About a year ago I moved from California to NYC with my 4 piggies, traveling on Delta. I heard that now the policy has changed and I will not be able to take them with me as carry ons anymore :(
Has anyone used any professional pet transporting services and would recommend one for me? I'm considering moving back to CA and would like to provide my piggies the most comfortable trip I can find ... since I won't be able to take them onto flights with me.
I saw a recommendation for Global Animal Transport on another thread. Does anyone have personal experience with their service?
Thank you for your help!
or.. anyone tried to fly with their piggies checked as luggage? I really would rather not do this if possible but it seems like my choices are limited.
Any other suggestions as to how to get my piggies back across the US with me?
Thanks so much!!!
P.S. I just spent $730 on a x-ray and 2 days of hospitalization and pain meds for a piggie with bladder irritation/sludge :( NYC vet bills are insane!!! Hence my decision to move back to CA...
I came out to NYC a year ago hoping to find better jobs but with the economy as it is... it has been disappointing. My piggie's vet bill doesn't help either. I already dropped about $1000 in August when my other piggie needed surgery to remove a lump on his back :( I go to the Center for Avians and Exotics in Upper West Side. They are really good and are experts at what they do... but the prices...... each doctor's visit is like $120 vs $20 for when I was in CA :(
My parents and friends are trying to persuade me to put my piggies up for adoption if they are holding me back from traveling back to CA but I would hope that I can figure out a way to bring them all home with me! (I brought them over to NYC with me on Delta last year before they changed their carry-on pet policy).
Personally, I would go to war with Delta, and demand either a full refund or special permission to bring them into a /safe/ part of the plane as I'm sure their policy for your little ones cabin travel was involved in your choice of airlines. Their policy change shouldn't end up screwing you over so completely or endangering animals you have planned to fly with.
Think about what you'd pay to fly pets with you- it's going to be VERY pricey to have a pet travel company find them a flight, and then pay the fees.
It might be less stress and less worry to rent a car and drive. You can do it in 3 or 4 days.
And, to give advice in case you choose to drive and run into snow: Slow and steady. Just stay calm, and ignore the morons buzzing along at mach 3. Keep all your turns smooth and don't rush things. Snow is far less dangerous when you drive in a way that makes you comfortable.