Procedure for Taking a Dog to Canada
***If you are a travel companion for an AAAS rescue
dog going to Canada, it is necessary for you to phone the airline
in order to handle step 1. We will handle steps 2-4. We will meet
the travel companion at check-in before step 5.***
Travel companions will have no out of pocket expense
for taking a dog to Canada.
Step 1: Check with airline for availability
and reserve a spot on the plane. Each airline has different rules
and fees so it is best to check their respective websites to ensure
your dog fit’s the airline’s regulations. Costs vary
from 50-100 US$ each way. (for Travel companions, AAAS will reimburse
you this money at the airport when meeting prior to step 5)
Air Canada www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/pets.html
Air Transat www.airtransat.ca/en/info/pets-and-service-animals.aspx?ExitID=20&ContentType=voyageur
Please note that Sunwing does not accept animals on their flights.
Step 2: Purchase cage or carry on bag for the
dog. Carry on bag cost is approx 50 US$ and cargo cages start
at 100 US$.
Step 3: Within 14 days of departure you must
obtain an up to date health certificate and ensure your dog has
a current rabies vaccine. Approx vet cost for health certificate
is 35 US$.
Step 4: Day of departure. You must visit the
vet at the airport and show him certificate from step 3. He will
look at the dog and give you an airport vet certificate. This
takes about 20 minutes so it is imperative to arrive a bit early
for check in. Cost for this is approx 10 US$.
Step 5: Proceed to regular check in. At counter,
staff will view certificate from Step 3 and 4. If the dog is flying
as cargo it will leave your possession at this point. If carry
on you will proceed as normal thru customs and security.
Step 6: For Carry on dogs only. At security
check you will have to remove dog from bag and proceed through
security as per normal.
Step 7: At Canadian airport. You will proceed
to luggage retrieval as per normal. If dog was in cargo you will
pick it up at the oversized baggage counter. You will than proceed
to customs in which a Vet will inspect the dog and check papers
from Step 3. He will register dog in Canada. It is important to
have all of the dogs owners information (ie. Name, address, phone
#) for this registration. There is a $35 fee if the dog is greater
than 6 months of age. (for Travel Companions AAAS will give you
this money and owner information at the airport when meeting prior
to step 5)
Step 8: Leave airport as per usual. If you are
bringing a dog for AAAS the owner will be waiting at exit with
a sign showing your name. The owners phone # and address will
be given to the travel companion prior to step 5.