Getting a Dog from the States to St. John
I am having a tough time finding an airline that will take my pet to St. Thomas. Does anyone have suggestions? Once I get him to St. Thomas, how does one go about getting the pet to St. John. It is a nice sized , 60lb dog. I am relocating to St. John in October but cant go without him. Any suggestions?
Do a search - there are many threads about this. From STT to STJ is easy! Take the car ferry 🙂
One option is Continental Pet Cargo. They can get you to San Juan. Then, from San Juan, you can try Seaborne or a charter flight. (just google them) You will need to change airports. I don't know how taxi drivers in San Juan feel about dogs. Once on STT, you will be better off renting a car and as Pamela suggests, take the car ferry. Be sure it's OK with the rental company to take the car to St. John. Taxi drivers on STT are not particularly pet friendly. I think the dog is welcome on the regular passenger ferry, too, as long as he is in a crate. Check ferry schedules in advance and reconfirm that everything is running on schedule for the day of arrival. If the ferry doesn't work for you, there is a private water taxi from St. Thomas to St. John. 340-775-6501.
Where are you coming from? It won't be easy or cheap, but it is doable without totally breaking the bank. Just do be prepared for every step of the way. Don't forget too, that's storm season, so have a back-up plan if any leg of the trip gets cancelled.
We shipped our dog by himself through Delta's Pet First program that brought him to STT and we picked him up there. They were fantastic working with us to get him here around concerns for the temperature (we moved him here in August) and arranged to have him kenneled overnight in Atlanta on his trip. The kennel they had us use was fantastic - they picked him up at the airport, took care of him overnight and then brought him back for his flight the next morning.
I have heard over a number of people having great success lately with Continental's program that Juanita mentioned and then taking Cape Air from San Juan.