This article is written, published, and distributed by our associates at PetRelocation.com:PetRelocation.com we're often asked why. Isn't it just a matter of booking a flight? Why should it have to cost so much?Door-to-Door Services"Door-to-Door" pet relocations contain a surprising number of moving parts. Those unacquainted with the service initially balk at the price tag, but when each individual expense is taken into account, it's clear why a safe and successful pet move can be a little pricey. Here are a few of the components that make up a typical pet move:
- Import Permits - Emigrating to a new country often requires that you obtain formal permission from the government to bring your pet along with you.
- Government Endorsements for Health Certificates - In addition to obtaining health certificates from your veterinarian, they must be certified by relevant governing bodies as well, such as the USDA or the correct Consular Offices.
- Pick-up and Delivery - Pets are transported in a safe and timely way from your home to the airport and from the arrival airport to the new home on the other end. Hiring a trusted driver with a climate-controlled vehicle (picture your pet in their very own private limo!) is an important part of the process, and time spent in traffic or driving longer distances as well as fuel costs must also be factored in when budgeting for this part of the service.
- Your Pet's Plane Ticket - The bulk of the cost associated with moving a pet is the airfare. While you may be able to hop on a discount flight to your destination without worrying about routing or stops, pets have to be carefully routed to ensure they are only flying in and out of airports that have pet-friendly airlines. Any layovers that last more than a few hours must include a comfort stop for the pet, typically at a pet hotel. These pet hotel fees, combined with the rising cost of fuel and the higher rates airlines charge for live animals due to liability (and the added amount of attention they require from the airline staff), can make what seems like a simple flight booking cost considerably more.
- Airport Check-In - It often takes a few hours to get past the check-in counter before departure, which requires specialized manpower to ensure that paperwork is in order and pets are properly looked after.
- Customs Clearance - Once pets have landed it's not over yet; entry procedures must also be negotiated. Tariffs, taxes and country-specific fees are paid at this time.
- Personalized Care - Your Pet Relocation Specialist becomes your single point of contact for everything related to your pet's move. Specialists research the flight options, contact the airlines, make the bookings, establish communication with customs offices to make sure they'll be open when needed, secure approval for import when special permissions must be granted, and keep you, the customer, informed throughout the process.
No RegretsIt's natural to want to cut costs where you can or to feel hesitant about spending a substantial sum of money on something you could potentially handle yourself, but pet owners often tell us how happy they are that they chose to hire us. Take a look at what a few of our customers had to say after their pets were delivered safely to them:"PetRelocation.com was a bit pricey but well worth it for the peace of mind.""We considered trying to move Dakota ourselves in order to save money, but the extra money spent brought about peace of mind that Dakota was taken care of, making it all worth it. The entire process of moving is stressful enough, and to know that your animal is taken care of makes the move that much easier.""Everything was taken care of, including the flight, the import permit and the quarantine reservation. Moving ourselves was stressful enough, and PetRelocation.com took care of the dog so we could take care of everything else." "We had a lot of anxiety about moving our pets, and working with a professional made it much easier."Like building a deck or planning your wedding, it comes down to pinpointing what you're willing and able to do on your own and then deciding that it might be better to let a specialist handle things more efficiently.
Precious Cargo Many people do end up choosing the cheapest option (handling the move themselves), but many others decide that their energy would be better spent elsewhere and decide to hire us. After all, moving the furriest member of your family requires far more care and attention than moving your household belongings, so it makes sense to let someone more experienced step in. It's true that you're not going to find "bargain-basement" prices when it comes to moving a pet. But, while it may not be cheap to engage our services, ultimately you get what you pay for.