Air Animal Inc., an international pet mover based in Tampa, FL, announced new international leadership posts responding to double-digit revenue and business growth during the last three fiscal years.
Walter Woolf, VMD, Air Animal’s founder, continues leading the pet transportation service. Andrea Woolf Parker, accounts payable manager and former board president for the Southeastern Regional Relocation Council, has been named executive vice president. Ron Parker, formerly a business line manager for Manheim, has joined the company as vice president of financial affairs. Linda Fries Woolf continues as corporate secretary.
“I started the company in 1977 after helping several airlines in Tampa move pets. The experience opened my eyes to the growing need for a pet transportation service focused exclusively on the complex requirements for moving pets domestically and abroad. That’s when I turned my part-time consulting into a new pet moving service line for my veterinary practice,” Woolf said.
In fiscal 2015 Air Animal will move 3,000 pets to new homes throughout the U.S. and worldwide with pet relocation partners all over the globe. A privately held corporation, Air Animal expects to exceed its 20 percent growth target this year. Nearly 60 percent of Air Animal’s business comes through relationships with corporate relocation companies.
Air Animal’s team insists on pet transportation perfection. The company is an International Air Transportation Association air cargo agency endorsed and appointed by more than 225 airlines. Air Animal created safe and enjoyable relocation experiences for pets and their owners by developing humane animal shipping policies used today by many of the world’s major airlines. Air Animal helped set the standards for the growing pet moving industry by becoming one of six founders of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association in 1979.
“Moving pets is not a low cost endeavor because the flights, rules, regulations and arrangements are often complex,” Woolf said. “Pet parents and corporate relocation executives know our reputation and pay well for the expertise we offer.”
Air Animal’s extensive network rescued a corporate client’s beloved Yorkie from Libya after the executive pet owner evacuated following the Arab Spring uprising. “I don’t usually meet our pet parents today, let alone transport a pet. When Chivu arrived in Tampa, he traveled with me in cabin to Cancun, Mexico. I’ve never seen so many happy tears when his family met me at baggage claim,” he said.