Pet travel a growing trend, survey finds

International pet travel survey shows most pet owners choose pet friendly travel once a year for their pets

AUSTIN, Texas – May 4, 2010: PetRelocation.com, the international pet travel and transportation industry’s leading service provider, announced today the results of its first annual Summer Pet Travel Survey of more than 6000 pet owners worldwide, showing that most pet owners travel at least once a year with their pets.

Pet Friendly Travel Going to the Dogs
The majority of pet owners surveyed (61 percent) said they travel more than 50 mi. (80 km.) with their pets at least once a year, with 38 percent of those pet owners stating that they travel as often as once a month with their pets. Pet friendly travel still is almost exclusively for dogs, with over half of the pet owners (61 percent) saying that they choose to travel with their dogs (33 percent of pet owners travel with their cats).

Airline Fee Frustration
Thirty-eight percent (38 percent) of pet owners say the most difficult part of pet travel is that airline pet travel fees are too expensive, followed by those who said there is not enough selection of pet friendly airlines.

Summer Travel Plans Heating Up
Summer pet travel appears to be on many pet owners’ agendas. The survey, which was sent out during the month of April, found that 57 percent said they planned on traveling with their pet within the next 3 months, while 33 percent plans on traveling with their pet within the next year.

Crossing Borders
Seventy-one percent (71 percent) of pet owners said they had never traveled internationally with their pets, however the survey found the majority of pet owners (51 percent) are considering international pet travel within the next year. Forty two percent (42 percent) of those pet owners said they are making plans to travel internationally with their pets within the next year.

Full results of the Summer Pet Travel Survey are available here.

About PetRelocation.com
PetRelocation.com, the pet travel and transportation industry’s leading service provider, offers full-service arrangements using pet friendly airlines for domestic and international pet travel services. Founded in 2004 in Austin, Texas, PetRelocation.com places a strong emphasis on assisting companies with relocating employees who own pets. For more information, please visit http://www.PetRelocation.com.

Media Contact: Rachel Farris, Rachel@PetRelocation.com / +1-512-264-9800 x124

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