When you go through security you have to remove the dog from the carrier and place only the carrier on the belt for the x-ray machine. You will hold and walk through with the dog and then place him back in the carrier. After that he will just sit at your feet the entire flight in his bag. It’s a super easy process.
Usually the puppies are very calm and just sleep the entire flight. If the pup poops in his carrier just take the entire bag to the bathroom and just dispose of it the best you can. Airlines are pretty strict about removing the pet from the carrier in the cabin so I would definitely take them to the bathroom if you need to. Have some paper towels with you. As far as peeing, he very well may go in the carrier, especially if it is a young pup. Don’t worry about that. Our rescue partners will have wipes and towels to clean him off as soon as he arrives.
Our number 1 tip for travelling with a pup is to bring paper towels and we will always try to bring those for you. It is worth checking beforehand that we will be providing them for you.
On arrival you must declare a live animal on your declaration card for customs. If the dog traveled as baggage in the hold of the plane you will find that there is a separate section where special luggage (like dogs in crates) come out. This is where you will pick up the dog.
In the US there are no duty fees. You simply go through the line for travelers with something to declare, tell them you have a dog, show them the health certificate, and that’s it.
In Canada there is a duty fee of about 40$ CAN, which will be refunded to you by our rescue partner who is meeting you at the airport. You will go through the first customs agent where everyone exits with their luggage. When you hand your declaration card to that person, they will send you to a secondary customs area to clear the dog. They will ask you a couple of questions such as the dog’s name, age, breed etc.
If you accompany one of our Antiguan rescue, once you exit customs our rescue partner will wait for you at the arrival exit. They will take the dog, his health certificate and will refund any fees paid.