In August, Virgin Australia Cargo announced a new partnership with Jetpets to unite rescue pets with new, loving homes across Australia.
For the first time, Jetpets and Virgin Australia Cargo come together to fly pets in need of care across Australia, breaking down distance and travel barriers. Jetpets has had long serving relationships with the animal welfare organisations that are the current beneficiaries of the free travel allocations.
Under this partnership, the first flight took place in August, when Pet Rescue united Lallee the Rough Collie (a Lassie Dog) with her new owners in Sydney where she can look forward to being a very much loved and permanent member of the family. Thanks to this new partnership and the kindness of adopter and foster families around Australia, the future for Lallee, and other rescue dogs like her, is bright.
Since announcing this partnership we have been overwhelmed with positive messages of support. Pet lovers of Australia are certainly very passionate, as are we. Whilst we are not in the position to provide free travel to every rescue pet we do offer discounted services to all rescue organisations. You can call a Pet Travel Consultant to find out more, Australia Wide: 1300 668 309.
The AFL (Australian Football League) grand final is just around the corner and soon everyone around the country will be getting into the footy finals spirit, including your pets!
From playing football with your four-legged friend, to dressing them up in your team’s colours… Here are our top tips for celebrating the AFL grand final with your pets!
Play football with them:
It’s no secret that dogs love to play fetch and what better way to include them in the footy festivities than by playing football with them! Get a miniature or kids-size football and kick it far enough for them to run and chase it. Get them to bring it back to you and play again, we know that both you and your dog will love it!
Dress them up:
Whether you are out playing a game of football at your local park or cozying up with your furry-friend on the couch watching the big game, why not dress them up in your team’s jersey so they can show some support as well?
Many online stores stock AFL jerseys for your pets so they too can get in the spirit! Alternatively, you could dress them up in a jumper or hoodie in your team’s colours or for cats why not a nice coloured bow-tie?
You can also get them an AFL collar and feeding bowl that they can wear and use all year round!
At the end of the day:
After a long day of cheering on your team, why not wind down with an evening stroll with your pet to work off some of that extra excitement? And, if your team wasn’t lucky enough to win, your pet will definitely be there to console you!
How do you plan on celebrating grand final day with your pets? Let us know on Facebook.
So you’ve made the decision to move home – how exciting! Moving to a new home and a new city is an amazing and fun experience for the whole family, but we all know that the moving process itself is up there with some of the most stressful things you can do in life. The packing, the cleaning, the organising – it’s little wonder so many of us dread it!
But what about the furry friends in our life, sometimes it’s easy to forget that this can be a difficult time for them as well. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and put some measures in place to make sure the move is as relaxed and smooth as possible.
In the lead up to the move:
It’s important to start preparing your pet’s travel arrangements early, particularly if you are moving overseas. So that you have one less thing to worry about, let us take care of the entire process for you! Jetpets will take care of all your pet travel needs to and from any location within Australia or across the globe. Your pet’s comfort and safety is our number one priority.
Our Pet Travel Consultants will find out all about your VIPs (very important pets) and provide expert advice on preparing your pet for travel. Our team will also help you decide on the best-sized travel crate and share some handy hints on how to familiarise your pet with it, so that they’re nice and relaxed in it come moving day.
Next, we will book your pet on the most direct flight and arrange a comfort stop along the way if need be. We can also arrange a door-to-door service, so that you pet can be chauffeured straight to your new home to meet you there.
It’s important to ease pets into their new environment by paying close attention to their habits. In particular, cats need to be kept indoors for them to slowly familiarise themselves to their new home.
Watch our video for some handy hints on settling them in to their new environment.
We’re almost at the end of August, and that can only mean one thing, spring is finally upon us! And as the warmer weather approaches, we’re thinking about all the fun outdoor activities we can do with our pets this season…
Dog Park Play Dates
It’s time to put away those winter woolies and organise a play date at your local dog park for your canine pal and his or her closest friends! Not only is this perfect for socialising your dog, it’s a great way for you to meet new people too!
If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, take your furry friend for a run along the sand and a quick dip in the water. They will have a ball splashing in the waves and fetching driftwood or a frisbee along the shore. (Just make sure your local beach allows dogs before you make the trip.)
Why not go back to basics and take a camping trip with your pet? What could be better than a tent, a campfire, a BBQ and man’s best friend?
Catch Some Rays
Make the most of the warmer weather by finding a sunny spot and reading a book, or even having a quick nap, with your furry friend by your side of course!
In order for your pet to be as comfortable as possible when travelling, it’s important to select the correct size travel crate. Here at Jetpets, we have a range of airline compliant travel crates and can custom build them to any animal’s unique requirements.
Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will professionally select the correct size travel crate for your pet, just ask us how!
As you know we love all animals great and small here at Jetpets, which is why we wanted to share this amazing upcoming tour of Sri Lanka with you!
The Mannar donkey population has declined in recent years, and now faces real issues of survival. A group of animal lovers from around the world has begun an active campaign to assist and you could join the group in October, making a real contribution to an animal in need of rehabilitation in Sri Lanka…
For more info on this tour and to find out how you can book, click here.
Choosing the perfect name for your newly adopted pet is one of the many exciting aspects of welcoming a new animal into your life.
From names like Charlie to Cooper, Luna to Simba, picking the right name for your pet is an important decision as you want to choose one that best reflects your animal’s personality for years to come.
Over the past few years there has been a increase in the variety of popular pet names. There are human names, names that reflect your pet’s colour, personality or nature along with names of pop icons or movie characters. The options really are endless for what you can call your pet!
Need some inspiration on what to call your newly adopted furry friend? Here at Jetpets we’ve rounded up the top 10 pet names for dogs and cats so you can get some ideas for your new companion now!
The top 10 dog names are:
The top 10 cat names are:
Have you recently adopted a new pet or have a pet with an original name? Share what they are called with us on Facebook.
We all love dressing our pets up in cute outfits and with the arrival of winter, you now have another great reason to get shopping! Winter is the best time to have fun and choose fashionable outfits for your pets to keep them warm and stylish throughout the cooler seasons.
With the exposure to harsh temperatures during the day and freezing cold nights, it’s important to protect your furry friend with extra layers that are practical and fashion-forward.
Many smaller breeds who have light layers of fur may have difficulty keeping themselves warm in cooler times of the year, especially when outdoors. This also applies to our senior companions who can have difficulty regulating their body temperature. That’s why it’s vital to dress them in functional clothing to protect them from the cold and keep them happy and stylish during winter.
Need some advice on what to dress your pets in this winter? Read on below for the winter essentials your pet needs now.
You can’t go wrong with a great jacket for all pets big and small. For those very cool days that are spent outdoors, a thicker waterproof jacket that covers your pet’s stomach and the majority of their body is best, however for days spent indoors a lightweight jacket or jumper will suffice. Have some fun and choose styles with cute colours and prints including leopard print, cameo, stripes or bold geometric shapes. Just make sure you steer clear of jackets with zips, buttons or additional detailing that your pet may chew off.
If you are spending the day indoors, a jumper is a great alternative to a jacket for your pet. There are many options to choose from, like a classic knitted sweater, to a too-cool for school hoodie. A wool blend jumper is a great option for all pets as it keeps them nice and warm without irritating their skin. For comfort and practicality, a hoodie is ideal for active pets. The hood can keep their ears and head warm and the stretchy fabric makes it easy for them to play and exercise no matter where you are!
A few things to remember when buying an item of clothing to keep your pets warm this winter include:
Ensure that the item cannot be easily pulled off
Check the size, making sure it fits your pet correctly and is comfortable to wear
Check the item doesn’t drag on the ground
Ensure it isn’t too tight, especially around the neck
Check that it doesn’t get caught on anything during normal movement and activities
Does your pet have a favourite piece of clothing that they love to wear in winter? Comment and share what it is with us on Facebook.
If you haven’t tried it already, now is a great time to introduce crate familiarisation into your pet’s routine. Getting your pet used to spending time in a crate is highly beneficial for a variety of reasons, including helping you to transport your pet when moving house or going on trips, encouraging ‘down time’ for anxious pets, teaching your pet positive training techniques and creating a safe and secure environment for your pet when they are left alone for a period of time.
As a crate is a small, well-defined space, your pet will naturally feel at ease and with the right training and support he or she can learn to associate the crate with positive experiences making moves or trips much easier for you and your animal. (If you don’t already have a crate at home, feel free to contact us to purchase one!)
If you are ready to get started familiarising your pet with a crate, there are a few important factors to consider.
Choosing the right crate:
When choosing a crate for your pet, it’s important to select one that is the right size for your animal, so they can be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. As a general rule, choose a crate that is big enough so that your animal can stand up, turn around and lay flat on their side but not so big that they can walk around. If you are travelling or re-locating homes for a long distance, ensure your crate has space for food and water bowls when required.
Watch our helpful video on selecting the correct sized crate below.
Introducing the crate:
When introducing your animal to the crate it’s crucial to always remember to associate it with positive experiences, so placing treats and/or toys in the crate is a must. If your pet is fearful to begin with, place a trail of treats, starting at the door opening, a little further in and continuing all the way to the back. Remember to always be patient and encouraging!
Once you’ve started to introduce your pet to the crate, you can increase their time in there so they gradually get used to spending time within the confined space. Meals can be fed in the crate or even better, line the crate with their favourite familiar smelling blanket so they are comforted and remain at ease.
Watch our video on familiarising your pet with their travel crate below
Whether you are travelling or moving interstate, overseas or a few suburbs away, using a crate is not only an extremely beneficial way to transport your pet to the new desired location, but can also make the transition to a new environment as relaxed as possible for your pets. By choosing the right sized crate for your pet and beginning the introduction to the crate well in advance, you can make the transition to a new home simple and straightforward, for both you and your pet!
For overseas travel, Jetpets can deliver the crate to your home prior to travel so that your pet can benefit from pet travel crate familiarisation.
Still not convinced to try crate familiarisation? Here’s a recap of some of the great benefits:
Creates a secure and safe environment for your furry friend
Can be used for training purposes
Makes travel to new homes, holidays, outdoor trips or vet visits easy