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!


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.

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.

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!

Want to Learn More?

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