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Your best friend has invited you to come visit her for two weeks and you haven't seen her in years. She even offered to pay for the plane ticket, so what's holding you back?  Your cat, "Webster".  Even after your best friend invites Webster to come along, you wonder, "How will I get him there?"  Sure, we've all heard the news stories about a kitten that somehow snuck into the baggage compartment of a 747, but how does it work when Fluffy wants to be right there with you -- on your lap?  And what if Fluffy is a bunny? Or a hamster? Or a guide dog?  Surely, this will not work out? Wrong! Even under such unique circumstances, you can travel with Fluffy if you follow certain regulations. Pet airline travel can work pretty well, and more and more airlines are realizing how important it is to offer services for doting owners. 
The most common types of documentation needed are: Rabies Vaccination: Rabies is a nasty disease in animals and humans alike. While the amount of rabies victims has decreased significantly through the years, the victim rate has yet to reach zero. Some states require a checkup within a certain amount of days of travel. Hawaii has a particularly stringent animal air travel policy. Be sure to check with your state and the state you are flying to well in advance of traveling. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: The CVI is also called a Health Certificate. This is a signed document from a veterinarian that states he or she has inspected the animal for diseases and overall health. These documents usually are only valid for a certain time, so check with your state to ensure yours doesn't expire before you fly. Acclimation Certificate: This document features regulations about hot and cold weather extremes. Animals who are not accustomed to extreme cold can be harmed by a sudden burst of cold weather while waiting to be placed in plane storage and while on the plane. Call your airline to determine if you need this type of document. Additional documentation needed may include a Confirmation of Feeding (food and water before the flight), Live Animal Checklist (instructions for the airline handlers) and tranquilizer consent forms (from a veterinarian).  While some companies will allow  passengers to bring pets into the cabin as carry-on items, others will only allow pets in the cargo storage area.
Domestic Travel An air traveler's worst nightmare is arriving at the airport, getting to security and realizing you don't have proper documentation. The same rules apply for pets.  No documents means no flying. Every state has its own rules and regulations regarding what kinds of pets can enter the state.

Domestic Pet Travel Rules for USA

Reservations: Fees usually range from $50 to $150 one-way (rates vary based on carry-on or cargo passage), with additional fees for international travel or shipping of heavy animals. Pet Carriers: Most airlines require a hard-bodied carrier that is small enough to stow under the seat in front of you, yet large enough for the animal to turn around, lie down and stand all the way up in a natural way. What is "natural" is probably up to the person checking you in, so it's a good idea to get the largest possible carrier that can still fit under a standard airplane seat (size measurements vary from airline to airline). Pet carriers are also required to have food and water sources, usually ones that attach firmly to the side of the container. Age Limits: Young puppies and kittens are not going to get access. Most airlines will require that pets are eight weeks old at minimum. Movement: You may be able to take off your seat belt and move freely about the cabin, but your pet is going to have to stay in its carrier. Most airlines require that the pet stays in its carrier at all times during the flight, as well as when the plane is parked, taxiing and even while passengers are sitting around in the terminal waiting to be boarded.
PETS TO HAWAII Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins. On most flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage. Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only; therefore, no airline can accept pets on nonstop flights to any other Hawaiian city. Quarantines All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash. Seeing-eye dogs are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151. Animal Quarantine Information for the State of Hawaii.
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Domestic Pet Travel Rules
Your best friend has invited you to come visit her for two weeks and you haven't seen her in years. She even offered to pay for the plane ticket, so what's holding you back?  Your cat, "Webster".  Even after your best friend invites Webster to come along, you wonder, "How will I get him there?"  Sure, we've all heard the news stories about a kitten that somehow snuck into the baggage compartment of a 747, but how does it work when Fluffy wants to be right there with you -- on your lap?  And what if Fluffy is a bunny? Or a hamster? Or a guide dog?  Surely, this will not work out? Wrong! Even under such unique circumstances, you can travel with Fluffy if you follow certain regulations. Pet airline travel can work pretty well, and more and more airlines are realizing how important it is to offer services for doting owners. 
The most common types of documentation needed are: Rabies Vaccination: Rabies is a nasty disease in animals and humans alike. While the amount of rabies victims has decreased significantly through the years, the victim rate has yet to reach zero. Some states require a checkup within a certain amount of days of travel. Hawaii has a particularly stringent animal air travel policy. Be sure to check with your state and the state you are flying to well in advance of traveling. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: The CVI is also called a Health Certificate. This is a signed document from a veterinarian that states he or she has inspected the animal for diseases and overall health. These documents usually are only valid for a certain time, so check with your state to ensure yours doesn't expire before you fly. Acclimation Certificate: This document features regulations about hot and cold weather extremes. Animals who are not accustomed to extreme cold can be harmed by a sudden burst of cold weather while waiting to be placed in plane storage and while on the plane. Call your airline to determine if you need this type of document. Additional documentation needed may include a Confirmation of Feeding (food and water before the flight), Live Animal Checklist (instructions for the airline handlers) and tranquilizer consent forms (from a veterinarian).  While some companies will allow  passengers to bring pets into the cabin as carry-on items, others will only allow pets in the cargo storage area.
Domestic Travel An air traveler's worst nightmare is arriving at the airport, getting to security and realizing you don't have proper documentation. The same rules apply for pets.  No documents means no flying. Every state has its own rules and regulations regarding what kinds of pets can enter the state.
Reservations: Fees usually range from $50 to $150 one- way (rates vary based on carry-on or cargo passage), with additional fees for international travel or shipping of heavy animals. Pet Carriers: Most airlines require a hard-bodied carrier that is small enough to stow under the seat in front of you, yet large enough for the animal to turn around, lie down and stand all the way up in a natural way. What is "natural" is probably up to the person checking you in, so it's a good idea to get the largest possible carrier that can still fit under a standard airplane seat (size measurements vary from airline to airline). Pet carriers are also required to have food and water sources, usually ones that attach firmly to the side of the container. Age Limits: Young puppies and kittens are not going to get access. Most airlines will require that pets are eight weeks old at minimum. Movement: You may be able to take off your seat belt and move freely about the cabin, but your pet is going to have to stay in its carrier. Most airlines require that the pet stays in its carrier at all times during the flight, as well as when the plane is parked, taxiing and even while passengers are sitting around in the terminal waiting to be boarded.
PETS TO HAWAII Hawaii requires that all live animals shipped or brought into the state have health and rabies inoculation certificates dated no more than ten days before travel begins. On most flights to Hawaii, pets will not be accepted as carry-on baggage. Hawaiian quarantine facilities are located in Honolulu only; therefore, no airline can accept pets on nonstop flights to any other Hawaiian city. Quarantines All cats and dogs are subject to a 120-day quarantine in Hawaii. If specific pre- and post-arrival requirements are met, your pet may qualify for a shorter (30-days or less) quarantine. Costs are charged to the pet owner and must be paid in full upon arrival. Payment methods include cashier's check, traveler's check, money order, personal check, or cash. Seeing-eye dogs are accepted with certain provisions, including making advanced arrangements and verifying availability and cost. For further information, visit the Hawaii Department of Agriculture or call 808-483-7151. Animal Quarantine Information for the State of Hawaii.
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