Traveling with your pets can be a complex adventure, to say the least. However, it is doable. In fact, with a bit of planning, some treats and a lot of optimism, you can pull it off, rather successful actually. Transporting a dog to its forever family is a completely different matter altogether. When working with trustworthy, dedicated rescue organizations, transport is handled in a responsible and safe manner. But let’s take a closer look at what exactly this means.
Yes, there are, quite a few actually. First of all, wherever your dog might be traveling to, meaning where you are, it will have to be vaccinated according to the regulations specific to the country of destination.
Therefore, if you have settled on a dog you want to adopt cared for by a rescue organization from a different country, you need to be patient and offer the staff working there sufficient time to get your furry friend ready for transport.
The order is like this: First, any existing health issues need to be treated. Once these are taken care of and your dog can handle the road ahead, various shots will be made. Also, it is strongly recommend to take and test blood samples to test for diseases such as Dirofilaria immitis.
These vaccines are necessary in order for your dog to receive a passport.
Yes, pets have passports, just like us humans. This is, in fact, the second requirement.
The third one would be micro-chipping the pet, with you being the owner.
When leaving its home country and arriving at its destination, the staff handling the transport will have to present the paperwork.
That is why it is absolutely necessary to be patient and to understand that there are costs involved, essential costs justified by the paperwork required when leaving or entering different countries.
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The road trip necessities
There are two ways your furry friends can travel, by plane or by car. In any case, your dog will be in need of a crate. The exception to this rule is when you choose a specialized transport service, in which case the vans are specially fitted for the transport, with built-in cages.
The type of crate your pet needs depends on the chosen transport.
If your dog travels by plane, then it will require an IATA cargo crate.
If your dog travels by car, then it will require a normal, transport crate.
You might think that a crate is a stressful manner to travel. However, in reality, dogs feel comfortable in enclosed spaces. And in a way, the transport itself can be a rather tricky experience, so a crate actually plays a great part in comforting the dog during the road trip.
When arriving at the destination, in some countries, your dog might need to spend a number of hours in the vet’s office and go through a thorough check-up. This is only for verification purposes, so the vet can determine if the dog is healthy.
A small mention
When working with rescue organizations, you need to understand that funding is limited. The staff working in these centers make great sacrifices to help as many animals as possible. So, it might happen to have to wait a number of days, weeks, maybe even months before your dog can travel.
The preferred transport option is by car, by van to be exact and since transport raises some costs, rescue organizations wait just a little longer to get as many dogs as possible to their forever homes.
Transporting one dog at a time is much too expensive and this would affect the rescue’s overall budget, limiting their possibilities to help other dogs. So, please be aware of this situation and be patient and understanding.
Rest assured that your dog will safely arrive to the destination as long as you work with a dedicated and responsible rescue organization.
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