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.

Tips To Avoid Pet Adoption Scams

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Feb 01, 2013

What is a pet adoption scam?

It is scammers who target honest and innocent pet loving people searching online forums to find a pet to adopt. Craigslist is a place where the scammers begin their dirty deeds at honest people's expense. Here is generally how it works.

The scammer first puts an ad offering pets for sale a very low cost. One of their tactics to make the adoption look legit is by showing pictures of the pets, stolen from other websites, and lifting entire pet travel websites and then inserting the fake name of their business and their contact numbers to make it look like their own website.

The chain of events:

  1. Victim responds to the ad and questions the low price or reason for adopting out such an expensive pet.
  2. Typical answers: Recently moved and can't take their pet. Not enough time to care for pets. Too many pets already.
  3. Victim and scammer exchange emails, ID's and phone calls to prove creditably. The scammer offers to ship the pet and asks the victim to only pay for shipping. Scammer then asks for untraceable Money Grams, Western Union or money orders.
  4. After transfer of money the victim does not receive the non-existent pet. When victim does hear from scammer again, it is only for more money to be sent for various reasons, such as airport holding of the animal for quarantine, unexpected vet fees, or the pet needs a different crate. Eventually the victim stops sending money and realizes there is no pet coming to them.

How to avoid a pet adoption scam & warning signs:

  • Emails contain broken English as the scammers are generally in another country. Watch for poor grammar and spelling mistakes.
  • They want all of your info, however they do not reveal their names, addresses, phone #, show pictures of themselves, their home, or their business. They try to paint a picture of themselves by saying things such as they are a married couple, with one of them handicapped and recently lost a job.
  • They prefer to use full breed puppies; the most popular is English bulldogs. Other popular dogs are Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Pugs, Pitbulls, golden retrievers and Labradors. In the past week we have been told about birds being 'available'.
  • They say they are missionaries from another country.
  • Their ad offers to set you up with a pet shipper.
  • They want it to happen very quickly due to sob stories such as pet will be in danger if not sent soon.
  • They try to get you into an agreement to send payment to the seller, usually by Western Union.

Resources and what you can do:

When you are ready to adopt a pet, be educated and check out carefully the person you are purchasing from. Ask questions. Pay by credit card. Adopt locally and in person.

If you do get scammed inform the scammer the gig is up and you know they are not legit and you are reporting them to the local and national authorities to get them shut down. Do not be intimidated by them. Below are some websites to report.

If you are in need of assistance with transporting your pet, please fill out our
Pet Travel Form or give us a call at 1-800-323-1718 or 520-299-3315.  We are always ready and happy to discuss how we can help you to provide a smooth move for any member of your pet family.

Recent Scam Involving Payments Requested through Western Union

Recently, we have become aware of a scam in which pet adopters are receiving email requests for payment through Western Union. If you are a adopting a pet and they ask for payment by Western Union or Money Gram, STOP! Do not send money. It is a scam! We never ask for this type of payment. Our policy is by a credit card with a signed contract.