I'm a NZer working in the US with a search and rescue dog that I brought out from NZ with me. My visa runs out soon and I need to fly my dog to France, but I have been quoted about $2500 by pet travel companies.
I DO NOT want to leave my dog behind, she's 7 years old and has been with me since she was 7 weeks. Sher's my little girl and also a really good working dog. In NZ we did area, avalanche and USAR search and in the last 3 years we've worked as a avi dog team in Canada for 2 years and are currently doing the same in the US.
I've been looking at websites to get the rules and info for this move, if anyone has shipped a dog to France and done the arrangements themselves, any help would be hugely appreciated.
Ski patrol and search dog handling doesn't really pay enough for me to go the easy route and use a travel company!
OK, when you fly with a dog you can take a dog as an excess baggage and you pay about $100 no matter how big the dog is. You need European Union health certificate that has to be signed by your USDA licensed vet,no more then 10 days before the trip and certified by USDA vet office in your state. The dog needs rabies shot at least 30 days old and no more then 1 year old. When you ship a dog by cargo, it goes by the size of a crate and weight of a dog plus crate, so it will be more expensive, but not that much! Try to avoid shipping companies, you can contact any airlines and deal with them directly. There are many airlines flying to France, like United, AA, and Air France, get a quote from each. What breed/size is your dog? I shipped adult Labrador Ret. before to EU and paid about $400 by cargo here is the health certificate form for France http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie/iregs/animals/fr_ee_cn_passport.pdf Note:France will accept only the ISO 11784 microchip
***Edited By: allaboutdogs on 3/9/2007 7:44:23 PM*** Reason: ad
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