Pet Travel Resources 2019-03-05T17:27:24-06:00



Our service members have a special place in our lives.   Our primary location services Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Buckly Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base.  While we are located in close proximity to all of these posts and bases, we can work with any military family throughout the United States.  We offer discounts as do some airlines to all our service members on PCS orders.  We understand that relocating your pets is costly and try our best to pass on any savings to our clients without compromising our level of service.  Sadly, space A for pets is becoming a thing of the past, so more military members are shouldering the cost of transporting their pets.  We also know that notification and confirmation of your orders can vary, so we do not charge our service members rush fees.  Some airlines will allow you to make all your own bookings.  Please reference our Pet Friendly Airline tab for more information.

Operation Military Pets (SPCA International) 

When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up. The military pays for many moving costs, but they don’t help our military families relocate the family pet. The cost for Pet Transportation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. All over the United States shelters near military bases report high surrender rates when military families can’t afford to relocate their dog or cat. Military families are being torn apart.

Our mission is to keep military families together by providing financial assistance for Pet Relocation Costs. All branches of the military can qualify for grants. Whether being relocated within the United States or anywhere in the world, SPCA International’s Operation Military Pets is here to keep pets with the ones they love.

Dogs on Deployment

Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their career. The last problem they want to worry about is what to do with their beloved family pet when it’s time for them to deploy. Asking themselves, “What should I do with my dog while I’m on deployment,” many service members have limited, to no options for their pets when they have to go overseas. Many owners have to relinquish their pets to shelters when they have nowhere else to go. Dogs On Deployment is a licensed non-profit which aims at becoming a central web-based database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a Dog On Deployment into their home for the length of their owner’s deployment.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet formed after learning that military service members across the country had pets that needed a caring, loving, and safe home to care for them during the pet owner’s deployment to fight the global war on terrorism (combat or peace keeping missions), but had been unable to find someone to care for them.  This left the military pet owners with only one option, which was to relinquish their beloved pets and pet ownership rights to a humane society, animal shelter, or animal rescue group never to see their pets again, know if they were placed in a new home, or ended up being euthanized.

Loving Paws (Country Club Hills, IL)

Loving Paws, through our Camp K-9 affiliate, provides free boarding to all military personnel for the duration of their overseas deployment. In addition, Loving Paws will provide free boarding for National Guard members who are sent out of state to assist in disaster relief efforts. This is one of many ways Loving Paws can honor deployed active duty military personnel.

PACT for Animals

The PACT for Animals’ Military Foster Program is designed to provide an alternative to the unwanted surrender of beloved pets (dogs and cats) of our deployed military service members. We do this by recruiting and qualifying volunteer fosters who are willing to open their homes to provide a loving and safe environment for these pets until they can be reunited upon their owners’ return.

Pet Friendly Lodging

Last year more than 15 million Americans traveled with their pets.  Pets are being welcomed on trains, airplanes, and most hotels now.  Here are a couple options depending on what type of temporary housing or vacation you are looking to book.

Pet friendly temporary lodging (this site searches all the major short term rentals for you at once)

Most hotels are now pet friendly, but we always like to mention those that started accepting pets before the others!

Pet Friendly hotels – charge a daily fee – charge a daily fee – charge a daily fee -charge a nominal weekly fee of $20 per pet – Daily fee, but weekly max of $100

Pet Ground Transport

How can we assist?

Throughout Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas we can assist you with your pet ground transport needs.

Due to temperature restrictions or breed restrictions, you may find that ground transportation is your only option for your pet.  We have worked with all the agents below and can feel comfortable recommending them to our clients.

This is a not for profit that helps recused pets go to their new forever homes.   If you are looking to adopt a pet that is across the country and it is a difficult pet to ship via air, take a look at them! (they do offer some group transport options) (for NY, NJ, and PA)



If you are looking to move your pet to Australia your first step is preparation.   Australia requires that your preparations begin a minimum of 6 months prior to your pet entering the country.   There is a mandatory minimum quarantine for all pets of 10 days.   Pet Relocator develops a detailed timeline for each pet that outlines

  • when you need to make appointments
  • what procedures and tests need to be performed in order for your USDA accredited veterinarian to complete the conditions for import
  • Import permit
  • Quarantine booking
  • Booking of all flights and comfort stops
  • Delivery to your door after the mandatory quarantine period is completed (optional for an additional fee)

When considering a move or relocation to Australia, Pet Relocator can help you make your pets travel headache free. – Request an estimate



Each province in China has different regulations with regard to the import of domestic pets.   Some provinces require a quarantine while others do not.

  • Pets transported into Guangzhou do not require quarantine
  • Pets transported into Beijing require a 30 day quarantine unless under a diplomatic passport
  • Pets transported to Shanghai require a 7 day quarantine
  • Pets transported to Hong Kong do not require quarantine

We recommend you have your pet microchipped and the rabies vaccination needs to be older than 30 days but not past its expiration.

When considering a move or relocation to China,  Pet Relocator can help you make your pets travel headache free. – Request an estimate


UNITED KINGDOM (England, Scotland, Whales, and Northern Ireland)

Good news!  There is no quarantine for pets entering the UK from the US as long as some basic rules are followed.   All pets must travel as manfest cargo into the UK.   Sorry, no checked baggage or in cabin options are allowed.

  • Microchip the pet for identification purposes with a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip
  • Rabies vaccinate the pet with an approved vaccine after microchipping, recording the microchip number on the Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Wait at least 21 days before entry
  • Obtain an International Health Certificate and USDA endorsement
  • Dogs must be treated for internal parasites within 24-120 hours before arrival into the UK.
  • No requirements for treating a cat or ferret for external parasites
  • Your pet is not on the banned breeds listing in the UK

We are well versed in the DEFRA regulations and can help you no matter if you have an EU Pet Passport or have never traveled outside the country with your pet.  When considering a move or relocation to the UK, Pet Relocator can help you make your pets travel headache free. – Request an estimate


EUROPEAN UNION (France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria etc)

Good news!  There is no quarantine for pets entering the EU from the US as long as some basic rules are followed.

  • Microchip the pet for identification purposes with a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip
  • Rabies vaccinate the pet with an approved vaccine after microchipping, recording the microchip number on the Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Wait at least 21 days before entry
  • Obtain an International Health Certificate and USDA endorsement
  • Dogs must be treated for internal parasites within 24-120 hours before arrival into certain EU countries
  • No requirements for treating a cat or ferret for external parasites
  • Your pet is not on the banned breeds listing in the country of residence

Each country has different regulations with regard to the requirement of using a customs broker to clear your pet.    Our pet travel experts know how to navigate the requirements for each specific country and when a broker is required or not.  Some of the EU countries do allow pets to enter as checked baggage.

When considering a move or relocation to the European Union, Pet Relocator can help you make your pets travel headache free. – Request an estimate

For domestic travel, you can book with these airlines directly.  Payment for your pets travel will be due at the time of check-in and most major credit cards are accepted.


United will still accept both domestic and some international bookings.   Certain countries require the use of an IPATA agent.



Delta has released a new pet transportation site that allows you to request bookings online.   Please note that Delta will no longer accept pets at all during the summer months from May 15th to September 15th and now has an extensive list of snub nosed (brachycephalic breeds) that they will no longer accept.  (insert link to blog post).  Delta requires the use of an IPATA agent for all international travel.


International Airlines


Air Canada will still accept pets as checked baggage, please see the link for restrictions and requirements and they will still allow you to book international shipments without using an IPATA agent.


Lufthansa accepts all breeds of dogs and cats (brachycephalic included), but they do have restrictions on temperatures and crate construction depending on the breed.   In order to use Lufthansa, they request you contact and IPATA agent.   Most pets flying on Lufthansa will transit through Frankfurt.  Here is a link to more information about the Frankfurt animal lounge


BA cargo is a division of IAG and will accept reservations directly from pet owners.   All pets traveling with BA transit through the London Heathrow Animal Reception center.   Here is a link to more information about the Animal Reception center in London


KLM will allow pets to fly as checked baggage internationally, and is one of the few international airlines that will allow pets in up to a Giant crate travel as checked baggage.   If you are unable to fly with your pet however, you will be required to use an IPATA agent in order to book with KLM.

At all layovers in Amsterdam pets are treated to the KLM pets hotel.  More information can be found here

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the airlines we work with everyday, but we hope it gives you some insight into the many relationships we have and maintain with our air carriers that help us to ensure safe and comfortable transport for your pets.

International Health Certificates and your USDA accredited veterinarian

Not all veterinarians are accredited and can complete international health certificates for travel.  They must not only be licensed in their state, but also by the USDA.  First, always ask at your veterinary clinic if your veterinarian or one of the other veterinarians is a USDA accredited veterinarian.  If they say no, and you don’t know where to turn next, we find that the following veterinary hospitals and clinics typically have USDA accredited veterinarians -International and domestic health certificate services offered at most locations throughout the nation at Petsmart – National veterinary associates has veterinarians on staff that are USDA accredited at most of their locations throughout the US.

If you still need help finding an accredited veterinarian, you can contact your local USDA office and give them your zip code.  They will help you to locate an accredited veterinarian close to you.

Keep in mind, that while your veterinarian may have obtained the accreditation from the USDA, they may not complete international health certificates often.   We work closely with your veterinarian pre-populating the forms with requirements and providing guidance to ensure that your international health certificates are  completed in the right timeframe with the correct information.   We offer full service and document reviews to assist you and your veterinary staff through this process.

We will need the following measurements provided for you pet:

A – From the tip of the nose to the base or root of the tail (not to the very tip of the tail)

B – From the floor to the top-most part of the head or ears (whichever is tallest).  Ears may not touch the top of the kennel in their natural standing position.

Your furry friend won’t stay still for you to measure them with a tape measure?   We completely understand how difficult it is to try to measure a moving target.   Try taking your pet over to a wall and having them stand.   Now take a pencil and mark the top of their head (or the top of their ears whichever is taller), and mark from nose to the base (not the tip), of the tail.   Now let your furry friend go and measure the wall!   See, wasn’t that a little easier than trying to measure your pet while they wiggle and squirm?

Here are some links to supplies you can buy for your pet’s crate as well as extenders:

Impostors and Imitators

Consumers aren’t the only victims of identity theft. Cyber thieves steal business identities and wreck solid reputations. They hide behind roaming Internet addresses, fake street addresses and U.S. phone numbers forwarded overseas. Pet Relocator, a recent victim of an Internet impostor, warns customers that Internet thieves copy legitimate websites and logos and lure people into purchasing puppies, kittens and other pets.

**Pet Relocator DOES NOT do business with people selling animals.**

Pet scams and how to avoid them

Your family has been dreaming of that new pet.   A purebred Bulldog, Persian, Boxer, Ragdoll, parrot.   You go to Craigslist, Oodle Marketplace, or Petclassified thinking it is a good place to start.  You read a sob story about how they have fallen on hard times and that is why they are just asking you to pay a small re-homing fee and shipping (usually much less than a reputable breeder).  The pet had to be moved and is no longer local to you.    These scammers are worse during the holidays preying on those who only want to make their loved ones happy with the new pet they have always dreamed of having, but find victims throughout the year.

Tips to avoid being scammed

  • Buy local and meet someone in person
  • If payment is asked for via Western Union, Money Gram be very wary, it is most likely a scam. Most reputable breeders require deposits on pets via check before they are even ready to be adopted and most Pet Transportation specialists accept payment via credit cards as well as other means.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM.
  • If they tell you they can ship the pet within 24 hours of payment, don’t fall for it!
  • If you are getting a pure breed or exotic animal for the “cost of shipping” it is a scam.
  • Have used a legitimate logo of a pet shipper (like ours), but have an email address like gmail, yahoo, Microsoft (any free email service).
  • Email or call the pet shipper directly that they say they work with and ask if they are legitimate. Most pet shippers are available M-F during normal business hours.
  • The American Kennel Club hosts an online source for reputable AKC-registered breeders at
  • You can also find more information on pet scams at

What to do if you have been scammed

There are ways pet lovers can effectively fight back. If you are the victim of a pet scam, contact any of the following agencies to identify the validity of the pet seller. There are no free pets.  If you are a victim of an Internet impostor, report it.