Going through a long-distance move or corporate relocation can be a very challenging project for a family with a pet. Anyone who has undergone the moving or vacation process with a pet knows about the additional complications this brings: the nuisance of traveling day, anxiety from bringing the pet on the plane, strict airline regulations on where and how a pet can board.
Some situations are trickier than others are. Animals with special needs, older or larger pets are harder to transport. If your animal's vaccinations or veterinary records aren't up to snuff or if it's in the wrong size crate, you may not be allowed to bring your pet on the plane. If you happen to be moving overseas, bringing your pet means overcoming a daunting list of export restrictions and quarantine rules, the details of which vary from country to country.
Even a more routine day-to-day movement involving animals, such as a midday trip to the vet, can turn into a difficult task. Some cities restrict animals, except for service animals, on their public transit systems. Yellow cabs often refuse to pick up passengers with leashed pets. These situations can try the patience and resourcefulness of pet owners.
Pet traveling services exist to help families deal with the logistics of transporting their animals safely and conveniently. Live animal shippers, pet taxi services and professional pet relocation companies are meeting increasing demand.
The pet transportation industry is growing at a healthy pace. These services can be costly, but if a pet is a cherished part of your family, it stands to reason that no effort or expense should be spared ensuring the animal's comfortable movement. Let's look more closely at how these operations work, starting with pet shipping services.