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Ernie D
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I will be moving to St. Croix around August or September. What Airline should I use to transport non stop from the states to the islands with my pets.. If I go through PR that air Line wants 200.00 ea Delia Air Line is 125.00 which I'm OK with. What has other persons used. Your help is needed. Thanks.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2017 10:58 pm
Scubadoo
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These are small pets to ride with you in the cabin? Otherwise too hot in August/September to ride in cargo.

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Posted : April 12, 2017 12:11 am
Alana33
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There are some hubs that only use an Airbus plane between destinations which will not carry dogs in cargo, at all. They also limit 5 dogs per flight.First come, first served. You can't make reservations for your dog's.
There are breed and weight restrictions. Have no idea but I doubt even if small dogs, that you'd be allowed to carry 5 dogs in cabin with you flying as one person.

No pets allowed to fly cargo during summer months as Scubadoo stated. Better call airlines directly to inquire. There's links on the is forum website about traveling with pets. Do a search.

Your only option, really, if traveling with that many pups, at that time of year, is for a charter flight which is very expensive.

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Posted : April 12, 2017 1:23 am
AandA2VI
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No you can't take 5 in cabin with one person, you must have one pet per person. Cargo - different story but with that, you have heat restrictions.

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Posted : April 12, 2017 6:07 am
Gator's Mom
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http://petboardship.com/

Formerly Bobbi's Kennel.

We have a quote of $1600 for 5 small pets to STX.

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Posted : April 12, 2017 9:41 am
Beeski
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in August / September, the only non-stop option is AA from Miami.
Delta stops the Saturday to/from Atlanta flight Sept-Dec21st (then they are daily through the Christmas holidays).

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Posted : April 12, 2017 10:20 am
Ernie D
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My 5 dogs would be riding in the cabin with us. They are 5 to 8 Lbs each with all shots and in good health. I am looking on the best way for our little family members to make the trip to St. Croix. with the best comfort possible. I want to give thanks to all that responded and offer advise.

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Topic starter Posted : April 12, 2017 8:10 pm
Phizz
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I brought down 6 small dogs a few years back. Some airlines limit the number of dogs in the cabin -- and at the time it was on a first come, first served basis. To avoid any last minute surprises, I bought round trip tickets for two family members, each of whom escorted two dogs on two different days. Among the three of us, we got the dogs here safely, and my family members helped me move in. Worked for me

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Posted : April 12, 2017 10:59 pm
AandA2VI
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My 5 dogs would be riding in the cabin with us. They are 5 to 8 Lbs each with all shots and in good health. I am looking on the best way for our little family members to make the trip to St. Croix. with the best comfort possible. I want to give thanks to all that responded and offer advise.

Have you confirmed you can take more than one per person? We fly humane society dogs off island every time we go and it's always allowed only one per person.

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Posted : April 17, 2017 12:52 am
Wolverine888
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Thx much for sharing the info, as I had been curious about how I could get my 17 lb pug there along with my move...does the dog need to stay on your lap with you the entire time then when riding in cabin?

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Posted : April 17, 2017 6:43 am
Alana33
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Your pet stays in their kennel and under the seat in front of you for the entire flight.

When carrying on your pet, you’ll need to make sure that they can stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel. Non-collapsible kennels can be a maximum of 19in x 13in x 9in.

American says:
You can travel with up to 2 checked pets that are at least 8 weeks old.

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/special-assistance/pets.jsp

They don't mention that you'll need 4 Zip ties to secure all 4 corners of kennel door after dog goes thru Customs inspection.
They ask you to take dog out of kennel at this point so they can check dog and kennel for contraband. Be sure you have a collar on dog and a leash in your possession and zip ties. Dog remains in kennel for the entire journey.

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Posted : April 17, 2017 1:07 pm
Alana33
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They also will need rabies shots and an veterinarian issued health certificate dated within 10 days of departure.

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Posted : April 17, 2017 5:39 pm
Jumbie
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https://www.bustle.com/articles/145537-flying-with-your-dog-in-cabin-everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-board

I cannot believe any airline would allow anyone to travel with more than 1 small pet per person. You MUST make reservations ahead for your pet since the airlines only allow so many in cabin pets per flight.

Also last time we travelled with our in cabin pet, the airlines asked for current health certificate & rabies shot paperwork.

Jumbie

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Posted : April 17, 2017 7:18 pm
Alana33
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You can make reservations for yourself but not the dog you are intending to travel with, ludicrous as that is. You may have a reservation but dogs are on a first come, first served, basis.

When I was leaving island, I checked with Humane Society to see if they were having any animals traveling that day for their Pet With Wings program which relocates their shelter animals to new homes stateside and no kill shelters. Lisa and Kathy gave me great info on the process, zip ties and Lisa even offered to come to airport to help me fill out paperwork at counter if necessary. It wasn't necessary but you do need the veterinarian
issued travel/health certificate to complete paperwork in order to get to and through Customs/TSA.

Their Pet With Wings program, which STT, STX,STJ shelter and rescue operations all have, are absolutely wonderful programs to get our island's dogs (and cats) to stateside homes and adoptions especially since our shelters are overflowing and many animals must be euthanized.

Please consider signing up with them if you can donate money, kennels or be willing to give an animal a ride on your flight.

If you're transporting an animal, they take care of everything.
https://m.facebook.com/petwithwingsstthomas/
http://www.hsstt.com/pets-with-wings.html

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Posted : April 17, 2017 7:47 pm
AandA2VI
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Thx much for sharing the info, as I had been curious about how I could get my 17 lb pug there along with my move...does the dog need to stay on your lap with you the entire time then when riding in cabin?

Oh no they must be IN the carrier under your seat the entire time unless they're an ESA or service animal. If you take them out be ready to show paperwork.

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Posted : April 18, 2017 4:08 am
Gator's Mom
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The dog/cat and carrier combined MUST weigh 20 lbs or less to fly in the cabin on American from Miami.

Thx much for sharing the info, as I had been curious about how I could get my 17 lb pug there along with my move...does the dog need to stay on your lap with you the entire time then when riding in cabin?

Oh no they must be IN the carrier under your seat the entire time unless they're an ESA or service animal. If you take them out be ready to show paperwork.

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Posted : April 18, 2017 11:03 am
Beeski
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a Pee Pad is a really good idea for the bottom of the carrier.

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Posted : April 18, 2017 12:59 pm
speee1dy
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and some breeds cant travel on some airlines.

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Posted : April 18, 2017 2:51 pm
JohnnyU
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Nice to be sitting next to someone that smells like Dogpiss

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Posted : April 18, 2017 4:54 pm
speee1dy
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that was uncalled for

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Posted : April 18, 2017 5:13 pm
Wolverine888
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I have a 17 lb pug who will be moving with me...when they ride in the cabin, do they have to sit in your lap the entire time? Have only done road trips with her over the years so have no idea.

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Posted : April 19, 2017 6:48 am
Jumbie
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Wolverine888
Unless they are a registered support or service animal, they must be in a pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. They are not allowed to be out of their carrier.

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Posted : April 19, 2017 9:30 am
Wolverine888
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Thx much, appreciate the prompt response

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Posted : April 19, 2017 10:38 am
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