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!
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.
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!
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!!!!
The importance of planning international pet travel in advance, can not be stressed enough. The one who suffers most from lack of adequate travel planning is your pet. And your pocket! Future planning any overseas adventures with pets allows you time to crate train, vaccinate your pets and budget your pets' transport into the other costs of moving overseas. Your pet courier will break it down for you.
Your pets need time to be vaccinated and tested. If flying long haul, especially to Europe, they will likely need rabies vaccinations. Rabies vaccines take 30 days to develop antibodies in the bloodstream in cats and dogs. Then you must allow time to receive their test results which come from labs in England. All flying pets must be in tiptop health at departure or they will not be rejected by MPI.
Pets flying internationally from New Zealand need time to get comfortable with their IATA approved travel crate. Even if they are crate-trained or have flown overseas before, warm them up for the journey. Crate training is best done in a low pressure environment that is not time sensitive. Prevent any anxiety about cratetraining to a specific date by allowing a buffer of months not weeks.. You want to avoid any anxious associations with your crate and travel prospects entirely.
Whilst pet transport is often more affordable than most people think, it is an unknown quantity until you request a quote. Unlike flying humans, where booking fees are standard regardless of how tall or heavy you are, booking flights for pets is not the same. The volumetric weight charge is unique to each animal; how much space they occupy in the cargo hold and how much they weigh. Once you know how much the your pet's travel tickets will cost, you can plan when and how to pay accordingly..
Planning in advance allows you time to prepare your pets and budget your travel with a nice time cushion, just in case vaccination goes curly or crate training takes a little longer than anticipated. Most importantly, it ensures both humans and pets have a pawsitively awsome travel experience together! Contact one of our knowledgable pet transport consultants to get your pet travel plan underway!
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