Live Animals are air shiped by Airlines, or ground shipped by Pet Transporters.
Most airlines require pets to be examined by a vet & have a 10 day health certificate. A 3 day health certifcate is required by Canada & some other countries.
All shipped pets over 12 weeks old will have a rabies shot.
Pets are required by law, to be 8 weeks old to ship.
You will need to purchase a airline approved carrier. Softsided for carry on, hard sides for checked baggage. Specific rules for hard carriers, nuts & bolts, metal door, etc. DELTA recently changed rules for carry on pets or pets checked as baggage. Those pets must be 10 weeks old, & a health certificate.
You will need to buy your pets one way ticket when purchasing your tickets.
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 here, or as carry on luggage with a ticketed passenger, may go to their new homes at 3 # or 10 to 13 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.
Puppies may go as carry on's also, but they quickly grow out of the 12 in carriers, & may need to go as ticketed luggage. If your pet has to fly in the cargo hold, & not in your lap, your flight will be under the weather restrictions. This could be complicated certain times of year.
If your pet is going as checked baggage, Temps must be between 10 degrees & 85 at all points the plane is on the ground unless the airport participates in the Pet First/Safe program. In the plane the live animal cargo areas are pressurized, heated/cooled.
Live animal embargo's are put on for delayed flights, severe thunder storms, blizzards, fog, too hot, too cold, etc. These weather restrictions do not apply to Carry on Pets with a ticketed passenger:
Delta, United & American Airlines allow carry on pets at CWA, my nearest airport. Multiple small airports in the state require a connecting flight. Large, international airports within 200 miles of my home, may work out better with direct flights. I can meet you at a airport, or you may rent a car, and drive to my home.
Most pet buyers who live in nearby states, drive to my home. 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, Breeders will no longer be allowed to airship PETS, sight unseen. Shipping includes Pet Transporters, shipping by ground. Exemptions are given for breeders who only sell hunting dogs, or breeders with 4 or less intact female dogs/cats/rabbits, etc. USDA regulations are cost prohibitive.