event pop up. 

Have more questions? Want to get started on your pets’ holiday vacation?  Contact us at www.HappyTailsTravel.com and we’d be glad to provide more tips and information! 

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