Relocating with My Piggies


Post   » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:48 pm

Hi all!

About a year ago I moved from California to NYC with my 4 piggies, traveling on Delta. I heard that now the policy has changed and I will not be able to take them with me as carry ons anymore :(

Has anyone used any professional pet transporting services and would recommend one for me? I'm considering moving back to CA and would like to provide my piggies the most comfortable trip I can find ... since I won't be able to take them onto flights with me.

I saw a recommendation for Global Animal Transport on another thread. Does anyone have personal experience with their service?

Thank you for your help!

~ Katie

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Post   » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:27 am

None with flying although I know a few people here are going thru that. I moved from IL to NJ with 25 pigs in tow in the car. They weren't happy, but they came thru just fine!

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Post   » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:28 am

25 in the car? Kermie that must of made some noisy trip. Ha I would of loved to have seen that!


Post   » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:48 am

That experience sounds like it could have been filmed as a "movie of the week."

I don't think I could have done 25 piggies. I could see me yelling the whole way, "Don't make me stop this car!"


Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:42 pm

Has anyone used Pet Airways before?

or.. anyone tried to fly with their piggies checked as luggage? I really would rather not do this if possible but it seems like my choices are limited.

Any other suggestions as to how to get my piggies back across the US with me?

Thanks so much!!!

~ Katie

P.S. I just spent $730 on a x-ray and 2 days of hospitalization and pain meds for a piggie with bladder irritation/sludge :( NYC vet bills are insane!!! Hence my decision to move back to CA...

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Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:02 pm

OMG, that is alot of money, but why CA, why not some place like here in MN, most of our vets are way cheaper than that, and are very good with our piggies!


Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:12 pm

Well... my family is in CA so at least I wouldn't have to pay rent if I stay with my parents.

I came out to NYC a year ago hoping to find better jobs but with the economy as it is... it has been disappointing. My piggie's vet bill doesn't help either. I already dropped about $1000 in August when my other piggie needed surgery to remove a lump on his back :( I go to the Center for Avians and Exotics in Upper West Side. They are really good and are experts at what they do... but the prices...... each doctor's visit is like $120 vs $20 for when I was in CA :(

My parents and friends are trying to persuade me to put my piggies up for adoption if they are holding me back from traveling back to CA but I would hope that I can figure out a way to bring them all home with me! (I brought them over to NYC with me on Delta last year before they changed their carry-on pet policy).

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Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:22 pm

Yes, that makes sense, I'm sure your parents would love to have you come home. I do think that Delta has changed allot since there merger with Northwest, I'm sorry I can't be much help, I don't travel much, I hope you can find your way home with your piggies in tow!

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Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:38 pm

Can you drive? You can cross country with the pigs in a car. :)


Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:32 pm

I wouldn't travel with /any/ animal checked. I've heard horror stories about the results of very robust animals like dogs traveling in un-climate controlled underbellies of planes.

Personally, I would go to war with Delta, and demand either a full refund or special permission to bring them into a /safe/ part of the plane as I'm sure their policy for your little ones cabin travel was involved in your choice of airlines. Their policy change shouldn't end up screwing you over so completely or endangering animals you have planned to fly with.

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Post   » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:40 pm

The one strong argument you have is they brought your guinea pigs TO NYC. The also need to fly them FROM NYC.

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Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:49 am

Check out this link.
There might be something that work for you.

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Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:14 am

There's no chance at all of driving? You don't have enough stuff to justify a Uhaul where they could ride up front with you?


Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:14 pm

I've considered driving but renting a Uhaul cross country is a bit pricey, in addition to motel fees along the way.

Hmmmmm... this is kinda tough :(

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Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:51 pm

Well, if you search carefully, you can find a rental car for a reasonable amount of money.

Think about what you'd pay to fly pets with you- it's going to be VERY pricey to have a pet travel company find them a flight, and then pay the fees.

It might be less stress and less worry to rent a car and drive. You can do it in 3 or 4 days.


Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:57 pm

I've never driven cross country before. Will it be snowy if I am making the trek from NY to CA? I'm concerned about driving in the winter... not very confident about my driving skills.

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Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:02 pm

I drove from AZ to VA in December of last year, and we just hugged the southern US and it worked out great. Went through the southern states and then turned north on the 95 to get to VA.


Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:14 pm

I live in Northern WI and we haven't had any snow that's stuck at all so far. If you stay middling/to southern USA you should be golden.

And, to give advice in case you choose to drive and run into snow: Slow and steady. Just stay calm, and ignore the morons buzzing along at mach 3. Keep all your turns smooth and don't rush things. Snow is far less dangerous when you drive in a way that makes you comfortable.

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Post   » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:41 pm

You can get chains pretty cheap, too. I got a set of chains just in case we hit snow and needed them to get somewhere to stop for the day.

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