Emergency Hotline for Dog & Cat Rescues

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Transportation Requirements














Introducing RHINO SNAFU….An acronym to help remember PETS mandatory transport requirements.  Failure to follow the requirements results in us not being able to work with you to transport dogs & cats to safe new havens.


For the health and safety of all dogs and cats on board, and to support our mission of reducing animal over-population, please follow our SaveARescue transport requirements.



  • All paperwork must be reviewed and scanned for SAVEARESCUE records.

PLEASE DO NOT staple, tape, or seal the envelope or paperwork.

  • For our checklist, print and use the ENVELOPE COVER SHEET.

You may also ask for pre-printed transport envelopes from our drivers at any of the meeting locations.



Readable name & contact Numbers Must be on the pet’s collar:

  • All dogs & cats need to be wearing a collar with their name and a contact phone number.

You can write directly on the collar, utilize a dog tag or masking tape around the collar written in a waterproof/smearproof maker like a Sharpie with the animals name and contact number–either the senders, receivers or [818] 300-4616.



If HW + and treated, must have negative microfilaria blood test.



  • ALL Interstate Health Certificates MUST BE DATED WITHIN 10 DAYS from the delivery/arrival date at the final destination, regardless of each state’s requirements or “good for” date listed on the form,.
  • This 10 day expiration is REQUIRED BY LAW with the USDA.
  • The receiver/adopter HOME ADDRESS must be included on the Interstate Health Certificate (this should not be the address for our delivery meeting location).
  • Please make sure the dog or cat’s NAME is also INCLUDED on the Interstate Health Certificate.




i.e. Cephalexin, Doxycycline, Albon, Baytril, etc. or any Upper-Respiratory Infection, Kennel Cough, Coccidia, Giardia, Ringworms, Sarcoptic Mange or any other contagious conditions.

  • If you are sending meds for chronic or minor medical conditions (thyroid medicine, glaucoma, anxiety or seizures, etc.) inform us on dosage amount, if necessary. Heartworm and Flea/Tick Prevention is okay too.



Out of the Shelter for a Minimum of 10 DAYS:

  • Every dog or cat MUST have been released by the Shelter for a MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS and placed in Foster/Volunteer care. This means, for a minimum of 10 days prior to transport, the animal has been kept in a foster home, Veterinarians’ office, or boarding facility.

**This requirement is in place to help prevent the widespread risk of communicable diseases that can be seen in a shelter environment.

  • Please respect this requirement as we take everyone on their word that the 10 day quarantine has been followed




  • ALL ANIMALS must be spayed or neutered.
  • Surgery must be AT LEAST 7 DAYS OR MORE prior to boarding the transport.
  • Stitches must be removed before transport for the comfort and safety of the animal.
  • Pediatric spays/neuters can be done as young as 8 weeks.

If you think they are too young to alter, then they are too young to be transported.




  • Animals must be AT LEAST 10 WEEKS OLD to travel.



  • NEG/NPS results for Worms (hooks, whips, round, etc), Coccidia and Giardia


UP TO DATE on vaccinations:

  • A COPY OF ALL MEDICAL RECORDS must accompany the animal on transport.




  • DA2PPv aka DHPPv aka “5 in 1 Shot” (Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus Vaccine (MLV)



  • DA2PPvL aka “7 in 1 Shot” (Includes the Leptospira Bacterin Vaccine) ; 7 IN 1 REQUIRED for Maine

— minimum of 2 Shots are REQUIRED if under 6 Months

— vaccinations should be 2-3 weeks apart and the last shot needs to be no less than 10 days prior to transport.

— 1 Shot is REQUIRED for Adults annually




  • FVRCP and FeLV (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Feline leukemia virus)

–minimum of 2 Shots are REQUIRED if under 6 Months

  • vaccinations should be 2-3 weeks apart and the last shot needs to be no less than 10 days prior to transport.

— 1 Shot is REQUIRED for Adults annually


  1. Bordetella

(Kennel cough vaccine)

  • Must be given within the last 5 months and no less than 7 days prior to transport.



  1. Rabies
  • Required for all animals 3 months or older.


  1. Flea/Tick Preventative.
  • All animals must be Flea and Tick FREE





  • All Dogs & Cats being transported will be fed lightly.
  • Please DO NOT SEND additional food UNLESS the animal REQUIRES “Special Food”.



  • Due to the number of animals we transport, please be selective of what you send.
  • You are welcome to include a bed, favorite toy, blanket, bone, or treat AS LONG AS IT FITS IN THE CRATE with the animal.
  • Additional items MUST FIT in a 1 gallon or smaller Ziploc bag with animals name and drop off location.


* Keep in mind that this is a very long transport for the dogs and cats and they have already gone through so much change in their lives.


The guidelines above are all preventative measures to help ensure each dog and cat’s health and safety issues aboard 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 dogs and cats are more sensitive to change and more susceptible to come down with something.

Please be patient with your new family member during the first few days.


**SAVEARESCUE does NOT transport for breeders or puppy stores.


*** SAVEARESCUE reserves the right to refuse to transport any animal for any reason at any time.




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