March 26th, 2007
Flying with Pets
Two summers back, I wanted to travel to California from Ohio as I was in my friend’s wedding. I had all the ducks in a row as Ashton Kutcher says in ‘A Lot Like Love’ like time off work and finances except that I had a mid sized chocolate colored Labrador. I had to either find her a dog sitter or fly her with me. When all my attempts failed to find her a dog sitter, I finally decided to fly her with me and the experience was not a pleasurable one.
The humane society of the United States does not encourage pet owners to carry their pets along with them on the flights unless it is unquestionably unavoidable. Some smaller pets like cats and tiny dogs are allowed to travel in the passenger cabin by some airlines. The pet containers are considered as a carry-on luggage and it should fit the aircraft’s carry-on luggage dimensions.
Airlines such as British airways provide professional relocation of pets. If the pets are relocated to different countries, there might be certain laws that the pets need to be quarantined for a certain period of time before they are united with their owners. Relocating pets to a different country could be a horrific experience and my advice would be not to do so.