Veteran Owned Since 1969

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Free Estimates, No Deposits,
No Booking Fees, No Pet Move Management Fees

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Veteran Owned Business

We offer domestic and worldwide Pet Shipping by air;

Door to Door, Over the Road Pet Transport: Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia


(681) 252-0266

Toll Free:

(888) 318-9696


APHIS - USDA Pet Travel

Located near:
Washington/Dulles IAD
Baltimore BWI Reagan DCA

We offer domestic and worldwide pet shipping by air and Door to Door,

Over the Road Pet Transport

IPATA's major claim to FAME:  Their VERY expensive charges!  Let us show you how to SAVE really BIG money and still provide superior travel services for your pet(s)!!!

Our LOWER prices do NOT mean lesser services!  NO WAY!  We are MORE  HONEST with you.  There is NO need for you to pay the EXTREMELY high prices being charged you by PENDER and CAPITAL!!  Just give us a chance to discuss this with you,,,, We are the ONLY pet shipping company who is a member of AFSA!  Also, ONLY Veteran owned business!!

WARNING !!!  Look out for this possible SCAM....PETPROS Services!!!!  Possibly in Orlando, FL  (NO physical address)  Can NOT reach a live voice!  Claims to be IPATA member!  Does NOT indicate USDA registration #!  Offers services thruout USA... YOU should ALWAYS be VERY careful about these type companies....  Here's another one that looks REAL BAD.... HAIL TAILS..... Be VERY cautious of this one!

Do you NOT feel better if you can reach your Pet Travel Advisor during Off hours?  Weekends and Holidays, Etc?  We ARE available at ALL times for you... 24/7  Try reaching IPATA pet shippers during OFF hours!! NO Luck!!

SPECIAL  NOTICE!!   On the 'Arrange a Move' page of PET RELOCATION's website in Austin, TX ( A foremost IPATA 3rd party pet shipper) they attempt to sell the idea that CARGO pet shipments are safer and all around a better way than EXCESS BAGGAGE..  NOTHING could be MORE wrong...  To begin with ALL pets as cargo and excess baggage fly in the VERY SAME compartment...  Cargo moves are MUCH more expensive.  More often, Cargo shipments require a pet shipper; excess baggage do NOT.  It is easy to understand why IPATA recommends CARGO.  You will be forced to use IPATA very often.  A great LOSS of revenue if you do excess baggage!   Pets are in their travel containers much less time as ex bag (as much as 3 to 6 hours).  Retrieval time at destination airports is MUCH less as ex bag {again, 4 to 6 hours).   Usually NO customs clearing fees as ex bag.  Can be very much as cargo!  Excess  baggage pets ARE better tracked in most cases..   PetRelocation  and other IPATA 3rd party shippers will indeed lie to continue to rip you off!!

It is easy to understand why:  Air France and KLM (and Delta and United international shipments) require you , indeed FORCE you, to use ONLY  IPATA shippers!  It is their strong affinity to each other.  Again another rip off!!  I have OVER 50 years as a pet shipper.  I know more than 99% of IPATA shippers, yet I can not ship with these people.  You are the losers!  Yet we can ship with other, more affordable, airlines!  We WILL guide you more honestly!

One thing for SURE!!  You do want to AVOID  100%  IPATA  3rd Party Pet Shippers.  They are TOTALLY unnecessary and take anywhere from $2000 to $5000 extra from you!!  You do NOT need their unwelcome services!!  They provide services you do NOT need or want.  They hide this from you as they refuse to itemize..  You can, and should, deal directly with the pet shippers who will have hands on your pet move..  3rd party middlemen NEVER see or handle your pets, only your money!!

URGENT  NOTICE.....  Some Veterinarians do NOT seem to know the IMPORTANCE of the following:   Animals going to the EU....  For the Rabies vac to be Valid,  MUST be done AFTER the Microchip!!!  Can be done same day..  Rabies vac ONLY needs to be 21 days old for entry into EU....

We Are A Trusted Pet Transportation Company

It is becoming more and more difficult to ship pets on domestic airlines in USA  (kennel and breed restrictions, hot and cold outside temperatures, etc)  New over the road pet delivery services are popping up!  Many are operating illegally.  Out for the easy buck!  Watch out!!!  ALL pet shipping and delivery services are required by law to register with the USDA and have an Intermediate Handler certificate.  Many do NOT.  Be sure to inquire as to this when you contact a service.  They should display this info on their website though this is NOT required.  Ours is:  # 54 H 0004

Though our primary business is Air shipping we do also provide over the road pet delivery service thruout: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North and South Carolina and Washington, DC.   When the weather permits we often go up to the New England states and New York and New Jersey as well.     

IF you don't find it here, PLEASE contact us!  WE want to help you!  And it's FREE....

We'll help you get your beloved pet(s) To/From ANYWHERE in the world; safely and affordably!  Our FREE advice alone is worth Millions!  WE  ARE Small enough to know you; Large enough to serve you!  (This IS an often repeated slogan; but in our case is TRUE) !

Our THIRD PARTY PET SHIPPER page is absolutely essential for your pet relocation search; as is the IPATA RIP OFF page!!

Whether you’re going out of town on vacation or permanently relocating to a new address, the safety of your pet during transportation is one of your primary concerns. At Action Pet Express, we offer safe and affordable solutions to get your pet from place to place. Currently, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) runs a virtual monopoly on the pet shipping industry, and their practices are no more beneficial for your pet than they are for your wallet. Our pet shipping company, however, is the alternative you can count on.

As a veteran-owned-and-operated business since 1969, we are proud to be available 24/7 to provide you with safe and affordable pet transportation. When you need affordable pet movers, you can turn to us because we offer free consultations and never ask for a deposit, booking fee, or pet move management fee. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of your pet during the move. By turning to our pet shipping company, you can rely on us for quality service and affordable prices for your companion.

A Different Kind of Pet Transport Service

Unfortunately, the pet transport industry is rife with heartless fraudsters. Even the IPATA operates as if its primary concern is profit rather than animal safety and consumer satisfaction. Don’t let yourself get scammed. With experience in the pet shipping industry, we are knowledgeable about which airlines are the most responsible and humane when it comes to pet transport.

An Experienced Pet Courier Who Cares

We are proud of our reputation as a highly recommended and compassionate pet transportation service. Unlike ALL  3rd-party movers, we offer LOW RATES and ITEMIZED  INVOICES  so you know exactly what you’re paying for BEFORE  you sign with us!

Make a better choice for your pet 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. If you are in the military, ask us about our service for your upcoming Permanent Change of Station (PCS with pets).

Pick a trusted pet transportation company when you need to take your dog, cat, or bird with you to another state or country. We will arrange transportation, so your companion will arrive safe and on time. We are also proud to help with military pet relocation.

Pet Relocation Assistance

When you search for pet relocation assistance in the Greater Washington, DC area (including: Baltimore; Maryland; Northern Virginia) the following firms often show up in your search: Air Animal (Tampa, FL) , Pet Movers (Animal Land in Atlanta), Pet Relocation (Austin, TX), Happy Tails (Tucson, AZ), VIP (Portland, OR), Starwood Animal Transport (TX). NONE of these firms are located in the DC area.  They ALL are attempting to DECEIVE you in thinking they are.  ALL are 3rd party shippers and MUST contact a local shipper.  You can contact these very same local shippers yourself THUS cutting your costs DRAMATICALLY!  Of course, we HOPE you will include ACTION PET EXPRESS in your search thereby saving even MORE money!

This is something we do 100%   You have this right to KNOW what you are paying for; to know what you need and what you do NOT need or want!  IPATA shippers refuse to itemize!  They make ONE huge basic charge to you which includes many services you do NOT need, then hope you will NOT ask questions.

ATTENTION!  Owners of BRACHYCEPHALIC  pets:  It is now virtually impossible to ship your pets on a domestic carrier, and on most International flights.  Lufthansa does so let us help you...  Maybe still possible IN CABIN?  Domestically you may need to use an over the road service?  Remember: Do NOT use:  uShip, Citizens Pet Movers, or ROADIE!

We can HELP you!  We have the experience and know how!  We will save you really BIG  MONEY!   Just compare our prices and services with: BEWARE  Pet Travel Store and the WORTHLESS  Pet Passports and other paperwork they are ripping you off with... ALL paperwork you ever need is FREE!!! Check with us...  PET PASSPORTS are ONLY provided by Veterinarians in the EU. They have been reported to the BBB, but manage to wiggle out...  PET TRAVEL STORE is NOTHING but a MAJOR  RIP OFF.

You can learn more about pet scams here.

Contact Action Pet Express to discuss your pet relocation needs. Conveniently located near Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI); and not far from: Philadelphia, PA, Newark, NJ (EWR), Charlotte, NC (CLT), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU);  we serve our clients worldwide.

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