You may have read last week’s blog about shelter populations increasing and numbers of animals transported out decreasing. If you are planning to start or resume a transport program, here are some practices to ensure the animals’ safety and comfort.
Animals at the source shelter should be vaccinated prior to or upon intake. Dogs and cats 12+ weeks old must receive their rabies vaccinations before transport.
No Fleas, Please
Ensure that all animals have received preventative flea and tick treatment.
Parasites Outta Sight
Animals should be treated for any diagnosed internal and external parasites.
Not One, But Two
Animals should receive a physical examination within 24 hours of transport and upon arrival at the destination shelter.
The Big Screen
Prior to transport, animals should be screened for signs of infectious disease, including vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, skin lesions, and respiratory complications.
Animals with contagious or communicable diseases must be deemed ineligible for transport.
Minimum Age Requirements
Puppies and kittens should be 8+ weeks old at time of transport, unless they are being transported with their mother.
Special Situation: Heartworm
In heartworm epidemic areas, be sure to screen dogs 6+ months of age and follow state regulations regarding the import of heartworm-positive dogs.
Select behaviorally appropriate animals for transport. Source agencies should share historical behavior information recorded at the time of relinquishment.
All transported animals must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption either by the source or the destination agency.
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Download the .pdf: Companion Animal Transport Best Practices