We used PetAir UK to move our cat to the US and were very happy with them. They have some info on their site about Australian requirements - it sounds like there are more regulations for Australia. The BritishExpats forum may also have some useful advice.
TBH in hindsight I think it would have maybe been better to have re-homed the cat as he was pretty traumatized by the flight, but you know your pet best.
We used golden arrow. Quarantine in Melbourne is only 10 days nowadays. The big thing is to get the rabies injection don't and tested. Golden arrow gave a detailed overview of what needs doing and when.
It's such a huge decision as to what to do for the best. I have a 7.5 year old Boxer. She doesn't get on with other dogs so would likely live in a kennels for the duration we'll. e away. That's just not an option.
I'd rather a relatively small period of stress and anxiety if it means she can be with her family.
She's been for her rabies vaccination today.
I'll check out the companies mentioned.
Another concern is that we'll be looking for a rental property which may be tricky or extremely limited with having a dog
We have just moved to the US and used PetAir UK to transport our two dogs. They were very good and efficient and things went completely to plan. One of our dogs seemed completely unscathed by the journey. The other was rather shell shocked but was back to her normal self within a day.
You should be fine getting a rental. You might just need to pay a bit extra deposit and sign you will deflea the property when leaving. We have two cats and a dog and moving from Melbourne to Brisbane in Jan and not expecting any problems finding a rental. Alot of properties advertise pets are allowed.
My dsis moved her dog to oz 18 months ago, I think from memory it was about 3k. She had to write a resume for her dog with pictures. It they did manage to rent a nice house, you will have less choice of properties, you always do. It will also help if it is a small dog.
My dog moved from Latin America to UK and then a few years later to US, as did the cat. They don't love the trip but they both recovered quickly and cat is 11 now.
Legislation was passed recently in VIC (not in any other state) that determines that pets must be allowed in rental properties. This was only passed in October, so that's why there is some conflict on this thread.
Where we last rented, there was a no pets policy, but we asked if we could have our two small dogs, and the landlord was fine with that, with the real estate (who sold our house) vouching for the dogs and the state of our previous house.