Transporting Family Pets – Resources & Information
All of us at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center (AWC) are saddened to know that many of our friends will be leaving. We wish you all the best and thank you for all you have done for AWC over the years.
We are providing the following information to hopefully make your transition easier.
Traveling With Your Pet
Our best advice – make your pet’s travel arrangements as soon as possible. Very Important! Do not wait until the week you are leaving, or you may be leaving a family member behind.
All major airlines on island will not accept checked pets after May 15th through September and all must adhere to their strict temperature restrictions. They also will not accept any animal weighing 100 lbs. +, this means your dogs weight including weight of the crate. Seaborne can carry up to 100lbs(including weight of crate) to Puerto Rico, but they are very limited on space and reservations must be very specific. Call airlines and reserve.
If weather is not between 45 F and 85 F at any layover or arrival on your trip, or if you are leaving after May 15th, contact the Animal Help Desk through United/Continental 1-800-575-3335. Pets can travel without an escort on their temperature controlled cargo plane with PetSafe Program. They can also take overweight (100+ lbs.) animals…but animal has to be transported to Puerto Rico and checked into Continental by owner. Also if temp below 45F , ask your vet about a Temperature Waiver. All pets must travel with a Health and Rabies Certificate.
Jet Blue, Cape Air, and US Airways take Carry On Pets Only, 20lbs or less in their travel bag.
Another option is an organization called AirPropel which has a division called PetPropel. You can travel with your pet right in the cabin. They currently are trying to find a few more owners/dogs for their April 26 charter flight to Miami in order to use a larger plane. They have some people interested in a May flight, but need more people to offer that flight. Their June flight is already quite full. Their website is: www.airpropel.com. You can call and speak with Lauren @ (340) 626-1703 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crates and bags available at Progressive Vet 718-1256 and Superior Pet Supply 718-6661 – limited supply, purchase early!
Call SCAWC for more information and/or assistance, 778-1650.
If You Cannot Travel With Your Pet
Please bring your pet to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. We will do everything we can to find a loving home for your pet.
If your pet is not spayed or neutered, please consider doing so before they are brought to the AWC. The FixIt Foundation is offering free spay and neuter; just call 715-7633. You will be given a ten-digit code that you provide to your veterinarian when you schedule your pet’s surgery and the operation will be free. This will make your pet more adoptable.
Whatever happens, please do not abandon any pets.