Planning a big move to a new city can be stressful, but even more so when it involves a pet.  Not only do you have to worry about packing all of their belongings, but you also have to worry about airline restrictions, vaccinations and permits, crate sizing and other important details specific to our furry, scaly or feathery friends.  And now, you also have to factor in restrictions and other interruptions caused by COVID-19.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could rely on someone who was knowledgeable about the intricate and sometimes confusing logistics of pet travel?

By hiring a reputable pet relocation company, you can feel confident in knowing that your pet will arrive at their new home safely and in the best care possible.  But before you hire any random company you find online, here are some things to consider so you can feel confident in hiring the right one. 

Are they recognized?

Would you want just any Joe Schmoe being responsible for the safety of your pet as they travel to a new city?  When it comes to relocating your pet, this is one situation where you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for budget.  In fact, be cautious if you receive electronic communication from companies who claim to offer discounts for pet travel.  Many of these companies are illegitimate, but will emulate real companies to scam their victims.

Instead, ensure you look for a pet relocation company that is recognized by an industry association.  Industry associations can be a good source for reliable information.  For pet shippers, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) is the most well-known one.  Bruno Mansueto, Managing Director of Worldwide Animal Travel, also happens to be IPATA’s Regional Director of North America, a position he was conferred in 2017. 

What are people saying about them?

Online reviews can provide you with a good idea about the experience others have had with their pet relocation company.  We recommend reading reviews from as many different sources as possible.  You may also want to pay special attention to reviews from people who shipped a similar pet, or coordinated travel to the same relocation city or country.  Additionally, ensure there are recent reviews to show that the company is still actively involved in the industry and is up-to-date with the latest policies.

What’s included in the service?

When hiring a pet relocation company, do you just want them to guarantee your pet has arrived from Point A to Point B, or would you like to have peace of mind throughout their entire journey?  At Worldwide Animal Travel, we know how important your animal companion is to you, and they’re comfort and safety is as equally important to us.  That’s why we offer door-to-door service, comfort stops, and frequent updates throughout your pet’s journey.  When you contact a pet relocation company, review your quote beyond the price tag to ensure it meets the comfort, safety and wellbeing needs of your pet.

Moving to a new city can be an exciting experience, but it can also be nerve wracking when it involves our furry, scaly or feathery loved ones.  A reputable pet relocation company will not only ensure your pet’s safety and comfort, but will also offer you peace of mind throughout their journey.  If you’re looking for a company who will go above and beyond for you and your pet, contact Worldwide Animal Travel today for all of your pet relocation needs!