Has anyone done this? I'm thinking of having a puppy shipped from San Franciso to LA. I'm not sure if it safe to do this in the summer (August)? Any info out there? How hard is it to pick up puppy at LAX. What needs to be done by recipient?
Certain Airlines won't fly pets during the summer. Your best bet is to look for Red-Eye flights. Those will come in very early in the morning before the temps. get too high. The really good news is that it's not a vey long flight so he/she won't be in the air for very long.
IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN All the southeast states have an embrago from june to end of sept because of heat restrictions. knowing how hot it is here MS and we aren't that different from La it will be next to impossible to get a dog shipped out even at night.
but you will have to have id and be able to pick the dog up at the cargo terminal.
now it the dog is small enought to fly in the cabin you can fly to la and fly back. the crate has to be able to fit under the seat in front of you.
I didn't pick up a puppy, but I picked up my sugar gliders at BWI airport via Continental Airlines.
The woman I purchased my gliders from made sure I had all the things I needed such as the airway bill number which is like the animals own personal little tracking number (I must have called them a zillion times to see if the gliders were on the flight and everything was ok. I was so relieved everytime I heard "Ma'am, The gliders are on board." or "The gliders boarded in Houson at such and such o'clock on this plane.") She even went as far to make sure I knew directions to the airport so someone would DEFINATELY be there for the gliders.
Right as I walked up to the continental airlines area I saw a man carrying a plastic crate to the desk I was headed to and I got so excited I told my boyfriend "I THINK THAT IS THEM!"
I went over to the desk the ladies were very nice. One of them actually knew alot about sugar gliders, when the other one asked what they were she told her.
All I had to do was show some I.D., signed one or two papers and I was all set.
When I got home and opened up the crate (which was very well contained) the sugar gliders weren't even disturbed at all. Their shavings weren't all messed up their pouch was still placed nicely ontop of them even their little apple was still nicely placed in there. They flew in all the way from Florida and I am in Maryland. On the top of the crate the woman who bred them taped a little note "Baby Sugar Gliders inside: In case of flight delay, Slip in 1/8 of sliced apple. Thank you."
Continental even has a special "Live animal desk." you can call and speak to, and several employees knowledgable as far as taking care of the animals it's not just say a baggage handler keeping an eye on your pets.
So as you can see Continental, and the woman I bought my gliders from took great care of my pets for me. She also begged me to call her the minute I picked them up. She thanked me when I did and to this day I still send her photos of the gliders.
I could call her and ask her a question anytime I needed to, or email her she loves her babies.
I am a very satisfied customer. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Hi beaglcookie, I just picked up a puppy at LAX on Weds, and it was a piece of cake. I was so stressed out over it for 2 months b4 she arrived, but it went smoothly. My puppy came from Iowa, she had 1 connecting flight and although she was a titch motion sick (drooling at the mouth), she weathered it well. The breeder had to take her to the airport at 3am her time in order to get the pup to me by 9am, but she said she's been doing that for the past month with all of her puppies because of hot weather at both ends. I would have prefered her sending the pup to Burbank (only 30 minutes from my house) to bypass LAX, but it's too hot there and since LAX is right by the water, we had a better chance of getting her in there. I'm not sure what will be going on in August, but I was thankful that I got my lil girl Weds because on Thurs there was that unfortunate incident in London and they stepped up security at the airport & I'm sure that would have been a mess to deal with.
Good Luck with your puppy if you decide to get it...
Oh yes I forgot this part. This was American Airlines and the majority of the staff was pretty nice. I actually saw the attendant that brought the pets out from prior flights and spoke to him about my puppy and told him what flight she was on. So he brought her right to me as soon as it landed. I think he actually brought her quite quickly because he knew we were waiting there about 2 hours for her. So if you decide to go this route make sure to get contact with the guy that brings out all the pets... I had to have an air bill #, plus Identification for them to release the puppy to me and that was it...
msboxer, it is much hotter in MS than L.A. but none the less it is hot. personally form L.A. to S.F i would drive and pick the dog up. it is what a 6-8 hour drive. i would do it in a weekend. but if you must fly a pup can fly upfront and some airlines have a/c in the cargo hold. but i would drive if i could avoid the flight. besides what an adventure for you and your dog. and that would be a great bonding experience. the insecurity the dog would feel and you being the only comfort it could recieve is prcieless in the sake of relationship and training.