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Pet lovers scammed by fraudsters

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Pet transportation client

Internet identity theft and money scams have gotten lots of press over the holiday. The fraud doesn’t stop after the holiday sales stop. The number of phone and online pet purchase and pet rescue scams is increasing every year.

Commit these three red-flag scenarios to memory:

1. Using the internet to purchase a pure-bred dog, cat, parakeet or other animal is not just unwise, it opens up the potential of identity theft. There is no such thing as a pure-bred pet for $200.

2. Sending money for pets by wire makes money disappear, but it’s not magic. Reputable breeders open their doors to prospective pet owners and are registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ask to see the USDA registration number and check it online. It’s wise to visit, see the facility and get to know the breeder before purchasing a pet.

3. Air Animal has helped thousands of families relocate with their pets since 1977. Unfortunately, scammers copy logos of reputable pet movers like Air Animal, paste them into fraudulent documents and use them to steal from unsuspecting pet lovers. We do not move animals for pet rescues or breeders. Any person or organization selling or “rescuing” animals and requesting relocation fees for “Air Animal” is a scam.

Learn how to report pet purchase fraud to the FBI and see more resources.


Ovarian cancer detecting dog sponsored by Air Animal

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Ovarian cancer detecting dog
We love pets. That's why we're in the pet moving business and why our community service is about pets and people.

Air Animal sponsors Tsunami, a very special German shepherd working dog at the Penn Vet center. Tsunami is an ovarian cancer detective. She and a few other dogs detect ovarian cancer 90 percent of the time. Penn Vet is using the dogs' abilities to create a hand-held electronic sniffer that is as accurate as the dogs' sensitive noses.

Tsunami and her pals were recently featured on "Dr. Oz." That's Tsunami in the middle photo. Learn more about this lifesaving effort.


CDC amps animal import enforcement

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The Centers for Disease Control has detected a recent spike in improperly vaccinated dogs imported into the U.S. from countries with actively spreading or controlled rabies infection. Worldwide, most cases of human rabies are caused by rabies-infected dogs. The CDC has asked commercial airlines to help contain inadequately vaccinated dogs before they enter the country. The CDC has more information about rabies vaccination for pets.


Air Animal supports Rotary cause

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Air Animal supported Tampa Interbay Rotary Club's Cycling Out Autism fundraiser. The $25,000 proceeds went to autism research and treatment at University of South Florida Center for Autism & Related Disabilities and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Learn more


Pet Microchips

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Hands down, microchipping is one of the best ways to protect your pet.

A microchip is inserted by your veterinarian using a sterile, preloaded applicator. There’s no anesthesia. Even better, the only maintenance is registering the chip and keeping your address up to date by logging onto an online database using your private password.

When you microchip your pet, ask for an International Standards Organization (ISO-compatible) chip. If you relocate your pet outside the U.S., an ISO microchip or tattooing is required. Air Animal strongly recommends ISO chips for all pet relocations—even those inside the U.S.—as an extra layer of protection for your precious pet.

Once inserted, owners must complete the registration with the chip manufacturer listing service. Pet microchips are not GPS tracking devices. They are permanent IDs that can’t fall off or be removed. When cats are microchipped the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher, according to a study reported by

Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal founder and president, explained why microchips are important. “Air Animal was scheduled to move a black Labrador to Australia. The boarding kennel brought the dog to the vet for the second round of blood work before the move. The vet called us and told us the dog didn’t have a microchip. We asked the kennel to bring the other black lab they boarded to the vet for examination. The kennel had mistakenly switched the dogs.”

How they work
Microchips use RFID technology. Scanning the chip reveals your pet’s unique ID number and the chip maker. When the number is called into the chip maker, the microchip service contacts the owners. That is why it’s vital to keep your contact information up-to-date with the microchip service. Collars and tags, especially rabies tags, are still important. Pet tracing using the rabies tag numbers is possible but not after hours or on weekends when veterinary offices or animal control offices are closed. Chip services are open 24 hours, every day of the year.

“We are believers. That is why we provide microchips for every corporate pet transport and our private pet shipping clients at no charge,” Woolf added.

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