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

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 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

By Ground Safe and Sound

Advantages of Long-Distance Pet Ground Transport

  • Private Transport
  • Door-to-Door Service
  • Especially helpful if pet is going from/to rural areas with limited airports
  • Large breed dogs accepted
  • Can be less expensive, especially for a multi pet family

Why Use Happy Tails Travel for Long-Distance Ground Transport

  • IPATA member since 1996
  • Quick to respond and provide free estimates
  • Greater flexibility with scheduling and travel date
  • Private dog and/or cat transport available
  • Group transport may be available, subject to existing clients and routing
  • We limit how many pets are in each vehicle
  • Ideal for rescuing pets from rural shelters
  • Optimum service for young puppies coming from breeders
  • No breed restrictions for cats or dogs
  • Employ a full-time ground transport coordinator dedicated to coordinating and tracking your pet’s journey
  • The price you pay is determined by your unique pet situation and the route
  • Provide 24-hour, one-on-one, customized pet care to each pet’s unique needs
  • Provide communication with pet owner during transport, including photos of your pet
  • Dogs walked every 3-4 hours, or as requested by 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 drivers are hired based 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
  • Health certificates are not required for all transports, but may be requested depending on your pet's unique situation
  • We have a transparent one-page contract - No fine print and everything is included
  • Accredited A+ Member of the BBB
  • Meet our Driving Team
  • Read our Testimonials and Reviews

See What Our Customers Are Saying


I could not have been more pleased and impressed by my experience with Happy Tails Travel to get my new puppy from her breeder into my arms. I live in New York City but my breeder lives in Kentucky. Because of the many travel restrictions due to COVID, there were no non-stop flights between us, and I did not feel comfortable putting the pup on a connecting flight.

When I started looking into ground transportation, my first stop was to look through the directory on International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA). My vet made it clear that the most legitimate and safest companies would be listed there. I reached out to a handful of companies, and Happy Tails not only got back to me first, but they did so with a clear price and detailed policies as well as flexibility on timing. They also reassured me that all COVID-related precautions would be taken with the transportation.

Elaine at Happy Tails was indispensable as she worked tirelessly to arrange the transport within less than a week from when I first contacted the company. I was so grateful! As soon as the driver, Marko, was assigned, the communication was perfectly coordinated between everyone (Elaine, Marko, the breeder, me). Marko called two days before the trip to tell me his planned route and discuss things like feeding and potty breaks. Elaine called me the night before to answer any lingering questions. I felt tremendously well taken care of the entire time, and the absolute same was true for my pup.

Throughout her drive from KY to NY, I received frequent updates (including GPS location and pictures) from Marko, and the pup arrived fed, pottied, and in good spirits! I did not think such a long ground journey on such short notice would be possible, let alone such a seamless and safe experience. I would absolutely use Happy Tails again -- without any hesitation!

Mimi S. & Bleecker
Olympia, KY - New York, NY



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