Jacinda Ardern recently met with some of our favourite military working dogs! We can't disclose the names of these New Zealand Defence Force dogs but we can say they have earned their frequent flyer miles with us! We coordinate with their NZDF handlers at base camp. Pet Transport are responsible for all their paperwork and clearances to enable them to fly overseas and back again, whenever their services are required. It is a privilege to facilitate international pet travel for the hard working dogs that protect us here in New Zealand and abroad.
Pet Transport NZ is considered an essential service. Up until the borders closed and the last airlines were grounded, we were working hard for our clients in our office to find viable international pet travel solutions and domestic flights. We continue to work from home, available by phone, email and social media providing the same high level of service and quality consultation as ever before. In the last few weeks we have seen a dynamic shift in the freight forwarding and pet air travel industry. Fielding regular phone calls from airlines and the Ministry of Primary Industries, we shall remain a reliable, credible up to the minute, source of industry information for our clients.
These last few weeks have been a time of particularly high stress levels for essential travellers trying to return home from New Zealand with their beloved pets. It was our pleasure to be able to offer the calm reassurance of consistent care to both humans and furry friends in their homeward bound pet transport. Nemo was fortunate to make it on the same flight as his human was as PAX onboard. Not all were so lucky. For those who are still intending to return home after lockdown, we encourage you to keep up with our notifications and updates so you can be ready to move as soon as pet travel embargoes are lifted.
Bear and Kaydo the Boxer dogs were bound for Brisbane with another pet travel carrier who withdrew their service when lockdown started. We were fortunate to be able to find a viable travel route to Australia for these pups and their people. With airlines and borders closing by the hour it was not possible for us to offer solutions to all our clients, especially to those travelling further afield. For those intending to fly at the end of isolation we encourage you to use this time at home to prepare for your imminent travel. Our COVID19 blog series will help detail the steps you need to follow to take advantage of the first flight routes when they become accessible.
Our littlest passenger this week was Raj the Maltese dog who flew to Perth on Thursday. All of these furry fliers were incredibly lucky to travel aboard the last of the viable pet transport routes during COVID19 lockdown. As things continue to evolve both here and overseas, we encourage you to stay safe in your homes and use this time to prepare for future travel opportunities. Now is the ideal time to commence crate training and as vets are considered an essential service, you can complete your required vaccinations schedule as per usual. Don't forget to wash your dog with soapy water regularly!
We are very fortunate to have an open line of communication with both airlines and MPI. Please be aware we are experiencing a higher than usual call volume at this time. Your support and understanding is appreciated. The information we receive from the government and airline will be first filtered to our clients to enable them to make sounds transport plans and then our wider pet travel community online. If you are intending to return home with your pets, either abroad or domestically, we would be happy to help plan your pet transport. A quick call to our phone +6492560999 will redirect you to the pet travel consultant of your choice. Otherwise, we continue to be available by email, via quote request form or follow our updates on social media. We look forward to helping you and your pets return safely home, just as we have been doing for 3 generations. Be safe, be kind, be ready to travel again very soon. Best wishes, Pet Transport NZ.
Pet Transport NZ are enjoying the last few busy months of international pet travel in 2019 before we close for the Xmas period. Our team of international pet travel professionals thought they would share their top tips for moving to a new country with pets as an early Christmas present from us to you! Now is the time to book if you want to take your cats or dogs overseas with you this summer as live animal travel is limited over the New Year period!
Flying overseas with cats or dogs can be simplified by preparing early and including them in your relocation plans. Keep your pets up to date with their regular vaccinations and make sure your vet records are in order before you start contacting international pet transport providers for quotes. Once you find a reputable, reliable provider you feel comfortable entrusting your furry family member with you will be ready to start the paperwork and preparations required for your intended country of destination.
When collating quotes from international pet transport providers, check they are registered with a legitimate international pet shipping association. If in doubt, you can ring the airlines or MPI direct and ask for recommendations. Use Google and social media to look for verified users and previous clients to enquire about their experiences. Ask for itemised and detailed quotes. The last thing you need is hidden costs being tacked on as you try to budget for your departure, or worse yet, on the day you leave!
Pets are sensitive to change and instability, if you are anxious about moving they will sense this and may act accordingly - cats are notorious for this! If your pet has a known anxious disposition, communicate this to your pet transport provider and commence crate training as soon as possible to ensure a smooth travel experience for both of you. You may also like to consider pet accommodation in the final week that you pack up all your belongings before you fly to avoid too much disruption to their established environment.
Maintaining normal routines, healthy eating and exercise will help maintain the status quo during a time of change and at Pet Transport NZ this is part of our duty of care we afford to all our furry clients! Whilst in our care preflight we will walk, water and shower your pets with affection. A happy, calm and relaxed pet is one that enjoys the best outcomes and assimilation to their new environment upon disembarkation.
Last tip! Source your pet travel quotes before you book your own flights if you wish to travel together. Not all routes and flight paths are guaranteed for every airline and every breed. Brachycephalic cats and dogs in particular have some restrictions and some particular routes may not be practical for pets that require frequent stops. In essence, preparation is your best friend. If you would like to reach out to NZ's most experienced international pet transport consultants, call us on 09 256 0999 or visit this page. If you know someone travelling overseas from New Zealand with pets soon, please share this post with them.
Pet Transport NZ had dozens and dozens of wonderful cats and dogs enter from all over Aotearoa to win an IATA compliant travel crate. Our esteemed international pet transport consultants aka judges had to take some time to deliberate amongst themselves to choose our finalists. Points were awarded for clear demonstration of the pet's personality and of course dashing good looks. Being a photography competition, humans were also awarded points for clear photos in great lighting.
Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all our wonderful pet loving community to entered for themselves or rescues and fosters they wanted to help. It was our pleasure to share our passion for safe pet transport with all of you and thank you for inviting new members into our group. Happy travelling pet fam!
New Zealand and Canadian governments have an agreement to prioritise shipments of bees from NZ to Canada every year during bee season which runs from February until May 16 in 2019. This restricts the live animal bookings available on Air New Zealand during this time.
Pet Transport NZ work closely with Air New Zealand to respect our international obligations and national ecological priorities. We anticipate this annual period of restricted air travel by pre-booking AVI spaces that are not occupied by bee pallets to Canada on Air NZ and remain in constant dialogue with the airline to request extra spaces as they come available.
We also predict the influx of pets travelling to Canada during the summer months in New Zealand and are able to provide alternate routes with other airline carriers throughout bee season. Whilst some pet transporters may refuse bookings to Canada during the bee embargo period, we are confident in our ability to assist you and your pets during this time.
Diego the Rottweiler is booked to fly to Vancouver from Auckland Airport. This is testament to our ability to service Canadian destinations during a period of restricted air travel for live animals. If you need to travel to Canada with your pets between February and May either this year or next, we encourage you contact us as soon as possible to secure one of the limited space available.
Recently Pet Transport NZ had the pleasure to transport a competitive sled team of Husky dogs, 8 in total, from Alfredton, to San Francisco. Here they are at home on their farm in New Zealand, just south of Ekatahuna just before they departed the Wanganui-Manawatu region to relocate to Reno.
Pack owner Mark Roberts is a nutritional scientist who just completed his PHD at Massey University School of Veterinary Science and College of Sciences where he focused his studies on the distinctive diets of dogs.
Specifically, his research looked into the effects of dry commercial food in domestic dogs. Mark orients most of his work around wolves, which he then relates back to domesticated dog breeds.
Whilst transporting dogs to the USA is part of our day to day, and flying Huskies overseas is fairly routine, 8 at once and team of sled racers at that, certainly drew the attention of our travel consultants and Air New Zealand ground crew who were on hand to assist with cargo loading on departure day.
We are grateful to Mark for sharing his photography of his 8 dog's travel experience from New Zealand to USA, including pictures of them settled into San Francisco life.
We wish them all the best for their new life and future sled racing success. You can learn more about Mark and his work at his website: www.k9natural.com
At Pet Transport NZ we specialise in transporting groups of pets together, including troupes of working dogs, agility trial teams, NZDF dogs, Blind Foundation Guide Dogs and other pets which may require multiple clearances through different countries. The USA is just one of many international locations we service. If you would like to discuss the import, export or domestic transport of your pets, please contact us today.
Pet Transport NZ were delighted to attend the New Zealand Pet Expo again in 2018 at the ASB Showgrounds. Situated on the first corner beside Auckland City Council, it was a pleasure to support one of our favourite clients; The Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, by collecting gold coins. In exchange for donations we gifted visitors to our stand with their choice of Pet Transport stress dog squishies or bottle of NZ spring water.
As one of the only non-retail exhibitors, amid some 20,000 attendees, we installed a "flight lounge" for humans to destress, hydrate and relax before diving back into the melee. Thanks to The Social Agency who designed the experience and produced our brand video. This played on our widescreen in the lounge for people to watch on Smooch Collection designer furniture and furnishings, whilst enjoying bespoke branded gifts by Dynamic Gift.
It was a team effort and we would also like to acknowledge our dedicated staff who were onsite from pack in to pack down to assist with every element of a very successful Pet Expo. Our thanks also extend to Pet Expo organisers Brian and Peter who made every effort to accomodate our requests and our congratulations on a superb event we were proud to be a part of. The Pet Expo provided an opportunity to convey our new direction: a focus on international pet imports included in our established transport mix for export and domestic shipping.
Pet Expo was popular with both pet owners and colleagues; also in attendance were Ministry of Primary Industries, pet rescue organisations, breeders and pet food manufacturers we deal with during our usual work week. It was a welcome opportunity to connect and collaborate outside the office. To all the participants of the 2018 Pet Expo it was a pleasure to meet you in person. If you would like to continue to follow our journey, please find us on social; Instagram, Facebook and please do share this post with pet and travel lovers you know!
Moving countries can be an emotional experience – saying goodbye to friends, family, your local barista… but luckily you don’t have to say goodbye to your pets! If you’re moving overseas and you want to take your loyal pal/s with you, you can use our safe, efficient and reliable pet transport service to keep the family together.
Not sure what pet relocation is all about? We often get asked how it works, who our clients are, and other general queries you'd expect for a niche business like ours, so we’ve put together an informative guide to explain what Pet Transport is in black and white.
Who Can Use Pet Transportation Services?
Anyone living in New Zealand who has a pet to move! If you’ve got the will, we’ve got the means. We help Kiwis and expats take their pets out of New Zealand. We’re also the official pet courier for SPCA, Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, NZ Defence Force, The Paw Blacks and we’re recommended by the MPI and vets nationwide.
We even help local governments in countries without established protocols develop policy and procedures for the safe transport of pets into and out of their country.
What is Pet Transportation?
Simply put, it’s transporting pets from New Zealand to Australia and other pins on the map. We make sure your pet is comfortable throughout their travel, all the legalities are taken care of, and you and your pet are reunited in your new home with as little stress as possible.
We ensure your pet has the best possible travel experience by handling every element in the logistics chain of their export with the utmost care.
When Do I Need to Get in Touch with Pet Transportation?
As soon as possible. Your pet may need to begin a vaccine schedule for entry to your particular destination.
Where Can My Pet Travel To?
Your pet can stamp their passport in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia and the UAE, Africa, India, South America, USA, Canada and many more places! Different countries have varying laws around the minimum age a pet can travel, and the required vaccines before flying in, so we are here to help you tick off all the relevant boxes.
Why is It Important to Transport My Pet?
Let no family member be left behind! Pets can’t share a seat with you on the plane (even though watching an in-flight movie would be better with a snuggle buddy). By law, all animals are treated like an export item, meaning pets need to meet all the legal requirements and be flown in their own special area of a plane.
How Does Pet Transportation Work?
If you’re moving overseas with pets, the first step is to request an online quote. Once you’ve filled out your pet’s details and we’ve given you a customized quote, we can work together to find the perfect crate for your pet’s transition. We offer crate training, so your pet feels confident and relaxed on the day of the flight. Then we'll tell you which vaccines your pet needs before the move and handle all the legal paperwork for you.
The MPI is responsible for the final pet checks, so we recommend using these MPI vets to ensure your pet is taken care of by the best. When the final day on New Zealand soil arrives, we will attend the MPI check, prepare your pet's travel crate, and make sure they have a fresh supply of water and food. We'll take them for walks, play with them, plenty of cuddles and pats, take them on toilet breaks with treats and water before the journey. Our mantra is destress, hydrate, relax.
If you’re keen to learn more about us and what we do, send us a message, give us a call, or pop into our pet-friendly office. You can kick-start the pet transportation process by requesting a quote online, and we’ll get back to you with a customised solution. While you’re waiting for our response, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to see the happy faces of pets we’ve moved overseas – maybe your pet will be a featured model soon ;)
Taking English Bulldogs to Ireland from New Zealand seemed impossible to Sonya. She was repeatedly refused international pet transport for her two Bulldogs, Bono (below left) and Bella (below right) by other NZ pet couriers. Bulldogs are notorious for excitable temperaments, coupled with an inability to regulate their own body temperatures and breathing like most brachycephalic breeds. Airlines and other pet transporters are reluctant to fly English Bulldogs. That's where Pet Transport NZ can help!
Using our trusted agents in the US, we gained permission from the USDA (US authorities), DAFM (Irish authorities) and NZ MPI (NZ authorities) to create a new routing for these gorgeous snubnosed dogs. Using two different airlines, and two long stopovers in LAX and Zurich, we ensured Bella and Bono had time at each transit to get out of their cages, and have some free space to chill until their next flight.
With each snubnose or brachycephalic client we take on, we make sure we meet the dogs or cats first. We need to assess their physical health and explain to owners the risks at play with flying their pets overseas. However, we stand by the motto we always held – that so long as snubnosed pets are properly cage trained, healthy and fit, and travelling in MASSIVE cages – (we think safety requires providing at least 4 x body weight in airflow), then they should travel exactly the same as all our pets: safely and comfortably!
Without making light of their special needs, flying snubnosed pets is more complex but we wholeheartedly support anyone who can't bear to leave their pets behind. If you are travelling long haul and want to take your snubnosed dog or cat, we are the only international pet transport agency who can and will make it happen. It does take patience and a bit more hard work but if you are committed to taking your pet with you, so are we. We are all about keeping furry families together!
We write these blogs in the hopes it helps families make informed decisions when planning overseas travel. If you liked this blog, please do give us a like below! And if you know anyone with pets who is thinking about travelling abroad in the near future, please do give us a share on social, it really helps! :)
Relocating pets from New Zealand this month has seen a whole lot of moving pets to Canada! August has been full of sending dogs to Canada, and some back again! So here are some of our favourite regular clients and furry friends plus some tips for shipping pets to Canada successfully!
Our biggest international pet transport clients this month were the MacDonald dogs, a team of working dogs we flew to Canada last month. Half the troupe of dogs had their contracts extended and remain in Canada working. The other half were sent back to Auckland to complete 10 days of quarantine together before going home to their farm.
Although return interntaional trips are not the norm at Pet Transport NZ, we are proud to be the world leaders in this pet travel field. Return flights for pets are not a common thing due to the added costs and logistical complications of 2 exports and reentry requirements into New Zealand. However, where there is a will there is a way! This is not the MacDonald dogs first return flights overseas from New Zealand with us. nor is it likely to be their last!
Whether you are moving 7 dogs to Canada and back again or just a cat, Pet Transport NZ is the only pet transporter who promise to deliver your pets safely! We have been in the international pet transport game for over 50 years and we have never had an accident or fatality. We care for your pets by ensuring the paperwork is perfect and everything happens exactly as we detail it in our quotes. Ready to move overseas? Contact us now for a free quote and cage fitting!
We write these blogs because we hope it will be helpful for you to plan your future pet travel. Our pet owners love sharing their travelling pet pics in the hopes it brings a smile to someones face! If you liked this post about sending pets to Canada from New Zealand, please click like below! We would love it of you would share it on Facebook if it might be useful to someone you know! Thank you!