Happy Tails Alerts

  • March Madness!

    We are offering a discount on our Ground Transport Planning Fee for travel during the month of March!

    Our March Madness Special Ground Transport Planning fee is $200 for civilian domestic ground relocation (reduced from $250), and $185 for military and rescue domestic ground relocation (reduced from $200).  

    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 March Madness Special is only valid for travel between March 1st - 31st, 2019.  A signed contract must be returned prior to the discount being applied.

We've been home for a month and everyone is settling in nicely! Attached is a picture of Briny enjoying her new home. Thanks again for all your help!
Warm regards,

Clayton Saunders from Rome, Italy to Dulles, VA

Blue the Dog - Military Pet transportation services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK Blue the Dog - Overseas Pet travel services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting Blue to the UK. Everything went perfectly from his paperwork to his drop off to the pick-up.

He was a very happy boy when we picked him up and his customs clearance process was very smooth.

Erin Sturgell & Blue
Rosamond CA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Obi - dog shipped from Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

After a few days Obi is still doing great! He is eating normal, sleeping as expected, and being his general frisky self. I've attached a picture of Obi and the kids for your enjoyment. We are grateful for your help in getting him here in such good health. He was well taken care of. Thanks!


Ike Williams
Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

Dogs, Sierra and Jenny shipped from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Thanks to Happy Tails Travel Jenny & Sierra had a safe flight from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA.

Happy Tails Travel coordinated the entire travel process for my pets. I was up to date on all the arrangements even as they traveled to their final destination. We were very pleased with the services Bridget provided. Thanks Happy Tails!!

Leslie F.
Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Here are some photos of our Ellie (female dog) and Hapa (male cat) after their very long trip from Maui to Maine. They are enjoying their Happy Tails cowboy bandanas.

You did a fantastic job getting them to us in very good condition. They were no worse for the wear and as happy as ever to see us. They settled into our their new home like they had been here all along! We are so grateful for your service!

Our best to you,

Michael and Leanne Caires
Makawao, HI to Portland ME

We are eternally grateful for your helping our dogs, Bo and Megan be flown to us without any muss or fuss.

Thank you! Kelly Brilakis
Denver, Co to Atlanta Ga.

Happy Tails Travel – Additional Services

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Mar 03, 2017

    While we specialize in air transportation for pets, some pets and their owners require additional services for relocation. 

Vet and International Documentation

     In considering international pet moves, there is a lot of detailed paperwork that needs to get done.  As the pet owner, you are already busy preparing all of the other aspects of your travel, so why not let us handle the paperwork for you?  These documents include a vet pack, which will include a pre-filed health certificate, application, and money order.  With the vet documents, all you need to do is have your veterinarian sign off on them, before sending the paperwork to the USDA for endorsement in the pre-paid envelope which will be provided to you.  We also help you obtain import permits for your animals, and should your pet require a stay at quarantine upon arrival, we can make the reservation for you. 

Customs Clearance

     Should your cat or dog be entering a foreign country, they will need to clear customs upon arrival.  At customs clearance the agents will inspect your paperwork and make sure your animal matches the description on the paperwork provided.  Some countries allow owners to clear their pets themselves, and should you choose to do this we are happy to walk you through the process so you know what will be expected of you.  Other countries require that a professional customs clearance agent is hired who clears the pets on behalf of the owner.  In these situations, we can hire a customs clearance agent for you, and then designate a meeting location to reunite you with your furry family members.  Even if the country does not require a customs clearance agent, we can still hire an agent for you if you would like.  Many times, this is easier for pet parents as the customs process can be lengthy and language barriers may be an issue.


     All pets need an airline approved travel carrier/crate to fly.  These crates are different from many other crates, as they must be solid plastic and not the collapsible metal type of crate commonly found at pet stores.  We provide all clients with a detailed “crate shopping list” that outlines the requirements a travel crate must meet as well as a suggested size based on each pet’s breed and weight, as well as a list of popular brands.  If you are unable to purchase a crate yourself, and time permits, we can order a travel crate for you with the needed accessories and have it delivered to your house.

     Extra large dogs occasionally require a custom crate.  These crates are made from solid wood and need to be custom built for each animal.  If your pet should require such a crate, we will provide you with instructions on how to build the crate yourself, or we can find someone to build it for you.


      Some pet owners need assistance getting their pets to and from the airport. In some cases, the closest airport is still a drive away from a pet’s new home! In these situations, we are happy to arrange short ground transportation for your pets.  While we are based in Arizona, we are an IPATA member, which is an international association for pet shipping. This means that no matter where your VIP pet family member is relocating to, we can find partner agents from within the association to provide safe and reliable transport for your cats and dogs.

Out of State Adoptions

     With the internet, it is easy to fall in love with a pet up for adoption in a different state.  When this happens, a lot of people do not have the time, or money to go themselves to pick up their new family member.  We are happy to work with you and the shelter, so that you may have a successful adoption.  Should you need someone to get your pet to and from the vet for a health certificate, or taken to the airport, we can arrange these services for you so that your pet can fly home to you.


     Should you need any other services on top of the ones listed above, there is a good chance Happy Tails Travel will be able to arrange those as well.  If you have any questions about the services we offer, or want to get started on your pet’s relocation, contact us today!