*Our Requirements of a shipped pet within the United States as of Feb. 2008:
*Animals must be at least 8 weeks of age.
*All shipped pets must be micro-chipped with a travel chip before we will provide shipping assistance. The pet will be pre-registered prior to shipping, to the buyer, so that it can be tracked if necessary. *Chip is an additional $85.
*Shipping kennel or cage must meet standards for size, ventilation, strength and design. All crates must be larger than the actual pet so that they can fully stand, sit or turn around completely. *Extra large crates are an additional $100.
*All crates must be fully ventilated on every side. The crate is the buyer's to keep.
* Kennels/crates must be equipped with one food cup and one water cup. Kennels must be marked with shipper's name, address and phone number and pick-up person's name, address and phone number (if different from shipper), Live Animal Stickers should be applied to the kennel and the last time fed and watered indicated. Place newspaper or absorbent material on the bottom of the crate.
*Animal may not be exposed to temperatures of less than 45 degrees and no more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit unless there is an acclimation statement by a Veterinarian and approved by the airlines.
*Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed Veterinarian and be no more than 10 days old as per USDA. International certificates must be bilinqual according to their country requirements. All international shipments require export taxes and fees as well as USDA endorsement stamps and approval.
*Animals may not be brought to the airline more than 4 hours before a flight but must arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
*Animals less than 16 weeks of age must be offered food and water if transit is more than 12 hours. Older animals must have food at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours.
*Animals over 16 weeks must accompany proof of a current rabies vaccine and tag. International shipments may require special vaccines as per the individual country requirements.
Things to Consider
If shipping international (including Hawaii) check the quarantine laws.
Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours before the flight.
Do not give your pet sedation without your veterinarians approval.
Try to schedule a non-stop flight and avoid heavy travel times.
Ensure the pet is micro-chipped for tracking purposes in case he/she is lost or stolen.
Airlines that Ship Pets
Cargo Customer Service Center: 1-800-225-2752
Delta Pet First
Air Logistics professional at 800-DL-CARGO (800-352-2746)
United Cargo at 800-UA-CARGO
Organizations that Ship Pets
Importing and Exporting Live Animals
Importing Domestic Animals to Rabies-Free Areas - Quarantine requirements
Transporting Live Animals