I will be unexpectedly moving back to the USA from Germany. I am originally from the USA and moved to Germany 5 years ago. I currently have 2 cats and 8 rats. While taking 2 cats with you when you move overseas is certainly not unheard of, I am pretty sure taking rats with you is almost unheard of.
There are no restrictions on bringing rodents into the USA. I am currently looking into pet relocation services. There is a local german service that has experience moving all manner of animals. They move not only pets, but animals for zoos etc. I will most likely be flying into IAD (Dulles Airport). Most likely I will be moving in October.
I have rats from the age of 9 -10 months to 1.5 -2 years old. I have 4 females and 4 males. My males are going into the vet on Wednesday for neutering. I plan to get my two younger girls spayed soon after. They are all currently in good health (knock on wood). I want to and am currently making plans for them to come with me.
What I am looking really looking for is some no punches pulled feedback. Am I being unreasonable because I do not want to part with my rats? Do you think my rats would be better off if I found them a new home? Am I totally crazy? My mind is all over the place about this move and I just really want to be able to keep my family together.
If anyone knows anyone that has any experience with rats being shipped by air, I would be extremely greatful to be put in contact with any such persons.