When dogs and cats are moved from areas where homeless animals outnumber available adoptive homes to communities where there is a demand for adoptable pets, careful planning is necessary to ensure the animals’ good welfare, animal and human safety, and avoid the spread of disease. Prior to transport, animals should be inspected by a veterinarian and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued. Trip planning must include provisions specific to the age and species of animals being moved and include attention to suitable enclosures, rest breaks, food, water, protection from environmental extremes, and the presence of an attendant with the ability to recognize and respond to animals’ needs during transport. A contingency plan for emergencies must also be in place.
Relocating pets for adoption