Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost to fly a dog into my country?
The cost of transporting a dog depends on the destination, the airline, and whether the dog flies as a Companion with a passenger or if they travel Independently in Pet Safe cargo. Including the purchase of an airline approved travel crate, the estimated cost range will be $400 — $850. In all cases, we attempt to have an approved volunteer that are flying specific flight destinations bring the dogs as their Companion, which greatly reduces the cost.
Can the dog be kept inside the airplane cabin?
All animals, including dogs, must be small enough to fit in a carrier that fits under airplane seats. Due to the size of Salukis, they will travel in the pet hold portions of the cargo area. The pet hold is pressurized and climate controlled, so conditions are comfortable and similar to those in the passenger cabin. The pet hold is a designated area: no people to disturb the pets and even some Pet Safe plans provide soft lighting. In most cases, dogs simply get bored and go to sleep after the excitement of boarding.
Will the dog be given any sedatives?
Dogs are NOT given sedatives for flights. It's a commonly repeated myth that pets should be tranquilized before a flight. Not only is it dangerous for the dogs, lowering their blood pressure and rendering him defenseless, it is also banned in some countries.
How long will it take to for my dog to arrive?
Each dog is unique with an individual background. Some dogs may require medical treatment and rehabilitation before they're healthy enough to fly. Other factors that determine timelines is the logistics of travel. We attempt to have a volunteer bring the dogs as 'companion animals'. Travel arrangements for the dog often hinge on the dates of the human passenger.
Do I need to work with customs in order to welcome my dog into my country?
All required paperwork will be completed before dogs board planes in their departure city. ou do NOT need to interface with customs, as this is done within international terminals at airports.
Will the dogs be fully vetted before traveling?
All dogs will be fully vetted, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and will be issued a Clean Bill of Health before being transported. Different Countries have specific requirements, which will be addressed per individual case. For information on United States and the United Kingdom, visit our Importing dogs to USA and UK page.
All adoptable dogs available through Dogs For Life Foundation and our Partner Organizations are Rescue Dogs. Each dog has a unique story. Some of the dogs have been saved from a life on the streets, while others have found themselves in a Kill Shelter.
Many of the dogs require medical attention and rehabilitation before they're ready to be transported to their forever home. As a prospective adopter, we have a Sponsor-to-Adopt program which secures your dog as 'Reserved', allowing you to help them through their healing process until they're ready to be transported to their new home with you. Please Contact Us for more information on our Sponsor-to-Adopt program.
We also accept Donations for dogs that need medical and/or financial support to move them closer to their forever home.