Taking Pets Across the Border

Fall 2010 CSANews Issue 76  |  Posted date : Sep 17, 2010.Back to list

Dear Bird Talk,

My wife and I are recently retired; we are seriously considering becoming snowbirds. We are wondering if we can take our pets across the border and what is required to do so. We would appreciate any help that can be given us or any online resources there are.

Thank you for your time.

James


Response:
Ed: Speaking of pets, the answer is yes!

We travel with our two dogs and all we do is make sure that we have a recent copy of a rabies certificate. I believe that cats have the same requirement. There has never been a problem with U.S. customs, although we have had minor “issues” with Air Canada as we want our pets to travel on the same plane and in a heated compartment. Many rental locations in the U.S. also do not allow pets, so do a little homework before you travel. Further information can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel_basics.shtml.