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 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.
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! :)
Moving pets to the UK from NZ takes a little more coordination than a quick trip across the ditch to Australia. We fly pets to UK from New Zealand on a daily basis. Our team of international pet transport consultants have a few tips to help you move your pet to the United Kingdom successfully.
If you want to travel on the same plane as your pet, contact a pet transport consultant in NZ before you start booking your flights overseas. You need to ensure you both arrive during the Veterinary Border Control hours at your destination airport.
.Before flying, your pets must undergo an examination by the Official Ministry of Primary Industries Veterinarian of NZ. Here they must obtain an MPI Health Export Certificate and a separate Animal Welfare Export Certificate. As the only Pet Transport service located at Auckland airport, moving pets to the UK is really easy with us. MPI is also based at Auckland airport and MPI Certification is simply completed on the day we fly your pet to the UK.
This is part of a series on taking pets to the UK, we hope you like it - if you do, please click like below! Have you got a specific question you would like answered, drop it in the comments below! if you have friends thinking about moving to the UK with pets, we'd love if you would consider sharing this post!
At Pet Transport NZ, one international pet shipping client we are the most proud to have serviced for years, is the Blind Foundation; specifically, the Guide Dogs chapter. One of our senior interntaional pet travel consultants, Michael, received an award for his help in bringing a US born dog, Eudora (below right), into New Zealand this year! The Blind Foundation provide amazing services to the community and we love moving their dogs overseas.
Earlier this year we orchestrated the move of Eudora the German Shepherd from America to NZ and back again. Eudora is a world famous Guide Dog we helped fly all the way from New York to New Zealand. She shares her special skills at work by helping other Guide Dogs learn by example from an awesome assistance dog.. Even more exciting, once here, Eudora had her first successful puppy – and we couldn’t be more proud!
New Zealand offers world-renown Guide Dog training facilities in South Auckland and when we get the call that more pups need to move so they can start their lives helping others – we jump in to action! We love working with these very clever dogs and feel happy knowing we have helped new guide dogs find international fur-ever homes all over the world!
We are the only pet transporter in New Zealand that can organise return trips and import pets from overseas into NZ. It is tricky though, so it pays to get in touch early and start planning your pet travel from overseas now! We look forward to hearing from you soon. If you liked this post or think a friend might, please give us a like below!
At Pet Transport NZ, we will often work with our clients, whether they be cats, dogs or humans over a period of months to get you and your pets ready for international travel. The cage fitting, the crate-training, the vaccinations is just part of the preparation work for moving overseas with pets. During this prep time we get to know you and your travelling pets personalities, likes, dislikes and behavioural issues if there are any. We love helping your international pet transport experience be a positive one!
When you invite us to help you and your pets to travel overseas from New Zealand the job doesn't end for us when your pet gets on the plane. We know your journey in a foreign land only really starts when you collect your pet at your end destination. For all the pet travel consultants, logistics coordinators and admin staff, we want to hear about your new life together. Our payoff is knowing we helped keep a fur-loving family together and played a small part in showing you a new corner of the world.
The best part is when you write to us after you land to tell us about your reunion. We love hearing how your cats, dogs, kittens or puppies flying experience was and how you found them at the other end as that is the only part of the journey we are never present for. This is exactly how we want it to be for you and your pets: exciting, happy, loving cuddle times. Thank you so much to Marley the lovely Fox Terrier and her wonderful humans for letting us be part of your relocation to Stockholm, Sweden. We are grateful to all our clients and their pets for choosing us to help with your move abroad!
When we hit 10,000 followers on instagram and 11,000 fans on facebook (both @pettransportnz) we wanted to say thank you to all of you. Thanks for following our pet travels, joining our international pet courier journeys and sharing your experiences with us. We love the little online community that has formed around the pets who travel overseas with us. We hope you understand why we so passionate about our job and doing it right because for us, it's all about the pets!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! WELL DONE TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Special mention to Ayla Crawford and Anika Horn, you were both equal points runner up and we have a selection of all natural NZ doggy farm treats for all your pawfect pooches!
So many cute cats! So many darling dogs! So many wonderful humans trying to win things for their precious pets! In truth, you are all winning at life so we just had to find some extra prizes for you all...
CATS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Cat Collar, 3 x Pack of Cat Toy Bliss Balls, Glamour Puss Slicker Brush + Organic Cat Treats
Rachel Crimins and Liam Fagan
DOGS SPOT PRIZES
Blue Lead, Blue doggy poop bags, 1 x toy duck, Farm Treats
TRAVEL CRATE WINNERS: we literally couldn't choose! There were just too many adorable cats and dogs and puppies and kittens and the back stories and community involvement was too much to go unrewarded! So these gorgeous creatures have all won a travel crate each!
Winner of a PP20 – Ann Harris
Winner of a SG821 – Cassie Gibbons
Winner of a PP40 – Jen Keir
Winner of a PP40 – Lisa Buttunz Taylor
But there was one cheeky grin that had us all in agreeance... drum roll please! THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF A PP60 - Leah Jellyman and "Koda" Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and well done to all the lucky pets who won! We were astounded by all the entries and we can't wait to run another competition again soon!
WINNERS - PLEASE COMMENT YOUR CONTACT DETAILS BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!!!
Pet Transport NZ was pretty chuffed to hear our little bloggy woggy won an award! Ok, full disclosure we thought it was spam so we ignored it for ages but they were really persistent and eventually we checked our email to read the pet transport blog had been placed in the top 100 Feedreader Blogs.
We would like to thank everyone who has read, liked and shared our blog. We hope you find our tips useful and our journeys interesting. Biggest round of applause goes to the beautiful pets themselves who brighten our blog with their antics. We look forward to more international adventures with you!