About American PetEmbark

As pet owners ourselves, we understand that it can feel stressful to drop your best friend off for a flight. You probably have the same questions we had: Will my pet be safe? Will they be comfortable throughout their journey?

American PetEmbark provides industry-leading policies and procedures to ensure your pet receives the best care in the air. Not only do we have more than 65 years of experience transporting animals, but our experts exceed industry standards to ensure the best possible travel experience for your pet.

When your pet travels with PetEmbark, they are in the caring hands of our compassionate team members, who treat your pet like their own.

How to fly your pet

We don't want you to miss a step, so take a moment to watch this video (featuring a lot of cute dogs) and learn everything you need to know about your pet's travel, or view this written guide.

Your PetEmbark toolkit

You can access all our PetEmbark guidelines, policies and restrictions, and required documents at the links below.



Keeping your pets safe in the summer

As we approach the warm summer months, we're taking important precautions designed to keep your pets happy and healthy. In order to keep them safe, we will not accept pets when temperatures are higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

View our summertime safety measures »

PetEmbark warm city embargoes

Pets & animals will not be accepted for flights originating, connecting or terminating in these cities from May 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Palm Springs, CA

Traveling to the U.S. with dogs

As of July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies. This includes dogs arriving from countries not at high risk if the dogs have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months.

CDC has the authority to issue a CDC Dog Import Permit for US citizens and lawful residents relocating from high-risk countries to bring their dogs into the United States. Such permits will be issued on a limited basis.

UPDATE: Effective December 1, 2021, dogs vaccinated in the United States by a US-licensed veterinarian may re-enter the United States from a high-risk country without a CDC Dog Import Permit if the dog:

  1. has a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate;
  2. has proof of a microchip;
  3. is at least 6 months old;
  4. is healthy upon arrival; and
  5. arrives at an approved port of entry

UPDATE: Effective December 1, 2021, all dogs that have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months may only enter the United States through an approved port of entry, which includes all 18 airports with a CDC quarantine station: Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA), and Washington DC (IAD).

All dogs imported into the United States must be healthy on arrival.

Dogs that have not been in a high-risk country in the past six months are not required by CDC to present a rabies vaccination certificate or a CDC Dog Import Permit—and can enter the United States at any port of entry, but must be healthy upon arrival and vaccination against rabies is recommended.

My Pet Cab logo

Now offering front-door delivery service with My Pet Cab

We've made pet travel even easier through a new partnership with the animal transportation experts at My Pet Cab, who offer a safe and seamless home delivery service for your pet. Just opt into My Pet Cab's front-door delivery service while booking your dog or cat. Our customer service agents will assist you during your reservation by providing you with an exact quote of My Pet Cab's service based on the delivery location. The additional service will be included on your overall charge, efficiently combining all shipping costs for your convenience.

About My Pet Cab

Known for their compassionate and individualized approach to animal transportation, My Pet Cab will work directly with our team at American to coordinate and complete the final miles of your pet’s trip. My Pet Cab team members are thoroughly trained in animal care and transportation, and and will deliver pets in a specialized My Pet Cab vehicle equipped with secondary air systems and electronic monitoring thermometers, as well as remote cameras and vehicle monitoring systems, prioritizing your pet’s health and safety on the ride home.

My Pet Cab Drivers will provide you with real-time text messages to keep you posted along the way. Pets will also have access to My Pet Cab’s 24/7 on-call veterinarians.

My Pet Cab service is available for pets traveling to the following locations:

  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • New York John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • New York LaGuardia Airport
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

My Pet Cab also provides long-distance travel for select locations, allowing pets to fly into Los Angeles and travel in a My Pet Cab vehicle to locations in Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; and Palm Springs, California. These connections make it easier for customers to transport their pets during summer months – when temperatures are too high to accommodate animals at the airports in those locations.

Frequently asked questions

We know there's a ton of information to digest, so we've prepared some answers to frequently asked questions.

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Committed to comfort and safety

A Family Reunion

When a military couple needed to move cross-country, they turned to us to protect their cats.

See why 'American had it all' »

Member of IPATA

We're a proud member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association.

Learn more about IPATA »

We're here to help 24/7

Your pet is special to us. We have more than 50 years of experience caring for furry friends, so please email us with any questions or concerns at PetEmbark@aa.com.