We currently work with rescue groups in Calgary Canada, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Michigan and San Francisco that accept our dogs for adoption. If you are flying to any of these cities and can escort a dog, please let us know. We are always searching for new groups that will work with us. Click here to Meet our partners...
Why? Unfortunately, local adoptions are not plentiful, so we have created relationships with other rescue groups that take and place our dogs. We are eternally grateful to these groups who have collectively placed about 2,000 of our dogs in the past few years!
How does it work?
Each group works differently. Some will take our dogs once they have a pending adoption. At which time they contact us and we put the transportation in process.Other groups will take our dogs, foster them and advertise them locally.
They choose the dogs they want to take from the photos that we send them.
How do they get to their final destination?
Our dogs and cats always fly to their destination, but they always need an escort (with a paid ticket) on the plane to be responsible for the dog. This is what sometimes holds us up–finding the travel escort. We pay the dog’s travel fee, do all the paperwork, take the dog to the airport and check in with the travel escort.
We take the dog for a walk and load them in the travel kennel ready to board.
If flying under the seat, the escort takes the dog with them when they are ready.
On arrival, the escort is met by a member of the rescue group, who then takes the dog to their new foster home. Occasionally adopters meet the dog at the airport. The escort’s job is over–they have played a big part in saving a life!
What if my flight is not direct and includes plane changes or a layover?
The escort claims the dog in the crate on arrival and takes it directly to the check-in counter for the next flight. If the layover is an hour or longer, the dog can be taken out for a bathroom break if the escort is comfortable with handling the dog.
This is not mandatory. We don’t usually arrange flights with long layover stops.
Why do you ask for donated air miles?
We are always looking for help with transporting our dogs and providing an escort. By donating your extra air miles, we can buy a round trip ticket for one of our volunteers as the travel escort, who can often take five or six dogs at a time. (Our record is 9).
TAKING A DOG TO CANADA OR THE U.S.
What do I need to take a dog back with me?
A current health certificate, a current rabies shot, a vaccination booklet showing up-to-date records, and a crate or carry on that will fit under the seat in front of you. There is no quarantine in the U.S. or Canada. If flying, and your dog needs to go in the hold, make sure you book a space with your airline. At certain times of the year, airlines will limit space, due to extreme hot or cold temperatures, and will not accept animals in the hold. Alaska Airlines usually takes dogs year-round.
If you’re interested in becoming a Travel Escort or need more information contact us.