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Which Vet to Get?

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Active duty military have the option to use a military veterinarian for all required treatments, tests and endorsed pet health certificates for most countries that follow the European Union pet import rules. For example, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom also follow EU protocols. If your PCS is anywhere else, you must have a USDA-endorsed health certificate when leaving the U.S. with your pet.

A pet health certificate is required when returning to the U.S., but USDA-endorsement is not required.

If your posting is to Australia, United Arab Emirates or other non-typical location, call your veterinarian as soon as you receive orders. If your veterinarian is not familiar with the requirements, we can help you through our streamlined pet health certificate service. Air Animal’s expert pet movers will help you follow all the import rules to a “T” because these countries don’t make special allowances for U.S. military personnel. A USDA-endorsed health certificate will be required.


Grants to Pay for Pet PCS

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Dogs on Deployment is one of several organization which offer grants to help active duty military E-6 and below relocate their pets. You’ll be asked to provide financial information, orders and other information. Many of our PCS clients have used Dogs on Deployment and paid it forward later by making a donation.

Funding for a PCS move isn’t released until orders are cut. Air Animal’s pet movers know the drill and they know things change because they’ve been there. “Our family was moving from Ohio to Missouri when my dad was redeployed. The moving van had left and we were in the car ready to pull out when Dad got a call. They asked if he wanted to move to Missouri as planned or if he wanted to go to Boston. We went to Boston,” said Deandra, international pet move manager. “We know we have to be flexible because you serve our country and you have to go where you’re needed.”


PCS to Japan, Guam, South Korea and Hawaii

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Rabies Antibody Blood Test a Must

If you are active duty military and plan moving your pet with you when your Permanent Change of Station orders come through, make the time to get a rabies antibody blood test (FAVN-OIE). Some of the most-frequent PCS duty stations are in countries that require the test. You won’t need one if you’re relocating to the European Union.

On-base veterinarians can provide the required blood test, which is sent to Ft. Sam Houston for processing. Off-base veterinarians use a lab in Kansas. When you use Air Animal’s app, the test date will be on your phone or desktop so you never lose track of it. You’ll be ready when it’s time to get a pet health certificate for the move.

Special situations
  • If you’re moving to Japan and living on base, the 180 days of pre-export U.S. residence for your pet is waived.
  • If you’re posting to Guam, you can’t take a pet and you can’t get your pet off the island if it is over 25 inches tall—paws to top of the ears. The airline serving Guam limits flight kennel sizes. The largest accepted is 500p which is 40"Lx27"Wx30"H. Watch our two videos to learn more about travel kennel requirements and the 411 on Travel Kennels.
  • For PCS to South Korea, active-duty military may clear South Korean customs without a custom’s broker. That means our affordable Book & Fly rates are an option for you.
  • Hawaii is part of the United States. It's also an island that doesn't have rabies so a FAVN-OIE is required.

    Is Your Pet Fit to Fly?

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    Taking your pet on a plane? No matter if your pet is flying cargo or cabin, make sure your pet is fit to fly--especially if your fur baby is a first time flyer. Our founder, Walter M. Woolf, VMD, gave useful tips to pet owners to WTSP-TV news reporter Josh Sidorowicz.

    Pets on a Plane

    Three important take-aways

    1. Take your pet to a veterinarian for a check-up before the flight
    2. Get a pet health certificate
    3. Avoid sedating your pet. Sedation  slows breathing. 40% of pet deaths in the air result from breathing issues.

    Limited Access to Guam

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    United Airlines is the only carrier serving Guam which moves pets. United has restricted its PetSafe program to specific breeds of small and medium-sized cats and dogs. Learn more.


    United PetSafe Announces New Policies

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    (May 30, 2018)--United Airlines has announced new policies and customer requirements for pet air transport that take effect June 18, 2018. The full details of the policy, created in consultation with American Humane, are on United’s PetSafe website.

    PetSafe service will be limited to cats and dogs that fit in a crate no more than 30” in height.  Dogs that need larger crates will not be accepted. The list of breeds that will not be accepted as PetSafe has also been expanded. Reservations for pets traveling on the same flight as their pet parent will resume June 18, 2018. Reservations for pets traveling alone will resume July 16, 2018.

    Rules and regulations for traveling or shipping pets are different for every country and every airline. Pet moving experts like Air Animal are your best recourse to reduce the stress of decoding all the rules. Use our easy online form to request an estimate for your pet’s relocation.


    EuRA Recognizes Woolfs as Exceptional Partners

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    The Executive Group of EuRA, the European Relocation Association, surprised Air Animal founder Dr. Walter Woolf and his wife Linda with the Exceptional Partnership Award during its annual meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    "Loving, loyal and longevity. Three words that come to mind when we think of the recipients," Michelle Bramstoft, EuRA Northern Region, told the assembled members.

    "Visionaries of their time, founders of professional associations who have also fostered industry alliances," added Isabel Cudel, EuRA Sothern Region. "Both are blessed with partners in business and in life--who are the bubbles in their champagne."

    The EuRA Executive Group recognized Walter and Linda for their commitment and loyalty to each other and to the EuRA family.

    “Air Animal joined EuRA in 2008 and we regularly participate in their information-sharing conferences," said Dr. Woolf. "Funny story. We had no idea we were being recognized, and we chose to sit in one of the side banquet rooms with EuRA friends so we could talk more easily. When they called our name, we didn’t hear it! Linda and I were floored to be recognized.”


    When Can Puppies Travel?

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    One of our Facebook friends who recently moved overseas asked if she’d be able to bring her new puppy back to the U.S.

    According to Centers for Disease Control regulations, puppies can enter the U.S. if they are at least four months old. They must be vaccinated against rabies at three months and at least 30 days before their flights. The import and vaccination documents must be in English. The puppy may also have to be quarantined at the residence. According to new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules, puppies entering the U.S. for resale or adoption must now meet all those requirements and must be at least six months old and receive a special permit.

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