Requirements

Our number one goal at H.E.A.R.T.S., LLC is to provide a safe and healthy transport for our furry friends. Please read the requirements listed below.Some of these are USDA requirements, some are state requirements, and some are H.E.A.R.T.S. requirements. We have compiled this list of requirements based on past experiences as well as state/federal requirements. Please read them carefully and let us know should you have any questions. We don’t want to be loading a dog and not have the proper documentation.

 Quarantine

All animal must have been out of the shelter environment for a minimum of 14 days prior to departure on transport. They can have been in a foster home, reputable kennel, vets office, ect. This can be anywhere besides the shelter/animal control. This will give potential illness time to present itself and time for their vaccinations to take effect.

Health Certificate

All animals boarding H.E.A.R.T.S. will be required to have an Interstate Health Certificate. This must be issued within 10 days of the dogs arrival at their destination. The health certificate must be fully completed and signed by the veterinarian. All health certificates must contain the dogs vaccination history and heartworm and fecal status. PLEASE ATTACH AN EXTRA COPY OF THE HEALTH CERTIFICATE TO THE PACKAGE. We have to keep copies for our records and don’t have the capability to make copies while on the road.  Medical records must accompany the health certificate.

Medical Records/Vaccinations

IMPORTANT-  5 WAY/7 WAY, AND BORDETELLA MUST HAVE BEEN GIVEN AT LEAST 10 DAYS PRIOR TO LEAVING ON TRANSPORT. THIS WILL GIVE THEM TIME TO TAKE EFFECT. ALL OF THE BELOW MENTIONED REQUIREMENTS NEED TO BE MARKED CLEARLY ON THE PAPERWORK TO SAVE TIME WHILE BOARDING TRANSPORT.

  • Rabies-With Certificate- All dogs over 12 weeks old must be up to date on rabies vaccination. All adult animals (dogs and cats) who will reside in the state of Rhode Island must have had their rabies vaccination 30 days prior to entry to the state. If they are 3-6 months old, they can be transported 10 days after the rabies vaccination.
  • Distemper/Parvo-Annually. Puppies under the age of 6 months old, must have received at least 2 sets of vaccinations with the second one being given at least 10 days prior to departure and at least 2 weeks apart. Puppies are fragile and we simply will not put them at risk. (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND A 3RD DISTEMPER/PARVO SHOT)
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)-given within the last 6 months
  • Negative fecal
  • Flea and tick free please……
  • Cats and Kittens. Adults must have had a rabies and FVRCP vaccination at least 10 day prior to departing on transport. Kittens under 6 months old must have had 2 vaccinations given at least 2 weeks apart and the last one given 10 days prior to tansport. Rabies is required if the kitten is over 12 weeks old.

Spay/Neuter

All animals must be spayed/neutered at least 7 days prior to departing on transport. Please make sure that they are healed properly before sending them. We will not be able to transport pregnant dogs.

Age Requirements

All puppies and kittens must be at least 10 weeks of age to travel with H.E.A.R.T.S.

Medication

We will be glad to administer certain medications during transport. Just ask. Medication over the counter or prescription will need to be in the labeled container from the vet or in the original package from the store.

Identification

Although we do not require our passengers to be microchipped, we highly recommend it. We do however require there to be identification on each dog. If you choose not to use a collar, the temporary strips from the vet work great. Please make sure that it has a contact name and phone number in a permanent marker. Please note....we will not be able to dual leash with a hook and slip leash if they are not wearing a collar.

Personal Items

If your doggie has a favorite blanket that you would like to send, please do. All other personal items, with the exception of paperwork, will need to be sent to the new family in advance.

Medical Emergencies

Should any medical emergencies arise while on the road, we will seek emergency care immediately. You, the sender, will be contacted and ultimately responsible for any cost incurred due to an emergency.

Aggression

We understand that some dogs will react in unfavorable ways during stressful situations. But, we have to be able to handle them safely and will not be able to transport him/her if we feel that we cannot do so. If they become aggressive during transport, they will not be removed from the crate until they reach their destination. We are experienced dog handlers and will do everything within our power to avoid this situation.

PLEASE NOTE…..H.E.A.R.T.S., LLC AND OUR EMPLOYEES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRANSPORT ONLY. IT IS UP TO YOU, THE RESCUE, TO COMPLY WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL STATES LAWS CONCERNING ADOPTION AND QUARANTINE PERIODS.

 

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