In a society traditionally focused on family planning and parenthood, it appears there has been a shift in the mindset of millennials, who are redefining the very concept of family by choosing to raise pets instead of children. With the rapid rise in pet ownership in recent years, pet owners are increasingly seeking out professional services for their cherished furry companions, one of which is the need for safe and reliable pet transport services.
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Pet transport refers to the process of moving your pet from one location to another, be it domestically or internationally. There are three primary methods of transport such as air travel, road travel and assistance from pet relocation companies . As the entire transport process can get rather stressful and traumatic for animals, in particular dogs and cats, the majority of pet owners prefer to engage professional pet transport and relocation companies to handle the paperwork and permits to ensure a smooth transition to a foreign country.
If you decide to opt for air or road travel, it is important to do your research on the destination country’s import requirements as each country has its unique set of laws when it comes to pet transport. These are typically found on the relevant government authority website of the destination country, which may potentially result in varying overall costs. That said, here is a basic checklist and estimated costs for relocating your fur babies out of Singapore:
You may refer to NParks Animal & Veterinary Service for the most updated guidelines and regulations in Singapore. While you are preparing for your pet’s international move, it is recommended to hire reputable international movers and packers in Singapore that are able to do all the heavy lifting on your behalf for peace of mind.
The most common type of pets that can be transported in Singapore are dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rodents . Less common pets include birds, fishes, reptiles and small mammals like ferrets, hedgehogs and chinchillas. There are different guidelines and requirements for each animal type to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety throughout the journey.
To avoid legal issues and endangering the community, there are restrictions in place to protect Singapore’s public safety. Singapore prohibits the import and ownership of exotic wild animals that can be found in a zoo. This includes endangered species, venomous snakes or spiders, invasive species, and large predatory breeds. Pets with infectious diseases are also not permitted for transport unless they have been cleared by a veterinarian.
A pet taxi operates just like your regular taxi service, except that it is exclusively dedicated to transporting furry friends to the vet, grooming salon or a pet-friendly cafe. For example, a pet taxi vehicle would have retrofitted essential animal safety features such as a secure pet carrier, non-slip surfaces and good air-con ventilation. This provides a calm environment during the journey to reduce anxiety in pets. Drivers of this specialised transport service tend to be pet lovers or owners who are well-trained to handle different animals from one doorstep to the next.
Prices start from $30 for a one-way trip and $50 for a round-trip, no-frills transport service. Additional surcharges apply for longer distances, waiting time or during peak hours. There are plenty of reliable pet taxi services in Singapore that pet owners can seek out, depending on factors such as budget, availability and flexibility.
Moving to Singapore and looking to bring along your furry buddy? Here are some key considerations before you make the necessary arrangements:
If it is your first time relocating a pet to Singapore, we highly recommend hiring a professional pet relocation company to ensure compliance with local regulations.
Jason’s Pet Relocation is founded by a team of psychotherapists who are avid pet lovers. According to their website, the company has imported, exported and transshipped pets to over 200 cities in more than 53 countries worldwide and was nominated as a SME500 2020-2021 award winner in Singapore. In addition, Jason’s Pet Relocation is a member of the International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA), Animal Transportation Association (ATA) and IATA’s Live Animals Regulation (LAR), which essentially means that the team has been certified to provide safe, ethical and humane forms of transport for all animals under its care. With such strong credentials and top-notch customer service, it is easy to understand why this pet relocation company remains the preferred choice for owners in Singapore looking to relocate their fur babies overseas.
Services provided: Consultation services, transshipment procedures, custom-made pet carriers, vet check-ups, quarantine bookings and applying for permits
Monday-Friday, 10 am–6 pm | Saturday-Sunday, Closed
Shiloh Animal Express is a trusted animal relocation service provider in Singapore that has transported thousands of animals to over 300 destinations across the globe. They offer services such as pet movers, importing cats and dogs to Singapore, and pet export from Singapore. Transporting animals is a complex task, involving paperwork to ensure their safety. Shiloh Animal Express transports pets legally, adhering to IATA Live Animal Regulations. With over 2 decades of service, they have proven their expertise in handling animals.
Pet animals are known for being good companions to humans, and Shiloh Animal Express strives to deliver excellent and professional service. Each successful and safe travel is considered a significant achievement. They hold pets in high regard and treat them with the utmost care and respect. This is why Shiloh Animal Express does not ship any animals for scientific and laboratory experiments or breeding purposes.
34 Nim Road, Singapore 807562
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am–6 pm | Saturday-Sunday, Closed
Pet Embassy is a Singapore-based company that offers pet relocation services. They work closely with their global network of pet relocation and transport specialists to make cumbersome pet relocation processes a breeze for you and your pets. Pet Embassy has been providing pet relocation services for almost a decade and they service Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the United States, just to name a few. They are dedicated to providing the best possible service to their clients and their furry family members.
Both Charlene and Bellina, the founders of Pet Embassy, are crazy pet-moms and their furkids are not “just pets” - they are their family members in every way; which is why they bend over backwards to ensure your furry bundles of love have a No Frills, No Hassles, No Worries travel experience with them. They understand the stress and anxiety that comes with relocating your pets and they strive to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
100 Peck Seah Street #08-14 (PS100) Singapore 079333
(+65) 9655 4995 | (+65) 9633 0359
Ryde is the first carpool app in Singapore. They have revolutionized how people move from point to point, offering a full suite of services, including carpooling, ride-hailing, and delivery. Ryde Sharing also offers a pet-friendly transportation service called RydePET. This service allows RYDE users to travel to their destination with their pets at an affordable price. Common household pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, hamsters, birds in cages and fish in bowls or plastic bags are welcome to ride along on RydePET.
RydePET allows for up to 2 riders, excluding pets. There is a maximum of 2 medium-sized pets or 1 large-sized pet on board. For example, 1 Maltese and 1 Cat or 1 Golden Retriever only. Any other arrangements will be at the driver’s discretion. Please also note that animals are not insured on RydePET rides. To book a RydePET trip, simply tap on the RydePET icon in the RYDE App, fill in the details of your pick-up and drop-off point, click ‘Options’ and indicate your pet type under “Note to Driver”, and click ‘Confirm’. Then book your RydePET trip! Approved Ryde private hire and taxi drivers are eligible to accept RydePET trips. Download the Ryde App to get started.
24 hours/7 days a week
A Singapore-based company dedicated to Bird & Wildlife Management Solutions, Mastermark Pte Ltd provide effective measures for both urban and aerodrome wildlife conflicts. Mastermark actively keeps our wildlife and urban environments in a healthy balance, as Singapore’s leading dedicated wildlife and bird management specialist.
In addition to their wildlife management services, Mastermark also offers animal transport solutions specifically for quarantine animals. They are dedicated to providing safe and effective transportation for animals that need to be quarantined. Their team of experienced professionals ensures that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals during transport.
8 Temasek Boulevard Suntec Tower 3, #37-03, Singapore 038988
Monday, 9 AM–5:30 PM | Saturday-Sunday, Closed
Receive various quotes you can choose from for your pet transport through Wise Move. Our pet relocation company partners are fully equipped and experienced to guarantee your beloved furry friend's safe and punctual arrival to its designated destination. Regardless of your pet's type or size, our teams are ready to keep your pet’s relocation as stress-free as possible.
Pets are not allowed on any GrabCars, except for GrabPet and GrabPet XL.
Fares start from $14 per ride, inclusive of insurance, depending on the distance of the ride.
At the moment, Gojek Singapore does not have a dedicated pet transport service.
Yes. However, animals must be caged or muzzled to be allowed into the taxi, with the exception of service animals for the visually-handicapped.
As Singapore is a multicultural country, animals are not allowed on board public buses and MRT trains due to religious and hygiene reasons. The only exception to this is for guide dogs accompanying visually-handicapped commuters.
Please notify us of any violations. This information will be kept confidential and shared only with Wise Move.