There are a lot of compelling reasons to use a pet transport company when you're relocating with your furry family. Some of the benefits are tangible, and many are intangible. Yet they all add up to a better experience – for you as well as your pets.
An established international pet transport company has experience working with airlines around the world, sending pets to and from a wide range of countries and continents. They know what they're doing. They can give you information, insider tips and advice, answering questions you had no idea you should even ask.
They can cut through the confusion and misinformation to make sure you get accurate, up-to-date facts. This is more important than you might think. Things can change and you may not even be aware of it. Sometimes airline personnel or staff at foreign embassies are not “in the loop” when it comes to the rules of pet travel or the documentation required. This could put your pet travel plans in jeopardy.
On the other hand, they don't have to handle every detail. You can get help with the most complex aspects and take on the less onerous or potentially problematic tasks.
Moving is one of the most stressful events in our lives. For pets, it's even more difficult because they don't understand what's happening. They worry you might be abandoning them. With so many other things on your mind right now, which of you needs added stress?
Researching airline regulations, flight options and import requirements for your destination can be a seriously frustrating experience, as noted above. Sometimes it's not difficult to find exactly what you need, but often it can feel like a treasure hunt.
Aside from the frustration, it is just plain time-consuming to uncover all the information you need. Then there's the time spent following up – visiting the vet (perhaps multiple times for various tests and immunizations), assembling all the health-related paperwork your pet must have, etc. In some cases, you will need to start this process months before your pet's departure date. Shouldn't you be finalizing your own move? Or packing?
What worries you most about pet travel? Probably that your beloved dog or cat will be out of sight – and beyond your control – for an extended period of time. A pet transport company has your back. If you have questions, there's someone you can call who is familiar with your pet and their travel plans. While pets are in transit, there is someone official who can be contacted to step in if there are unforeseen weather problems or other delays. You cannot put a price on that kind of reassurance.
Certain airlines and foreign countries require pets to be shipped by a professional transportation company, so you cannot handle the arrangements yourself even if you're so inclined. The reason professional shipping is required is because those responsible for importing and exporting animals understand the process is complex and must be executed properly.
The pros know what to do and they can be relied on to get everything right. Pet owners are an unknown, and if some detail is mishandled, it causes problems for everyone.
Your pet's comfort and safety is paramount. Knowing you have entrusted the critical details of their travel to someone you can trust is a significant confidence-booster. So above all else, using a pet transport company can bring you peace of mind.