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).  

    *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.

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