Fergus and Tinker checking out their new yard!

What are the crate requirements?

Crates must be made of plastic, be vented on four sides, bolt together, have a metal door with a spring latch and a food and water dish inside.  Pets must be able to stand up fully with their heads up, turn around and lie down comfortably in the crate.  Their head can not touch the roof of the crate and there must be three inches of space between the top of their head to the roof of the crate.  Please see the diagram below in order to correctly measure your pet for travel:

Will my pet have an accident in the crate?

Accidents happen, but they are very rare with grown dogs.  If the trip is a long one, and requires several stops, we will arrange a comfort stop with another IPATA member.  This gives the pet a chance to pee, stretch, and eat, before continuing on.  If by chance there has been an accident, the crate will be cleaned prior to continuing the journey.

   Custom built wooden crate


Fergus & Tinker have landed in Victoria.

How should I prepare my pet for the trip?

We recommend buying the crate several weeks prior to shipping  It can be purchased through us, on line, or from the local pet store.  Your pet can then go in and out freely many times before the trip and will feel more comfortable.  Treats and toys inside the crate also help!  For travel, a comfy blanket that smells like home, along with a favorite toy, makes the trip much more enjoyable.

                Airline approved crate

What is a Pet Relocation Fee?

Our pet relocation fee includes airline reservation, assistance with all required paperwork, and track and trace from origin to destination to ensure your pet travels as scheduled.

Should I sedate my pet?

NO!!   Most of the airlines have banned sedation for their flights and the rest strongly recommend not sedating.  The sedation medication can react differently in the air and cause harm to your pet.

How much does it cost?

Our fees range from $150 to $500, depending on what country you are moving to. 

Domestic travel starts at $150.  To the USA, $200, and Internationally, between $250 and $500.  This does not include any airline costs, vet fees, etc.  It is just our Pet Relocation Fee.  Please complete our online form under the "contact us" button, for a free estimate.

What certificates/vaccinations are required?

This depends on the country you are moving to.  Most countries require a minimum of a health certificate, vaccination certificate and an International Health Certificate endorsed by the CFIA vet.  Microchip, Import Permits, quarantine space, etc., are also necessary in some countries.  Please contact us for more information.

Pet Relocation Specialists

A = Length of animal from nose to root of tail

B = Height from ground to elbow joint.

C = Width across shoulders.

D = Height of animal in standing position with his head up.

The length of the kennel must be equal to A + 1/2 B.

The width of the kennel must be equal to C X 2.

The height of the kennel should be 1 - 2 " bigger than D. 

(The height of the kennel must be equal to D.)