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(@joconnor)
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We can't seem to find any airline that can ship Fred, 50 pound English Springer Spaniel, to St Croix. Or St Thomas. We own a vacation home on STX and want to bring him with us when we vacation there. There MUST be a way. Solutions?? Thanks!

 
Posted : February 1, 2023 11:20 am
(@rsdream)
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@ joconnor

We fly charter from either Fort Lauderdale or Miami every November to St Croix and back in April. Send me an email at rgries98@hotmail.com and we can see if this may work for you.

 
Posted : February 2, 2023 12:09 pm
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@rsdream Thanks, but the dates do not work. Its hard to believe that the airlines cannot transport to STX larger pets as cargo. I have tried ALL the airlines and its just impossible.

 
Posted : February 7, 2023 9:17 am
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@joconnor 

A friend of mine works for AA. She says the airlines aren't interested in transporting pets as cargo because of the liability and handling issues. Its too much bother to have to worry about them either freezing to death enroute in the cargo hold or dying from heat stroke on the tarmac and there's no profit in it. She says unless it can fit under the seat in a little carrier, you're SOL.

 
Posted : February 7, 2023 2:48 pm
(@Kenningtons)
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When are you wanting to go down? We’re going to charter a plane to take us & our Great Dane to STT in May. 

 
Posted : February 7, 2023 8:33 pm
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Posted by: @vicanuck

@joconnor 

A friend of mine works for AA. She says the airlines aren't interested in transporting pets as cargo because of the liability and handling issues. Its too much bother to have to worry about them either freezing to death enroute in the cargo hold or dying from heat stroke on the tarmac and there's no profit in it. She says unless it can fit under the seat in a little carrier, you're SOL.

With all the lawsuits against airlines when there is a mishap with animal handling it's not surprising that they would choose not to do it any more. 

 

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 7:13 am
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Posted by: @joconnor

We can't seem to find any airline that can ship Fred, 50 pound English Springer Spaniel, to St Croix. Or St Thomas. We own a vacation home on STX and want to bring him with us when we vacation there. There MUST be a way. Solutions?? Thanks!

Use AmeirJet to SJU. From there book Silver to STX. 

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 11:11 am
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@Kenningtons  Early April, return mid May. Baltimore area.

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 11:47 am
Ekkie
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Have you tried a pet 'relocation' service? Expensive, but we have moved across the world with cats, dogs, parrots, etc.

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 4:46 pm
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@joconnor you might be able to pick up our plane on STT & have them fly you home? We’re going once way, Fort Lauderdale to STT in mid-May.

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 8:48 pm
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@joconner I just spoke to AA- they dont have any issue with pets as cargo to date? Im making my final move to STT. There were no restrictions on pets in cargo. Am I missing something?

 
Posted : February 8, 2023 11:54 pm
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You can find help on the Facebook page " Dog transport off Stx".

All the info you would need is on there!

 
Posted : February 15, 2023 10:40 am
 saif
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One option is to research companies that offer pet transport services, as they often have experience with international pet shipping. All paperwork, cages, and care for the pet during transport can be taken care of by these services. You might also take a flight or ferry to Puerto Rico or the nearby US Virgin Island of St. John, where you might find more travel choices. In order to avoid any problems or inconveniences, it is essential to plan ahead and get organized before traveling with a pet. Have fun!

 

 
Posted : February 20, 2023 2:57 pm
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@Kenningtons What did this end up costing you? We are planning on moving to STX later this year and also have a Great Dane that we will be bringing with us. 

 
Posted : February 22, 2023 10:30 am
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@LamJoHo

Shoot me an email rgries98@hotmail.com I have information on the whole process including cost. Your time frame may line up with our return this year.

 
Posted : February 22, 2023 11:49 am
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Posted by: @iamjoho

@Kenningtons What did this end up costing you? We are planning on moving to STX later this year and also have a Great Dane that we will be bringing with us. 

$10,500 for a twin engine plane with 6 seats. They’ll take 3 seats out for the Dane. That’s from Fort Lauderdale to STT. 

 
Posted : February 22, 2023 11:16 pm
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@Kenningtons I know it is way past May, but I stumbled upon your response and wanted to see if you know of anyone else who may be able to help get my two dogs from Miami to St Thomas? I start training on the 21st, fly onto the island the 18th. My brother and my two sons will be following being me 2 weeks later, but I have yet to figure out the dogs!!! One is a German Shepherd the other is a mix…

 
Posted : August 7, 2023 11:24 pm
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My daughter, that lives in Bozeman, MT has a Golden Retriever that’s over 50 pounds, she got the dog certified/registered as a service dog and had no difficulty flying it to/from Martha’s Vineyard. I think it was on Jet Blue.  She was surprised how easy the process was and the airport never asked to see any paperwork on the dog, who simply wore the service dog vest.

Flying into St. Thomas might offer more airline options and then you could take the QE IV ferry to STX.  Just a thought. 

 
Posted : August 9, 2023 11:20 am
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Posted by: @jaldeborgh

...she got the dog certified/registered as a service dog...

Airlines have really cracked down on this over the past few years because of the rampant misuse.

Please don't attempt to pass yourself off as a person with disabilities. 

 

 
Posted : August 10, 2023 9:38 am
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