Just another confirmation why I do not ship. We do Personal delivery of pet. This is a link for the most recent report from Department of Transportation.
This article was published in Costco magazine. The discussion was about allowing pets in the cabin on the plane. However, it touches the topic why it is simply dangerous to ship puppies in cargo. I personally do not ship puppies. I personally fly with them. Please read below.
PETS FLYING ON airlines can be a tricky and touchy topic, especially when it comes to passengers who are allergic to a certain types of animals. However, the solution to alleviating this problem is not banning pets from passenger cabins on airplanes. While the safety of passengers is paramount in any situation, pets are not safe traveling in the cargo holds of planes, and pet owners deserve As many options as possible. Cargo holds are dark, noisy, hot or cold, poorly pressurized spaces where pets receive no comfort or supervision during flight. These stresses, added to the risk of mishandling by overburdened airline employees, can quickly push a pet to dangerous levels of stress. A quick review of incidents detailed by the United States Department of Transportation shows that nearly every week pets are lost, injured or killed in transit and that the vast majority of these pets are in cargo holds. Restricting pets to cargo holds places an unnecessary burden on families whose pets are very, old, very young, ill or cannot be transported in cargo due to airline policy Several short-nose breeds of dogs and cats (pugs, Persian cats and bulldogs) to name a few are already banned on some airlines, because the airline cannot ensure the animal will survive the trip. For families with special-needs pets, a ban on cabin travel or a ban on air travel altogether. Of course, alternatives exist, such as driving on a family vacation, taking a train on routes that allow pets on board or leaving the pets with a reliable sitter. But what options remain for permanent, long-distance re locations? While some families have the means to opt for driving to their destination, military families being stationed overseas will be faced with the agonizing mandate to leave a family member behind. People with allergies can take proactive steps to protect their health while flying. Airlines will share whether pets are scheduled to be in the cabin of a particular plane that day, and passengers who are at risk can request a courtesy re booking, or to be seated far away from any pets in the plane cabin on their flight. Pets, on the other hand, have no means to defend their own health. This obligation lies with their owners and with the community, so it is necessary to find compromises that protect everyone. Airline crews have a long record of accommodating both groups and delivering great service to all passengers. The best path forward is to continue to allow properly secured pets in carriers to fly in the passenger cabins of planes.