Most airlines require pets to be examined by a vet & have a 10 day health certificate. A 3 day health certificate is required by Canada for puppies, not with owners, on a flight. Pet cats who are brought into Canada, by their owners, need proof of rabies only. Air lines may have other requirements. If you live in Canada, best method to obtain a pet in the US, is to drive.
Pets over 12 weeks old will need a rabies shot.
Pets are required by law, to be 8 weeks old to carry on. Delta requires pets to be 10 weeks old to carry on.
You will need to purchase a airline approved carrier. Soft sided for carry on, hard sides for checked baggage. Specific rules for hard carriers, nuts & bolts, metal door, etc. Covid related EMBARGO on all pets as checked baggage, March 20, 2022. You can only fly in and take home as a carry on.
You will need to buy your pets one way ticket when purchasing your tickets.
Private jets or small planes owned or chartered by pet clients can easily land at Wisconsin Rapids Airport, close to our home. It's a big occasion to have someone fly in for a kitten in their own plane.
I let my puppies go to their new homes at 8 to 9 weeks old. Check with your airline on requirements if you are going to fly in to pick up a pet.
Kittens picked up in Wisconsin, or as carry on with a ticketed passenger, may go to their new homes at 10 to 12 weeks.
Pet kittens older than 5-6 mo. may be spayed/neutered prior to leaving.
The new USDA rule, starting 9/18/2013, requires the new owner to see the pet in person prior to taking ownership, to be assured that it is healthy. No sale is final until you have seen your pet.
Current embargo on any pet going as checked baggage, R/T covid. I suspect some airlines will never cargo ship personal pets again.
Multiple small airports in Wisconsin require a connecting flight. Large, international airports within 200 miles of my home, will work out better with direct flights. I can meet you at a airport, or you may rent a car.
Most pet buyers who live in nearby states, drive to Wisconsin. If you live further than 3 to 4 hours away, I'm willing to meet you at the edges of Wisconsin. Just ask.
The longest anyone has driven to pick up a puppy was 1120 miles. The longest distance a new kitten owner drove is 1450 miles.
After November 18, 2013, You will need to fly in to pick up your pet. The USDA has altered the rules. Unless USDA licensed & inspected, Many breeders will no longer be allowed to airship PETS, sight unseen. March 20, 2020 Embargo on all cargo shipped pets.