Happy Tails Alerts


    We love helping pets have a smooth move and want to help you too!

    At this time, generic e-mail inquiries and replies to Pet Travel Form submissions are taking about 3 business days from the time they are received. Priority goes to existing clients and those traveling the soonest.

    Due to our existing clients and transport schedule, at this time we are booking ground transports at least 30 days out from the date a signed contract is received, and we require at least 15 business days to accommodate domestic air travel, from the date a signed contract is received. 

    We regret to inform you that all international services are currently suspended.

    Air options remain limited as airlines work on resuming services as usual. Air travel becomes more difficult for pets to fly as temperatures must be below 80° Fahrenheit at all cities on a pet’s itinerary and many places in the country are already experiencing warmer temperatures.

    If you are interested in working with us, the quickest way to receive a response is to fill out our Pet Travel Form.  It will provide us with the additional details we need to see how we can best assist you.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to working with you!


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

Why Choose Happy Tails Travel

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Nov 16, 2018

There is a special niche market within travel and relocation – that is pet relocation.  While not often mentioned, there is such a high demand for professional pet transporters that there is an association made up of many of the leading industry pet travel professionals.  This association is known as the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA).  With so many options to choose from, how do you know which company is best for your pets and your unique moving situation?

When determining which company will be best for your individual needs there are a few factors to first consider.  First, you need to look at where your pets need to travel to and from. Not all companies are able to provide service worldwide, so this can help you narrow down your options.  Similarly, you must consider the type of pet you need to move. Not all companies are able to accommodate all types of animals; you want to ensure that you are working with a company who has the proper protocols and vehicles to take care of your pet family member.  Lastly, you need to think about what type of transportation you prefer for your pet.  For example, do you prefer air or ground transport?  Not all companies offer both services and not all animal breeds can fly.  If you are unsure over which method of transportation is best for your pet, reach out to a professional pet relocation company such as Happy Tails Travel!

Now that you know the basics of what to look for when selecting a professional pet transporter, let us tell you what makes Happy Tails Travel unique and stand apart from its competitors.  Firstly, Happy Tails Travel is able to offer both air and ground transportation! While ground transportation is limited to the contiguous United States, long distance ground transportation is not offered by many companies. Additionally, Happy Tails Travel has been in business for 23 years and a member of IPATA since 1996.  We have an easy to fill out pet travel form on our website and once submitted we will provide you with a free, non-obligational estimate.  We also have a presence on all of the major review sites including an A+ rating on the BBB, and reviews on Google, Yelp, and FaceBook.

More companies offer air transportation than ground.  However, there are still service standards which set Happy Tails Travel apart from the others.  We handle all of the logistics for your pet’s move from start to finish.  This results in our services minimizing discomfort and stress for both you and your pet.  We are very selective in which airlines we work with, and only work with those with the best pet programs in place. We have a full staff of pet relocation specialists within which are employees who specialize in domestic and international relocation; we match you with the best employee for your pet family member’s relocation.  Prior to the flight we will assist you in obtaining a travel carrier of appropriate size and will provide instructions on how to professionally prepare the pet travel crate to ensure a safe and comfortable flight for your pet.  By e-mail, you will receive customized pet shipping and airline flight instructions such as information on documentation and country requirements.  We can also work one-on-one with your vet to ensure proper documentation preparation if desired.  If time allows, you will receive a Pet Travel Packet in the mail with all the required airline flight documents and crate stickers and customized tags.  On your pet’s travel day, we will track your pet’s flight from start to finish and update you along the way. If needed, we can arrange pick-up and delivery for your pet to or from their flights or assistance getting your pet to their vet appointments.  Lastly, if for some reason your pet cannot be accommodated on a flight, we can offer ground transportation as an alternative within the contiguous USA. 

Beyond merely offering pet ground relocation, we have many unique service offerings within our ground service that sets us apart from competitors.  We limit how many pets are in each vehicle, and dogs have the option of riding in a crate or with a leash and harness.  We allow clients to select if they prefer private transportation just for their pet, or if available, we offer ride share programs.  Furthermore, we do not have any breed or size restrictions when it comes to dogs.  We have a fleet of drivers, so we are flexible when working with your schedule. The price you pay is tailored to your route and the needs of your pet. We have a dedicated full-time ground transport logistics coordinator to coordinate and track your pet’s journey.  While in route, we provide 24-hour, one-on-one, customized pet care to each pet’s unique needs.  Our drivers and staff at Happy Tails Travel will communicate with you throughout your pet’s transport including photos and/or videos of your pet and updates on the estimated time of arrival.  Dogs are walked every 2 - 4 hours, or as requested by their owner.  Each of our vehicles are GPS monitored from our office to keep track of the current location of our drivers and your pet at all times.  All of our drivers are hired upon upholding high standards and complying with quality checks.  Our drivers have the flexibility to drive as long as they feel comfortable doing so each day, but we require them to stay in pet friendly hotels overnight.  Unlike many other companies, health certificates are not required for all transports, but may be requested depending on your pet's unique situation.  Together these services result in a high standard of customized care for your pet during their ground transportation to their new home!

We hope this summary of services educates you about what to look for when selecting the company in which to entrust the safety and comfort of your furry family member. We have provided high standards of care of the 23 years we have been in business and do not plan on stopping anytime soon.  We have confidence that after reading this blog and reviewing our website you can see the value of working with Happy Tails Travel.  If you have any questions or would like an estimate please visit our Website, and fill out our Pet Travel Form today!


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