We offer Priority Parcel ServiceSM and ExpediteFSSM to ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort for animal transport. Learn more about booking your animals in advance to secure space and expedite the transport process.Learn More
|Animal Shipping Options|
|Priority Parcel Service||The preferred method for shipping animals:
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|ExpediteFS||Most often used for:
||For rates from the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Honolulu, Hawaii, please contact our 24/7 dedicated animal help desk.
For rates from international locations, please contact your local American Airlines sales team.
For the safety of your animals and other cargo onboard, we require that you present certain documents before transporting your animal.Learn More
Health certificates. Please bring two copies (the original and one extra) issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel for both the outbound and return trips. If the words "mix" or "mixed" are used to describe the pet, then the predominant breed must be referenced.
Rabies vaccination certification. Please bring one copy issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with local timeline regulations. If your dog or cat is less than 12 weeks old, they are not required to be vaccinated.
Please bring a Certificate of Acclimation, if it applies. See Temperature Policy for details.
For animals being transported to an international destination, do your homework and consult the website of the country they are visiting for specific requirements. If you don't, you risk the animal being refused transport or returned to the United States at your expense. Contact the country's consulate for import requirements.
Health certificates. Please ensure the licensed veterinarian clarifies that the animal is fit to travel and there is no risk of birth occurring during the entire journey. If the health certificate states the animal has given birth, time of tender must be greater than 48 hours post whelping to be accepted for carriage. Females with suckling young and un-weaned animals will not be accepted for carriage. Animals must be 8 weeks old in order to travel.
Please avoid sedating your pet. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems caused by altitude pressures, you shouldn't give your pet any sedatives or tranquilizers before flying.
If your pet is sedated, please present the following information at check in:
If you are transporting wild or exotic birds, you will need to, both in writing and on letterhead, whether the birds were:
Health certificates. Please bring two copies (the original and one extra) issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel for both the outbound and return trips.
Primates must be at least six months old, weaned and tendered at a cargo terminal.
Primates may only be accepted for transportation when:
American Airlines will not accept primates used for laboratory research, experimentation or exploitation purposes.
For all other types of animals, consult the website of the destination country for specific requirements. The IATA shipper's certification is required for U.S. outbound international or interline transfer shipments. Also, please read the IATA shipper's instructions and responsibilities.
Keep in mind that two dogs or two cats may share the same kennel if each is less than 20 lbs. and less than six months old. All animals must be at least eight weeks old and weaned.
After the appropriate screening has been applied, releasable cable ties will be attached to all four corners of the kennel door. We will provide these ties at no cost. If you prefer, you may provide your own ties or sealing mechanisms, provided they can be removed prior to screening without the use of tools.
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Using the hourly forecasts from weather.com, we keep tabs on the temperature in each city along the way, making sure they are within the acceptable range for the animal(s) onboard.Learn More
We are pleased to accept warm-blooded animals and birds for transport if the actual or forecasted temperature in each city along the way is between 45 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the maximum limit no matter what.
You will need a Certificate of Acclimation if the actual or forecasted temperature in any city along the way is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It must be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian and dated within 10 days of travel for both the departure and return trips and include the shipper's name and address, type of animal and the specific low temperature that the animal can withstand. In fact, your pet will not be allowed to travel if your document doesn't state a specific low temperature.
We will not transport any animal if the actual or forecasted temperature in any city along the routing is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Please package all cold-blooded animals in accordance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations, which include heat or cold packs as needed.
Sparky the Dog will be flying from Los Angeles, CA through Chicago, IL and to final destination of Rochester, NY. Sparky will be dropped off at 5am for the following flights:
AA 1200 LAX-ORD 655am-100pm
AE 4089 ORD-ROC 255pm-535pm
First, check the hourly forecast on weather.com at LAX
for the time frame of 6:00 am to 7:00 am.
Then, check the hourly forecast on weather.com at ORD
for the time frame of 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Finally, check the hourly forecast on weather.com at ROC
for the time of arrival, the 5:00 pm hour.
Start the reservation process or get more information by
filling out an Animal Shipping Request Form.
Payment options vary by drop-off location. But please note that payments are not accepted over the phone or internet. Cardholders/check makers must be present.Learn More
We care about animals, so we follow guidelines to be sure that they are handled safely.Learn More
The heat and vent capability within most of our fleet allow us to accept pets for transport. However, for the safety of the animals, we will not transport animals on the following aircraft types: Airbus 319, 320, 321, 321S, 321H and 32B, excluding New York JFK to/from LAX and San Francisco (SFO). Tropical fish, lobsters and other “aquatics” are accepted across our entire fleet.
Make sure your animal meets applicable government regulations and complies with the U.S. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wild Fauna and Flora. Specific guidelines for the acceptance, care, handling and container requirements are published in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations Manual. Unless there is a more restrictive policy, we adhere to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) guidelines in order to keep your animal as safe and comfortable as possible.
The information contained on this website is for general reference and guidance only. Please go to the USDA's APHIS website for detailed instructions and information.
To ensure the well-being of all animals, the following breeds and mixes of brachycephalic and snub-nosed cats and dogs will not be accepted for travel due to the risks associated with their hereditary respiratory issues. We also cannot accept historically aggressive breeds for safety reasons.
Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel
Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian
|All||American does not accept animals transported for research with the exception of lab mice and rats.|
|All||American Airlines does not transport the following wild game trophies: elephant, lion, water buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard.|
|All||We maintain the right to refuse transport to any animal that is exhibiting aggressive behavior or does not appear fit to travel.|
|All||If you are transporting a non-domesticated, wild, exotic or zoo animal, there is only one place you can drop them off for transport: cargo terminals. We will continue to transport household pets such as dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, pot-belly pigs, rabbits, rodents and cold-blooded animals from passenger ticket counters, baggage service offices and dedicated Global Priority Shipping Centers.|
|All||We do not transport venomous snakes and lizards or poisonous amphibians as defined by the IATA Live Animal Regulations.|
|All||In compliance with USDA regulations, we are unable to transport warm-blooded animals on any single flight over 12 hours in length.|
|California||We do not transport ferrets to or from California.|
|Hawaii||If your pet is traveling to Hawaii, it may be quarantined up to 120 days. Contact Hawaii Agriculture at 808-483-7151 for more information. Honolulu, HI (HNL) is the only port of entry for animals traveling with us. All shipments to Honolulu must be pre-paid.|
|Puerto Rico||All animals other than dogs and cats (including fish) traveling to Puerto Rico must have approval and clearance. For more information, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 787-289-0025/0026.|
|China||We do not transport warm-blooded animals such as mammals and birds to or from China. You are, however, welcome to transport reptiles, fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans to China.|
|European Union||Strict import conditions apply.|
|Japan||If your pet is traveling to Japan, it may be quarantined.|
|Mexico||A customs broker is required to clear live animal shipments into Mexico.|
|United Kingdom (U.K.)||We accept cats, dogs and ferrets into London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) only. For more information, please check out GOV.UK for the required documents and government regulations. A customs clearance broker is required to accept dogs, cats or ferrets to/from LHR and MAN. If you'd like to use a pet shipper/broker to help you transport your pet, please visit IPATA.org. You are also welcome to transport reptiles, fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans into the U.K. with the proper documentation.|
|United States (Imports and Exports)||If you are importing or exporting your pet into or out of the U.S., check with the local consulate, USDA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife office.|