Happy Tails Alerts

  • Bully Breed Ground Special - Now Extended Through Summer!

    If you have a Bully Breed who needs to travel during the summer, we are offering a discount on our Ground Transport Planning Fee for contracts received until August 31st! This special is valid for the following dog breeds: American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, English Bulldog, and French Bulldog.

    Our Bully Breed Ground Transport Planning fee is $150 (reduced from $250).  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 Bully Breed Special is only valid for signed contracts received between May 1st - August 31st, 2019.

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

Hodges 2 (2)Hodges 1 (2)

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

Pet Travel: Airline Info & Tips

  • Airline Friendly Pet Relocation Information

    SPECIAL NOTE FROM BRIDGET: Many people have initial fears about their pets' (“children”) travel by air to their new home. My goal is to calm an anxious pet owner with education based on facts, some of which are listed below. I also like to let my clients know that I am very passionate about animals, and have been my whole life. I would never provide this unique service of air pet airline travel if I did not feel it was safe.

  • 3 ways for your pet to travel the friendly skies

    1. In the Cabin: Under a passenger seat. This is limited to small pets that can fit in a container (soft or hard pet carrier/crate) that complies with very specific airline guidelines. The passenger cabin is generally limited to just a few cats, dogs or birds per flight.
    2. As a Ticketed Passenger: Your pet travels on the same flight as you, although it travels in the cargo area.
    3. As an Unaccompanied Pet: Your pet travels by itself or with pet "siblings" in the cargo area.
  • Differences between Airline Travel for Pets and for People:

    • Pre-planning for a pet’s air travel is important!
    • Pet airline tickets are paid for at the time they are checked in at the airport.
    • The pet airline tickets may cost less if the pet is on the same flight as the owner.
    • If the pet travels as cargo, the cost is based on the weight/size of the pet in its travel crate.
    • Federal guidelines define the proper size requirements for your pet's travel crate. Pets can be turned away for many reasons upon check-in, for example: wrong size/brand of crate; documents not in order; the flight connection is too long/short or too many connections; pet appears to be sedated, aggressive, or ill; pet too young; lacking required vaccinations; not checked in on time; weather restrictions and more.
    • A pet cannot travel on all airlines and all aircraft that people travel on; just because a person can travel on a flight does not mean a pet can.
    • Generally a pet flight cannot have more than one connection.
    • There are federal guidelines for temperature restrictions (heat & cold) which all pet shippers and airlines abide by. Some flights are restricted when there are temperature extremes, and occasionally an airport will have an embargo prohibiting air travel for pets. In these cases we provide full assistance in ensuring pet care until the next flight available.
    • Pet travel requires a current vet check to ensure your animal is in good health.
    • International pet relocation requirements for vaccination and documentation vary greatly and require much attention to detail and planning ahead of time!
  • Pet Shipping Safety Tips - Your pet's comfort & welfare is our top priority!

    • Precondition your pet prior to the airline travel by letting them spend time in their travel crate/carrier.
    • Keep your pet calm before, during and after the flight.
    • Ensure your pet is healthy and is seen by his/her vet prior to the travel. This is required by the airlines. If a pet is on medications for a condition, be sure the pet is well-stabilized before air travel.
    • An elderly pet will do fine as long as they are healthy, acclimated to their crate and have very comfortable bedding in their crate/carrier.
    • Water is essential before, during, and after the flight for hydration.
    • DO NOT sedate your pet (even if the vet says so). Most airlines have adopted policies to refuse shipment of a sedated animal.
    • DO NOT feed your pet immediately prior to the flight.
    • DO exercise your dog prior to the trip to the airport.
    • DO NOT use a crate/carrier with damage such as cracked plastic or missing bolts/hardware.
    • DO NOT place hard objects in your animal’s travel carrier/crate.
    • DO allow enough time to get to the airport. Rushing to the airport can cause stress to you and your pets, and if you are late checking in the airline can refuse to accept your pet.
  • Pet Cargo Area Conditions/Regulations on the Aircraft: Airlines must meet the following requirements for pets to travel on the aircraft

    • Temperature controlled environment - within 10 degrees of cabin temperature.
    • Pressurized area where pets are.
    • Sufficient oxygen for each pet in the designated area.
    • Pet cargo area separated from luggage and all other goods.
    • Families and/or types of pets are kept together when possible -- cats are by cats, dogs by dogs, birds by birds.
    • Mechanics (moving parts) in the designated animal cargo area must be in perfect condition for any pet to fly on an airliner.
  • Happy Tails Travel is here to answer all of your questions such as:

    • Should my pet receive tranquilizers prior to flying?
    • Who will feed and/or water my pet while flying?
    • What size/type of kennel will I need?
    • How safe is my pet during transit?
    • What can I do to ensure my pet is comfortable and safe during the journey?
    • Are there any temperature restrictions and/or guidelines?
    • Will special documentation be required?
    • What is required of me to prepare my pet for the animal freight / animal cargo process?
    • What immunization is needed for overseas travel?
  • Pet Talk - Radio Special

    Please listen to the attached radio show with our owner and president, Bridget, as a special guest! It will provide tips and help with transporting your pets by air domestically and internationally!

    Pet Talk with Happy Tails Travel
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