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Traveling back to the US with Pet

Has anyone moved back to the US with a pet? I am moving back and trying to take my dog in July. Unfortunately my airline has a pet embargo in the summer due to heat on the runways in the US. I am trying to research other airlines, any suggestions.....
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

Where in the US are you traveling to?

Could you fly to a city where heat is not such a problem, and then drive to your destination - even if it means driving a looooooong way?

Most important, avoid flights where you'd have to transfer, only fly direct. The danger is that the animals might get left on the hot tarmac during the transfer.

Were it me, I'd use a professional pet shipping agent. A good shipping agent will have experience with this problem, and should be able to find a safe solution for your pet.

I have used a very good one in the Chicago area - if that's your destination, I can give you his details. Or, contact this Zürich based shipper:
http://www.acepetmoving.com/en/about-us.html While I have not used them yet, the correspondence I've had with this company left a good impression.

If all else fails, could you either postpone your return until the fall, or could you find temporary accomodation for your dog until the heat embargo is lifted?
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Old 26.05.2011, 15:56
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

I have an outstanding email with that company and another. I am flying to Flordia, and this requires transfers. I may need to fly into DC and drive down from there. Also looking at Swiss direct to Miami. But I live in the Panhandle, so it will be a drive too.
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

I seem to recall that recently, someone was working on figuring out the logistics of going back via ship due to pets. You may want to try to find that post and contact the OP. Good luck!
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Old 26.05.2011, 19:48
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

No need to hire the Titanic. I was able to book a direct with Swiss to Orlando.

Odd thing, they would not let me book a business class, because all the business class cargo was booked. I was able to fly coach, and reserve a spot for my dog. Based on the kennel size it will be and extra 250 or 500 CHF. Flying coach and some extra francs is the price you have to pay to travel with mans best friend I guess.
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I seem to recall that recently, someone was working on figuring out the logistics of going back via ship due to pets. You may want to try to find that post and contact the OP. Good luck!
That would be me.

The post is here, should anyone else be interested.:

Transatlantic travel by ship - with pets?

Kennel space on the QM2 needs to be booked far in advance - when I enquired months ago the only space left for the year was a November crossing.

In the end, even with bringing a private vet along, I decided that the trip would not be possible as my little muttley is now too fragile for any kind of travel, air or ship.


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But it sounds like you have found a solution, Southernguy.

Wishing you and your dog a bon voyage, and all the best back Stateside.
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

OP, I hope you and the poochy have a safe trip back. Please post you experience when it's all done to give others a heads up.
I may have to move to the US with my two hunds so any info will be fab.
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Re: Traveling back to the US with Pet

jeeez thats spendy,

I fley United airways in July from MN to Belgium with 2 stops. every time we boarded the plane they would come and let me know the dog was doing great. it was really pleasant. cost was 125 $ for him to fly below decks.
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Has anyone moved back to the US with a pet? I am moving back and trying to take my dog in July. Unfortunately my airline has a pet embargo in the summer due to heat on the runways in the US. I am trying to research other airlines, any suggestions.....
The restriction isn't only in the US. International airlines comply with the IATA Live Animals Regulations. They wil also not transport your pet if the temperature on the tarmac is too cold.
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jeeez thats spendy,

I fley United airways in July from MN to Belgium with 2 stops. every time we boarded the plane they would come and let me know the dog was doing great. it was really pleasant. cost was 125 $ for him to fly below decks.

I flew United over too Switzerland, and had to pay a little more, I think 200 USD, but that could be due to a larger container size. I guess I have gotten used to things being a bit more pricey in Switzerland. Another alternative I had was 8000.00 from a pet relocation company. I think in some situations, they pay a handler to go a personally see the pet makes it safely.
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OP, I hope you and the poochy have a safe trip back. Please post you experience when it's all done to give others a heads up.
I may have to move to the US with my two hunds so any info will be fab.
I will do so.
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I flew United over too Switzerland, and had to pay a little more, I think 200 USD, but that could be due to a larger container size. I guess I have gotten used to things being a bit more pricey in Switzerland. Another alternative I had was 8000.00 from a pet relocation company. I think in some situations, they pay a handler to go a personally see the pet makes it safely.

they quoted me 5k for that hahaha I lauged it off . Our dog from greece just arrived yesterday and he was accompanied by a lady flying here any way....didnt even have to pay his ticket or kennel . Awesome . so ill be depositing his ticket money to the shelter in Greece anyways
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