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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.


Air Animal featured in Lufthansa’s Planet Magazine

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When Lufthansa launched its premium pet moving service one year ago, Air Animal was one of four internationally respected pet shippers selected to participate in the pilot. We were thrilled when Lufthansa’s Planet editor called this summer to interview Air Animal’s founder, Dr. Walter Woolf.

“Our vision is reuniting pets with their relocating pet parents. When we use Lufthansa’s Live/td Premium, the pets get to stretch their legs in Lufthansa’s pet transit lounge in Frankfurt. Lufthansa’s staff takes a photo of the pet and sends it to Air Animal. We send it on to our client. Seeing that photo enroute really reassures and delights our clients,” Woolf said.

Read the story online
Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal and
Rita Boregas, Lufthansa sales and handling manager


Air Animal joins PAIMA

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Air Animal Pet Movers was introduced as one of 15 new members of Pan American International Movers Association at the organization's 2015 San Diego conference. 

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