Requirements To Board Transport

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Medical Requirements

Medical Requirements

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Thank You for considering RescueRoadTrips.Com. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of changing the life of a dog in need. Because we transport canines from several different states and several regions, STRICT medical requirements are not only a necessity but are essential in-order to sustain the health of all on board. Due to the length of the trip, stress, and weather changes, some canines like some people do not handle it as well as others, and some will become ill. By putting these requirements in place, we are reducing those risks as much as possible.  

Requirements To Board Transport

Revised 8-2-13

1.  We will not pick up a canine directly from a shelter/pound/animal control facility. They must be in a Foster Home/ Quarantine Facility/ Vet’s Office or Kennel for at least 2 weeks to ensure the animal is not harboring any contagious illness. This also allows vaccines time to take effect.

2. Read rule 1 again.

3.  Federal Regulations require that all canines being transported within the United States have a current Department of Agriculture Interstate Health Certificate issued from a Veterinarian licensed by the state, which the canine was picked up from. Dated no longer than 10 days before the canine is dropped off in New England. This certificate MUST accompany the canine along with copies of all vaccine and medical records. This certificate insures everyone involved that the canine is healthy, up to date on vaccines, and not communicable in even the slightest way. The Health certificate should be addressed to the adopter or foster who is picking up the dog. If your Vet does not have Health Certificates from the State Department Agriculture, use this form: AGHIS form 7001 available from the USDA. See Examples of your states Health Certificates


3 a. A copy of the Adoption Contract must be included in the paperwork packet traveling with the dog. 

4.  Along with the Health Certificate, we also require Medical Records to show vaccine and fecal history. History must include Bordatella (Kennel Cough) at least 10 days prior to transport, Rabies (canine 14 weeks or older) with tag, and DA2PPC (Distemper, Adenovirus2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus) commonly known as Distemper vaccine. All shots/vaccinations should be up to date and clearly marked on the paperwork. Negative fecal is a must. All canines should have a fecal exam and be treated if necessary for any intestinal parasites, coccidian, giardia, and hook, at least 3 days prior to transport.  The dogs should complete a full round of treatment as prescribed by the vet before transport starts. Bordatella must be administered 2 weeks before transport. Lyme shots are not a requirement, but you are sending your dog to a part of the country that has a serious problem with Lyme. 

5.  All canines are required to be on some type of prevention for external parasites. Canines with external parasites will not be permitted to board transport. Applying Frontline Plus, 3 days before transport is optimal and preferable. Capstar, 1 hour before pick-up is narrowly acceptable.

  1. 6.  Puppies 12 weeks should have 3 sets of booster vaccines including Bortella with the last being at least 7 days before transport. Puppies must be at least 12 weeks of age to ensure they have finished the vaccine protocol.

    7.  We will not transport any canine that has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as
    Heart Worm, Kennel Cough, intestinal parasites (coccida/giardia/hook/tape), mange, ring, etc. A negative test for Heart Worm is required. If you were able to obtain a Health Certificate for a canine with these conditions, we suggest finding a new Veterinarian. If the dog was recently treated for Heart Worm, it will still test positive.  If this is the case, we accept a negative result for microfilaria. If possible, please have the negative result added to the Health Certificate. We will not transport a dog for a minimum of 30 days after Heart Worm treatment.

    8.  Canines on Antibiotic medication such as Albon, Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, Baytril, Doxycycline, etc will not be permitted to board our transport.

    9.  All dogs are required to ride in a crate. If your dog is unable to be crated, please find an alternative way of transporting it.

10.  Pregnant canines are not permitted to board our transport!

11.  The canine should be wearing some type of ID whether it’s a tag on a collar or type that’s written on. Information should include the canines Name, Name and phone number of either where he/she is going or coming from. Micro chipping is also a great idea and highly recommended. We feel ALL dogs should be chipped, though it is not a requirement to transport.

12. ALL canines or felines MUST be spayed/neutered to be transported. Remember we are “Rescue”. Any canine that has been spayed or neutered in the last 4 days will not be permitted to board our transport.  This is not only a safety issue but a comfort one as well. While on transport the animals are in kennels and it’s possible for them to lick and chew on the stitches and this could lead to a critical problem.

13.  Due to limited space, any toy, blanket, or bed must be small enough to go in the kennel with the canine. Anything that cannot go in the kennel must be small enough to fit in the envelope (9.5x11) with the paperwork such as treats or a SMALL sample of dog food. Please don’t try to fit something the size of a Volkswagen into a 9’’X12” envelope. If you are planing on sending your dogs most favorite couch, we’re gonna have a problem. If what you need to send is so important for the canine to have, send it ahead of the canine via FedX, UPS or USPS.

14.  Last but not least. I know of no polite or professional way to say this other than just saying it. If, at the load point, your canine looks sick or is displaying any behavior that makes me think it is an unhealthy dog (eyes gooped shut, uncontrollable hacking and vomiting, worms crawling out of it, hair falling off of it, green stuff coming out of its nose, unable to walk on its own, open wounds, fleas jumping off of it, covered in ticks, etc., etc.), “IT AINT’ GETTEN’ ON!!!!”