Fido, Your Agent is Calling
According to recent data from The Humane Society, approximately 70% of American homes now have a pet in residence. Pet transportation services have sprung up to address needs of pet owners that relocate or travel for extended periods to distant locations.
To help pet owners navigate the pet transportation maze, pet travel agents can assist with arranging all aspects of the pet’s travel including boarding, ground/air transport, required health documentation and vet treatments that may be needed prior to travel. Although pet travel agents have been around for 30 years, the service is now becoming more popular due to the increase in pet ownership.
Costs for pet travel service can vary depending on the agency, size and number of pets, and destination. In some cases the agent may be able to get better rates through contracts with the airlines and can pass the savings along to their customers.
If you are looking for a pet travel agent or pet relocation company, check to see if they are a member of the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International (IPATA). There are many companies claiming to offer this pet service, but members of IPATA adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Do a comparison of companies and choose the one that works the best for you, that way the travel experience will be a positive one for you and your pet.