Options for getting/picking up a puppy
NOTICE: November 17, 2013 - The Federal Government is changing the way a person from a different state
can purchase a puppy if they want to have it shipped to them. Flying or driving to pick up is still fine.
We always prefer people to come here and pick up their puppy from us in person. It gives
us the opportunity to meet our puppy's new family members in person and they in turn get to meet us and our dogs in person.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of raising puppies for us is getting to see the joy, happiness and excitement on the new
family’s faces as they hold their new puppy in their arms. So buyers are always welcome to come to our home for pick-ups.
If it is too far to drive all the way to our home, we have at times offered to drive part way to meet people for
a gas fee. (NOTE: This says "part" way, not "half" way.) For those that cannot drive
all the way or part way here, there are several other shipping methods that can be used. Shipping is always 100% at the Buyer’s
expense and responsibility.
The most common, easiest and least expensive method of shipping is by using
Airline Pet Cargo Services. This total cost is typically $400 for an under 16 week old puppy but the price depends on the
airline, size of kennel and weight of the shipment.
This basic charge of $400 for cargo shipping includes . . .
a kennel/crate , water and food containers for inside the crate, the required State Vet Health Certificate and Vet exam which
is needed to be dated within 10 days prior to the ship date, the airline charge and the transport fees to and from the vet
office and to and from the airport. This is an approximate price and is subject to change.
You can have your puppy shipped
out from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota.
Being an International Airport we are blessed
with a lot of flight options as all the major Airlines provide service here. This gives us a lot of options to look into to
be able to select the airline/flight that offers the most direct service to the destination.
You can book your
flight through a professional pet airline booking agency.
has the best flights out of Minneapolis (about 95% of the time). United is the next most utilized.
If it is going to be under 10-20 degrees or over 85 degrees at take off or landing time, (or over 70 degrees for very
short nosed dogs) then Delta will not allow shipping. United has more flexibility with temperatures.
not allow a puppy to ship to any overseas destination, but would consider it if it was an adult dog. We consider
those flights to be just too long for a puppy.
We also have used Personal Pet Air Couriers at times. These are
people that fly here to pick up a puppy and carry it on the plane with them and then deliver the puppy to the new owner in
the lobby of the destination airport. We do have to meet them at the airport to drop off the puppy. If a puppy is larger in
size, this may be prohibitive. This total price had been running around $450 total but is has been a couple of years since
I have used that type of service.
There are animal transport services that use vans and drive cross country, but
we have never used them before. It appears that they tend to be more expensive than flying and take quite a bit of coordination
and the travel time is usually many days up to a week, so we don’t recommend this alternative unless flying is not a
possibility at all.
Not every airplane can accommodate pet shipping. Airlines only offer pet/animal shipping on
aircraft that are properly equipped/set up for it with the temperature and oxygen controlled holds. The planes that are typically
equipped like this are the larger sized jets. Not every flight out of Minneapolis can accommodate pets.
can also choose to fly here to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and either do a turnaround flight that same
day or come in one day and stay for a period of time and then fly back with bringing their puppy on the plane as carry on.
(Many who come and stay over like to visit our famous Mall of America which is just a few miles from the airport.) We have
met people at the airport to hand them their puppy and for those that have stayed over we have also met them at their hotel
to hand them their puppy. The airlines do charge an additional fee for allowing a pet to fly in-cabin with a passenger ($80-$150??)
and the Vet health certificate is still required. So there is a $85 charge for us to procure the Vet health certificate and
deliver a pup to the airport. You would also be responsible for your own carry on bag to put the puppy in for under your seat
and you would have to call the airline to see what their height/width requirement is for that bag.
We have been
having pets shipped both to us and from us for over 20 years and have never had a bad or traumatic experience ever happen
to one of our pups. Nor have we ever had a negative comment from a customer ever that their puppy has been traumatized by
the process or been mistreated, etc. There is the occasional flight that gets delayed, or certain days that flights have to
be cancelled due to weather, but that has only happened a couple of times in 20 years. I know that when I hand over a
puppy to be shipped the Airline employees gush all over them! They always treat them wonderfully.
Please keep in
mind that Airlines would never consider offering this type of service if it wasn’t safe (they simply wouldn’t
subject themselves to the lawsuits in this lawsuit happy age that we live in) and we ourselves would never consider a shipping
method that was in any way unsafe for one of our precious puppies.
PLEASE RE-READ THE PREVIOUS TWO
PARAGRAPHS OF INFORMATION. LET IT SINK INTO YOUR BONES. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH HIGH ANXIETY AND IF SHIPPING "SCARES"
YOU, THEN PLEASE DON'T SHOP AROUND FOR A PUPPY THAT YOU CAN'T DRIVE TO PICK UP.
Requirements to Ship
* Animals must be at least 8 weeks of age.
* Shipping kennel or cage must meet standards for size, ventilation,
strength and design.
* Animals must have enough room to stand up and turn around. Kennels must be equipped with one food
and water cup. Kennels must be marked with shipper's name, address and phone number and pick-up person's
and phone number (if different from shipper), Live Animal Stickers should be applied to the kennel and the last time fed and
watered indicated. Place newspaper or absorbent material on the bottom of the crate.
* Animal may not be exposed to temperatures
of less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit unless there is an acclimation statement by a Veterinarian.
* Health Certificate must
be issued by a licensed Veterinarian and be no more than 10 days old.
* Animals may not be brought to the airline more
than 4 hours before a flight.
* Animals less than 16 weeks of age must be offered food and water if transit is more than
12 hours. Older animals must have food at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours.
* Animals over 16 weeks
must have rabies shots current.
Things to Consider
* If shipping international (including Hawaii) check
the quarantine laws.
* Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours before the flight.
* Do not give your pet
sedation without your veterinarians approval.
* Try to schedule a non-stop flight and avoid heavy travel times.