*Please be sure you follow the guidelines for the states you ship dogs to! Each state has different rules and guidelines, be sure to do your research.

Transport Guidelines and Information

Every dog or puppy that boards our transport MUST have an interstate Health Certificate.
All health certificates, regardless of each state's requirements, are only good for 10 days, as required by the USDA:


  • Health certs is not a letter or memo from your vet stating the dog is healthy. It is a multiple carbon copy, USDA certified document filled out completely.
    Nothing but one of these forms will be accepted. This is required by law and also protects everyone involved: the person sending the dog, ourselves and the adopter or receiving rescue to help ensure the dog is healthy and up to date on shots.

These certificates must be acquired from a licensed veterinarian no more than 10 days prior to the scheduled transport date. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.
While nearly all animals transported with our company are required to have a health certificate, you should understand the following:
A health certificate only states that an animal is free from infectious diseases and current on all vaccinations. It does not indicate that the animal itself is in good health.
**If, during the transport, a dog becomes ill, the rescue will be notified immediately. If the dog requires veterinarian care, the sending rescue will be responsible for veterinary bills occurred.

  • Dogs or puppies with an upper-respiratory infection, kennel cough, coccidia, giardia, ringworms, sarcoptic mange or any other contagious conditions are not considered healthy and should not be issued a health certificate and therefore cannot travel on our transport.  

  • Every dog or puppy has to have been away from the shelter, pound, or animal control for a minimum of 2 week, it can be at a vet’s, a kennel or a foster home.
    We are taking you on your word that the dog’s 2 week quarantine has been followed. Remember, it is ultimately for the health and safety of the dog or puppy.

  • Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old and have had 2 rounds of shots. USDA regulations allow puppies to be transported at 8 weeks or older.

  • Every dog or puppy needs a copy of their medical records, along with the health certificate, to accompany the animal on transport and to be up to date on shots, which include...

    1. Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine) During the change of seasons it is especially important to have this vaccine give at least 7 days prior to transport.

    2. Negative fecal for worms, coccidia and giardia

    3. Heartworm negative

    4. Rabies (12 weeks or older)

    5. 5 and 1 or 7 and 1 (at least 7 days prior to transport)

  • We are unable to transport pregnant dogs after week 8.

  • We cannot transport a dog or puppy that is on antibiotic medication for less than 3 days (which includes Cephalexin, Doxycycline, Albon, Baytril, etc).
    Meds for a chronic medical condition, such as thyroid medicine, glaucoma, anxiety or seizures, are fine, as long as we get a separate sheet, outlining what medication, time to administer and any side effects they may have.

  • Dogs and puppies must be spayed or neutered at least 5 days or more prior to boarding the transport. We will not accept dogs or puppies that were “fixed” the day before transport...
    it is not safe for the dog.

  • Dogs and puppies need to have a collar with legible ID on it. Include the animal’s name, the phone number of who it is going to (adopter, foster, rescue)
    OR the phone number of who it is coming from (adopter, foster, rescue).

  • Please remember this is a very long transport for the animals and they have already gone through so much change in their lives. The guidelines above are all preventative measures to help ensure the dog or puppy is healthy before, during and after transport. However, since most of the health backgrounds of the animals are unknown, stress from the transport, change in climate, change in food, etc. may still bring out a cold or kennel cough once they arrive up north. Just like people, some animals are more sensitive to change and more susceptible to come down with something.