Cat and Dog Relocation & Shipping to Portugal


As more and more people choose to relocate to Portugal, it’s crucial to consider the smooth transition of your family pets. Portugal has become a popular gateway to Europe, attracting individuals seeking Portuguese nationality through investments or ties to Macau. 

Whether you’re moving for business opportunities or personal reasons, ensuring the safe relocation of your cats and dogs is essential. 

At Ferndale Kennels, we specialise in pet relocation and shipping services to Portugal, providing you with peace of mind throughout the entire process.


Compliance with EU Regulations for Pet Travel

Being a member of the European Union (EU), Portugal adheres to the same rules and regulations concerning pet relocation. Navigating through the intricate requirements can be challenging, which is why it is highly recommended engaging the services of a specialist pet relocation company. Ferndale Kennels has the expertise and knowledge to assist you with the multitude of documents required by the EU, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience.


  • ISO Microchips and Vaccines

We facilitate the necessary microchipping and vaccination procedures, complying with EU regulations and ensuring the identification and health of your pets.

It’s important that your pets are microchipped and have had their Rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to travel. This ensures that your pet doesn’t get lost if they become separated from you and also means that no Rabies virus gets transported into Portugal.

Your vet will give your pet a full health check before they fly and sign off on their health. They will also be able to advise on any other vaccinations that are recommended for travel to Portugal.


  • Preparation of Documents for Pet Travel

We also assist in preparing all the required EU and country-specific documents, ensuring they are accurately completed and ready for submission. Our team will guide you through the process, obtaining the necessary certifications from veterinarians and government officials.


  • In-flight Crate Transportation

We offer door-to-door assistance, ensuring the smooth transportation of your pets in secure and comfortable crates. Our team takes care of every detail, from crate supply to coordinating the logistics of the journey.

We will also visit your pet prior to their flight day to introduce ourselves and ensure they are happy with the process. Our helpful team can provide training tips for crates to practise and prepare for the big day.

A crate is also a great idea to reduce anxiety, especially in dogs. It allows them to have a safe space where they can retreat to if the world gets too much. When they enter the crate ready for their flight, they should see this as a positive and relaxing journey.


  • Vaccine Cards and Express Dog Licence

We can expedite the process of acquiring vaccine cards and can assist in obtaining an express dog licence, ensuring compliance with local regulations in Portugal.


  • Blood Tests (if required)

Depending on the specific requirements, we can facilitate blood tests for your pets, ensuring their eligibility for relocation to Portugal. The results may take a few weeks to come back, so these will need to be planned in with plenty of notice.


Timely Arrival and Commercial Considerations for Pet Relocation

To ensure a smooth process, it is crucial for pet owners to arrive in Portugal within five days of their dogs and cats. Failure to do so may result in the shipping being classified as a commercial move, which entails additional costs and different regulations.

By partnering with Ferndale Kennels, we will guide you through the necessary steps to meet the required timeline and avoid any complications that may arise from a commercial relocation.

  • Comprehensive Services by Ferndale Kennels

At Ferndale Kennels, we are dedicated to providing full support and assistance throughout the entire shipping process. Our comprehensive pet shipping services cover every aspect of the relocation, ensuring the safety and comfort of your furry companions.


  • Contact Ferndale Kennels for a Quotation

We understand the importance of a stress-free and well-organised pet relocation. With Ferndale Kennels, you can trust that your cats and dogs will receive the utmost care and attention throughout the entire journey to Portugal. Contact us today for a quotation tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in making the relocation of your pets a seamless and enjoyable experience.

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