Relocating Your Pet

Preparing for a move internationally is a stressful experience, and planning ahead is a vital part of streamlining the process. In these situations, our concerns are immediately with moving our household goods, accommodation in our new country, and how our family – particularly our children- will cope with the upheaval.

But what about our much-loved family pets? Pet relocation is a time-sensitive matter which needs to be planned and prepared for well in advance.

For general preparation, you should ensure that your pets are:
  • Implanted with an ISO Microchip
  • Vaccinated against Rabies (for most countries)
  • Up to date with their annual vaccinations
It is imperative to contact a reputable pet relocation service as soon as you start planning your move.  When choosing such a company, some things to consider are:
  • The company’s reliability, track record, history, and experience in this line of work.
  • Are they solely profit driven?
  • Or are they animal lovers in it for the wellbeing of your pet? 
  • The size of their operations – are they a “One Man Operation” with no recourse? Marginal differences in prices are not worth considering when it comes to the safety of your pet.

It is also important to consider that what is needed to be done to prepare your pet for travel depends on what the Veterinarian Authorities require at your destination. You will need to provide your Pet Relocation Consultant with as much information as possible, including

  • Breed
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Latest vaccination dates
  • Relocation options eg door to door, or door to port. If door to door, you will need to provide an address
  • Preferred mode of transporting your pet – will your pet be flying separately, or will your pet be travelling on the same flight as you?
The biggest cost component in pet relocations is the airline charges. Such charges are usually volume based – the bigger the travel crate, the higher the cost. The size of the travel crate is stipulated by the airlines and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
You may also need to consider whether your pet can make such a stressful move. Older animals and certain breeds do not travel well, so it is important to consult a Vet before relocating your pet. You will also need to consider quarantine requirements in your destination country as some countries may require your pet to be quarantined for 6 months or more.

If for any reason you cannot take your beloved pet with you, make the effort to find them a good home so that they don’t become another abandoned animal. If need be, do look for organizations that can assist you in re-housing your pet.
Like everything else we do to move our customers, Allied Pickfords make sure that your pets are also a priority in the moving process. In Singapore, we partner with a premier pet relocation company who pride themselves on safe and humane relocation of your beloved pets.

Speak to your Move Coordinator should you require us to move your pet.

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