I used Jerry Mishler's Action Pet Express to ship a one-and-one-half-year-old French Bulldog from Northern Virginia to Tokyo a few weeks ago (April 2021).  We ended up shipping my French Bulldog via Lufthansa airlines, and I'm happy to say she arrived safely.

Jerry is an older gentlemen.  He's very knowledgeable and I could tell from his interactions with the personnel at Lufthansa, that they enjoy doing business with him.  They all knew him on a first name basis, and were joking around having fun.  This made me feel good about leaving my puppy in their hands.

In addition to all of the above, Jerry only CHARGES $300 dollars when his competitors charge in excess of $3,000 dollars!  With the Lufthansa fee and Jerry's fee, I paid $1080 dollars.  I received quotes from three of his competitors, and they were $3,600 dollars, $6,800 dollars and $8,200 dollars.  

Why would anyone pay that? Literally all they do is book the flight with the airlines, and then drop your dog off.  Anyone that pays that is insane, as you're getting the same service Jerry provides, but for an astronomical price.  You don't always get what you pay for...  Just remember, like I said, Jerry is an older gentlemen, so it can be a little difficult talking to him over the phone, but aside from that, he's rock solid. Best of luck.

Trevyn F.

The reason for the VERY high cost of pet shipping is NOT the Airlines, BUT the VERY inflated charges of IPATA Pet Shippers!

Veteran Owned Since 1969 | Open 24/7

We offer domestic and international pet shipping by air; and door to door over the road ground transport for everyone at a fraction of the cost of using an IPATA pet shipper.

  • Free Estimates & Consultations
  • Available 24/7
  • No Booking or Pet Move Management Fees
  • We can also help with Military PCS Pet Relocation
  • Itemized Billing
Call for special domestic ground transportation rates and consultation during the pandemic in these states: KY, MD, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV and Washington DC.

Our customers love that they can entrust us with their pets; as a veteran owned business and a proud member of the Animal Transportation Association, we take pride in our work and care for your animals; providing you with the best service at a reasonable price! ATA is Dedicated to safe and humane Animal Transport – WORLDWIDE

IPATA is Dedicated to HUGE profits, at YOUR expense, for their members! Be aware of IPATA scams!



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Your pet’s welfare and happy travel, at the most affordable price, is our mission.

We are located very near Washington, DC!  You know where we are!  We are NOT a 3rd party shipper located elsewhere in the world.  We do NOT take thousands of dollars from you just to make a couple of phone calls or send a couple of emails!  You should NEVER use a service that does NOT display their Head Office address!  Do NOT use a service that does NOT display their required USDA Intermediate Handler Permit number.  There are TOO many scam pet transport services out there!!

WARNING:  As some IPATA pet shippers may be folding their businesses as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We strongly recommend that you do NOT send a deposit to ANY pet shipper for upcoming pet shipments! Your money could be LOST forever.  We are here for you and are committed to providing you with excellent care when the pandemic has subsided.  We are able to answer all inquiries you may have regarding relocating your pet (during or after travel restrictions are lifted). Contact us anytime!

Call us at (888) 318-9696 or (681) 252-0266

What We Offer

We offer domestic and worldwide pet shipping by air and door to door over the road ground transport at a fraction of the cost of using an IPATA 3rd party pet shipper.

Domestic Air Pet Shipping Services

With over 50 years of experience, you can feel confident in our services. USDA Intermediate Handler Certified. Cert #54 H 0004.

Domestic Ground Transportation

We offer door to door ground transportation within the following states: KY, MD, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV and Washington DC.

International Air Pet Shipping

Safe and reliable relocation services for Greater Washington, DC.  International relocation can be complicated, let us help.

Military Permanent Change of Station Pet Shipping

We are dedicated to PCS Services as Action Pet Express is operated by a former Active Duty Service Member.

Providing dedicated service to the Foreign Service Community for over 20 years.

Why Choose Us

USDA Certified

As required by law, we are registered with the USDA.  Our Intermediate Handler certificate is # 54 H 0004.

Affordable & Honest

Unlike IPATA and third party pet shippers, we do NOT charge you for unneeded services.  You will receive an itemized bill from us detailing all charges.   You will save hundreds, if not thousands, with our service.


We have over 50 years of experience in pet transportation.  Make a better choice for your animal and for you: leave your pet’s move to us, and your companion will arrive safe and on time, all for a price that equals major savings for you.

The reason for the VERY high cost of pet shipping is NOT the Airlines, BUT the VERY inflated charges of IPATA Pet Shippers!

Airlines & Animal Travel

Listen to our interview with Kim Greenhouse from It’s Rainmaking Time! to learn more about pet relocation.

IPATA & Third Party Shippers

At Action Pet Express you receive superior service and knowledge (over 50 years in business) at MUCH lower costs than IPATA!  Action Pet Express does not charge for services you do not need or want. You will find that IPATA and third party shippers will charge you for services you do not need! We itemize all charges and we will SAVE you several hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars with your IMPORT and EXPORT transit needs. Your beloved animals(s) deserve the special travel knowledge only we offer!

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Read about common IPATA and third party shipping scams, alerts and more!