The last thing you want to deal with is a howling cat or a wimpering dog for hours until you land.
They are also the last to be loaded onto the plane and the first to come off. It’s understandable that the thought of having your pet transported without your supervision can be stressful for both you and your pet.
Pet has created a list of pointers below to consider before and during your transport to ensure your pet’s safety and well-being.
Before Travel: Traveling with a pet in cargo doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
The Air Transport Association website reassures us that “pets can and do travel safely aboard commercial aircraft.” The ASPCA’s website less cheerfully suggests that people “think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines,” while the Humane Society of the United States urges you not to fly pets unless “absolutely necessary.” Statistics on hurt, lost, and dead animals appear on the U. Department of Transportation website but are hard to interpret; suppose a given airline loses twice as many animals as the others, are they more careless, or are they flying 10 times as many animals and thus actually more careful?
According to the website Third Amendment.com, 227 animals were reported to have died or were lost or injured during air transport between May 2005 and February 2010.