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Taking your new pet home to the U.S.

The first thing to do is contact your airline regarding their rules on traveling with animals. There are often weather embargoes, which means that if the weather is too cold or too hot, your pet can’t travel on that day. You will need to check with your airline the day you plan to travel, but make sure that you have a reservation for your pet well in advance! The type of carrier you need will depend on if your new friend is going to travel in the airplane cabin with you, or underneath with cargo. It will also depend on the size of your pet. You will need to discuss what type of carrier you need with the airline you are flying with.

There is no quarantine for dogs traveling from Belize to the United States. However; United States customs requires that the animal has been vaccinated for rabies 1 month prior to its arrival in the United States – if this is not the case your pet may be subject to quarantine time in your home.

Most of the shelter animals are up to date on their vaccinations: including rabies; which is needed to travel. Your new pet will need to be spayed or neutered before it goes home with you.

We would like at least 48 hours prior to you travel date to ensure that all necessary procedures and paperwork have been completed.