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Munich - Travel Arrangements for Pets

If you don't have a friend to entrust your pet to whilst on holidays, the following two lists may be useful to you. The first lists pet sitters, and the second kennels.

Pet Sitters "Tiersitters"

  • AOG Agentur ohne Grenzen
    Carlheinz Schichl
    Mauerkircherstr 8
    Tel: + 49 (0) 89 9810 5900/+ 49 (0) 89 9810 5901
  • Tiersitter Agentur Gerdschwager
    Animal sitters all over Munich
    Tel: + 49 (0) 89 7468 9193
    You become a member for a yearly fee, which must be cancelled 3 months in advance.
  • Patena
    Animal sitter agency
    Tel: + 49 (0) 89 369 696
  • Kennels
    Hunde-Schule-Ferienheim (dog school holiday home)

    Wendenheimstr 2 - 4
    Obertaufkirchen b. Schwindegg
    Tel: + 49 (0) 8082 1214
    If this is too far, there is pick-up Monday and Friday between 1 and 2pm at
    Quagliostr 16
    Tel: + 49 (0) 89 655 253
  • Riffenthal
    Riffenthal 1
    Inning am Holz
    Tel: + 49 (0) 8084 3877
    Dogs, cats, rabbits, porpoises, hamsters, birds
  • R Kotyza
    Muenchnerstr 12 
    Tel: + 49 (0) 8131 82 090
    Dogs only

If you are travelling by plane:

  • Your pet should  be wearing ID tags with the same information, includign phone numbers and addresses.
  • Doors can pop open! Put a plastic tie as extra safety on the crate's door.
  • Freeze water in a plastic dish. By the time your pet gets thirsty, it will have melted. Or use one of the drop containers you can find in many pet stores.
  • If the trip is longer than 12 hours, attach some food in a plastic bag to the outside of the carrier.
  • Most airlines will accept the dog as excess baggage such that the dog will travel on the same plane as long as the total weight of the dog plus kennel is less than 50 kg (more or less 100 lbs). If the combined weight is greater than that, the dog usually must be shipped as cargo. Talk well in advance with the airline and make reservations to make sure your pet will be on the same flight as you are. 
  • Get to the airport early. Checking pets can take time (make sure you have all the necessary documentation to hand)
  • Go to the check in counter. They will let you know where to drop of the pet and  someone is called to load him in the cargo hold of the plane.
  • When you change planes, do the same. If your layover is an hour or more, check with the ground personnel about talking to the baggage folks. If any problems come up with your next plane (delays, etc.) check into getting your pet and rechecking him in when the flight is ready to continue.
  • After arrival, your pet is delivered to the baggage claim area.
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