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Planning a move to Australia guarantees that you’ll be cycling through a range of emotions. Excitement and anticipation are the fun ones, but stress is normal, too, as planning an international relocation is not the easiest thing to do. For many people, one detail can cause particular anxiety: the question of how to move pets along with you.

Thankfully, many people have safely moved their dogs and cats to Australia, and there are plenty of resources and professional pet move specialists available to assist. If a move to Sydney lies ahead and you’d like to bring your furry family member along with you, here are a few tips to get you started.

Start Early and Research the Requirements

Pet owners moving to Sydney should start planning their relocation at least 6 to 12 months before they intend to relocate. Because it’s a complicated process, err on the side of caution by enlisting the help of an expert as soon as you know you’re moving in order to avoid any costly missteps.

Australia is a rabies-free country, which means that incoming pets must fulfil a series of time-sensitive requirements ending in a mandatory 10-day quarantine. This sounds a lot scarier than it really is, but it’s pretty important to have a good handle on the process in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Mike Cardno, Regional Manager for North America and Oceania at Pet Relocation, estimates that that entire process takes at least 180 days. “It’s really important to take into account that both vets and pet owners are involved,” he says, and that’s why hiring an expert as early as possible in the process is strongly recommended.

In terms of Sydney quarantine facilities, Pet Relocation has found the staff there to be very professional and the facilities well run. “We have every confidence that pets receive the special care they need while with the DAFF teams in Australia,” says Cardno. DAFF stands for Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and these official quarantine facilities are found in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

For official Australia Quarantine info click here.

Take Advantage of the Resources Available

For people who decide to handle all or part of the move themselves or want to get a head start on settling in, spend some time reading expat blogs (like this one!) and exploring social media like Twitter and Facebook to connect with people who have made this move before you and thus have great tips to share. Because moving pets to Sydney does take quite a bit of time and effort, many people ultimately decide to hire experts to handle the logistics for them. Handing a move over to someone who does this every day is an instant stress-reliever for pet owners and ultimately the pets themselves, as it leaves time and energy for other things.

Be Flexible

Preparing yourself to deal with the unexpected is easier said than done, but remember that pets pick up on your demeanour and will benefit if you’re able to remain as calm and organised as possible. Try to maintain a regular schedule for your pet in terms of eating and exercise in the weeks before the move, and in addition to planning as well as you can, acknowledge the fact that complicated pet moves might reveal a surprise here and there, but for every new question that arises, there is an answer to be found.

About the Author: This article was contributed by Caitlin Moore. It is very fortunate for us as Caitlin works at PetRelocation, based in Austin, TX. Pet Relocation provides safe, door-to-door pet transportation services worldwide and has received several customer service awards for their work in the relocation industry.

Resources and points of interest for Sydney pet owners: Dogwalks.com.au

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