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Moving? Don't forget the pets
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Evonna Patanella and her daughter have a big move ahead of them.
"We're moving to Singapore," said Patanella. "It's not like moving in the U.S. where you can load up a truck and drive and get there."
Besides moving the furniture, there are two things that can't be left behind- Abby and Tessa, the family dogs.
Yet, getting the pets to Singapore is a complicated process. From health documents to having them quarantined, it can be confusing.
Luckily, an Austin company is helping them out.
"We do door-to-door logistics, pick up at the residence, deliver to airport, all the flight bookings and then pack up and deliver on the receiving end," said Rachel Farris, with Pet Relocation.
And since Pet Relocation started the service, it has moved some interesting animals.
"We've moved frogs from Switzerland, 14 horses to Honduras," said Farris.
Even a Siamese fighting fish was moved to Amsterdam.
"We had an employee that worked for Starbucks and she had a fish named Franchesco," said Farris. "She always called him her significant other. It was her dearly beloved fish."
The fish was so loved that she paid $2,500 to move it.
To get overseas, Pet Relocation recommends using Continental or KLM.
"We only use airlines that have staff set up to watch the pets to make sure they are staying healthy, staying hydrated and they are going to arrive safe," said Farris.
While it's hard to make beloved pets travel thousands of miles, it is nice to know someone is making sure they get there safely. Pet relocation services start around $1,000.