LifeLine Animal Project has partnered with a national nonprofit, “Pets for Patriots,” to help U.S. military veterans adopt the pet of their dreams. Please be sure that when buying any small animal for yourself or your children you always use a reputable breeder. Make sure the animals have been sexed properly and are of the right age to leave their mothers. Never buy animals from pet shops unwilling to spend time with you making sure you understand the commitment being taken on. Common domesticated animals that can make good family pets include cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, and fish. But be careful about labeling a certain animal or breed as unquestionably safe. There are exceptions to every rule, and any animal may scratch or bite if put in a dangerous situation.
Then there are the additional factors that set this apart from a “natural” example. Dogs are a domesticated species, and both species have come into contact through their use of the human settlement’s dump, which could affect their behavior in myriad ways. When thinking of travelling with another pet animal than a dog, a cat or a ferret, you should check the legislation of the country of destination. Rules have been laid down at European level only for a few animal species, among which pet birds.
The DOS Transportation Office has added clarification with regard to the GSA Waiver on pet travel. If United cannot guarantee shipment of the pet to the point of destination (interlining), then FS pet owners are authorized to use another carrier with some caveats (i.e., if in Europe must use an EU airline) and they may have to cost construct the difference between the United contract passenger fare and the other airline passenger fare.
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